desktop/laptop/tablet pros/cons

 

Overview

These are the pros and cons I came up with of laptops, desktops, and tablets.

tablets:

  • - no maintenance except cleaning screen and not dropping and not pressing too hard on it
  • - requires wifi
  • - if anything goes wrong, you lose the apps you bought and have to re-buy them from the apps store maybe. every factory reset this will happen.
  • + small
  • - no ethernet, sometimes really could use one, and probably no USB dongles available that work with ARM processor. alternative? an AP or wireless gaming adapter like the linksys WES610N can wirelessly provide you with an RJ45 ethernet jack. :-) it's bridged. but that's only if your tablet is wireless. if it's a cell-network tablet, my understanding is those can't do wifi. ugh.
  • - security? security apps available, and norton and mcafee antivirus
  • + quiet
  • + mountable as musical instrument or on stands
  • - touchscreen, really hard to use and error-prone on-screen keyboard and inaccurate
  • + bluetooth keyboards and mice available!
  • + doesn't weigh much! (7" about is 1.43 lbs or 0.650Kg)

laptops:

  • - $200-$800 for parts replacement, $359-$600 for screen
  • - $75-299 for maintenance, like cleaning hairballs & dirt clods our of CPU cooler
  • - lasts 6 years without pets
  • - requires $60 laptop cooler
  • - requires usb hub to protect ports
  • + portable
  • + has battery, some like acer timeline/timelinex can last 8-9 hours
  • + great for college
  • - doesn't handle drops
  • - doesn't handle spills
  • + has a hard disk for local storage
  • + takes external hd's for backup
  • + relatively quiet
  • + weighs less than a desktop! this could be great for elderly who might need to move the thing around.
  • - lifespan: my mom's previous laptop only lasted 4 years before it started having one thing break after another.
  • - not operable on the bed like in marketing photos because fan vents on the side or underneath or behind can't expel the hot air. cloth sort of grabs the airflow. ever try to breathe for a while with your mouth next to your pillow? you get the idea. that area gets hot and stuffy, and the cpu cooler needs cool(er) air.

desktops:

  • + faster than tablet or laptop (bigger cache, higher speeds)
  • - $75-$120+parts for repairs
  • + more memory than laptop
  • + can do own maintenance for free
  • + parts can be changed out
  • + cheaper to maintain than laptop
  • + lasts 10 or more years if you change drives out
  • - requires external monitor
  • - requires usb hub to protect ports
  • + if spill on keyboard, simply buy new keyboard
  • + can have several hard disks for local storage
  • + can have blu-ray burner
  • + very expandable, more HW options
  • + can use powerful speakers if you want
  • + takes external or internal hd's for backup
  • - not portable
  • - heavy, 20-80 lbs (9-36kg)! some cases like the corsair carbide series (60 lb system) are light because of more plastic. if you just want steel or aluminum for the wrist-strap thing you need to do, there's the antec twelve hundred or nine hundred (80 lb system). most average desktops are the weight of an all-in-one printer (35lbs).

all-in-ones (it's all a big screen and a keyboard)

  • unknown costs for maintenance/repair, probably more prohibitive than a laptop is and laptop is $75-$800/pop.
  • monitor is not replaceable. however, if monitor goes out, and it has a VGA or DVI or HDMI or DisplayPort port (check specs before buying!), you could theoretically connect an extermal monitor and problem solved if screen goes out for any reason.
  • + keyboard replaceable
  • + mouse replaceable
  • - touchscreen
  • -- not expandable!

fit-pc's (hand-sized box)

  • + requires external monitor, which is replaceable
  • -- not expandable! what you see is what you get.
  • + if it's not an ATOM or ARM or VIA processor and instead uses a laptop or desktop proc, then you could connect port expanders/usb docks, USB hubs, and other usb stuff.
  • - slower than desktop or laptop
  • ++ SMALL FOOTPRINT. great if you need to save desktop space
  • ++ doesn't generate a lot of heat
  • ++++ silent! maybe no fans
  • - still spendy as any other computer

surface

  • see same issues as laptop.
  • - chiclets keyboard - not fingers-prone and definitely not good for touch typing. if you are doing a lot of typing, drop the surface and get either a laptop and a usb keyboard or a desktop.

ultrabook

  • see same stuff as laptop.
  • - unlike laptop, has no cdrom drive. read the specs before buying. if you have software in cd you want to install, then ou should get a plain laptop or desktop.
  • + VERY LIGHT
  • + lasts for a long time on a charge if I remember right

netbook

  • see same stuff as laptop.
  • - chiclets keyboard - not fingers-prone and definitely not good for touch typing. if you are doing a lot of typing, drop the surface and get either a laptop and a usb keyboard or a desktop.
  • + VERY LIGHT, some even pocket-sized if you have a larger pocket, 7-8"
  • + 8-hr battery time
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