If you prefer a laptop, what size is your laptop?
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Laptops, now that they're light enough to fit comfortably in a bag, powerful enough to hold their own, and don't need a lagfest-inducing 747 turbine inside to cool them down. If I ever get enough money that I can blow some I'd go with a laptop and a desktop, but I see desktops as more of a luxury right now.
Desktop unless I have no other choice, I'd never buy a laptop for my primary PC, ever. You get far more bang for your buck with a desktop, they are much easier to upgrade and repair (even for the somewhat computer illiterate), there's no concern about battery life, and peripherals have a much more broad and better selection to choose from. Laptops are prone to overheating and hence hardware failure much more than desktops (every laptop I've owned, 3, I've had to send in for repairs numerous times for repeated HDD and video card failures. ....extended warranty is a must and always a prudent investment when owning one).
Unless portability is your main consideration, I don't see how it's even arguable that laptops would be preferable to desktops.
In my opinion, a desktop PC is better because you can later improve your computer's performance, or keep it up to date, while the laptop after some time you have to buy another one if you want to keep up in "the present". Or you can buy a really expensive laptop for the next 5 years xD
I like Desktop.
Easy to mod and upgrade. Easy to diagnose and fix.
I have a desktop at home and a Desktop at work and that's really all I need. I did have a few Laptops from when I went to school but I don't use them unless I go on vacation (plus they're getting out of date).
I'm a little surprised that so many people prefer a laptop over a desktop pc. But the majority seems to be preferring a desktop, which is not surprising at all.
I mean it depends on what the function is- if we are talking about gaming than hands-down PCs are better than laptops. If we are talking portability, then obviously the laptop wins.
Yeah, portability is definitely a great benefit. I'm not even talking about carrying them around outside. Got a chance to use a laptop for a couple of days and I loved being able to sit on my couch or on my bed with a laptop on my lap and browse through the internet.
I have both. Desktop for more oomph for gaming and high-powered work. Notebook for portability, music, video and light work.
13 or 14 inch, no smaller or larger. Larger and it gets a bit cumbersome to carry around, while smaller precludes the option of discrete graphics. Tried integrated graphics once. Painful. Never again.
Not for gaming. Have my tower PC hooked to my TV for that.
But I really do want a laptop. Both are excellent tools for everyday use. But excel in different areas over the other. I love my PC. And bootup time is relatively quick. But I rather not have to turn it on for every little thing. And not have to always be confided to my room for PC use. I plan on getting a chromebook (Samsung Plus/Pro) variant. For ite extreme lightness and 12" 3:2 screen. But I'm hesitant to pull the purchase trigger with this years model potentially being just around the corner.
Laptop... Because it can also be a desktop plugged in. Besides price and gaming, I'm not sure why anyone would want a desktop tower.
Video editing/encoding as well(which I do a lot of since I'm a youtuber), which desktops are better at since they have more powerful cpus and such.
I can only think of a handful of reasons to have a laptop, and they pretty much strictly pertain to some very specific job/education roles, i.e. giving presentations and plugging something in to a projector.
I spend enough time gaming and internet'ing, I don't need to take my computer with me to stay connected, do my job, or otherwise live my life. Sometimes I travel and *gasp* go for a week or more without contact with a computer.
Also, laptops are: far more expensive than desktops, generally less capable than desktops, difficult to impossible to build yourself, have fewer options as far as parts, generally have short battery life, and are easy to steal, to name a few other things I do not like about them.
i have a lenovo p50 for work which is basically a desktop replacement since i'm seldom on the go for work. just sits in a dock w/ extra monitors + keyboard.
also have a desktop at home which i use for gaming, working w/ photos + movies, and some hobby work.
i find myself reaching more for the laptop at home though for the convenience. i haven't even turned on my desktop in a week or two.
At work I would never use a desktop PC ever. Laptops are great because you can make presentations and perform them with the same computer. If I have a meeting at a remote location I can bring my office with me and get the same work done during crunch time as I would at work
I've owned two desktops and two laptops. Both desktops are now owned by my parents and my regular platform is ASUS ROG these days. It's much easier and cheaper to buy a high performance laptop than desktop, and be sure that everything that was put inside by the manufacturer will click together well.
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