Dilemma: Desktop or Laptop?

Recently, I was chatting with a friend and the topic of computers came up. She knew the time had come to replace her old laptop and was weighing the advantages of a laptop over a desktop. I shared that when I was no longer consulting and needed a laptop for work that I went with a desktop. I really like the larger screen and keyboard for my BoomerTECH Adventures work. Then I admitted that after a year I also also purchased a laptop because at times I still needed a portable computer for an occasional presentation or meeting. Although I love my iPad and it does everything I need, I still prefer a laptop for presenting.


I am sure some of our readers also face the same dilemma–laptop or desktop. I decided a chart on the pros and cons from my point of view might be helpful to others.


Device Pros Cons
Mac Desktop
  • Large screen.
  • Larger keyboard.
  • Great when using sites like Canva for graphics.
  • I also find it easier to use Pages (word processing) & Keynote (presentation slides) because of the larger screen, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Adequate storage for my needs.
  • Can answer my phone on it when working.
  • Not portable.
  • If I lose power, I can’t use use it.
Mac Laptop
  • Portable
  • Larger screen than my iPad or iPhone
  • Can use it anywhere in my home, including my comfy recliner.
  • If I lose power, I can still use it.
  • I prefer to use Pages (word processing)  & Keynote (presentation) on it rather than the versions of those apps on my iPad.
  • Adequate storage for my needs.
  • Can answer my phone on it when working.
  • Screen is not as large as the desktop.
  • I don’t currently use a mouse with it, but I could. Not using a mouse slows me down.
  • Have to remember to keep it charged if not near an electrical outlet.
  • New Mac laptops do not have a USB port so external devices like external hard drives or connecting to a projector may require an extra connector.


The best of both worlds was when I attached a separate good-sized monitor and keyboard to my laptop. Then I had portability when I traveled and a large screen and keyboard when I was home. Lesson learned–do not get rid of extra equipment–you never know when you might want to use it again(-:

If you are still learning about your Mac laptop or desktop, you will find Introduction to Mac Basics a great help.

This course by BoomerTECH Adventures is a step-by-step guide to learning to use your Mac computer.  Join BoomerTECH Adventures’ guide Ed Brazee in this “Introduction to Mac Basics” course as he shows you how to make your Mac computer (laptop or desktop) hum!

This course includes five primary videos: Mac features; communicating through phone, text, email, and FaceTime; organizing your Mac’s desktop, dock, files, and more; discovering apps and using the App Store, and; unique features, emptying trash, browsers and search engines, Spotlight Search, iCloud, and more.

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