Pros and Cons of Keeping a Tower On Top of Your Desk

Laptops and all-in-one computer monitors are a lifesaver for anyone struggling with limited space or too many cords. But when you want real power from your at-home computing machine, there's no better choice than a tower computer. The only problem is, where do you put it?

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Before you drag that heavy new tower into your home office space, you ought to decide where you're going to put it. Your first instinct might be to leave it on the desktop right next to your monitor, but is that really the best spot?

To help you decide, we've put together a little list of the advantages and disadvantages to turning your tower into a true "desktop" computer:

    PROS:
  • More leg space without a tower underneath.
  • Easy access to plugs, ports and drives.
  • It shows off the form factor of a beautiful tower computer.
  • No cords on the floor.
  • Plenty of ventilation.
  • You won't accidentally kick it.
  • Much less dust on top of the desk.

  • CONS:
  • Way less desktop space.
  • It's easy to tip over.
  • Closer to possible spills.
  • You don't want to look at an ugly tower computer.
  • Can get really noisy right next to your head as you're working.
  • Less weight pressing down on your desk.
  • Did we mention it's really easy to tip over?


Do you have a tower computer at home? Where do you keep it? Have any pros or cons to add to our list? Leave them in the comments!

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