Portable Computer

What Does Portable Computer Mean?

A Portable computer is a computer that comes with a keyboard and display and one which can be easily relocated or transported, although less convenient compared to a notebook.

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They have lower specifications and are not well suited for full-time usage as they are less ergonomic. However, they take less space than desktop computers and come with most features found on a desktop.

Techopedia Explains Portable Computer

Advantages of a portable computer:

  • Compared to other mobile computing device or laptop, portable computer makes use of standard motherboards and also provide plug in slots for add in cards.
  • Portability and flexibility to use is a definite advantage for portable computer over desktop computers.
  • Portable computers use less space than desktop computers and are smaller in size.
  • Compared to a desktop computer, the power consumed is less in case of portable computer and can help in power and cost savings.
  • Compared to desktop computers, immediacy is more pronounced in the case of portable computers.

Disadvantages of a portable computer:

  • They have a lower specification than most desktop systems.
  • They are less ergonomic and are less suited for full-time usage in most of the cases.
  • Expansion is tough and any repair could prove costly.
  • Most of portable computers are not upgradeable.
  • Compared to desktop systems, they are less reliable mostly due to overheating problems and often run slower.
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