Ever since the invention of laptops and a massive drop in their retail prices, its sales have soared significantly. The traditional bulky desktop offerings have become less popular than what they were a decade ago. The transition is gradual but it does not mean that desktops are lackluster in nature. We’ve established a few attributes based upon which we will make the comparison between the laptops and desktops and their usage in Homes and Offices.

The following attributes are to be considered while choosing a system for home and office users.



The home users can compromise on the compactness due to much larger space availability. But for office usage, a laptop is far necessary and compact than a desktop system that has numerous components. It can not be moved with ease and requires a bigger desk to set up. Home users too like college students that live in dorm rooms and hostels, keeping a desktop system is pretty cumbersome considering space availability.



The desktop system allows for flexible pricing of components that you can grab at a lower price. The part of the desktop system can be individually outsourced or purchased as a complete setup. The cost-cutting can be done in building a desktop system as a wide array of options are available for components that you can choose according to your budget. While the quality factor may vary, it will still be cheaper to build a desktop system than buying an already assembled stringently priced laptop.


Starting Price

The starting price of all-in-one desktops can begin from 200 dollars. It is a lot less than the 300 dollar price range for a laptop that can barely run a full-fledged system without stuttering. Also, cheaper laptops will have cramped keyboard layout and noticeable screen quality compromises that degrade after regular use. Price-wise the desktops systems are fairly cheaper than the laptop.



Portability is a factor where laptops win unquestionably. Laptops come with a weight range of 1-3 kilograms on average and can be carried with ease. They can fit into most backpacks and do not feel like a burden to carry anywhere. Laptops are perfect for a business outing or a home project and bear uniqueness to each individual. The desktop systems, no matter how hard they try, can ever come close to the portability aspect of laptops. Even the all in ones cannot be carried from one place to another regularly.



Traditional systems are able to draw more power and run with full-fledged components. This enables a desktop system to make faster computations even with lower-end CPU and RAm modules. The components on a desktop system can be overclocked with ease and can be done without destroying it completely.

The laptops running mobile versions of identical processors perform fairly lower than the desktop counterparts. Laptops are capped to use low power to run the CPU and lag in using office and developer applications.


Power Consumption

Power consumption is a concern for both home and office users. The users try to minimize the operating costs of the systems and generally favor laptops and all-in-one in place of a traditional desktop system that is power-hungry. Laptops are perfect for home users that rely on non-renewable sources for energy, whose cost is increasing day by day.



Laptop systems offer minimal upgradability due to their compact form factor. Desktop-grade systems offer maximum upgradability when it comes to replacing obsolete parts. If the system has a competent motherboard, a ton of processor and RAM upgrade options are supported. That along with the screen and even the graphic card can be changed.

It is a perfect option for home users that want to try their hand at gaming. Office users might not game that much but still need a powerful system upgrade from time to time, especially if they are into application development.



It’s very easy to clean and manage a desktop system where each and every component can be dismantled with ease (only with prior knowledge). Laptops can be difficult to clean and repair and may require professional help for each service session.


We’ve discussed the above attributes that affect the choice of a system for home and office users.


Attribute Laptop Desktop
Compactness YES NO
Affordability NO YES
Starting Price HIGH LOW
Portability YES NO
Performance LOW HIGH
Upgradability NO YES
Power Consumption LOW HIGH
Maintenance HIGH LOW


From the above table, it is evident that the desktop systems have a fair bit of advantage over laptops. But with most work being done on cloud platforms, the need for super-competent hardware is declining. Therefore laptops are a much efficient and portable option for home and office users.