Is Working On A Laptop More Productive?

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.

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  • Chris

    It really depends on what you do. When I’m doing web design, I can’t be productive on a 15″ screen. I need to be able to lay out multiple windows and I’d much prefer to be in front of the iMac for that.

  • Mike Walmsley

    I think that desktops are better suited to a working environment as they allow the user to adjust the position of the monitor. There is a tradeoff with a laptop between having the flexibility to work away from your desk or office and the negative ergonomics that you are likely to experience.


    • agree with you dektop are better for working env, at least I still need a second large monitor when I’m home for more comfortable work, laptop great when you’re not working at home

  • fractalfrog

    I have the best of both worlds as I have a 27″ Imac here in my homeoffice and a 15″ Macbook Pro with an Iphone 4 as a Personal Hotspot when I am on the move.
    I use Dropbox to sync my work between both computers so no matter which of them I use, I always have access to the latest versions.

  • Hameed Rahamathullah

    I personally prefer working in desktop than laptop. It’s more convenient and allows to adjust monitor position. When compared, I get more productivity when using desktop.

  • I Know You

    sorry, didn’t meant to be harsh, but this article was perfect IF you post it 4-7 years ago.

    Everything is depends on what job u do. Laptop is just another form and like any gadget it can’t replace desktop completely.

    Any smartphone these day can do what u write in the article, few are less expensive than a laptop, and even more convenient size is smaller. Most of it already had Wifi also, transfer file/print/browsing internet/viewing pictures,document, play video,chatting audio/visually almost all this things can be done not just with laptop, I can do all this with my gaming Portable Console 3ds.

    • D.J.Rony

      I might disagree with you. laptops will never completely remove desktop from the seen. No matter what- desktop is still one of the most used version of computer in office and homes. And people like me will never take it comfortable to work long hours on a laptop.

      it is okay when I am in a move but while I am staying at home then desktop is more reliable and better choice for working environment. It gives the feel that I am working.

  • It’s practically proved that back pains are mostly seen in laptop users than in desktop users. Generally laptop users lay in different postures while operating it. So I prefer desktop at home and laptop is used at outdoors.

  • For me, it is a laptop!
    Hands down!!
    Pawan, you can avoid the back aches caused by sitting on a laptop if you make sure to use a chair which provides full support to your back and has a large seat.
    Not only that, using a laptop allows you to carry your office with you. No matter where you go, you can take care of urgent requirements.

  • Tarun Jaitely

    For me Laptops are better than Desktops. It is more productive for me to work on laptop rather than on Desktops.

  • In terms of functionality, both desktops and laptops are, in general, equally impressive.