For the last 30 years computer hardware has evolved at a phenomenal speed, from the relatively clunky desktops of the early 80’s to the sleek, light, but fully-functional convenience of modern laptops and netbooks. Now that the majority of computers are fast and reliable, is there really any significant difference between the two most common formats: laptops and desktops?
In terms of functionality, both desktops and laptops are, in general, equally impressive. Provided you’re not aiming for a super powerful server, chances are the laptop you see in a computer store has the ability to perform everything a desktop can do. Admittedly, in some cases, heavy graphics programs are more suited to desktop computers but the difference, in most instances, is negligible.
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Is There An Advantage To Using A Laptop Instead Of A Desktop?
Yes! There is no doubt that laptops can increase your productivity. The flexibility a laptop provides means that you don’t have to be so rigid with your work arrangements, specifically your work location. Working on a desktop means that you simply have to be at your desk if you’re to be productive. On the other hand, a laptop gives you the freedom to work from someone else’s office, from home, from a cafe or even from the local park.
To get a good return on our time, we usually need large blocks of time to justify sitting down at our desks, turning on our desktops and starting work. There’s no point in rushing back to the office to start work if you’ve only got 15 minutes between meetings. But, with a laptop, you can make the most of any small amounts of time – even the five minutes you’re waiting for a colleague’s arrival – to send a couple of emails or work on a spreadsheet.
The advances in email technology has really made the use of laptops all the more advantageous to work productivity. WiFi, so commonly available in public places these days, increases our productivity even more. It’s just so easy now to send emails or do any web-related work in a multitude of locations away from the office.
Another major productivity benefit of a laptop is that when you’re in a meeting or pitching to a potential client, you have your work (samples, proposals, demonstrations) right there in front of you to show your client whatever he wants to see. With this convenience also comes a reduction in the need for printing, increasing productivity in its own way – when we have to rely on a desktop computer, we regularly need to print out materials to show to clients. With your laptop at your side wherever you go, the need for printing is vastly reduced.