IT Support 101: Laptops vs Desktops for business

Updated: May 22

Desktops are cheap; to be honest, we cannot argue our way out of that. Desktops have more performance and easily modified. If we are looking at something you wish to use for the long term, something that can last you ten years of periodic use, a desktop is perfect.

IT Support 101: Laptops vs Desktops for business

Same can be said of research facilities, manufacturing and logistic firms. It does seem to make sense for computers connected to such sophisticated types of machinery and pieces of equipment to be stationary and fixable on-site. But computers no longer need to be hard-wired to technology anymore with the rise of wireless connective technology. More of these systems can connect to any computer within an environment remotely, meaning that a researcher can still tap into a machine wirelessly via an application on their laptop computers. Administrators can manage access to these pieces of equipment by managing access policies, allowing only the authorized person access to the data and functionality of such pieces of equipment. Such a feature could also allow redundancy, meaning any laptop inside the work environment can access the machine through a web portal only accessible within the research facility; the laptop is dispensable and not a crucial part of the process infrastructure.

IT Support 101: Laptops vs Desktops for business

Laptops have always offered one thing impossible for a desktop to accomplish, mobility. Technology has evolved leaps and bounds in a decade, and laptops can cost downwards of a thousand dollars, sometimes even below five hundred dollars, depending on the currency of course. Mobility allows for flexibility, and this does not extend to workers in the industry mentioned earlier. Even more practical use for laptops would be for administrative teams such as human resources, finance, sales, marketing and office management. Desktops only hamper the ability for team members to move around the office with a computer, forcing people to write down notes in meetings when they can quickly bring over their laptop to record down essential notes. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, has a take-home bag, filled with presentation, decks and essential items for her to get to later in the night. Granted, she is from a different era and has team members dedicated to keeping her take-home bag updated with the latest information. However, all of that can easily accomplish with a shared drive on a laptop. We can say one thing for Anna Wintour; here, the cyber-security awareness level is unmatched. We don't know of anyone who can hack her take-home bag.

You may have heard that a laptop uses eighty per cent less power than a desktop, the fact that we think you should take with a grain of salt. Such figures do not apply to game laptops for sure, but such advantages are negligible for a business running air conditioning, lights, refrigerators and the hundreds of iPhone chargers plugged to their wall sockets.

IT Support 101: Laptops vs Desktops for business

The costs of the laptop so low and how easy one can provision without the hassle of delivery and storage. What we mean is, your in-house IT team can easily store more brand new laptops on standby for new headcount, provisioning them at the drop of a hat without having to look for a spot in the office, a cubicle, an available desktop computer or procure one from a distributor. Replacements are quick; meetings can quickly be done off-site with little preparations. We love desktops, we do. But as a business owner, an office manager or an IT manager, laptops are the way to go. Computers are tools that make the work of staff members easier, and the more relaxed that job becomes to do the more job gets done.





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