Desktops or Laptops – Which is more cost effective for your team?

 At one time, the choice between a laptop and a desktop was simply the need for mobility vs computing power. But a better generation of laptops has changed that, along with a range of USB plug-in peripherals, mobile devices like tablets, or all-in-one computers that seem to blur the line between laptops and desktops. However, for cost-conscious businesses looking for the best return on investments, the choice between laptops and desktops is still there.

Growing demands for computing

 

The first step in making the choice is to evaluate your computing needs, which may vary from one environment or job description to the next. For some jobs such as sales people or inspectors working from the field, WiFi networks and touch screens are a blessing, especially if they limited computing needs such as submitting forms that can be served by a mobile app. Employees such as programmers or admins who can work from home will need a laptop for traveling back and forth to the office for meetings, consultations, or presentations.Consider also the growing demand for big data analytics, project teams needs, streaming video and live conferences, and 3D design. To get a good idea of the options for quality computers, you might want to visit an authorised Lenovo dealer to do some comparisons.

While increasingly more powerful laptops and WiFi networks narrow the gap between what desktops and laptops can do, another option is all-in-one PCs. These can reflect the best of both options, but at the same time the limitations, as well.

 

Laptop:

 

* More portable for working away from the office
* Has fixed peripherals like mouse and keyboards that save costs and space.
* Usually don’t have the best graphics or performance.
* More difficult or limited options for upgrades.
* Often have distinct identities as products and are less customizable.
* Security risks if lost or stolen
Desktops:
* The “tower” concept provides empty bays and more options for easily adding additional/upgraded drives and RAM.
* Still typically provide computing advantages over similarly-priced laptops.
* Better graphics capabilities
* More physical security
* Bulkier
* More wiring of peripherals
What’s the bottom line?

There really isn’t a clear choice. Which type of computer you select should match the job role. Employees who have no need of working away from the office have no need of a laptop. A simple desktop that can be upgraded if needed may last for years and be a more cost-efficient solution. If they have more resource-intensive roles, they should have a more powerful desktop in any case. But employees who are expected to work away from the office should have the most powerful laptop that will meet their computing needs. Desktop sales have been falling for some time now, and as laptops get more powerful and become the choice of consumers, there will be less options for desktops. In the meantime, however, the best buy in computers is still the most affordable cost vs. quality system that will allow a specific team or entire departments to do their job most effectively.