In the modern era, technology is getting smaller. Smaller is generally perceived as being better. Time was, a PC was for doing anything serious, while a laptop was a handy extra or an indulgence for businessmen who travel a lot.
But how things have changed. Since the advent of Wi-Fi, most people prefer laptops now. A laptop allows you to sit on your sofa, surfing the web and this has become part and parcel of modern life. There is no longer any need to dedicate a portion of your home to a giant desktop PC on a desk. You can use your laptop for anything and keep it on a shelf when it’s not needed.
But is this right? Do desktop PCs perhaps still have a place? There are pros and cons of both laptops and PCs – and of tablets and phones as well, for that matter – so where does the desktop PC fit in?
If you’re spending any amount of time working on a computer, you really should make sure you use a desktop PC. The simple fact is that laptops aren’t designed for prolonged use. If you are using a laptop now, think about the position you are in. Your shoulders will be hunched and you will probably be craning your neck forwards. Because the screen is so low, you naturally find yourself adopting rather awkward positions and doing this for many hours a day leads to muscle tightness which will have a permanent effect on your posture.
You can use a laptop stand and a separate keyboard and mouse to ensure a more appropriate working position, but what is this at the end of the day other than an attempt to recreate the setup of a desktop PC?
Laptops can of course be repaired, but it’s not quite so easy. With a desktop PC, you can easily replace and even upgrade components, but the majority of laptop components are fixed. You can get new laptop screens, but you will probably want a professional to fit one for you. By contrast, you can simply plug in a new monitor. Similarly, if your mouse pad breaks on your laptop, it is actually part of the machine itself, whereas a PC user could simply buy a new mouse and plug it in.
Laptops offer great convenience and bring the internet into our living rooms, but PCs do still have a place for anyone who uses computers regularly.
Maddy Boulding replaces laptop screens and here writes on behalf of www.accupart.co.uk.