Using Laptops vs. Desktops
Business owners who are considering the purchase of computers have a lot of decisions to make, including the types of computers they want to be used in their offices: Laptops or desktops. Laptops have surged in popularity over the past decade as their reliability, power and performance have increased even as their portability has improved. However, some experts believe that desktops are still a good option for many companies. Here are some factors to consider:
Cost of purchase and repair
Desktop computers are often more affordable, compared to laptops that have similar processing speeds and features. In addition, desktops may be less costly to repair as their internal components are generally more accessible.
Size and ergonomics
Both desktop and laptop computers are available in a range of sizes. If space is at a premium in your office, take the time to compare the size and shape of available machines. Ergonomics is also a factor: if your employees will be spending a lot of time at their desks, choosing a system that encourages healthy body positioning is important.
In some cases, laptops can present greater ergonomic challenges, although these can be overcome by purchasing peripherals, such as a separate monitor, and accessories. This is especially the case for system keyboards, as laptops are designed with keyboards that are flatter than those with desktops.
Where do your employees work? If you expect your team to be at their desks most of the time, desktops may make the most sense. If your team is on the road a lot, laptops are the better choice. In some cases, your best option may be to purchase a mix of machines: Laptops for the sales and promotional teams, and desktops for administrative staff. Bear in mind that the easy portability of a laptop presents more of a security issue than than the larger desktop computers.
Benefits of Device Ownership
To reduce costs, some companies now have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Employees are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers to work or, alternatively, to use their own device if they are working from home. The advantages of such a system, particularly for startups, include reduced expenses for the business owner, as well as allowing employees to use the machine that they’re most comfortable working with.
Still, this policy has its own problems: Not all employees can afford to purchase or maintain late-model laptops or machines that have enough power to run business software. In addition, there are significant security concerns: Company systems may be vulnerable to hacking via an employee’s computer, particularly if the employee becomes lax in his browsing habits, use of social media apps or updating security software.