Should I buy a laptop or a desktop?
This is one of the most common questions Paul Archie is asked by small business owners when first starting out.
Below, Paul outlines some of the considerations to be made when making this decision.
Laptop v. Desktop
The question has been asked whether its better to get a desktop computer or a laptop when starting out in business, but the first question you must ask yourself is do I need the portability of a laptop to take with me on to jobs?
If the answer is yes, then a laptop will be the way to go.
If the answer is no, and the computer will remain on your desk, then it is far better to get a desktop computer.
If you were to compare pricing, you can get a desktop computer with a large screen (or even two for better productivity) for a similar price of a laptop. I never suggest customers to buy cheap laptops as "you get what you pay for". Cheap laptops usually are very slow, and you will get frustrated when trying to do most tasks.
If you get a laptop, be aware that if anything goes wrong, it must be returned to the place of purchase for warranty who will then most likely send it to the manufacturer for repairs, and you can be anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks without your computer.
Most times with warranty, the first thing they do is wipe the laptop and restore it to factory settings which wipes any saved information from the storage. Make sure you have done your backups vigorously or you will lose everything.
Pre-built or custom-built
If you purchase a pre-built branded desktop (HP, ACER, Lenovo) from retail stores, the situation is the same, if it requires warranty, all data will be lost, and you could be 4 to 6 weeks without it.
A custom-built desktop computer is the way to go as the business that builds it, usually uses parts that are readily available, and it can be repaired quickly without the need to send it away for repairs.
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Paul is the owner/operator of Secure I.T. - a locally owned and operated computer repair business in the Redlands offering on-site servicing, as well as pick up/delivery for clients.
With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Paul's policy is ïf we can't fix it, then there's no charge"!