Laptop or desktop PC. A buyer’s guide.

At Stour Computer Services, we spend much of our time undertaking computer repairs in Ipswich and throughout Suffolk, for home users and business users. But we also provide a computer retail service for people who wish to buy laptops, desktop PCs, and computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, printers, and scanners. If you want to purchase a computer, the first thing to do is decide what you want. While a laptop offers great portability, a desktop gives you more performance. A tablet is also hugely portable but does not offer desktop applications and provides less space. We’ve put together a guide to help you decide on the most appropriate device for your needs.

Why buy a desktop?

  • Increased performance.
  • Ideal for sharing with the family.
  • Central feature of a comfortable home office.
  • Possibilities of dual monitors, photo editing, graphic design, and gaming.


Why buy a laptop?

  • Excellent mobility.
  • Take it travelling.
  • As powerful as a standard PC.
  • Easily take work to and from office.


Why buy a tablet?

  • Low price.
  • Ultra-portable.
  • Take it travelling.

Stour Computers guides you through the minefield of desktop PCs, laptop PCs and tablets


Besides the above, there are a number of technical features you should consider before coming to a decision. They are as follows:

  • Processor cores and speed
  • RAM
  • Hard drive size
  • Screen size
  • Optical drive type
  • Video capability
  • Ethernet speed
  • WiFi
  • Operating system
  • Web cam
  • HDMI ports

You may also want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want it for business or personal use?
  • Are you into gaming?
  • Do you want to edit video?
  • Do you use music programs such as iTunes?
  • Do you want to watch TV on it?
  • Will you be carrying out graphics work?
  • How will you connect to the internet?

By considering all of the above, you should be able to narrow down your options and select the most appropriate type of machine for your needs. However, if you’re still feeling none the wiser, we at Stour Computers would be delighted to offer advice and we can even offer custom built PCs with the precise software and components you need.

Contact us for further details.