Sunday, 2 February 2014
Desktop PC vs Laptop/Notebook vs Tablet PC Advantages and Disadvantages
Desktop PC pros -
- these days, many Desktop computers cost less for under £100 compared to a laptop
- are versatile; you can add extra drives. DVD burners, rewriters, programs etc
- good for gaming
- easier to upgrade and add components to make it faster
- they are not prone to overheat than say the laptop computer when used for longer periods of time
- Desktop PC screens are wider and bigger, makes TV viewing a better experience
- Desktop programs such as Photoshop offer more precision, making it easier to access on a PC or laptop than on a tablet PC
Desktop PC cons -
- portability wise, the desktop PC ranks the lowest compared to the tablet, laptop and notebook. Mobility is severely reduced when using a home computer
- They are stuck in one place
- can take up too much space
- can't be connected on the go. You need to have internet access via a wireless internet router in the home to access websites.
Tablet PC pros -
- more compact
- more portable
- is very lightweight
- less bulky to carry than a laptop and notebook
- has fewer components inside, meaning it has a longer battery life
- many tablets are cheaper in price for under £100 compared to a standard laptop
- easier to hold and carry a tablet around in your hand in contrast to a notebook or laptop
- if you have an Android run tablet, you can easily access apps from the Google Play store
- easier to take notes, write, draw using a stylus on screen than to purchase a separate drawing tablet for a laptop/desktop PC
Tablet PC cons -
- Smaller screen
- Drop- down boxes or controls when browsing, accessing websites can be fiddly to use, due to its touch-sensitive display
- The cut/copy and paste method on tablets, especially when using a stylus, can be equally frustrating and tedious. It is for me.
- As tablets have less memory/RAM compared to PCs, laptops, this means you can only store less files on a tablet.
- Some or most web apps and programs are not applicable for use with tablets
- Functionality is limited compared to laptops, desktop PCs; the most you can do with tablets is browse the internet, read e-books, magazines or watch TV and movies. Therefore, multi-task wise, you can't do very much with a tablet
- Tablets are not ideal for artists, designers or for use with Photoshop and other image editing programs
- Tablets are not ideal for gamers and people who want to play computer games
- If you have an android tablet, you can only use Android compatible programs and not programs designed for Windows XP, 7, 8 only
- Most tablets lack a standard 2.0 USB port but which have a micro USB port, meaning in order to access and save files on a USB stick, you need to purchase an OTG (on the go) cable and connect the USB to the OTG cable, which goes into the small port on the side of the tablet.
- I had problems locating the drive to access and transfer music MP3 files from the tablet to my phone. On the desktop or laptop computer, it is easily to find the removable d://e:// when connecting the phone to USb cable to the laptop or PC tower.
- compact and portable
- ease of use, easy to switch between programs
- easier to connect to the internet
- you can browse the web, use social networking whilst listening to music or watch videos all at the same time
- comes with a built-in full physical keyboard
- larger screen
- you can type much faster using a physical keyboard than you would do on a tablet screen keyboard
- more durable
- you can use a range of software and programs for home, business, education, work
- the laptop's hard drive means you can store as many files as you want, depending on how much RAM your laptop or notebook has
- out of the 2, net-books are the cheapest option; they are cost efficient, use less power and are good value and less expensive
- more bulky to carry in your bag
- laptop batteries can last up to 7 hours a day, so you will need to recharge your laptop every day.
- notebooks and netbooks lack an optical CD/DVD drive, so therefore if you want to use software or burn DVDs, you will need an additional external drive
- because of its small size, this makes tablets and laptops an easy target for thieves and crooks to steal
- easier to damage when dropped or come into contact with liquids and fluids
Overall: The tablet is merely a stripped down laptop with a touch-screen. I have a tablet at home, but I found that it lacks certain features than a laptop/notebook. Plus, it's not very user-friendly for me. My preferred option is the notebook/laptop with the additional use of a mouse, given as I am more familiar with using a notebook than a tablet. Plus, I can use and access programs and do lots of things with it. Such as use word processing, image editing/photo-shopping, listen to music, surf the internet. Therefore, even though I own a tablet, I will still be in search for a good laptop/notebook that does the same things as my Toshiba net-book did. Before it died completely after 5 years of use.
People have their reasons for choosing laptops over tablets and vice versa, but out of the 3 options, I like the laptop/notebook the most.