Desktops vs Notebooks: Which Computer Comes out on Top?

by Incredible Connection 8 August 2019

You're in the market for a new computer. Perhaps you're looking to upgrade your old one, or you're simply searching for your first computer. There are so many factors to consider though - from which brand to pick and whether you want/need a notebook or desktop.

We know that, right off the bat, some of you will recommend a notebook. It's 2019, do people even use desktops? It might sound strange, but desktops make more sense than a notebook for a lot of people. Usually, said people value performance over portability, or they'd rather not pay for a notebook's comparatively high price tag. There are several advantages to getting a notebook too. Here are a few things to consider when choosing between a notebook and a desktop.


Worldwide sales of laptops have eclipsed desktops for more than a decade. When it comes to notebooks, the main advantages are power usage and portability. The latest notebooks, such as the Asus VivoBook X411 Core i5 Slim Notebook are extremely light, making it perfect for the modern person who's always on the go. For individuals who regularly need to take your computer out of the house, then owning a laptop is clearly a no-brainer. Notebooks use less power than their desktop counterparts, and also have a battery that can save you from losing work during unexpected power fluctuations and outages.

There are various disadvantages to owning a notebook though. Even though entry-level notebooks, such as the Mecer Xpression 14 Z140C Notebook, offers affordability and great value, most high-performing notebooks can cost more than desktops. The most significant drawback of a notebook is its fixed peripherals - you’re stuck with the same screen, keyboard, trackpad, ports, speakers, etc. Yes, you can buy external components, but that only diminishes the advantage of portability. Very few notebooks offer discrete graphics. If you're a gamer then this will matter to you, but most of us don't need the extra cost and weight of a graphics card in a motherboard slot or an entirely separate GPU. Lastly, most notebooks don’t have many components that you can upgrade. You basically have the RAM and the hard drive, and that’s about it.


Desktops often perform smoother and faster due to its full-size parts that are often more powerful than the similar counterparts designed for notebooksDesktops thus offer you better performance than a notebook, even if they have the "same" parts. As previously mentioned, desktops could be an affordable option in return for the same performance, if not better, than a notebook. The Lenovo IdeaCentre 510 i5 Desktop produces powerful performance with its Intel Core i5 8400 Processor, 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD. You can also upgrade several parts in a desktop that you can't always upgrade in a laptop, without replacing the entire unit.

Desktops tend to use more power than notebooks, due to the bigger parts and performance. You also sacrifice mobility when you purchase a desktop. If you're a desk jockey, then this might be ideal. but it's a drawback for budding entrepreneurs, students, and creatives on the go.

So which computer is better? The answer can only be answered by you! You have to assess your needs, wants, goals and budget to see which side of the computer world you fall. Notebooks are great for students, entrepreneurs, creatives on the go, and anyone who needs performance on the go. Desktops are excellent for the desk jockey, for your home office, and any person who wants the best performance in one room.