What Are the Benefits of a Desktop Computer?

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What Are the Benefits of a Desktop Computer?
A desktop computer's stand-alone monitor, keyboard and mouse are replaceable. (business desktop computer reflection image by scalesy from Fotolia.com)

With cell phones boasting more and more capabilities, convenience is king in the world of computing and electronics. It's easy to forget that a stationary desktop computer has strengths that portable appliances can't match. If you're deciding between a laptop and a desktop, consider the benefits you'll receive from investing in the latter.


Prices on laptop computers continue to drop, but desktop computers tend to be more affordable. They're bulkier, but they're not portable, and convenience is a luxury with higher value. Another money-saving aspect of desktop computers lies in the fact that the monitor, mouse and keyboard aren't built in to the appliance. These pieces, the mouse and keyboard especially, can be replaced cheaply and don't have to be a certain make or brand.

Size and Weight

The bulk of a desktop computer is usually counted as a disadvantage, but not when thinking about security and fragility. A laptop computer can be lifted easily from its owner, either out in public or during a break-in, but the unwieldiness of a desktop computer could guarantee its security. It also means a desktop computer generally has a specific home. It sits on a desk or table and isn't often moved. It's less likely to be dropped, stepped on, lost or crushed.

Expansion and Upgrades

The structure of a desktop computer makes it more compatible for expansion and add-ons than a laptop or notebook computer. If your interests and activities change, you can change the capabilities of your computer. Desktops can take multiple hard drives, expanded memory packages and specialised cards. Laptops have stricter limitations due to physical space and capacity.


It isn't uncommon for laptop users to hook up an additional monitor, but doing so eliminates the benefit of portability. A desktop computer can be purchased with a monitor of any size, so users needing a computer with an unusually large screen might prefer a desktop. Sometimes the computers are even sold without the monitors, making it even easier to choose the exact monitor that meets all your needs.

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