Small, portable and reliable that’s the basic USP of this compact computing solution. Laptops are powerful personal computers that are small enough to fit on your lap, that’s the basic gist of the product, as the name suggests too. They also vary dramatically in size and functionality, and can often be customized to fit your needs. Powerful gaming laptops do exist, and they are awesome, but they are also substantially more expensive that a comparable tower PC. As technology continues to shrink the difference in price-to-performance is becoming less pronounced, but it is still considerable.
However, there are a few categories where the laptop is the clear winner. And for many people, these advantages are more than enough to make up for the price difference and other limitations of the laptop form factor.
The first and most obvious advantage for laptops is in terms of size. Laptops use smaller components, which means they are substantially more compact. They also have built-in displays, keyboards, and trackpads, which means a fully self-contained computer that takes up much less space.
This can be the deciding factor for many people, especially those with desk real estate, like those in a dorm room. If space is at a premium, you might not have room for a large tower, a display, and a keyboard on your desk. A laptop will fit in the smallest of areas, and is easily folded up and put away when you aren’t using it.
For those who do want something closer to the full desktop experience, almost all laptops can provide that as well. Almost all of the portable computing options available in the market have USB ports built-in natively, meaning one can plug many attachable peripheries to the device for a much more diverse and fulfilling experience which rivals the one a PC may provide. The difference is that an external display and controllers aren’t mandatory like they would be with a tower.
If you’re making the most of a small space, a laptop is probably the way to go. Like a tower, you can spend as much or as little as you want. If you’re looking for a simple laptop for social media and word processing you can pick up a notebook for a few hundred dollars or you can spend thousands on a laptop that can compete with high-end gaming desktops.
Size is no longer a limitation to power the way it used to be, and laptops are capable of more than ever. There are also customization options beyond just internal components. You can get laptops with high refresh rate or G-Sync displays, touch screens, laptops that convert into tablets (commonly known as 2-in-1s), and a huge variety of features that allow you to get the laptop that fits your needs perfectly.
Not only are laptops smaller than desktops, they also run off of a battery, and that means you can take them anywhere. This is obviously a substantial advantage over desktops, which have to stay plugged-in to operate.
For students and professionals, this can be the deciding factor. Having a powerful PC at home is great, but it doesn’t do you any good if you’re in class trying to take notes. The advantages of having a portable computer are huge, and can’t be overstated.
If you’re a gamer, being able to take your latest obsession with you is a huge plus. If your roommate is studying or snoring too loud, just grab your laptop and some headphones and head to the library. Hate flying? No problem, just grab your gaming laptop, ignore the cramped seats, and head to digital Montana for some Far Cry 5.
And it’s not just gamers that benefit; having a laptop with you at all times is a huge deal for productivity too. Even with the explosion of phones and tablets, sometimes a full laptop is exactly what you need to get the job done.
Depending on how important portability is to you, you’ll want to do some research on batteries. Different laptops can have very different battery lifespans, and that will vary even further depending on how you use your system. A gaming laptop that has a dedicated GPU is going to eat through your batteries much faster than a notebook that’s only running Word.