Laptop computers, officially known as notebooks, are a smaller version of a desktop. The big difference is, of course, that laptops are designed smaller and lighter to be portable. Laptops have motherboard, memory, hard drive and keyboard as desktops have, but they have everything almost embedded into the motherboard. They’re computers on the go, which makes them ideal in many work situations where you’re away from the office or as a supplement to your standard desktop system.

Buying a laptop works just like buying any computer; at the moment of buying it, users should make the same considerations that are made when buying desktops.

Laptops are ideal for students away at college, who may not have the room for a bulky desktop, but also at work when employers require more mobility to their employees.

Desktop computers are popular nowadays for by being expandable. Laptop computers, on the other hand sacrifice their scalability for portability; you don’t buy a laptop with the notion of “upgrading it later.” You buy a laptop to have a computer anywhere you are: in a plane flying across the country, in a coffee shop, or in a conference room.

All the technical descriptions of a desktop computer apply to laptops as well: microprocessor, RAM, and disk storage, for example. Beyond that, laptops have special considerations that desktop users would never dream of. Chief among these are the possibility to make the laptop slightly more powerful by adding more memory and more storage.

In addition, software programs that work on a desktop system also work on the laptop models. Some applications have special “minimum” installation options so as not to use too much of the laptop’s hard drive space. Plus, you may find some special laptop software that helps you use your portable system, such as a program to use the fax machine or wireless modem or configure the system to play music on a portable MP3 player — but that software typically comes with the laptop itself. The only consideration to make when using a software on a desktop and on a laptop too is its size. For example, programs like Photoshop, Dreamweaver and other Adobe tools work better on desktops that have more powerful processors and hard drives.

In terms of antivirus and security,the same programs that work on desktops work on laptops as well. When a laptop crashes the main problems a computer technician faces is the harshness of working on a small piece of hardware: special screwdrivers are needed and a bit of caution is required when handling laptop machines. The main issues that laptops face are generally hard drive crash, memory issues, viruses but also screen damages. Repairing a screen on a laptop is one of the most difficult tasks that pc technicians face at the moment of repairing small objects and our computer company suggests to use the warranty as much as possible to replace this expensive part. On the other hand, hard drive crash and memory problems can be normally fixed, since they are easily accessible from the back of the computer.