Laptop vs desktop: which should you buy?

Man using yellow Apple iMac in home office setup
Man using yellow Apple iMac in home office setup (Image credit: Apple)

The laptop vs desktop dilemma has been around for decades, dating back as far as 1984 when the first transportable computer was launched (in case you're wondering, it was the IBM 5155 Portable, which weighed just over 11kg). In more recent years, we've seen people move from a desktop workstation to a sleek and portable laptop for graphic design instead. But why?

There are some excellent computers for graphic design out there too, you just need to decide if a desktop – commonly in the format of a chunky, static, plugged-in computer – is the best option for you as a creative. The portability and space-saving nature of a laptop does offer a clear advantage, however, desktops are more customisable with enhanced horsepower under the hood.

Beth Nicholls
Ecommerce Writer

Beth is Creative Bloq’s Ecommerce Writer. An avid music photographer and previous staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has a keen eye for content and knows just how to create it. Her background working as a tester for CeX has provided extensive knowledge surrounding the latest tech and gaming trends, and she studied Music Journalism too, so you'll probably find her at a gig. Basically, she's a total nerd with a Snorlax tattoo and a Master's degree in Photography, forever wishing she was Peter Parker. 

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