Laptops. They are everywhere… at home, in the workplace, at school, outside, just practically everywhere. It seems as if everyone is using laptops nowadays.

According to Statista, the number of laptop shipments has been increasing while desktop shipments have been decreasing over time.

Since 2012, laptop companies have been shipping more than 100 million laptops per year to consumers across the world. In 2020, PC shipments grew by over 10%, and most of these were laptops.

So why are laptops attractive to PC users? Why do people prefer them to desktops today?

Well, there is a whole list of reasons why that is the case. And we are going to break them down here.


Perhaps one of the most important reasons why laptops are more attractive than desktops is their mobility. Mobility means you can move with your laptop from one place to another and take it to wherever you want. It doesn’t matter whether it’s indoors or outdoors. The small size and weight of a laptop allow you to slip it in your bag and take it with you to any desired location.

Did I just mention two more advantages in that sentence? Yes, I did.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of a laptop are two more areas where laptops win against desktops. A laptop can weigh as little as three pounds. This means you can carry it effortlessly to work, school, or your secret spot without much hassle. The size of a laptop also enables you to fit it in an ordinary backpack or sleeve. Collectively, the minimal weight and size of laptops are the underlying factors that facilitate their mobility.

Apart from size and weight, laptops come with other advantages, such as an independent power source, limited peripherals, and instant access to information.

Independent Power Source

An independent power source does not necessarily mean that a laptop comes with its own power plant. It simply means that a laptop can store charge thanks to a built-in battery. Modern laptops can have a battery life of up to 12 hours, which is impressive. Long battery life means you can use your device for as long as possible without hooking it in the wall socket. In contrast, desktops have to be plugged into a power socket in order to work.

Limited Peripherals

Limited peripherals mean you don’t need to connect components such as a keyboard and a mouse to use a laptop. A typical laptop comes with all basic components built-in to enable usability from the word go. In other words, a laptop is a complete product.

Instant Access to Information

A laptop gives you instant access to information when you need it. If you can carry and use your computer anywhere, then it can only mean you can retrieve, edit, and read your files and documents in a flash.


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