Laptop vs desktop – which is best for your business?

  • 16 Nov 2021

Deciding which type of computer will be the backbone of your enterprise is fundamental to success

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For a small business, technology is the enabler of nearly everything you do. From finding customers, communicating with them and selling to them, to supporting all the administration in the background. Deciding which type of computer will be the backbone of your enterprise is fundamental to success. And the differences between laptops and desktops are greater than you might think.

So to help ensure you get a tech set-up that can evolve with your business as it grows, ask yourself the following questions.


How important is transportability?

A laptop is ideal for turning anywhere with a strong enough WiFi signal into a workspace. But consider whether it will provide the speed you need when you’ve got a database full of orders or want to launch a new creative programme on it.

What are my business’s ‘must-haves’?

If 3D modelling, powerful graphics and running creative software at speed are topping your wish-list, you’ll need something with a lot of might. Although laptops are competitive in their processing speeds and graphics, the desktop may be more suited to ensuring that you have the space and power to expand as you take in more data and information.

Does appearance matter?

There is nothing shallow about judging by aesthetics. A bulky computer tower might not work in your surroundings, whereas a sleek, slimline laptop packs its power into a far smaller space. And if you want the functionality of a tablet, a touch-screen laptop, or the ‘2-in-1’ kind, would be the perfect bridge between the screen size of a laptop and the typing efficiency of your mobile phone.

Will it be used for face-to-face selling?

If you intend to use your computer in a shop premises as a point of sale, a desktop would better support a retail environment. Combining it with an ergonomic stand will give you the option to use the technology to help with customer interactions. A desktop can also support an EPOS system and offer you the ability to plug in a card machine.

Where will I be logging on?

If you’re often out and about, a laptop will be a practical companion. Yet, the portability will mean that, quite literally, you will be taking your work wherever you go, which can make creating a separation in your psyche between work-time and home-time challenging. 


With many small businesses choosing to carve out a more permanent working environment at home, the desktop might be your best friend, remaining static so you can resist the temptation to bring your emails and orders to the dinner table.

If your business is based in a studio, or you’re whizzing around showing suppliers new products 24/7, a static desktop won’t give you the freedom you need to work around your space. Similarly, the rise in businesses embracing the flexibility of shared workspaces may mean that the ‘permanence’ of a desktop is counterintuitive. 

Whichever you choose, desktop or laptop, it’s worth giving it some thought before you next get a computer. And remember, for free advice you can call or chat to a Dell Technologies Advisor to discuss your requirements now.

Written in association with Holly & Co.

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