The type of computer in an office will vary, depending on how a company works in and out of the office. From the standard desktop computer to various laptop/tablet hybrids, the computer market is ever-expanding and growing, and the demand for such technologies as work tools will always be present. But which is best to go for?

Desktop Computers
Let’s start with the classic, trusty desktop computer. Over time they’ve definitely evolved from the chunky, heavy originals, now offering sleek and slim options for a stationary computer.

There are two common variations of the desktop, all-in-ones and those with a separate monitor. The all-in-ones - being all within the screen unit - are great space-savers with less extra baggage to set up. The pros of choosing the separate-computer-from-monitor setup is that if anything goes wrong, the computer can be replaced without sacrificing the monitor.

If portability isn’t a priority or requirement, a desktop is best for most. And as it lives on your desk and is unlikely to move and unable to be carried around, a desktop computer has a very small chance of getting lost or stolen.

You’ll most likely have a setup you’re happy with, which is always there and easy to navigate. The traditional monitor-keyboard-mouse arrangement is still very much in use. Some choose to have multiple monitors which can be beneficial for research tasks and writing – the multiple screen option being less available and efficient for laptops or tablets.

A standard keyboard in your desktop setup is likely to be easy-to-use – much easier than the touch-screen virtual type on a tablet. But of course, keyboard-preference is down to the individual and what’s easiest for you.

A desktop can also be a less-expensive option; the price of many entry-level computers cheaper than your average laptop, being a good option for start-up offices or small businesses. But they’re also customizable, with extra storage hard-drives, advanced keyboards, speakers etc. A desktop computer is great for a dedicated work area.

Laptops do pretty much everything a desktop does, but with the added benefit of being portable. They’re great for transporting your work, working on the go, using them in meetings and conferences as a presentation tool, and just generally being easy (most being light too) to work on.

Laptops generally have decent screen sizes, most at around 14-15 inch, meaning everything’s still clear and easy to see (as opposed to 7-10inch tablet screens). Some don’t find the touchpad mouse an easy tool to use for some areas of work, as compared to the conventional desktop mouse. But the sleekness of the touch pad allows everything to be streamlined and modern, allowing the laptop to close with the clamshell design – this also protecting the screen.

Being streamlined they’re easy and often light to fit into your bag and take places, and using them on a sofa or bed offers a comfort station which isn’t a desk and office chair.

The USB ports, SD slots, disc drive or similar features are also close-by for most laptops, and often easier to access than those on a desktop computer - in which the computer with various slots may be on the floor under the desk for example.

Tablets are the most recent addition to the game, being handheld and touch screen. They’re kind of a cross between a smartphone and a laptop – touch screen, decent sized screen, internet access and apps available.

They’re thin and light, more so than a laptop, and the most portable option of the three. Again, good tool to take to meetings and conferences, to rig up to a big screen or for your own personal notes. The battery life wins against the laptop’s average of 5-6 hours, with the average tablet lasting around 10-12 hours before needing to plug in for a charge. This means more work can be done for longer on-the-go, without the worry or the battery dying, or lugging around a charger.

Tasks that require lots of typing are where tablets fall. The touchscreen keyboard provided is fine for small tasks or the odd Google search; however for longer, more in-depth writing pieces are best and easiest done with a laptop or desktop keyboard for most. However there are Bluetooth keyboards available to buy to link up to your tablets, which is an option many tablet-users go for.

Ultimately computer-choice is down to personal preference and the type of work to be completed, and many often opt for two or all three types, for convenience and variation. Whichever you choose, it’s important it works well for your working habits and the tasks at hand.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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