If you’re in the market for a new gaming computer, you’re probably trying to figure out whether you want to get a laptop or desktop for gaming.
And, since there are many reasons why you could choose one over the other, I’ve decided to lay out the pros and cons of both computer types in this article.
The one glaring difference between a laptop and a desktop is obviously mobility. Laptops can go pretty much anywhere. Desktops must stay put (for the most part.)
So, for any gamers who frequent LAN parties, or who are also using their laptop for school, or who travel a lot, then a laptop makes the most sense.
However, those are really the only reasons why you should choose a laptop over a desktop for gaming purposes. And, while it’s true that computer technology has come a long way and laptops are now more capable than ever, the desktop is still the best kind of system to game on.
In this post I’ll give the pros and cons of each system and I’ll explain why desktops are still superior to laptops in pretty much every scenario.
Can’t Decide Between a Laptop or Desktop for Gaming? Here are the Pros and Cons of Both
There really isn’t any way to show you that a desktop gaming computer is the better option unless I first give you the pros and cons of each type of system. So listed below are some of the main advantages and disadvantages that each type of computer presents.
The ability to take your laptop with you and use it wherever you can find an internet connection is really the only reason why anyone should ever choose a laptop over a desktop for gaming purposes.
However, with the recent increase in popularity of LAN parties, there is now more reason than ever to use a laptop for gaming purposes.
So, if you do frequent LAN parties, or you are planning on gaming with your friend(s) at their house, then a laptop may be exactly what you need. They won’t give you the most performance possible, but they will give you enough to get the job done.
- Less performance
- Poor airflow/cooling which will lead to a shorter lifespan
- Excessive dust buildup increases the heat inside your system
- Cost more for less performance
While laptops are great for gaming anywhere, they are also inferior performance-wise to their desktop counterparts. Not only that, but due to their compact nature, laptops aren’t great at pushing air through their hot interiors. They also get a ton of dust buildup inside of them and that dust is usually hard to remove.
All of these factors contribute to more heat getting trapped inside of your laptop. And, if there is anything that disagrees with electronic components the most, it’s heat. (Or I guess water… but heat is second!) Essentially, a computer that consistently runs at a higher temperature will have a shorter lifespan and could potentially die long before it should.
Finally, laptops typically cost a lot more than desktops.
- Higher performance
- Better cooling to help components last longer
- Cost less for better performance
- Can be built to save even more money
Ultimately, desktops offer more performance for the price you pay and they will typically last longer and have less problems than laptops will.
Additionally, you can build your own gaming computer and save yourself a ton of money. Technically, you could build your own laptop, but the parts are more difficult to find, and the process of assembling a laptop is harder.
- Not as mobile as laptops
Mobility is the only real downfall of desktop computers. However, desktop systems are now being built inside of smaller cases that are lighter and easier to move than traditional desktop cases. This offers those who frequent LAN parties a happy medium between mobility and performance.
Laptop or Desktop for Gaming–The Verdict
In the end, it really all depends on what you are planning on doing with your computer. If you are going to be using it in a ton of different places (like LAN events, school, or while traveling) then it’s a great idea to get a laptop.
If, however, you are trying to get the most performance and efficiency possible out of the amount you are planning on spending, then you definitely need to get a desktop computer.
Furthermore, if you do choose a desktop computer, you should consider building it yourself. By building your own gaming computer you will save yourself a ton of money, gain the knowledge and experience necessary to upgrade your computer when necessary, and you will get a higher quality system.
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