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Laptop vs. Desktop: A Lifestyle Choice

Until recently, if you were in the market for a new computer and had to decide between a laptop and a desktop, the choice was simple. The laptop versus desktop dilemma was usually decided by whether mobility or performance was more important to you. Oftentimes, students and remote workers chose laptops, while gamers and designers went for desktops.

 

Fortunately, computer technology has come a long way since the days of laptops with limited battery life and desktops with cumbersome hard drives and tangles of wires. Nowadays, when you choose a new computer, you really can take your needs into account.

 

Laptop vs. Desktop: More Choice Than Ever Before

If you enjoy the wireless mobility and touchscreen capabilities of a laptop to stay connected and quickly navigate your favorite sites, all while sipping coffee at your neighborhood café, then the Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ might be the new breed of computer that fits your life on-the-go.

 

For those who enjoy a near theatre-quality experience while viewing their favorite HD movies, the new all-in-one PC is a stylish alternative to the traditional home computer. It’s a popular choice for families who love getting together in their leisure time for online gaming and listening to music.

 

Laptop or Ultrabook™

Advances in Intel® Core™ processors, battery life, and visual displays have vastly improved the performance possibilities of laptops. Multitasking—like staying connected to your social network while preparing a report for school or work—is faster and more efficient than ever.1

 

For the exciting combination of a laptop with the capabilities of a tablet, including touchscreen technology and a range of screen displays from sliding to double-sided, check out the Ultrabook™ convertible.2

 

Laptops and Ultrabook™ with Intel® Core™ processors include:

  • Intel® Smart Connect Technology[d: 1343] to constantly keep you updated on email and social networks
  • Intel® Rapid Start Technology[d:1262] to get you from standby to up-and-running in under seven seconds
  • Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)3 to disable your laptop or Ultrabook™ if lost or stolen
  • Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)4 to protect your identity while social networking and using the Internet

 

Desktop or All-in-One PC

A redesign of the desktop is moving the PC from the home office to the living room. Wireless capability and the option of a 27-inch wall-mountable monitor make the all-in-one PC a popular choice with families who want less clutter and simple elegance. The result is more performance.

 

Everyone, from serious gamers to parents who enjoy streaming their favorite family-friendly programs, will appreciate the improved performance of Intel® Core™ processors in desktops and all-in-one PCs.

 

Choose What Fits

Today, the laptop versus desktop choice is more than a product comparison—it’s a question of knowing your lifestyle. So take a moment and consider all the work, entertainment, and social networking activities you use a computer for and you’ll be well prepared to find a device that fits your life.

 

The Intel Product Finder can help you decide between laptop, desktop, Ultrabook™, or tablet.

 

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Shop Ultrabook™

  • ASUS TAICHI* 21

    Featuring dual displays, it offers the performance of a notebook when you need it and the convenience of a tablet when you don't.

  • Dell XPS* 12

    Part laptop. Part tablet. This touch-enabled 12" 2 in 1 laptop combines the fun of a Windows 8 touch tablet with the power and productivity of an Ultrabook™.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad* Yoga

    Get it done in laptop mode. Stay a step ahead in tablet mode. Show the competition what you've got in tent mode. Bring it front and center in stand mode.

  • Acer Aspire S7*

    Acer's thinnest and lightest touch Ultrabook. This computer is designed to help you explore sides of yourself you didn't even know you had.

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1. Intel® Smart Connect Technology requires a select Intel® processor, Intel® software and BIOS update, Intel® Wireless adapter, and Internet connectivity. Solid-state memory or drive equivalent may be required. Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

2. Touch and convertibility may not be available on all models. Consult your Ultrabook™ manufacturer. For more information and details, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/sponsors-of-tomorrow/ultrabook.html.

3. No computer system can provide absolute security. Requires an enabled Intel® processor, enabled chipset, and firmware and software optimized to use the technologies. Consult your system manufacturer and software vendor for more information.

4. No system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Requires an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled system, including a 3rd or 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, an enabled chipset, firmware, software, and participating website. Consult your system manufacturer. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any resulting damages. For more information, visit http://ipt.intel.com.