The Microsoft Surface Studio was the best PC for artists when it first launched, so we were excited when Microsoft announced the sequel. Packed with Kaby Lake mobile graphics and Nvidia Pascal graphics, the Surface Studio 2 is way more powerful than the original, and should be able to handle everything you can throw at it for the next few years at least. And, it’s still got that gorgeous PixelSense display with Surface Pen support, making it retain the title of the best PC for artists.
If you’re looking for a great desktop experience, but don’t have a lot of space, look no further than the Intel Hades Canyon NUC. In this tiny bare-bones PC, you have an insanely powerful 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and discrete-class Radeon graphics – once you throw in some RAM and storage, you’ll be able to conquer the best PC games without a care in the world. Sure, it can’t really stand up against a full-sized desktop, but when space is short, or you’d rather just have a PC that looks like a set-top box – it’s totally worth it.
The Alienware Aurora R7 isn’t just a great gaming PC, but it’s one of the best PCs you can buy today. Not only does it feature fantastic performance with its 8th-generation Intel Core processor and GTX 10 series graphics, but this power is conveniently stored away in its compact chassis. It’s even surprisingly affordable, considering the power on offer, and it’s even easily upgradeable, despite its unique build. With the Aurora R7, Alienware continues its journey back to the top of the best PCs.
Desktop is a big box, lots of room for extra hard drives, expansion cards, extra ports to hook up stuff, bigger power supplies and much more cooling power to keep all that computer power cool.
Computers lose computing speed as they get hot, too hot and the processor shuts down.
Hence a Gaming computer or graphics computer has much more cooling in it, than a simple machine for some one who just surfs the internet and writes emails.
I have to be mobile so I am on a laptop, a very expensive laptop with modified internals by me. So while I do NOT have as much I would in the DESKTOP machine, I do have something close.
Professional photographer/graphic designer/visual artist, I have to have computing power in my machine to work and special cooling as well.
However, my Linux system using son who builds his own desktops teases me on the idea that for the same money I could one heck of a desktop system. “But heck, Dad not bad for a laptop!”
So laptops are either small & light weight & under powered… or big and heavy for field work. But either way they are limited due to portability.
Desktops are all over the spectrum of design on the outside but the same “kinds of stuff” inside. And while some like MAC now limit what you can attach & put into them, other have loads of room to attach printers, readers, input & output devices, extra monitors and lots of internal slots to add in additional computer cards like graphics & video memory. Also desktops will let you put more RAM memory as that also needs room & COOLING…