Laptop or desktop: which is right for you?

Many people working from home are provided with a computer (often laptop) by their employer, leaving them no choice on which device to use to work from home.

For those who do have a choice, selecting the right device for you can make all the difference. We've summarised below the types of factors you should consider when deciding between a laptop and a desktop computer:



  • I would like to work in different locations at home or on the go

  • Most of my work involves using productivity tools such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or web-based software
  • I'm happy to work in my designated work environment

  • Most of my work involves using more complex software such as computer programming, video editing, game design


Once you've decided which device, we recommend considering the following key factors when deciding which specific product to buy:

  • CPU - Think of the CPU as the brains of your computer. Be on the lookout for CPUs in Intel's i3 or i5 range or AMD's Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 range.
    (If you'd like to use your same device for hobbies such as playing video games then feel free to consider Intel's i7 or AMD's Ryzen 7 for better performance!)
  • RAM - This is the computers 'memory' and helps you run multiple applications at a time without slowing down. While 8gb of RAM is suitable for basic tasks, we suggest aiming for 16gb of RAM if your budget allows.
  • SSD - This new hard drive technology allows your files and applications to load and transfer much faster than older hard-drives. This means your computer will start-up much faster from a powered-off state too!

Recommended products:

Laptop: Lenovo Flex 5 (Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK)

Desktop: Ryzen Desktop  (Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK)


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