- Easy to transport to and from school.
- Takes up little dorm space or desk space.
- Can be carried to class or library for note-taking, study, etc.
- If wireless network is available, adding a wireless card provides easy access to college network and Internet in many locations on campus. Newer notebook computers may have built-in wireless networking ability.
- Can be brought home during weekend or holiday visits.
- Can be shipped to manufacturer or taken to dealer for service
Disadvantages of Laptop
Much more easily stolen, particularly if carried around campus.
- More easily dropped or broken.
- Somewhat more prone to failure than stationary desktop computers of comparable quality.
- Significantly more expensive for comparable speed and capacity.
- Limited expansion and add-on capabilities.
Advantages of desktop
Best value: Typically, more speed, memory, and storage for a lower price.
- Relatively difficult to steal.
- Lower probability of failure for comparable quality machine vs. Notebook.
- Relatively easy to expand or modify as needs change.
- Less costly expansion products such as large hard drives, additional memory, and special purpose cards.
- Flat screen LCD monitors are now reasonably priced, reducing desk space requirements and making storage/shipping easier
Disadvantages of desktop
Space-consuming and awkward to move to and from school.
- Takes up valuable real estate in cramped dorm rooms
- Can't be carried to library or classes.
- Difficult to ship if repair/replacement is needed.