Laptops vs Desktop PC's

  1. i have to buy a new computer in the next week or so. so i am asking the rest of you, would you buy a laptop, or a desktop pc? i see advantages to both.

    desktop - bigger screen, better sound, easier to use (i think) mouse than that little pad thingy on a laptop? cheaper

    laptop - smaller, takes up less space, can do as much as the other. more expensive, about twice a desktop for the same thing.

    what do you think?



    me
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  2. Poll: Do you use a laptop or desktop? Which would you buy now?

    • I use a desktop, and would by another.

      55.26% 21
    • I use a laptop and would buy another.

      23.68% 9
    • I use a laptop and would buy a desktop.

      0% 0
    • I use a desktop and would buy a laptop.

      21.05% 8
    38 Votes
  3. 14 Comments

  4. by   Q.
    Rick,
    Coming from the wife of an IT guy, this is my best advice.

    Laptops are cute and nice, but they are waaayyy overpriced and depreciate much like a car. In a few months they are obsolete and you will have a very difficult time selling it. They are also nearly impossible to upgrade.

    A PC has alot more potential and more ability to upgrade RAM, etc and add-ons. And yes screens are better, like for gaming, etc.

    We have both - a laptop and a PC. My husband much more prefers a PC.
  5. by   Steved
    It just depends on what you are going to do with it, if you need to take it with you the only choice is a laptop (obviously). If you are planning to use a computer at home and don't need mobility go with the desktop. My laptop is a little more powerful then my desktop, but I would never set up my laptop at home. The desktop mouse is just way easier to navigate than the laptop devices. My laptop has both touchpad and the eraser stick for navigation, and I prefer the touchpad. I find the eraser very frustrating to use while trying to get any technical formatting done. If I am mobile and I know I will working on a document that requires a lot of formatting I take a regular desktop USB optical mouse and use it with the laptop.
  6. by   RNforLongTime
    Get a desktop!
  7. by   aimeee
    I think laptops only make sense if you need to take your computer with you as you travel around, and especially if you need it on site. If you don't need the portability, you get a lot more for the same bucks with a pc.
  8. by   NurseDennie
    As an ex- IT guy, I agree with the desktop advisors. The laptops are much more expensive, and they're very difficult to work "in" if anything goes wrong or you just feel like messing around inside the pooter.

    I'd like to have a really nice little laptop to take on the road with me, but I can't afford it. When I do use a laptop, I always add on a regular mouse, because the pointer devices on a laptop are useless. I'm an old mainframe/UNIX guy, so I haven't *quite* made peace with the whole mouse situation anyway.

    I Love computers.

    Love

    Dennie
  9. by   CEN35
    thanks for the input....it helped! there are some things i never considered, when i first asked this question.




    me
  10. by   kids
    We have 3 desk tops in 3 rooms comprising a very impressive and functional network...

    I use a laptop purely in self defense---I cant get near any of the desktops. Also, I am very uncomfortable sitting in for any length of time so I do all of my stuff on the bed in a semi-fowlers position, my 1 position of comfort. Because of the network I can print one of 3 printers and can store and raid stuff off of other hard drives.
  11. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by aimeee
    I think laptops only make sense if you need to take your computer with you as you travel around, and especially if you need it on site. If you don't need the portability, you get a lot more for the same bucks with a pc.

    I agree with you, laptops are good for travel...but much prefer pc for any major use.
  12. by   CEN35
    thanks!!!

    me
  13. by   nightingale
    quote:

    I think laptops only make sense if you need to take your computer with you as you travel around, and especially if you need it on site. If you don't need the portability, you get a lot more for the same bucks with a pc

    Ditto... I use a laptop Rick because I do travel I love it! It does everything a desk top does.. but is more expensive.... I have my information with my when I want it at all times.... You can also use it at say, Kinkos (copy and internet access) when you want to.

    You can also get any mouse to plug into the unit. I hate the laptop board mouse...

    Have fun with your new tow.. it is good to know you will be able to get on the board regularly again.... (((((((((hugs)))))))))

    B.
  14. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    originally posted by kids-r-fun
    we have 3 desk tops in 3 rooms comprising a very impressive and functional network...

    i use a laptop purely in self defense---i cant get near any of the desktops. also, i am very uncomfortable sitting in for any length of time so i do all of my stuff on the bed in a semi-fowlers position, my 1 position of comfort. because of the network i can print one of 3 printers and can store and raid stuff off of other hard drives.
    ...not being able to get to the desk-top pc when you want to due to someone else hogging it-up. that's why i'm going to get a lap-top too. plus i like the option of typing in bed myself....heeee.....lol - :roll moe.
  15. by   wrightgd
    I live in SC, but I'm lying in my hotel room online in Chicago right now with my laptop...

    That's all me and Forrest have to say about that...

    George

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