Do you need your computer to be portable?
If yes, buy a laptop.
If no, buy a desktop.
Desktops & laptop computers have many pros and cons to them.
Simple, all in one portable machine.
Saves space on your desk.
Fewer wires and mess.
It has a built-in keyboard, mouse, monitor, all in one so it can be cheaper.
More expensive to have repaired.
Many parts of the computer are so expensive to fix that it would be better to shell out another $500 for a new one.
Performance to Price Ratio is low.
Not Modular or upgradeable in many areas. An expensive laptop will only have the power of a desktop that’s probably 1/2 the price.
Price to Performance Ratio is very high. A $500 desktop will perform almost the same if not better than a $750-1000 laptop.
Parts are readily available for affordable prices.
You can upgrade almost anything on them.
Completely modular. Every part can be replaced in a desktop, and now it’s common for desktops to include WiFi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity out of the box.
More wires and mess.
We love both laptops and desktop computers. If you are a gamer, who wants to play the newest titles at maximum resolution with excellent performance, get a desktop. If you want portability and simplicity, then get a laptop.
Gaming laptops do exist, but in all honesty… they are a ripoff. You could get a gaming desktop from $500 and up that will play all your favorite games just fine and then a cheap $300 laptop for everything else. For $800-$1000, you could have two computers that do everything you’d ever want for LESS than the $1400 laptop with the fancy lights.
Gaming laptops are overpriced, under-powered, and often have more parts that can fail than your average laptop. They are pretty… but they aren’t a great investment vs. having a gaming desktop & a regular notebook.
Check out our picks for the best desktops and laptops at every price point below: