It’s time to examine the downsides of owning a desktop. Remember, they are great machines, but there are a few negatives with this type of machines. If you missed my previous article, just ensure you check it out by clicking here just to be on the same page.

1. Noisy

Because these machines often have some of the most powerful hardware available today, they need more powerful cooling systems to keep these beasts from overheating.

Because of this, they use larger power supplies with big fans and case fans that run to keep things at a sustainable temperature.

The end result is these machines are often much louder than a laptop, even if you compare them to the higher end gaming laptops out there that often run much hotter and much louder than most laptops.

If you want silence, then you need to go low end or laptop (see here), but if you are looking for something with a little power, you need to be prepared to hear those fans running. It’s simply unavoidable if you plan on buying a desktop.

2. Takes more space

We don’t all have a huge desk or office where we can set up our systems. Sometimes, our work areas are very compact. In other cases, we need to work while on the couch.

Because desktops are so large and you have to connect larger monitors and external peripherals to it, they often take up a lot more space compared to a nice, compact laptop.

If you do buy a desktop, make sure you have a place to put it. If you don’t, you will find the large desktop even bulkier than before. You could also go with a compact model, but that often negates many of the pros we already discussed.

3. Immobile

Now this probably goes without saying, but a desktop isn’t mobile at all. They are big, bulky, and often heavy. Sure, there are micro versions these days (see some here), but even these don’t come with everything you need to truly use your computer on the go.

Now, if you prefer to do all your work and play in one location, then this may not be a big deal. However, if you ever need to work on the go, or you just need your computer for something quick while on your couch, then a desktop really won’t work for you. In this case, a laptop may be a better fit.

Do you use a desktop, laptop, or both? If you have at least one of each. Tell us which type of computer you prefer and if you do use a desktop, share why you made your choice in the first place. I look forward to seeing your comments below.