Desktops

Desktops

Desktops are designed for use in one location but they make up for their immobility by being faster and easier to upgrade than other computers

Overview

Desktop PCs are designed to be placed in a permanent location, typically on a desk in your living room, bedroom or study. The actual computer is a single box and you plug in your monitor, keyboard and mouse separately. Desktops can be used for all aspects of computing.

The advantages

Desktops are the most powerful type of PC you can buy. They’re much faster than their laptop cousins, making them useful for any kind of PC usage. They’re also more versatile when it comes to upgrading – you can speed up the computer at a later date by purchasing a new processor or graphics card, for example.

Desktops are also cheaper to maintain and repair – it’s easier to swap out damaged components, or replace a broken monitor or keyboard that’s been subjected to an accidental coffee spill, for example.

Why a laptop might be better

Desktops are bulky, which means they have to stay in one place. That’s good for security – you can lock down your computer and files in one location, but if you want to use your computer on the move, a laptop is a better bet.

Laptops are also more energy efficient than a full desktop PC setup (including monitor) – although less powerful, they consume around a quarter of the energy of a desktop PC (around 40-50 watts per hour compared to 150-200 watts per hour in a typical desktop setup). If you use your PC for long periods, that could represent a substantial saving on your electricity bill.

The options

When you buy your desktop, you can choose between models with more memory, faster processors, dedicated – and therefore more powerful – graphics cards and larger hard drives. All of our desktop PCs come with wireless keyboards and mice, but you’ll need a separate monitor.

Summary

Excellent all-rounders, desktop PCs are the perfect family computer, with enough raw power to satisfy everyone’s needs, whether it’s surfing the net, word processing or playing games. Just remember to put them in a strategic place, so you can make sure your kids aren’t blasting aliens when they should be doing their homework.

A: Bare bones
Desktops don’t come with a built-in keyboard, mouse, speakers or monitor – these all need to be plugged in separately.

B: Media bay
Flip open the media bay to reveal handy USB ports, plus a memory card reader and sockets for plugging in a headset , headphones and a microphone.

C: Connectivity
You’ll find more USB ports – at least six – hidden out of the way at the back of the computer. These are perfect for extras like printers and webcams, and for uploading snaps from your digital camera.

D: Networking
All Advent desktop PCs have built-in wireless networking as well as an Ethernet port (the cable is sold separately) for connecting directly to your modem router for even faster network transfer speeds.

E: Graphics options
Lower end models come with shared graphics rather than dedicated graphics cards. They’re less powerful but perfectly adequate for day-to-day use, and you can always upgrade in the future, if you want to play games or edit HD video.

F: More upgrades
Experienced users can open up the case to upgrade various aspects of the computer, including adding more memory to speed things up, or getting a bigger hard drive for more storage space.