desktopsDesktops have many advantages and only one disadvantage when compared to the portables. And, portability is the pint-sizes’ only advantage. Desktops are certainly not designed for mobility with there weight and all the peripherals that are attached to them. However, power users, afficionados desiring the best in graphics and audio, engineers, scientists, graphic artists and designers, gamers and jobs that require PCs to run “around the clock” all require desktops.

Desktops Computers are less expensive and easier to upgrade than Laptops (Notebooks). Notebook computers offer you mobility and the ability to work and play wherever, with a wireless connection.

Desktops are always more powerful, and the RAM cheaper by half than laptops. You may prefer desktops for their durability. You can’t upgrade a laptop as you can a desktop which means desktops don’t get “out-dated” as quickly. Desktops can add high end video and sound cards for enhanced gaming and graphics, then upgrade its memory for better performance.

Desktops offer more computing power at a lower cost. This is due to several factors including space specifications, power consumption, cooling capacity, and ease of design.

The laptops’ high cost and lower processing speeds are a result of its miniaturization. Laptops are more prone to system crashes (usually over-heating). Two heat sinks would be great for my laptop but there’s no room and then again, it wouldn’t be as portable, either.

Over-heating puts a limit to the amount of work that a laptop can do. If you need to work overnight (downloading, scanning, defragging, copying, etc,) your laptop will probably over-heat and crash.

Desktops can handle additional hardware and user demands, synchronizing scanner, fax machine, printer, external monitor, high speed processing, network adapter, storage controller, USB ports, media card reader and others with its more powerful central processing unit (CPU), larger hard drive and greater memory. A laptop in this situation could self-destruct with a need of repair or data recovery.

Laptops are constructed to a higher standard because they are on the move and always take a beating. Desktops rarely move, unless they need service. Laptop screens, constrained by power requirements, can’t match the higher resolutions, better response time and lower prices of desktop monitors.

Desktops come with more ports and usually a second drive which makes copying disks easier. But, then again, you can slip that gorgeous, thin, new Netbook into a rather large stocking.

An obvious advantage that laptops have over desktops is its portability. This is one reason why laptops are the choice of many people whose jobs require them to be always on the go, like students, who are forcing notebooks ever smaller, lighter and more convenient. “Just how mobile can we go?”

However, its advantage can be its own undoing. Unlike a desktop PC, it can be easily stolen, along with the valuable data in it, and sold. There have been security improvements such as thumbprint and voice recognition but still their very mobility makes them a victim.

Appearance has a bearing on one’s preference but it certainly should not be the main feature of a PC. If aesthetics are the basis, then laptops will certainly be the hands-down choice. Most models are sleek-looking and lightweight, and some are in colors that coordinate your designer clothes.

desktop computersCertainly in the past, desktop computers were not considered “fashion accessories” like cell phones and laptops; but that’s changed. The crewcut executives and propeller heads who believed that their desktops did not need to appear fashionable but only powerful and durable, now see that a “hot” design (at home as well as the briefcase) is also a powerful status symbol.

You can customize your computer by using a different system tower on it. You can use a black tower or those that have colorful LED lights on it. CPU casings have been made slimmer and monitors are using the LCD. Many enhancements have been made to make the machine look better on any table as well as lessen the space required in a house. New designs that will definitely make your desktop look customized and also fit your personality.

Workstations are often confused with desktops and comparisons and differences are subtle. Many PC manufacturers do not treat them the same. Workstations are high performance, more powerful machines than the average desktop, usually with a greater power usage. Often specially tuned for specific applications (multi-media, engineering, weather forecasting, etc.), they offer better graphics and more reliable memory capabilities.

AIO computers (extinct) were really semi-portable desktop computers that build the monitor into the same case as the CPU. The original Apple Macintosh was such a one. All-in-One PCs were more portable than other desktop PCs and many had been built with carrying handles integrated into the case. They could simply be unplugged and transported to a new location.

Like laptops, All-in-One computers were not easily upgraded and lacked hardware customization. As space saving measures, the internal hardware was often placed in the back of the visual display unit and the motherboard, the CPU and other internal hardware units were all glued together. This made upgrading almost impossible. Later models built interchangeability into their designs, using standard off-the-shelf components.

When buying a desktop computer, decide first what are your needs and what purposes the computer will serve. Now, you can determine which features you’ll need based on what you’re going to do with your machine.

Compare various monitors. Important considerations are: native resolution, panel size, viewing angle (both horizontal and vertical), contrast ratio, response time (quicker is always better), brightness and physical adjustments (tilting angles, rotation, etc.).

Desktops plasma screens have greatly increased the viewing surface and provide dynamically improved sharpness and color saturation.

The keyboard is especially important for the comfort and speed of your computing experience. The ergodynamic designs reduce hand and wrist fatigue and joint injuries.

At the moment, you have three primary (3) choices for an Operating System, Windows, Apple (Mac) and Linux. Google’s, soon to appear, free, Chrome OS will change forever the way we view operating systems.

So, go ahead and choose whichever OS catches your eye. Any of the brands you’ve heard about are excellent.

Choose a brand based on quality, price and technical support. Understand the warranty. Problems, if there are any, will tend to pop up during the first 12 months. Data recovery may be required at any moment, any time. All computers will eventually need maintenance, repair and replacement.

Computers used for editing digital video, managing large databases and as “Master Control” to enthusiastic gamers will need extra processing capabilities for maximum graphical performance and the general workload. Video takes a bunch of “computer juice”.

What pre-installed software do you want or need?
1. A good Anti-Virus program
2. Possibly, a good, commercial Firewall
3. Possibly, an office application for performing basic standard tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, etc.

Once you get your desktop home -

Carelessly arranged computer screens and keyboard can lead to physical problems such as eyestrain, headaches (thank God the cathode ray is dead) and repetitive strain injuries (like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), while using a keyboard for long periods. The height of a standard desk is not recommended for keyboard use. The monitor of desktops should be at “eye-level”.

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