In today’s technology-driven world, a common question is “What laptop should I buy?” But maybe you should consider buying a desktop computer, writes Geoffrey A. Fowler, personal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Laptops make up about 80% of the consumer market, but, according to Fowler, desktops still have a place. Here are six reasons why you could benefit from switching:
1. Creativity and design. Desktops like the 27-inch iMac are great for creating and designing. Part of the desktop’s lure is that not all computing is meant for a mobile screen.
2. Habits. For most people, their serious work happens in the same one or two places every day, making a desktop a practical addition to the home or work office.
3. Productivity. Desktops like the Acer Aspire Z3 are designed specifically for the human body, with a screen level to the human eye. Studies show people are more productive when sitting at this angle, which is impossible with a laptop. And desktops look nice.
4. More space available. Fowler says desktops typically come with more features and screen space than laptops. And technology like Windows 10 voice commands allows you to talk to your computer, similar to using Siri on the iPhone.
5. More bang for your buck. Desktops can also provide more power per dollar because there isn’t a space concern like there is with laptops. Dell’s new XPS 8900 contains Intel’s Core i7-6700K processor, one of the new chips code-named Skylake. It’s also easier to customize and perpetually upgrade a desktop.
6. The cloud means you’re always prepared to be on the go. Cloud technology makes it easier to move from desktop to desktop instead of carrying a laptop with you everywhere you go. With the features desktop computers can offer, they are more practical than laptops for the working world.
— Adapted from “Your Next Computer Should Be a Desktop,” Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Wall Street Journal.