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How to Decide between a Mac Laptop or Desktop

Mac desktop? Mac laptop? Making the choice comes down to lifestyle, economics, and what you do for a living. If you travel a lot, chances are you’ll want a Mac laptop. If you tend to be home- or office-bound, a Mac desktop may be a better choice.

The following table outlines the reasons for buying a Mac desktop or a Mac laptop.

Mac Desktop Mac Laptop
Generally more computing bang for the buck Light and portable
Larger hard drives Appealing if you work or live in cramped quarters
Extra jacks and connectors Runs off battery or AC power
Bigger displays Impresses your seatmate on an airplane
Easier to upgrade
No delays when checking in at airport security
Looks cool in your home or office

Because you’re getting a Mac, whether you choose a desktop or a laptop, you still get a system that comes preloaded with the OS X Tiger operating system and other software goodies.

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