Computer technology is a necessity in the daily academic life of students. Coastal
Carolina University is committed to providing state-of-the-art computing
technology to its students. The University has established several
computer labs throughout the various
departments and colleges. Some of theses labs have extended hours of operation.
However, some students still prefer to purchase their own computers. Making a
decision whether to purchase a laptop or a desktop can be a difficult process.
We hope the following information will simplify this process for students.
The following table provides advantages/disadvantages between laptops
|Flexibility,convenience and mobility
Students can carry their laptops wherever they go: to the cafeteria,
to the library, and throughout campus. Students can also easily take
laptops on trips and other places off campus. Laptops occupy little
spaces in dorm rooms.
Desktops are stationary. They occupy more space than laptops in dorm
Higher prices than desktops for less power, speed and storage.
However, high competition has made laptop prices reasonable.
For the same cost of a laptop, one can get a more powerful desktop
with more storage and higher performance.
Laptops allow for maximum interaction and collaboration among
students and faculty. Students work together and with faculty
anywhere on campus at anytime of day with the latest information at
their fingertips. Also, students can gather and manipulate
information in the classroom under the guidance of the instructor.
Minimum interaction among students and faculty members.
|Size and Weight
Laptop computers are much smaller and lighter than desktop
computers. Often weighing less than 5 lbs., and less than 2 inches
While the size of the tower can vary, they are significantly heavier
than laptops. A monitor, keyboard, and mouse must be connected to
the desktop for it to function, taking up much more space.
|Wireless Network Access
As wireless network access continues to grow on campus, students
with laptops are able to roam around campus and connect to the
Internet/Network. They can access classroom notes, assignments, and
other resources in various locations on campus.
While desktops can also be wireless, access to the internet/network
is limited to the physical location of the desktop computer.
|Ease of Setup
The main parts of the computer such as the monitor, keyboard, and
mouse are all part of the laptop. No wires/cables to connect parts
together as with a desktop.
A monitor, mouse, and keyboard must be connected to the desktop for
it to function. Modern desktops color-code these connections for an
easier setup. Other items, such as printers, network cable, various
USB devices, etc. can complicate the setup process and create wire
|Display (Monitor) Size
Sizes are limited. They range from 12.1 inches (diagonal) to 17
||Wider range of screen types and sizes with some ranging over 24 inches.
|Vulnerability to damage and theft
Since laptops are designed for transport, they are more vulnerable
to damage from accidents and theft.
Proper placement of the desktop tower can eliminate most threats of
physical damage. Desktops are heavy and ackward to carry, making
them harder to steal.
|Upgrade-ability and Part Replacements
Laptop components are often very specific to each model. Upgrades
and replacements are often only available from the manufacturer.
||Easier to upgrade and replace parts.