You may be wondering what type of computer I use on a day to day basis. First, let me come clean and tell you I do own a laptop. However, the laptop is not my primary work horse of a computer. I do a majority of my work on a desktop computer. My laptop is reserved for those times when I can’t work at my desk or if I need to go somewhere and still have access to a computer.
My primary machine is actually a gaming desktop. That’s because I not only work on it all day long but I also use it as my main machine for having a little gaming fun. Why do I choose this type of setup for what I do? Today, let’s take a look at all the reasons why I always choose a desktop over a laptop for both work and play. I think you will see when I am done that the desktop is far from dead and it is still one of the best ways to get any serious computer work done.
Reason 1: They Are More Comfortable
First and foremost, I love the comfort of using a desktop. Think about it. A desktop is larger and comes with a much larger monitor and a full sized keyboard and mouse. For me, that means that it is much more comfortable to use, especially over long stretches of time. Now I sit at the computer for long hours crafting these wonderful posts for you to enjoy. Because of that, I want something that is comfortable to sit at for long stretches without me having to worry about my posture or carpal tunnels on my wrists. Now, yes, you can add all of these things to your laptop, but that can mean investing in docks or other types of hubs to connect everything, and I just don’t want that added expense. A desktop gives me that comfort I’m looking for right out of the box without me having to plan on what else I need to buy to get the comfort that I’m looking for when I’m sitting at a computer for long stretches of time.
Reason 2: They Are More Powerful
Now laptops have come a long way in recent years in this aspect, but even now desktops still have an edge when it comes to power. The most powerful hardware is still always released first for desktops, meaning you will access to the best hardware much sooner if you go with a desktop. If you are like me, you do a lot of photo editing and maybe even you like to edit videos or play games. If so, then you definitely want something that is up to the task. A desktop always has access to the latest processors and best video cards. In most cases, you can usually add much more RAM making it even more powerful and faster than anything a laptop could ever hope to muster. For what I do, that’s essential. If that sounds like you, then a desktop is, at the end of the day, a much better choice.
Reason 3: They Are Cheaper
I just mentioned their power, but another major perk is they are often much cheaper. Now, that doesn’t mean that you won’t drop a good penny on them. What I mean is you get way more for your money compared to a laptop. Say you want the latest processor, for example. The desktop version will be much cheaper. At the same time, if you go with something more affordable, you will spend a lot less but get a lot more compared to a laptop. Desktops are, overall, much more budget friendly compared to their laptop counterparts. At the end of the day, if your budget is a concern, then your best option will be to look at a desktop. At the same time, if you are looking for the best of the best, you can get it and you will spend a lot less money to get your hands on the latest technology.
Reason 4: I Love Gaming
Okay gamers, this is the reason for you. We already discussed hardware and the money, and this one goes hand and hand with the other two. If you are a gamer, you want to be able to play the latest games running the best graphics and audio you can. The fact is, gamers almost always go with desktops because they can get the latest video card technology and the best processors with the most RAM on a desktop. All of that translates into a much better gaming experience when you sit down to play your favorite game. If you are a gamer looking for a new system, then I would recommend getting a desktop, unless you need to game on the go. In the end, even with a budget gaming PC you can often run the latest games on their highest settings giving you a much better gaming experience over a laptop any day of the week.
Reason 5: I Need Peripherals
I use a lot of peripheral, from external hard drives to cameras and much, much more. Now I could hook one up, then unhook it to use a different one. However, I like to have them all connected at once. A desktop lets me do just that. Sure, you can do that with a laptop if you buy a USB hub and a bunch of adapters. But why would I want to buy even more stuff just to use everything I need to use? With my desktop, I can have everything that I use connected at once. This streamlines my workflow and helps me get much more done without having to disconnect and reconnect devices all the time. I don’t know about you, but this is much better than the alternative.
Let’s Get Shopping
So, now that you know why you need to look for a good desktop and why it just makes more sense sometimes when compared to a laptop, it is time to get shopping. So how do you find a good desktop? Well, right here, of course. You can browse our various guides on desktops to find the perfect desktop for your needs. I’m sure in all of our guides, you can find something that will work for your needs. Of course, if you have any questions about what kind of desktop you should be looking for, you can always contact us or even ask here and we will be glad to help you find the desktop that is just right for you.
As you can see, the desktop is far from dead. Hands down it is the best machine for anyone who needs to spend a lot of time on a computer. Sure, you can use a whole lot of extras to transform your laptop into a more desktop like experience, but by the time you spend all of the extra money to do just that, you could have gotten a desktop computer that is much more powerful and comes with all the features you are looking for in a true workhorse of a machine.
If I were you I wouldn’t count the desktop out just yet, and I do believe if you are looking for a computer for work or play you should strongly consider a desktop, especially if you are a serious gamer or need access to high powered hardware for video editing, for example.
Do you still use a desktop for your main work machine? If so, I want to hear from you. Tell me about your desktop and why you like it more than a laptop in the comments below.