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Laptop vs. desktop computers

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Video: Laptop vs. desktop computers

When it comes time to pick out and purchase a computer, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is whether you want to get a desktop computer or a laptop computer. This is an example of a laptop computer. Laptop computers are also often called notebook computers, and these computers are designed for portability, often weighing less than six or seven pounds, and they have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse-pointing device built-in. So you usually don't have to plug-in any other accessories to use the computer. This is an example of a desktop computer. Now the term desktop can mean different things when you're talking about computers, but in this context, desktop refers to all computers that either sit on or next to your desk or workstation.

Laptop vs. desktop computers

When it comes time to pick out and purchase a computer, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is whether you want to get a desktop computer or a laptop computer. This is an example of a laptop computer. Laptop computers are also often called notebook computers, and these computers are designed for portability, often weighing less than six or seven pounds, and they have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse-pointing device built-in. So you usually don't have to plug-in any other accessories to use the computer. This is an example of a desktop computer. Now the term desktop can mean different things when you're talking about computers, but in this context, desktop refers to all computers that either sit on or next to your desk or workstation.

The computer itself does not have a built-in monitor, keyboard or mouse, but those items are usually included in the same box that the computer ships in and they have to be plugged into the computer when you set it up. Desktop computers are not designed to be portable or carried around a lot. But how do you decide what type of computer to get? Well, for the most part, you should only select a laptop if you genuinely need the portability. Laptops today are nearly if not just as powerful as your desktop counterparts, but you're generally be spending more money on laptops for the same amount of power you can get from a desktop computer.

Desktop computers also have the advantage of being more upgradeable. Yes, laptops have USB ports for adding external hard drives, but desktop computers also have more available USB ports and also have slots for expansion cards or for additional internal hard drives or optical drives. Desktops are usually easier to upgrade yourself too. Also, if your computer is mainly going to be used in your home or office and you don't need the portability, you can treat yourself to a much larger monitor than you would get on a laptop. Laptop displays generally top out at around 17 inches, but these days you can purchase monitors at 23, 27 or even 30 inch or larger sizes.

Of course, many laptops offer the ability to connect to additional monitors these days too, but you are still going to be paying more, so unless you really need the portability, you'll want to go with the desktop computer.

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Computer Literacy for Windows

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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