A survey by online retailer Ebuyer has revealed that teachers favour desktop PCs in their classroom over generally more portable laptop devices.
According to their findings from a series of polls, 63% of teachers much prefer the overall reliability and value of a PC.
“Desktop computers are definitely the most popular option amongst teachers I work with,” said Julie Hopper, a Year 6 teacher from York.
“Not only are they reliable and good value, but actually having a keyboard and mouse is much easier when you’re in the classroom environment. They give greater flexibility and larger screens can help when teaching bigger, socially-distanced groups.”
However, it seems that the opinion of students could be the opposite, with 66% of those surveyed claiming they felt more comfortable using a laptop – but it’s worth noting that students’ needs differ greatly to classroom leaders.
“Young children are used to using laptops and prefer to work on those, however, they love having a mouse and being able to see their work on larger screens, which desktop PCs can provide,” added Hopper.
“With desktop PCs now lighter and much more compact, they don’t take up much space in the classroom, which is another plus.”
Ebuyer product manager, Caroline Lister, commented: “People are finally catching on to the fact that the mini/nano PCs and AIOs (All-in-Ones) are arguably more portable than laptops.
“And with laptops now in short supply and prices getting out of control, desktop PCs are a more efficient and cost-effective solution for schools looking to upgrade their computers.”