What are the Differences Between a Laptop and a Desktop Computer?

You can use many devices to use telehealth services, including smartphones, tablets, and computers. If you use a computer, you will use a laptop or a desktop computer.

Both laptops and desktop computers can be used to access services on the internet. But they each have different qualities. To know which is best for you, compare these features.

Laptop Features:

  1. Portable: Laptops are light and small, making them perfect for being on the go.
  2. Smaller: The design of laptops makes them convenient for using or storing in tight spaces.
  3. Internal Battery: Laptops have a built-in battery, so you can use it without plugging in.
  4. Can Use a Wall Charger: A laptop battery can charge by plugging into a power source using a wall charger.
  5. Complete Device: Laptops have all needed parts — screen, keyboard, and trackpad — built into a single device.
  6. Limited Input/Output (I/O): Laptops typically have fewer ports for connecting other devices. Most laptops feature both USB-A and USB-C ports. Sometimes, they have only one or two USB ports.
  7. Connectivity: Laptops can connect to both wired and WIFI networks, giving you many ways to access the internet and share files.

Desktop Computer Features:

  1. Larger Displays: Desktops typically have large monitors, meaning everything on the screen will be easier to see.
  2. Not Portable: Desktops are meant to stay in one place, usually on a desk or table.
  3. Requires Reliable Power Source: Desktops do not have built-in batteries and need a consistent power source, such as a wall outlet, to work correctly.
  4. Easy to Upgrade: Most desktops are built so that you can update each part as needed. If a part isn’t working correctly, you can replace it.
  5. External Devices Not Built-In: Desktops do not come with built-in devices like keyboards, mice, or monitors. You need to buy these separately to use them with the desktop computer.
  6. Require Wired Internet Connection: While some desktops can connect to WIFI, many need wired internet connections to access the internet.

Choosing to work on a laptop or desktop will depend on your needs, preferences, and use. You have read about the differences between the two devices. Now you can decide whether a laptop or desktop computer will be the better choice for taking care of your health needs.

If you want to learn more about how to manage your care using telehealth services, call the Link to Care WA hotline at 866-757-1832 (TTY:711) Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.