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This or That Thursday
Laptop or Desktop?
Jun 08, 2017

The time has come when that dusty old computer you gave to your 16-year-old finally crashed. Now it’s time to buy her the brand-new computer you promised her because she received straight A’s this year. Before you drive over to the store and go computer shopping for a desktop or laptop, you’ll want to know how much energy each uses. We’ve rounded up some data that compares how much energy each appliance typically uses!

Let’s look at wattage.

Laptop = 100 Watts < Desktop = 450 Watts

Conclusion: If you are concerned about energy use, it makes the most sense to buy a laptop for your daughter to use around the house. Additionally, she can easily bring it anywhere and charge it outside of your home altogether! While you’ll miss that old hand-me-down computer you passed on to her, she’ll love the new technology for school and will keep getting those straight A’s!



Ashley Leach

Ashley Leach is a freelance writer and digital content marketer with a background in journalism, digital reporting, and marketing for numerous industries. She's found her perfect fit at North American Power in writing about home maintenance and repairs, energy efficiency, and smart home technology.