Why are Laptops Difficult to Upgrade than PCs?

In the early days of computing, the size of a computer system used to be as large as a hall room. Those huge sized computer systems highly lacked portability. Moreover, they generated such an excessive amount of heat that their maintenance was very challenging. Computer scientists were struggling very hard to devise such a solution through which they can optimize the size of the computer systems while improving their performance.

Mainframe Computers at IBM

The result of these tireless efforts was Desktop Computers. Although, the desktops offered a very compact size than the mainframes and supercomputers and a greatly enhanced performance but portability was still missing. Since a desktop computer could only work if it was continuously supplied with the electric power, hence you cannot move it here and there without the cables.

That was the time when laptops came into play and completely revolutionized the way computer systems used to work in the past. Laptops offered portability that was missing in the early designs of the computer systems by providing the users with the ability to work on battery power. Moreover, their compact size immediately grabbed the user’s attention. However, their speed and performance were quite comparable with the desktop PCs but the portability factor was the major reason behind the laptops taking over the PCs.

The Evolution of Computer Systems from Mainframes to Laptops

The Downside of Laptops- Upgradation is quite challenging:

Since laptops offered some of the greatest and most attractive services that, no other computing model has ever done before therefore, people often overlook the demerits associated with their usage. However, you might have heard people saying that “The upgradation of a laptop is way more difficult than that of a PC”. Therefore, today we will have a look at the reasons behind this.

We will try to sum up the reasons behind this question in the following points:

  1. Laptops have a Compact Size- The size of the laptop fascinates most of the users but in fact; it is the biggest hindrance in upgrading your laptop. Since you do not have enough room to move the parts here and there and to take them out as well, therefore you need some technical expertise to do this. Otherwise, you may mess up something or even break a component.
Laptops have a Compact Size
  1. Most of the Components of the Laptops are Non-Removable- This is also a dilemma that most of the small components of a laptop are soldered on to the motherboard. They are so tightly fixed on to it that they just cannot be removed. That is exactly why we often hear that the only parts that can be upgraded in a laptop are its RAM and Hard disk. If you wish to upgrade anything else other than these, then you will have to get an all-new laptop.
Non Removable Components of a Laptop
  1. The Laptops have Greater Compatibility Issues than the Desktops- Even if you do manage to remove the components of a laptop that you wish to upgrade; you cannot change them so easily because of vendor lock-ins. Most of the components of a laptop cannot be changed because the upgraded components might not be compatible with the laptop’s hardware or software.
Laptops have Greater Compatibility Issues
  1. Laptops have a Confined Capability of Graphics Display- Whenever it comes to changing the graphics card of a Desktop PC, it is usually considered as a matter of just a few minutes. All you have to do is to plug in a new graphics card and then install the necessary drivers and you are all set to go. However, you cannot dare to do this with your laptop because the capacity of its graphics display is limited and it might not support an upgraded graphics card.
Laptops have a Limited Graphics Display
  1. You can never Claim the Warranty of your Laptop once you try to open it- This is the most unfortunate thing with the laptops that once you try to open them up and change the things according to your own requirements, you will not be able to claim its warranty ever again even if it is a brand new laptop. No matter if you have really modified its components or not, the manufacturer will still not accept your warranty claim just because of the fact that you tried to open up your laptop.
You cannot Claim the Warranty of an Opened Laptop

What should you do?

Well, we have to understand this thing that whenever we opt to follow our choices, we have to compromise on one thing or the other. We cannot have all our desires fulfilled every time. Same is the case when you get to choose between a desktop PC and a laptop. There are certain pros and cons associated with both which you will have to keep in mind while making this decision.

If you are willing to give up on the following two factors i.e. portability and the compact size, then there is absolutely nothing to think about rather than making your decision in favor of the desktop computers because after all, they offer you a very high level of flexibility when it comes to the upgradation of your machine. However, if these two factors are the only things that you are looking for in your machine then you have no choice but to get a laptop for yourself.


Ayesha Sajid

Ayesha is a software developer by profession and is currently working as a lead developer with Code5. Programming Skills: Asp.net, C#, C/C++, Java, Golang, Android, UML, SQL and Html.
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