Let's start with the original computer - the desktop. A desktop is the largest computer and the oldest design of computer available. When computers were first sold to consumers in the late 1970s, they were inelegant, bulky machines made to sit on a desk and be used as replacements for typewriters and adding machines. These days, desktops are sleek, powerful machines that can be expanded to store games and movies and connect multiple screens.

  • Bigger Screen Size: A desktop computer is made up of a free-standing CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Desktops come in a range of sizes, with screen size generally starting at 20 inches. They are not made to be portable and must be plugged into a power source to operate.
  • Ultra-fast Performance: Because they're bigger, desktops can accommodate faster processors and bigger hard drives. They tend to be the fastest computers, able to store the most information. Hard drives generally start at 500GB, though 1TB (Terabyte) is not uncommon. They are also usually priced lower than laptops.
  • Multiple Ports: Desktops have more ports than other computers so it's easy to plug in a printer, scanner, camera and other peripherals without having to switch out devices. Most come with multiple USB ports, an SD card slot and HDMI port. Almost all have a built-in CD/DVD or even Blu-ray drive for listening to music, watching movies and backing up files.
  • Internet Connectivity: An Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection is standard. Many also connect wirelessly.

Consumers use desktops for virtually any computer task - from typing documents to browsing the Internet to playing games or watching movies. Desktops are a great home office computer.