Desktop or Laptop? How to choose a new device.

What are your thoughts on the age old question: "Should I get a desktop or a laptop"?

Each group has it's own benefits and drawbacks. I have included my thoughts below on the pros of each to hopefully help you make the right decision for your circumstances. 

Laptop:

Portability - If you plan to be super mobile, than a laptop is a clear choice. Taking it to classes, a friends house, or just finding different cozy locations at home. If portability is key for you then go with a laptop. 

Workload - If you are doing a light workload or don't plan on multitasking, than a laptop can be a good option as well. By utilizing a docking station, it is also possible to have a home base with a multi display setup when needed. 

Desktop:

Cost - As a general rule of thumb, if a desktop and laptop have the same specs, the desktop will be cheaper. Desktops (especially home built ones) also typically come with longer warranty periods on the individual items. Some items can even extend out to 10 years. Finally, desktops can be upgraded easier than laptops. Down the line if you want a new GPU, then the swap out CAN be simple. You just have to keep upgrades in mine when building to future proof your desktop. 

Customization - When building a desktop, nearly everything can be customized. From the case size/shape, to individual components, to having everything RGB. Desktops offer an almost choice paralyzing amount of options when going with a new build. Don't fret though, there are many sites and services to help you be able to built your own unique setup. 

Durability - It has been my experience that desktops tend to last longer. Being stationary certainly helps with any of the accidental drops that a laptop may experience, but even the little things like increased air flow help extend longevity here. I also am a firm believer that the excess space helps because laptop parts often make sacrifices to reduce size and allow for mobility. 

While there are certainly exceptions to every rule, the above are just my thoughts on the subject. If you are in the market for a new device and haven't made your decision on which route to proceed down, then i hope this helps you out! I am also interested in what thoughts and comments other will have. Please leave them below!

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  • I went through this debate when purchasing my Legion 7. I ended up going for the laptop because I factored in how much work that I (normally) do offsite or at different locations at the university. Despite my wishing the Legion 7 was a tad more travel-friendly, it was the better choice for my primary need. Now if I could have gotten two computers, I would have gotten a desktop and a more portable Legion so that I can still run my analyses (and games of course) on the fly. However, the desktop would probably end up being my workhorse. Honestly, the next one will likely be a desktop for me. I really need the power for my applications. 

    On a side note, I do miss being able to get the CTOs for any model Laptop. The last two I got were stock and I definitely would have preferred greater customization out of the gate.

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  • I went through this debate when purchasing my Legion 7. I ended up going for the laptop because I factored in how much work that I (normally) do offsite or at different locations at the university. Despite my wishing the Legion 7 was a tad more travel-friendly, it was the better choice for my primary need. Now if I could have gotten two computers, I would have gotten a desktop and a more portable Legion so that I can still run my analyses (and games of course) on the fly. However, the desktop would probably end up being my workhorse. Honestly, the next one will likely be a desktop for me. I really need the power for my applications. 

    On a side note, I do miss being able to get the CTOs for any model Laptop. The last two I got were stock and I definitely would have preferred greater customization out of the gate.

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