The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of all open markets and stores for seven days, beginning from Thursday, March 26, so as to curb the spread of coronavirus. So there will be restricted movement from tomorrow in Lagos state.

Will you be working from home or will you be lounging in bed, watching your favourite tv shows, doing house chores and watch the “work” fall by the wayside? Some days of working from home may look like this, but if you want to keep working from home, there needs to be some serious productivity now and then. If you really want to work from home, it is important to know if a laptop or a desktop computer would serve you better.

Each computer has its benefits and drawbacks. We will examine various aspects of working from home and see how laptops and desktops fit into the picture.

  1. Your Workstation

The location or area you will set up to do your job is what we call your workstation. A desktop can be set up on the desk and its only disadvantage is that you can not move around with it. When you spend hours in that position, you will get bored easily and you may lose concentration in getting your job done. A laptop is the best bet because it enables you to do your job on your desk, on your bed, in the kitchen, in your garden or on your balcony.

2. Your Work Capabilities

In many ways, a desktop exceeds a laptop in capabilities. Its large form means you can stick to a more powerful processor, you can add more RAM, and you can have substantially more storage. The front panel of a desktop alone tends to have more input and output than a laptop, and then the motherboard back panel can easily quadruple that.

All of that combines to make the desktop PC more capable of high-tab-count browsing, any visual work with a photo or video editing, or design work. So, when it comes to sheer performance and connectivity, a desktop setup is going to score an easy win.

But, performance isn’t all the matters. If you need to interact with your coworkers, a laptop may have a few advantages over a desktop. While you can add a webcam and microphone to your desktop PC, odds are good that your laptop already has both built-in. When you are working from home, those can be a big bonus.

3. Your Ability to Focus

The point of working from home, of course, is actually to work. To that end, it matters that you are able to be productive. Unfortunately, you can get easily distracted by family and friends or all the things you need to do around the house.

Neither desktops or laptops have any guaranteed advantages over the other when it comes to focusing. But, anchoring yourself to a desktop computer can also be a problem for focus. If the room your desktop is in suddenly gets noisy, whether from outside noise or friends and family coming in, you might lose the ability to focus. If you are using a laptop in the same situation, you may be able to pick up and move to a quieter location.

4. Power Outage

Your laptop has a longer battery life and when it goes down, you can easily recharge when there is power. Your desktop computer can not easily do that. Unless you have a Universal Power Supply (UPS) battery, your desktop can lose power easily and shut down when there is no power. As mentioned earlier, you can use your laptop until the battery life goes down and easily recharge it while the power supply is available. When power is not available, you can shut your laptop down and preserve your laptop battery life until power is restored.

Now you have it. So a laptop is a better computer to use during this stay at home order. So do you need a laptop or desktop computer? You can have a look at the best and most affordable laptop and desktop computers here;