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PC vs Desktop: What’s The Difference?

PC vs Desktop: What’s The Difference?

Desktop and PC are two terms that are used somewhat interchangeably, but is there a difference between the two?

This article will explore the differences between PCs and desktops in more detail.

What’s The Difference Between A PC And A Desktop?

PC is a general term that refers to all Windows-based computers. The term desktop refers any computer that is stationary, and is not a laptop. All Windows-based desktops are considered PCs, but not all PCs are desktops.

Usually, people use the term Desktop to refer to a PC or Mac that has a monitor separate from the PC’s tower. The word desktop is more about the way the machine is shaped and designed. If the computer is made to sit on a desk, rather than to be carried around, then it can be called a desktop.

Not all desktops are PCs, though. Only Windows-based desktops can be called PCs. A Mac or Linux desktop is not a PC.

A Desktop Computer

PCs can be desktops, laptops, or sometimes tablets. As long as the computer is running Windows, it is generally called a PC.

Is PC The Same As Windows?

Since the early 1980s, the term PC has come to mean specifically any Windows-based computer. This stems from the launch of IBM’s “PC” in 1981, which ran MS-DOS. While Macs are personal computers, they are not PCs.

Prior to this, PC was simply an acronym that meant “personal computer.” While it still technically stands for this, the term has taken on a more narrow definition. These days, PC is used specifically to refer to Windows-based computers, but not Linux or Mac machines.

Windows is the name of the operating system that runs on PCs. Windows is owned and managed by Microsoft. You might refer to your computer as a PC, but it would be incorrect to call your computer a “Windows”.

Rather, your PC is a computer that runs the Windows operating system. It is a Windows-based machine. Windows is a software, while the term PC refers to the device as a whole.

Difference Between Desktop And Monitor?

The difference between a desktop and a monitor is that a desktop includes the computer’s motherboard, central processing unit (CPU), and power supply, while a monitor is just the screen.

This means that a desktop is more expensive than a monitor, and it also takes up more space. A desktop typically measures around 18 inches (45.72 centimeters) wide by 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) deep, while a monitor is between 19 and 34 inches (48.26-86.36 centimeters) wide by 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) deep.

Originally, desktops, sometimes called towers, were totally separate from their monitors (screens). While this is still true for most setups, many desktop manufacturers now have computers meant to sit on a desk that have an integrated screen. These are called all-in-one desktops.

This makes things confusing, since the entire unit is a desktop, but it is also a monitor. As computer formats continue to change, these terms become more blurred and less discrete.

The All-In-One Mac is a monitor and desktop combined into a single unit.

Are All Personal Computers The Same?

Personal computers are not the same. They come in various shapes and sizes, with a range of different features. The most common type of PC is the laptop, which is portable and has a built-in keyboard and trackpad.

Other types of PCs include netbooks, tablets, two-in-ones, and all-in-ones. Netbooks are small and lightweight, while tablets are thin and have a touchscreen. Two-in-ones are laptops that can be converted into a tablet by folding the keyboard back, and all-in-ones are desktops with a built-in monitor.

Each type of PC has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. For example, laptops are portable and have long battery life, but they are not as good for gaming or intensive tasks. Tablets are thin and light but lack a keyboard and have limited functionality. Two-in-ones share the same issue as tablets, and all-in-ones are expensive and share the same problems as laptops.

The right PC for you will depend on your needs and how you plan to use it. A tablet is the best choice if you need a computer you can take everywhere. However, if you want to play games or complete other intensive tasks, a powerful laptop is better.

Difference Between PC And Home Computer?

Home Computer is a general term that applies to any computer meant to be used in the home. The term includes Macs, as well as Windows devices. PC is a term that applies to any computer running the Windows operating system. Many home computers are PCs.

These days, it’s common for computers to be built and marketed for specific purposes. For example, many computer manufacturers make “gaming computers,” “video editing computers,” as well as “home computers”.

While there is a lot of overlap in what these various computers are capable of, computers built for a specific purpose give the user ideal performance in a few specific areas.

Generally, a home computer is an all-purpose computer built to handle standard tasks such as browsing the internet, checking email, and creating text documents.

Some home computers are also considered PCs, since they run the Windows operating system. Still, other home computers are not PCs because they run Apple’s operating system, Mac.

Final Thoughts

Don’t get too bogged down by the semantic differences between desktops and PCs.

Simply put, any computer using Windows is a PC. And any computer made to sit at a desk, rather than be carried around, is a desktop. End of story!


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