Desktop versus laptop computers for teachers

Question: Some of our teachers have requested new laptops instead of desktop computers. What are the basic differences, tradeoffs, and considerations between desktops and laptops?

The IT Guy says:
Generally a new desktop computer can handle a faster processor, more RAM, and has more expandability options than a laptop computer. The differences between laptops and desktops have lessened in the last few years, however, and many people today use a laptop exclusively. The fact that laptops are portable can be a nice advantage, but it can also make the computer more susceptible to theft. Laptop computers can now be configured with CD burners and even DVD burners, so capability-wise laptops can be comparable to desktops. Generally you will pay more for comparable power in a laptop, however, since the form factor is smaller and the built-in screen is included with the cost of the CPU.

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