Laptops make a great alternative to desktop computers

Laptop, or notebook, computers are the alternative to desktop computers. A laptop can do all the things a desktop computer can do, but packs its punch in a much smaller package. Varying in weight from about 4 to 10 pounds, laptops are both portable and less space invasive when stationary. While the largest difference between desktop and laptop computers is size, there are a few differences to keep in mind.

A laptop uses a LCD display screen that will range from 12 to 15 inches. The smaller screen may not be conducive to all uses, but everything is smaller on a laptop. The keyboard is going to be slightly smaller with fewer keys and may even be without a numeric keypad. A laptop computer also does not need a mouse. Though some models have ports to accommodate a mouse should the user desire, they are readily equipped with cursor control via tracking ball or touch pad.

Besides these minor differences that may or may not work in favor of the laptop depending on the intended user, the most favorable difference in a laptop versus a desktop is portability. Like a desktop computer, a laptop uses electricity as a source of power; but unlike a desktop, all laptops come with some form of rechargeable battery. Laptop batteries make it possible to use laptops in places where it would otherwise be impossible to perform computer tasks such as airplanes, subways, trains, the car, the beach, and pretty much anywhere else one may want or need a computer.

Many scenarios make owning a laptop sensible. College students, professionals who travel, writers, police officers, and many others find the convenience and portability of a laptop a priority. In addition, laptops as a stationary computer might make sense for someone who finds their home or office short on space. For times when it may be uncomfortable to use your laptop, most come equipped with docking connections that can be used for full-sized, desktop convenience when a docking station is available.

Processors, operating systems, memory, and disc drive options in laptops vary from model to model. Prices range from $600 to $4000. Features will vary from model to model and some are even equipped with DVD drives for portable movie entertainment. When shopping for a laptop, be sure to check ergonomics, weight, and durability while also assessing your requirements for basic features.