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joanie7791
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2010 7:59:27 AM

I'm considering the thought of downgrading my computer room and just using a laptop. Please post your thoughts on the pro's and con's of each. Thank you!
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Rlcky
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2011 10:55:36 AM

Laptop
keegan250
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2011 9:47:09 PM

Lappy
madmax9813
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2011 6:07:11 AM

i switched to laptop over a yr ago, dont miss desktop at all
leamericanos
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2011 8:27:33 AM

desktop is the one to go , if you know how to fix computer of do it yourself upgrade person , a laptop is not easy to steal and more afforable, i think the only different is that laptop are portable , but i dont like it .. desktop u can have your big tv connected for the best
dieselb100
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2011 9:17:26 PM

Lots of technical factors come into play as many have pointed out. However, one thing many people don't consider is the long-term effect of using laptops on your body. Laptops are ergonomically very poor. They're unhealthy to your neck and back and prolonged use will result in ailments down the line. Depending on your computer use habits you should consider the physical effects on you.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2011 8:29:17 PM

Buy a new one of each. The economy needs it.
m2drive
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2011 12:01:01 PM

laptop makes more space, gives mobility, uncluttered, to upgrade is more expensive than desktop and if your screen breaks you rather buy new laptop, desktop - upgradeable, versatile, lots of wires behind requires skill to hide it, if a kid breaks your flat screen you can replace it easy.

i am comparing two same cpu speed, ram, hdd...
KentuckyWildcat
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2011 6:21:07 AM

I have and need both.
GocartMozart
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2011 4:11:57 PM

Desktop or laptop?

I've always struggled with this conundrum. Having been unable to find a satisfying compromise between the pros and cons of each, I have both!

I always like to keep a cheap laptop around for mobility, but never spend too much because of it's vulnerability to damage/loss and the high cost of upgrade/repair, as was mentioned by others.

I spend more money on my desktop purchases for better power, speed, etc., for my heavy-duty applications and work.

Cheers!
Skitch373
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2011 3:35:43 PM

I currently have a desktop but have been looking at some laptops lately,
bluesnut
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2011 8:04:02 AM

I thought about getting a desktop this time, but settled for a laptop. I have no regrets.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2011 6:09:26 PM

love my laptop.
KentuckyWildcat
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2010 7:06:20 AM

Each have their own pros and cons...it depends how you plan on using it. You need to provide detailed information.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2010 4:54:47 PM

laptop
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2010 7:35:20 PM

No your decision should be based on if you're going to move it around. Solely.
If you're going to sit it on a desk, desktops are cheaper to buy, cheaper to fix, and much more power/dollar than laptops.
Hardware goes or gets broken during the warranty, you're without a computer for a fair while. After the warranty, it costs as much as a new laptop.
Hardware goes anytime on a dektop, go to your local store and replace it.Today. Don't even bother buying extra warranty,
EDIT: there isn't a part in the average user's desktop you can't replace for $75

[Edited by: herbiepopnecker at 12/12/2010 8:36:31 PM EST]
jimbeaux53
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2010 7:20:31 PM

Your decision should be based on criteria like:

- are there space considerations
- is mobile computing important to you
- do you run apps that require desktop or laptop
- your connectivity to the net
- what peripherals do you currently connect to your computer

The following article might help:

Desktop or Laptop?
http://www.intel.com/learn/practical-advice/before-you-buy/evaluate/desktop-or-laptop

Good luck.

[Edited by: jimbeaux53 at 12/12/2010 8:22:30 PM EST]
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2010 8:31:42 PM

If you're not going to pack it around, stick with a desktop
Rajah
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2010 11:50:12 AM

I love my desktops. I'm used to having dual monitors. I have a nice 15.6" wide-screen laptop and like it a lot, but it's not an ideal replacement for the desktop.
WR-INC
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2010 4:08:39 AM

For home, I like the larger screen of my desktop. My notebook has a 17 inch screen, which is fine for me when I travel, but at home I like a bigger one.
Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2010 11:04:02 AM

<<<"I'm considering the thought of downgrading my computer room and just using a laptop.>>>
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Been doing this for the last 3 years. The desktops in my house have cobwebs. never use them anymore. I haven't built a new desktop in years and lost interest in once interesting topics like advances in mainboards, memory, video cards and general hardware.
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Now the cellphone is starting to take over some of my computing . Maybe 20% of the time I use the phone rather than the laptop.
rick_evans
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2010 3:49:02 PM

"I'm considering the thought of downgrading my computer room and just using a laptop. Please post your thoughts on the pro's and con's of each. Thank you!" -- The performance gap between laptops and desktops have narrowed so much there's little downside to going with laptop only. I paid $400 for my Toshiba duo core which is adequate for most tasks including watching some TV online.
KentuckyWildcat
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2010 6:19:34 AM

staying with both also
sapd
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2010 12:24:34 PM

stay with both
TheIconHBK
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2010 6:47:53 PM

both
kuyadj
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2010 5:09:37 AM

Laptop if it can get as powerful as a desktop but about the same price on retail
StacMan
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2010 11:25:31 AM

I think it truly depends on the way you use your computer.

While a laptop provides a compact, mobile, quick solution for most business needs. It doesn't really meet the needs for say online gaming, or conducting high quality graphics or renderings.

On the other hand, the horse power, stability, and the ability to do almost anything with a desktop seems nice, Let's not forget you are "at home" any way.

Again, I think it comes down to what fits your needs. How you use the computer and what if anything will be changing in the near future.

Just a thought....
hotdirtbiker16NC
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:56:04 AM

laptop.
PeteOhki
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2010 8:29:52 PM

I would have liked to put on several topic threads this amusing commentary by Andy Rooney, but in stead I'll put this link to the new topic thread I posted for it. (Besides, it is too long to quote anyway.)

Link: Andy Rooney on Bill Gates and Computers
PeteOhki
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2010 8:26:22 PM

Other than aesthetics, the removal of the cords is one less obstacle to deal with. I don't move my keyboard around, but I find that I don't need to work around the cord if I want put and use some of my work, research and papers nearby. And I can't tell you how many times I end up pulling my mouse cord because the cord had slipped back behind the desk, or I've place something on the cord, or I simply want to place the mouse in a different comfortable location.

Batteries are an issue. However and so far, I've been lucky that my batteries do not die for quite a long time between battery replacements. Also, I've not had to reboot my computer just to get a keyboard or mouse to work after a battery change. Besides, I keep a USB corded keyboard and mouse around for backup just in case.

Oh, I forget, I 'do' move my keyboard; for those times when I want more work space on my desk for non-computer work.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2010 7:22:52 PM

When do you ever move your keyboard? Then what's the point of a wireless one?
Same with your mouse. A wireless one is heavier than a regular mouse. And more expensive.
Both the keyboard and mouse require batteries that WILL DIE during the most important document you've written in your life, requiring a reboot and starting over from scratch.
More junk to go wrong. More processor power running crap instead of something useful.
More radiation.
PeteOhki
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2010 4:13:53 PM

I just remember, the latest new wireless keyboard/mouse use a small USB transceiver. I initially thought it was catered to laptops/notebooks, but the product don't claim any distinction. I wonder if those small transceivers have any problem with distance and obstacles. I already seem to have issues with distance/obstacles between my general purpose blue-tooth dongle and cellphone.
PeteOhki
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2010 4:06:30 PM

SAVMOR wrote: "Desk with wireless keyboard and mouse. This eliminates a lot of wires."

True. But to be specific, only the visible cords, and the mouse cord that could interfere with work. Unless the desktop has a built-in transceiver, an external transceiver still has a cord to the back of the computer. I try to keep even the back of the computer neat and organized, and cords just multiplies the hassle element.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2010 9:33:11 AM

Desk with wireless keyboard and mouse. This eliminates a lot of wires.
vic168
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:51:06 PM

desk
Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2010 2:22:42 PM

RT118e what I've noticed is that around major holidays the stores go nuts, both online and bigboxers. Usually get sale price plus rebate plus coupon plus price match. Sometimes more than one coupon. I like to buy items like computers at least 50% off, and tax free when possible.
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My price point on a lappy is about $399 to $429. I'll go a little higher if not paying sales tax. Several retailers have offered Core2Duo based lappies with full leading edge specs around $430. There's a Lenovo at buy.com right now but unfortunately is missing an HDMI port. I expect 4gigs DDR3, 500GigsHD,(possibly accept 320g) 3USB, LED based display,HDMI, g/n based wireless, and prefer a 15.6 size display. These are typical specs at this price point, with models being offered daily at all the retailers.
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Rt118E
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2010 1:08:54 AM

Hemond Target had an Acer Notebook on sale for $239 just before School Shopping started. I think that the prices of Laptops is the best toward the end of Back to School Shopping time. Seems to me to have the best selection & prices than. Have you noticed that too?
Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2010 7:41:35 AM

I've been using a 14" laptop as my everyday computer. Sits on my coffee table (aka my workdesk) in the den. Rarely if ever do I use the desktop in my computer room. Since the laptop is now my main computer, I'm going to go up a size to 15.6" wide screen form factor.
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Been watching the sales and there have been several Win7 based models recently at the $399 price point. Staples just had an Acer and an online retailer had a Lenova both at $399 and both with killer specs. Next time I see one at that price I'm jumping on it.
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One disadvantage to a standard size laptop is the weight. I shlepp mine around through airports and you can rest assured that hanging a 10lb bag on your shoulder for over an hour is a pain. I seriously considered a netbook but since the new Android based 4G smartphones like the Epic and Evo are fully functional computers, I'm migrating to one of those instead. If the smartphone works out, then the laptop may just stay home.
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A couple of buds use the 17" form factor laptop. They are of course huge and I wonder what its like shlepping one of those around all day long. Yet my buds do it.
Rt118E
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2010 12:20:37 AM

I wish I had stock in the Laptop companies NOW!
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2010 9:53:32 PM

One annoyance of laptops is at work. Bring it into work and plug into the company network. Then half the place forgets to shut off the wireless and it connects to the Internet automatically. Nothing works,,, the IT guy gets to explain to every hamster cage why.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2010 10:01:57 PM

Laptops have the advantage that they come with a built-in UPS.

They can also be taken on vacation (although an iPad is a great machine for consuming content). Last vacation, the computer didn't get put on line for two weeks. Their free WiFi got a workout when I downloaded two weeks of mail and again when the automatic backup kicked off at three in the morning!
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2010 8:35:45 AM

laptops are space savers...Yes.
They a very minimally upgradeable.
adding more ram or a bigger HD& that is the extent.
If you do go to a laptop. Do some homework. Don't buy the cheapest thing out there. Buy something that has a good reputation & reliability. Make sure it has enough HD space & a DVD burner so you can archive stuff.
Good Luck
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2010 9:32:11 PM

A desktop does cost less in the long-run and is more customizable if mobility is not a factor. However, if you are looking to free workspace, you have two options that does not require a notebook.

One, is the all-in-one models that integrate the PC and monitor into one unit. So far, I've seen every major brand has one version. Second, is those ultra small desktop computers such as the Notorious Gadgets computers, the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11, the Acer Aspire Revo AR1600-U910H, and the ASUS EeeBox computers. In either case, you do give up the ability to customize or upgrade the hardware.

If you do want a notebook instead, you may want to consider not going less than a 17" screen. You get a less cramped (if not full) keyboard, and the speakers are normally better.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2010 8:11:19 PM

If it's never going to move nothing beats a whitebox (no name) desktop. Add RAM, add another hard drive, another DVD burner, cheap 5 minutes do it yourself. See a good video card on sale, slap it in.
It's even cheap and fairly easy to changeout a new motherboard and CPU combo.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2010 2:41:43 PM

Desktops are easily upgraded, laptops, not so much.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2010 9:21:27 AM

desktop cost less with more power
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2010 7:27:58 AM

I agree with herbie. Laptops are great for portability but a desktop can be custom built to exactly what you need.
Rajah
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2010 10:04:29 PM

I much prefer my desktop and only use my laptop when I need the portability. I just got back from a trip and sure appreciate my desktop. I miss my pair of 23" LCDs a lot when I'm out there using a 15.6" laptop screen.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2010 10:25:26 PM

If you aren't gonna carry it around, don't buy a laptop.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2010 8:55:05 PM

Laptops are just as capable as desktops,but they are portable. Some people are forgetful or unlucky and thus the laptop grows wings or legs and finds a new master. If you cannot stand being separated from your laptop I'd stay with a desktop.

[Edited by: djtdi at 8/25/2010 9:56:06 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2010 9:58:17 AM

Desktop is the bomb
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