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When purchasing a computer, the growing trend is to lean toward a laptop for portability—but often a desktop PC is actually a better choice. Are you constantly carrying your computer with you everywhere you go? Are you working from different locations all the time? If the answer to these questions is no, then consider a more powerful, slim-design home computer as an alternative to a laptop.
Desktop PCs are better choices for users who don’t need to travel, and they’re often more cost-effective, too. There are a few features that really set these machines apart from their mobile counterparts. Firstly, they are very easy to upgrade. You can swap out the hard drive or add more RAM much more easily with these computers, allowing for far greater customization. With so many different plug-in ports, your options are virtually endless for the types of drives you can add. Simple upgrades like adding a new graphics card will take minutes on these machines, but can be costly and difficult to add to a laptop. Desktop PCs are also far easier to repair than laptops. Though modern fixed-station computers are still streamlined and slender, size and weight are less of a concern, so pieces and parts aren’t stacked, layered, and crammed into a tiny space. If you’ve ever had to clean a laptop fan, you know what a headache this basic maintenance task can be. With a larger, stationary model, cleaning or replacing the fan is a breeze—and you won’t have to worry about the machine overheating and burning out. Repairs are often cheaper with Desktop PCs, too—not only because they’re easier to take apart and access, but because new parts can be generic, and are often compatible with all models. Most laptop parts are specific to each computer, can be hard to find, and can be very expensive. These machines also feature larger monitors and bigger keyboards, for a more comfortable and multimedia friendly home computing experience. Most models also allow multiple monitors to give you a larger, more flexible on-screen work area. Spend money on features you’ll use, rather than paying extra for portability. These computers are the ideal choice for anyone who does most of their computing in a single location.