Here’s Why Most Companies Prefer Laptops To Desktop PCs
It’s no secret that companies use all sorts of computer equipment on a daily basis. Desktop PCs were a firm favourite of many organisations, and to some extent still are. Laptops make it possible to take desktop PC power on the go. Tablets are lightweight and offer a convenient way of carrying out common tasks.
And, of course, let’s not forget the mighty smartphone! The great thing about smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone, is that they are like having pocket computers. You can do most things on a smartphone that you can with a “normal” computer.
In the office, you might think that desktop PCs reign supreme. That used to be the case until a few years ago, thanks in part to the mobile computing revolution! Have you ever wondered why most firms prefer to use laptops over desktops?
It’s an odd concept when you think that laptops are more expensive to buy and maintain than desktop PCs. But laptops are the preferred computer of choice in the office. Why is that? It turns out that there are many different reasons why!
In today’s blog post, I explore the reasons many firms are taking to the road with their computers by using laptops.
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When you are sat at your desk, there is little scope for privacy when you use your computer. No, I’m not talking about viewing websites with risque content in case you are wondering!
Let’s say that all your office employees work in an open plan office. If you’re the boss, you might need to send confidential emails to senior management or company directors.
If you’re discussing an employee appraisal, you don’t want the worker in question to see what you’re saying about them! The awesome thing about laptops is that you can take the laptop with you to a “quieter” part of the office. Now you don’t have to worry worrying about others seeing what you’re doing on there.
# Powerful mobile technology
A few weeks ago, I had to buy a new laptop to replace an ageing desktop computer system I used for over 10 years. As most people do, I went online to see what was on offer. At the Insight laptops website, I was quite amazed at how powerful today’s laptops are!
I used to think that laptops could only perform a limited number of tasks. After all, laptops are so much thinner and smaller than desktop PCs. But it turns out that today’s laptops can do everything a desktop PC can do, and more.
There are even laptops built just for gamers; go onto Google and type in “Alienware” if you don’t believe me! I know that employees don’t spend their days playing computer games – or, at least, they shouldn’t be!
Laptops are serious contenders for the workplace. And they have given the desktop PC market a shake-up and something to think about.
Of course, you can pretty much use laptops anywhere. If you need a computer to use only in the office, a desktop PC is a better choice. But if you need to use your computer when visiting clients, or to work from home, a laptop is the ideal tool for the job.
When laptops became mainstream back in the early 1990s, they were quite bulky and cumbersome devices. Today’s laptops are nothing like those early units! They are lightweight, come in a range of different sizes, and in a choice of colours and finishes.
Some laptops are almost as lightweight as some tablet devices on the market. In any case, you can transport laptops in special cases and bags designed to protect them from damage during transit.
Laptops are great for catching up on emails and doing some work when you’re stuck on a long train journey, for example. Imagine trying to do that with a desktop PC? Pretty impossible, don’t you think?
The operating system of choice for today’s laptops is Microsoft Windows. Some firms even use open-source Linux operating systems. But most companies prefer to use Windows for reasons of familiarity.
Employees also like to use productivity software, such as Microsoft Office, on their laptops. In fact, you can run pretty much any software on a laptop as you would a desktop PC!
For many workers, space is at a premium.
As I write this blog post, I survey my own desk and see that a lot of my desk space gets taken up by “stuff.”
I like to take my laptop with me to most places, but I tend to keep piles of paperwork on my desk to sort through when I have spare time. I have just about enough space for my laptop and a cup of coffee. But there’s no way this could be possible if I had a widescreen display, keyboard, mouse and PC base unit on my desk too!
# Power consumption
One thing that we can all agree on is that desktop PCs consume a lot of power! Older PCs tend to use more power than newer ones, because they don’t have many energy-saving features in them.
Regardless of age, all desktop PCs will use more power if you make them work hard. Running ten applications at once? Rendering an Adobe Illustrator file? Those things and more will sap your electricity.
Power consumption is a big reason companies and other organisations prefer laptops to desktops. Modern laptops have longer battery lives. And with new energy-saving features, they will use less power for those demanding tasks.
The only time a laptop will use electricity is when the battery is getting charged. Most laptops will stop using electricity when they detect the battery is full.
My laptop takes about one to two hours to fully charge from empty. But the great thing about my laptop is that I can use it for six hours just on its battery power alone! Of course, my laptop isn’t unique in that respect. A lot of today’s laptops offer similarly impressive specifications.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s article. Thanks for reading!