Desktop PC

Until recently, with laptop computers becoming increasingly popular, when someone said “personal computer,” the desktop PC was the first image that sprang to mind. Unlike their mobile cousins, Desktop PCs are intended for use at a single location. And though the mobility of laptop computers have made them all the rage in today’s increasingly mobile society, desktop PCs still have much to offer in the realm of personal computing.

Most desktop PCs consist of a central processing unit, or CPU, housed in a durable case. To that case, users can attach a monitor, keyboard, speakers, mouse, portable USB drive, and many other devices, known as peripherals. With a desktop PC, it is relatively easy to upgrade peripherals, keeping the user’s experience as smooth and comfortable as possible when it comes to sound, visual appeal, and ergonomics. Interchangeable peripherals also allow for great customization of the desktop PC.

Upgradability is also one of the key factors that differentiate desktop PCs from laptop computers. Desktop PCs come with more room to upgrade the computer’s components. Compare this to a laptop, where small size and the fact that components are often glued to the motherboard does not allow for much upgrading. In relation to laptop computers, it is downright easy to access a desktop PCs components. Upgradeability is a key factor to consider when contemplating a computer purchase, because computers’ relatively high price means that you will want to use them for years to come. Depending on the type of computer users you are, and with new advancements in technology announced every day, you may not want to get left out in the cold with a stagnant laptop when a highly upgradeable desktop PC could last you for years. Desktop PCs have another advantage over laptop computers in that their parts are more standardized, and thus more readily available and cheaper.

Though many desktop PCs are defined as a CPU with peripherals, there have been attempts to create semi-mobile, all-in-one computers. These computers combine the CPU and the monitor in one case. Examples of all-in-one computers include the iMac, a popular and cost-effective product from the late 1990′s and 2000′s. Apple’s original Macintosh computers from the 1980′s were also all-in-ones. Typically more portable than traditional desktop PCs, all-in-one computers are sometimes created with a built-in handle for ease of transportation. That said, few would recommend trying to carry an iMac around as a portable computing solution. The bubble-like machines are large and prohibitively heavy.

Another major advantage desktop PCs hold over laptops is their power usage. Because desktop PCs are plugged into a wall socket, monitoring power consumption (as with a laptop computer’s battery) is a non-issue. Further, all personal computers generate a large amount of heat, and the desktop PC’s larger size allows it to distribute excess heat much more efficiently.

Desktop PCs have also been accused of causing health problems such as muscle, joint and eye strange. Extensive improper mouse usage can cause wrist strain. A monitor stationed too high above eye level can strain the eyes, and a misaligned computer chair or a hastily arranged work station can cause all manner of muscle strain when performing too many repetitive tasks.

While desktop PCs are still the best selling personal computing solution on the market, experts predict that laptop computers will begin outselling them as early as 2009. As with any major decision, when choosing between a desktop PC and another alternative, like a laptop, be sure to carefully consider where, when and how you will be using the equipment as well as the price point at which to purchase and how long you plan the machine to serve your needs.

This Desktop PC Review is Written/Updated on Mar 15th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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