Desktop vs Notebook vs Netbook

@faisai (1140)
Hong Kong
May 16, 2009 1:50pm CST
Desktop is what sits on your desk (or under it) that is supposed to be quite powerful to provide gaming, internet surfing and handle any other tasks. Notebook is what you carry around with less power. While it can be carried around, most notebook just doesn't work long enough to make it truly portable. Usually it takes less than 2 hours before it cries out for more battery. The lines between the 2 is quite clear. You want more power, you buy a desktop. You want portability, you buy a notebook. So far so good until the Netbook comes in. There is no definition as what makes a Netbook but it is generally accepted that a Netbook is one with less than 10" screen size with an Atom CPU. At first look, a Netbook is just like a joke as it is small in screen size and nearly no processing power at all compared to Notebooks. But then, they provide one thing that is outstanding: Battery life. My Netbook for example can run on its own battery for up to 4 hours. And the newer models claim up to 8 hours of usage with Wifi on! So, Netbook suddenly becomes strange in position. If you want power, you want a desktop. If you want portability, you may opt for Netbook. Only if you want both side of the world (and you are willing to pay huge money for that), then you will go for a Notebook. What's your view on this? Do you think Notebook market will soon collapse with the rise of Netbook? Or you think that Netbook is just a toy that well, it will stay as a toy only?
1 person likes this
5 responses
• Philippines
16 May 09
I'll still buy a desktop. I really work long hours on a PC. But then again, I also need mobility. So I'll just buy a notebook. Ah! I can't choose. But really, between the two I'd say desktop.
1 person likes this
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
17 May 09
So, what do you buy a notebook for? I mean what kind of activities you will do on the notebook? If you have a desktop, I think you probably won't use the notebook for gaming, right? So, have you considered getting a Netbook which is smaller, lighter and usually have longer battery life?
1 person likes this
• Philippines
17 May 09
Mobility. I don't do gaming that much, I'm more on editing videos, typing and doing something on Excel/Corel. Well, I wouldn't use the notebook for graphic designing since they require much more raw power and editing takes a long while. So I'd really prefer a desktop. But if it is just editing something on word or excel, a notebook would suffice.
1 person likes this
• Singapore
17 May 09
Na. In fact, I believe the Desktop market will collapse instead. People want more mobility now. This is why Netbook is very popular nowadays. As you said desktop is for power, netbook is for portability. I believe many feel that desktop offers no mobility, while netbook is just a toy. With 16 inch notebook becoming a more popular choice for replacing the desktop, we will continue to see an increase in notebook while a decline in desktop. The Notebook offers more advantages other than mobility. It offers superior sound system already inside the notebook, while on the other hand you need to buy a separate sound system for a desktop. Notebook is getting more futuristic everyday, and it is a fashion symbol when you are carrying it around.
1 person likes this
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
17 May 09
Thanks for your reply. But desktop have more powerful CPUs and also it allows you to install more memory and more powerful display card. I am not saying that a Notebook doesn't offer the same level of power but they are much much more expensive. For instance, more and more people are installing 4G of memory into their desktop system to leverage the benefits of using Ramdisk for enhancing performance. And why you think netbook is just a toy? I am using my netbook now to type my response now. Yes, it lacks CPU power, but then I am just surfing the web.
1 person likes this
@clickicy (571)
• Indonesia
17 May 09
Hi faisai, I think netbook will be comparable with notebook soon enough. Otherwise people will choose notebook over it. Power is not an issue... Desktop will continue on top in performance benchmark. Well... If I have money... I choose... Desktop. As mobility is not an issue for me.
1 person likes this
18 May 09
Desktop is very convenient for a person who plays game, watch movie and prefer to work or use PC from the same place. People who travels prefer laptops because its very convenient to carry. I use Dell Inspiron Laptop. I carry my laptop wherever i go. Its very easy for me to work while i travel.
@hsofyan (3448)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
17 May 09
Hi Faisai, Each has a different function, according to user needs. You can choose according your needs. Notebook, lifebook or netbook, useful in the travel / mobile. Please use the netbook, if you enjoy playing games outside the home and want easy, simple and practical. Nice to meet you.