What Are the Different Types of Desktop Computers?

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Desktop computers come in several different configurations, and can be purchased for home or office use. The type of desktop computer a person may opt to purchase depends on its intended use and sometimes personal preference. The difference between desktop computers is often cosmetic, although some types are better suited to running different applications and tasks. Although they lack the portability of laptops, PCs are often considered to be more functional, less costly to repair and able to carry out more tasks in some cases.

All-in-one desktop computers are an option for people who don’t want to have to deal with a lot of external peripherals. Some Macintosh® computers are an example of this type. The monitor, hardware and case are combined into one piece, and a mouse, keyboard and printer are often the only things that need to be attached to an all-in-one computer. These can often save space compared to a full sized desktop computer, but their compact nature makes them difficult to repair or upgrade. All-in-one computers are more common in home computing, and they are often one of the more expensive desktop options.


Full sized desktop computers are the most widely sold type of computer in the world. The hard drive and components are kept in a case that’s separate from the monitor, which is attached to the case along with the mouse, keyboard and other peripherals. The tower containing the hard drive can be kept on the user’s desk or tucked away on the floor to save space. These are often the easiest desktop computers to upgrade, and they tend to need fewer repairs than laptops and all-in-one systems.

Compact computers are often the best option for space saving. These are sometimes call slim computers, and they are about half the size of a full sized desktop. They’re very similar to full sized computers in terms of functionality and cost, but the smaller design can make them difficult to repair. Owners will often have to take a compact computer to a repair store to have it fixed or upgraded.

Gaming desktop computers can be the most expensive and powerful computer option. These are intended for home use, and come equipped with more RAM, more powerful graphics cards, larger towers and so on. They often have multiple hard drives, and are designed primarily for computer gaming. Gaming computers will also often have a larger power source than other types of computers, in order to run all of the hardware.


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Post 5

My desktop computers have served me well for many years. I don't buy very expensive ones because I like to buy a new one every 2-3 years. I have found that I like using a wireless mouse and keyboard with my desktop computer though. This just gives me more flexibility without messing with a bunch of cords.

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I have a desktop computer at home, but I find myself using it less all the time. I have a small desktop computer that I might turn on a few times a week, but find myself using my laptop or phone more often than anything to get online.

The desktop monitors don't take up nearly as much room as they used to, but you still have to find a place to keep the tower. I also like to get online when I am watching TV, so with my desktop being in a different room, I rarely use it.

Post 3

I use a desktop computer at work all day long, but just rely on a laptop if I want to get on the internet at home. I don't really have much space in my house for a desk or any kind of home office.

With a desktop computer you have to have a desk or table to set the monitor on, and a place to keep the tower, which can take up a lot of room.

It would be really nice if my workplace would provide us with a laptop, but I imagine I will be using a desktop at work for a long time to come.

Post 2

I know many people don't own a desktop computer anymore and just use a laptop or tablet, but I still get a lot of use out of my desktop. I also have a laptop, and enjoy the portability of this, but there are times when I prefer to do things on my desktop.

As this article states, I have also had fewer problems with my desktop as compared to my laptop. The computer I currently own is 3 years old, and I have never had any problems with it during that time.

My laptop is only a year old, and I have already had it at the repair shop once. Desktop computers have also come down so much in price that they are really affordable too. If you buy a refurbished desktop computer, you can find one for a couple hundred dollars.

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