Do you prefer a laptop or a desktop pc?

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#1  Edited By ReaperInThyName
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If you prefer a laptop, what size is your laptop?

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#2  Edited By Serraph105
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I have a 15 inch laptop. I still intend to get a desktop one day to use as a media server.

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#3 mecha_frieza
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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.

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#4 theone86
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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.

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#5 stuff238
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Desktop always.

Easier to upgrade, not a battery hog and not flimsy that will break with a tiny bit of force.

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#6 Crash6
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Laptop. Always 15 inch screen. No more, no less.....

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#7 johnd13
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Love my desktop. I also have a 15 inch laptop that really needs a new battery.

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#8 Gaming-Planet  Online
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Desktop.

Never owned a laptop.

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#9  Edited By JustPlainLucas
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Laptop. Never had desk space for a desktop. Plus, I just like knowing I can take it with me if need be.

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#10 mandzilla  Moderator
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I prefer the portability and convenience you get with a laptop.

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#11 tocool340
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Laptop with a 17.3 inch display. Preferably built for gaming, though the cost for such laptops are ridiculous....

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#12  Edited By MirkoS77
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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.

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#13 RikardoSpiapia
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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

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#15  Edited By SOedipus  Online
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I have both. Desktop for gaming, and a cheap piece of shit laptop for school/work/travel. I prefer the desktop and I always will. There is no way I would put money into a gaming laptop.

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#16 thehig1
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Desktop, portability isn't important to me and I've never understood the I've no space for a desktop argument, how small are peoples houses

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#17 pyro1245
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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).

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#18  Edited By ReaperInThyName
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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.

@mecha_frieza said:

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.

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#19  Edited By AFBrat77
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Desktop, I still play PC games from the late 90's on it. Never had a laptop.

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#21  Edited By madrocketeer
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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.

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#22 deactivated-5ad38f8494160
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Laptops are great for browsing, portability (duh) and overall convenience, but in terms of gaming and upgrade options, nothing compares to desktops.

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#23 DaVillain-  Moderator
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Desktop PC only!!!

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#24 horgen  Moderator
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Desktop. I like switching out piece by piece instead buying the whole thing new.

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#25 deactivated-5ebea105efb64
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Desktop PC and a 15 inch MacBook pro

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#26  Edited By deactivated-5ebea105efb64
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Desktop PC and a 15 inch MacBook pro

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#27 npiet1
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ive only got laptops for school, gaming on a laptop seems pointless, the only time i game is at home.

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#28  Edited By Jak42
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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.

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#29 LJS9502_basic
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Prefer desktop but I have a laptop as well for mobility.

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#30  Edited By foxhound_fox
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Laptop. I am a truck driver and can't cart around a desktop with me in the truck.

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#31  Edited By PernicioEnigma
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Desktop for sure. Better keyboard and mouse, better screen size and position, generally more powerful hardware too...

Obviously if you need a computer to be portable a laptop is the obvious choice.

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#32 shellcase86
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Either. I use a laptop for work that docks into monitors, I'm plenty happy for what I need it for.

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#33 mitu123
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Desktop PC by far!

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#34 JoshRMeyer
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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.

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#35 mitu123
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@joshrmeyer said:

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.

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#36 TryIt
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both.

Desktop for gaming, Chromebook for watching media.

that is how I roll

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#37 double_decker
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I don't PC game so I just use a laptop, widescreen, anything else seems tiny. If I did more online or went to PC gaming then I'd definitely do a desktop build, but the laptop seems to serve my internet needs just fine. =)

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#38 mrbojangles25
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Desktop

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.

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#39 Summerwind
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Laptop. Portability

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#40  Edited By gamerzboi99
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For personal use a PC is great, it gives you total freedom.
A Laptop, I'd say is more suited for work or school, as in taking notes and carrying presentations

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#41 CYBERGUY
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Laptop use it for gaming and movies while travelling.

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#42 ReaperInThyName
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I think I'm getting a laptop for myself soon. Got the opportunity to use one from my sister for coulpa days and really digging the benefits that come with it.

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#43 comp_atkins
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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.

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#44 Sam3231
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Desktop. Last laptop I had was dell and died after 2 years. They wanted to charge me something like a few hundred dollars just to speak to a technician.

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#45 kriggy
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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

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#46 ReaperInThyName
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@Sam3231 said:

Desktop. Last laptop I had was dell and died after 2 years. They wanted to charge me something like a few hundred dollars just to speak to a technician.

Damn. lol

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#48 InsomniaTheArk
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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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#49 RockField
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Desktop. Because U CAN UPGRADE!

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#50 uninspiredcup
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Laptop pretty cool for playing older games.

But the price to get a powerful one compared to a powerful desktop PC, big no-no.