With devices like laptops, smart phones and tablets that allow you to go online with great mobility, do you ever wonder why desktop PCs are still being used? Though some think these bulky, stationary machines are on the way out, better judgment suggests the contrary: a desktop workstation has unmatched benefits.
Good Reasons to Have a Desktop Computer
Desktop PCS can be set up to comfortably accommodate the human body. While it’s true that iPads can be used in any position – standing, crouching, lying down – imagine sustaining that pose for long periods of time. The larger screen and the detached keyboard and mouse are more suitable for extended sessions of working, blogging or media enjoyment.
2. The Keyboard
Anyone who has used a virtual keyboard knows there’s nothing like a tangible, freestanding panel of keys clicking under your fingertips. A desktop keyboard can accommodate even large, clumsy hands; it’s less prone to errors and therefore more efficient. This is a very important consideration for users who handle lots of information on a daily basis.
While a laptop does have a physical keyboard, it’s not customizable. Meanwhile, desktop keyboards can be adjusted and personalized for comfort. A tablet can be customized with attachments, but that impracticality defeats the purpose of having a tablet.
3. Larger storage
Laptops and tablets are designed for portability, but not for storing huge amounts of data. At the most, they can contain 64GB – which can fill up faster than you can imagine. For a desktop, it’s easy to install at least two hard drives of up to 4TB each. That’s why they’re better office workstations and family-use computers.
4. Wear and Tear
No matter how much you take care of it, a portable device will inevitably get scratched and dented. Since desktop PCS and Macs are stationary, they’re not as prone to abuse and are less likely to get battered by accident. They tend to last longer and don’t need to be replaced as often.
Though the latest laptops can perform at high speeds, desktops can still do everything faster. They can be equipped with multi-core processors and tons or memory, which enable them to read large applications – graphics programs, games, flash-laden websites, videos and others – with more efficiency. They also have less risk of overheating. This is ideal for people who do a lot of work with graphics, animation and large spreadsheets.
6. Bigger HD screens
Desktops monitors are larger and provide higher definition. This is preferable for designers, video editors and gamers. It’s also great for watching videos.
7. More Value for Money
It’s true that laptops are more affordable now, but desktops ultimately give you more value for the amount you spend. You can assemble an efficient workstation for around $500, or a high-speed media center for a little over $1000.
It’s evident that technologies are going for more mobility and flexibility. The benefits of the iPad, the ThinkPad and the Macbook are unquestionable. While compact, portable devices are very practical – even beneficial, so be sure to have a few – it’s still good to have the choice of using a Mac or a PC as your main machine. Especially for people who do hours of work and handle large applications daily, there’s nothing more reliable than the desktop computer.
Peter Lee is a computer geek who blogs at ComputerHowToGuide.com. A fun loving person, he likes to write and read about computers and technology related articles. You can follow him on Twitter @com_howtoguide.
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