Desktop or Laptop?

  1. In the next few weeks I'll be purchasing a computer for myself to put in my study. (Can you say - mine, mine, all mine?? lol) I'm torn as to whether I should get a desktop or a laptop. Any suggestions? I have at least 2 years of pre-reqs to finish before I can apply to the nursing program itself. I don't need at laptop right now, but can I anticipate needing one in the future? What about shelf-life? If I needed a laptop in the future (plausible if the school I get into is a moderate distance away), would it be wise to get one now or wait for new technology? My head's just going in circles around this issue. Thanks in advance for any advice you might be able to provide.
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  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I prefer my laptop, but many people prefer desktops.

    Maybe you should just weigh the pros and cons that pertain to your situation to see which would be best.

    Good luck to you!
  4. by   DaughterofRuth
    Thanks for your suggestion I know what my particular circumstances are, but wondered if anyone else would share their experience.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Well, I like to take mine on road trips. I study while hubby is driving.

    Also, I like the option to take it to Starbucks, etc that has wireless. It comes in handy when you want to have several people meet to quiz each other, etc.


    .....Other than that, it takes up less space, and I can take it with me to check e-mail/AllNurses.com when out of town. lol
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    I would have to go with a laptop too, mainly for portability reasons. Ever been to the school library and all the computers are being used? If you have your laptop you can make yourself comfortable somewhere and work away.

    That is just my opinion too. I have found it harder to concentrate on my work at home (don't know why) and feel I will be more disciplined while working out of my laptop elsewhere.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    I have a Sony Vaio TR3a (laptop) and love it. Its one of the smaller ones, kinda pricey when I bought it last year ($2100), but I love it..its wireless, small and very, very portable and easy to travel with. My only issue hubby's desktop went down and its no longer mine, mine, mine - lol.
  8. by   Daytonite
    First of all, any computer you get will be obsolete a few months after you get it. Both types of computers are capable of doing the same tasks. The technology is changing that fast. I prefer laptops for two reasons. (1) they are easy to carry and move around to where ever you go. And, (2) they take up a lot less space. Another feature is that you can close the laptop up and lock it in a drawer if you want to keep unwelcome users from fooling around with them. They are often a bit more expensive than desktops, but to my way of thinking you can't beat them for their convenience. I don't have a problem finding other computers to work on, so rather than carry my laptop with me to my classes all the time, I carry a flash drive which I just whip out and plug into a computer--viola, my personal files at my touch!
    Last edit by Daytonite on Dec 30, '05
  9. by   VeryPlainJane
    I have both, and like both. But, when I'm at home I use my PC. When I'm at school or other places use my laptop. My laptop is only good for about 3 hours and I spend much more time on computer than that. It's nice to have a laptop but if I had to choose, I would pic the PC.
  10. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    I have a laptop and a desktop. For everyday use, I prefer the desktop. But for on-the-go, the laptop is really handy. If you can only choose one, I'd go for the desktop.
  11. by   Jessy_RN
    I have both too, but I am sure you are looking to buy only 1. My choice would again be the laptop. :-)
  12. by   L&D4ME
    I have both also and I prefer the desktop. For me, when I pull out the laptop you can be sure my daughter wants to see what's going on. While the laptop is portable, I hate lugging that thing around.
  13. by   DaughterofRuth
    Wow, thanks for the response here everyone! Normally DH is our tech guru but I don't trust a word that he says about this because he wants me to take his computer and buy HIM a new one with this $$ - not at all biased there, eh? lol

    I'm leaning towards a laptop but my concern is that by the time I might really need it, i.e. classes that require library visits, etc. (I'm on online student whenever possible), it will be outdated.

    Thanks again - you've given me much food for thought here.

    Happy New Year!
  14. by   Catsmeow
    oooo be sure you get a decent monitor!! After getting my laptop, which has an LCD screen on it, I can hardly use the big computers now, the screens look terribly fuzzy!!! (They are old, cheap monitors.) But this is imperative when you are doing alot of schoolwork online, being able to read the screen well! For some reason my LCD screen is a gazillion times sharper than my old big monitors.

    I'd suggest a laptop as well btw, I bought one for $250 on eBay for my schoolwork, I don't even generally take it anywhere, but it's so much easier to use, I have it set up in my bedroom in a little area with the TV nearby to watch the telecourse videos and DVDs for distance courses. I wouldn't highly recommend the $250 deal because it hangs on things here and there. I have to switch to the big guys in the living room to open pdf files, etc.

    Cats

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