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Mar.10, 2008 ENG 119 Niya Sang UWID: 20264084 Critical Comparison Assignment Laptop vs. Desktop: Which is right for university students? Introduction Nowadays, computer plays a very important role in our society. Many university students are faced with a choice as to whether to purchase a laptop or a desktop computer to use for their study purposes. It seems so hard to make a decision. For university students who want to purchase computers, before they make the final decision, it is always necessary to ask themselves about the following types of questions: 1. Where will you use computer? 2. What are you going to be doing with you r computer? What sort of demands will you place on this machine? 3. What sort of hardware upgrades do you plan on doing in the future? 4. How much money are you willing to spend? 5. What do you want for your money- power or convenience? ...read more.


Many laptop optical can't really be upgraded at all, nor can motherboards or CPUs (15). But laptop does have advantages in performance. For internet surfing, word processing, email, spreadsheets, basic digit photography, ect, a laptop is a variable alternative to a desktop (Brown 56).Interestingly, all these functions are being widely used by university students now. So laptops seem very useful for basic programming tasks. Portability When talking about portability, of course, the main benefit of a laptop is the portability. This can be a huge benefit especially for university students. You can put a laptop into you bag and carry it everywhere as you want. This is very good for university students moving around on campus. Besides, it has a power source, you are not restricted, and therefore it can be carried to class or library for note taking. And one of the most important functions that laptops have is wireless network. By adding a wireless card provides easy access to university network and internet in many locations on campus. ...read more.


And it also costs more to fix a laptop than a desktop. However, prices have dropped in recent years and laptop prices are very competitive now. More and more students are able to afford to buy laptop than in the past. Conclusion The type of computer the students choose will depend on how they intend to use it. Based on the areas that I have talked about in this paper, it sounds like I learn towards laptops. It is true. That's because of the simple setup, portability, and they have dropped in price significantly in recent years. All these facts are very important for university students to consider when they are purchasing computers. As university students, we will divide our time among many different locations- class buildings, student life centres, the library, and of course your dorm. For this reason, laptops are prevalent on many university campuses. As a student, we'll be glad that we can take our work with us anywhere. Therefore, according to my findings, if you are contemplating a new computer purchase, take a strong look at laptops. ...read more.

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