Many schools are issuing tablets and laptops to their students, but are they always the best solution? In many cases, desktop computers are a better bet.
Computers have become an important aspect of the classroom experience as schools increasingly issue laptops and tablets to their students. However, there are many cases when a desktop computer reigns supreme over its lightweight cousins.
1. Power, performance, and storage
In most cases, desktop computers offer faster processing speeds and more storage space than laptops and tablets. This is particularly important for memory-hungry software applications required in video editing, graphic design, engineering programming and technical drawing classes. Desktops tend to be equipped to handle larger file sizes, and usually offer more storage space for your dollar than laptops and tablets.
2. When screen size matters
Screen size certainly matters when it comes to detailed visual work. A larger screen also allows students to keep multiple windows open at once. This makes internet research faster and easier by eliminating the constant need to switch between internet browser and document screens. Desktops also typically offer higher-resolution monitors at lower cost than laptops and tablets.
3. Upgrades are easy
Technology evolves so fast that the latest laptop or tablet usually becomes almost prehistoric within a couple of years. Desktops, on the other hand, are much cheaper and easier to upgrade as faster processing, more storage space or enhanced graphics capability is required. Upgrading a desktop is often a simple case of removing the outer computer shell and plugging a new RAM kit into an available slot in the motherboard.
4. More reliable connectivity
Desktops are usually hardwired into your network, whereas laptops and tablets tend to rely on a Wi-Fi connection. A hardwired connection will be more reliable when it comes to transferring large files to and from servers, and will tend to better support video streaming. Desktops also usually come with a wider range of USB, HDMI, and Ethernet ports than laptops and tablets, which means you don’t have to rely on a strong Wi-Fi signal to connect to peripheral devices.
5. Theft prevention
It’s much easier for a student to walk off with a laptop or tablet in their school bag than a full desktop computer. You can also confine desktops to computer labs, libraries or classrooms that are locked and even alarmed when not in use.
6. More durable
There’s much less risk of dropping, stepping on or otherwise damaging a desktop than more fragile laptops and tablets, which tend to have a high incidence of cracked or smashed screens. And you’ll never have to pull a desktop from among the squashed bananas and soggy tomato sandwiches that reside in the bottom of a school bag.
7. Teacher privacy
Desktop computers are a great option for teachers as well. Plugging their personal laptops or tablets into a smart board to run a lesson comes with the risk of exposing their class to email notifications and other unexpected pop-ups. Providing a work-only classroom desktop for teachers will prevent this.
Whether you need better performance, a larger screen, more reliable connectivity, or a more cost-effective machine that won’t shatter at the drop of a school bag, desktop computers might be your students’ best option.