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A laptop is a computer which is easy to carry around. A modern laptop is self-contained, with a screen, keyboard and pointing device (like a touchpad), plus usually, speakers, a microphone and a camera. This is all powered by a built-in rechargeable battery, however, the user can also plug the laptop in, to use it and recharge the battery at the same time. Also, most other external devices can be attached if required. The laptop screen folds down over the keyboard, along a hinge, for carrying.

Using laptops

Laptops have advantages over desktop computers, such as:

  • They can be carried anywhere, such as between home and office or school.
  • They usually have a built-in webcam, microphone and speakers, making video calls much easier.
  • They can be used in smaller spaces.
  • They can easily be locked away securely, making them harder to steal.

Disadvantages of portable computers include:

  • They're normally more expensive.
  • They usually have low technical specifications.
  • They're often slower than desktop computers with complex tasks like gaming, video editing or graphic design.[1]
  • They're easily stolen.
  • They can be used in a car, resulting in distracted driving.
  • They travel frequently, so are more likely to be damaged.
  • They're more difficult and expensive to repair.