Desktop vs Laptop for my Business - Which Should I Choose?

PC Magazine has a couple of great articles on How to Buy a Business Desktop and The 10 Best Business Laptops. We thought we would try to answer the question of which type of computer is best for your business.

There are several factors to consider when making the decision. You must weigh your needs against the features that each option offers to make your decision.

1. Portability. If you need to bring your computer with you to meetings or on sales calls and a tablet doesn’t have the features you need, like a keyboard, then you will probably want to go with a laptop. Though not all portability issues are solved by merely having a laptop. For example, if you do some work at home and some at the office, access to files can be shared between devices via the cloud. So if you’re heading home early to miss the traffic you’re not about to throw your desktop in the car or bring it on the train. You can easily use the computer you have at home. If you don’t trust the security of the cloud, you can just load your files on a portable thumb drive and plug it in when you are using your other device.

2. Budget. If your budget is bare-bones and you need new computers desktops are an excellent choice. Desktops offer a lot of computing for the money. if you can live without the portability, then desktops are a great way to go. In addition, desktops have a longer lifecycle which can help you if you have a tight budget. Finally, you get more computing power for the money with a desktop. There is a higher cost associated with the small scale required to make the laptop.

3. Ergonomics. One of the advantages - some would say - that desktops offer is ergonomics. A sizable screen, keyboard and mouse might be easier on the body and eyes. That’s a call that you need to make after trying the different types of laptops and desktops to see which one works for you.

4. Upgradability. Desktops are easier to upgrade than laptops. The caveat here is whether you have an all-in-one, or a tower/monitor style. The all-in-one is not as easy to upgrade. In addition, if a desktop with a monitor and tower goes bad, you can replace the tower without having to sacrifice the monitor.

Once you have decided which type of computer is right for your business, you'll need to set up and configure the units. If you don't have an IT team in place or if they need extra help, consider hiring an outsourced it support company 

Do you have a preference on the subject of desktop vs laptop? Let us know in the comments section below.