Desktop vs. Laptop

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Aaron73153, Jun 4, 2003.


Do you prefer: Laptop or Desktop?

  1. Desktop

    31 vote(s)
  2. Laptop

    11 vote(s)
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  1. Aaron73153

    Aaron73153 Member

    I'm heading off to NC State next year and I still haven't decided between a desktop and a laptop. Desktops are more powerfeul and can be upgraded easier, but the laptop is portable.

    Which do you prefer?
  2. Krell

    Krell worthless dirtball Expert

    If you know the limitations of a laptop, and can afford a decent one, then go with the portibility and small foot print, youll be glad you did.

    You may want to buy a large monitor just to make it easier to see in the dorm room tho.
  3. Kyle06

    Kyle06 Member

    I will stay with my destop computer cause of the speeds lol
  4. Potato

    Potato poe-tay-toe Established Member

    Go for a nice laptop. Their portability is quite nice, especially when it comes time to move out.

    Whatever you do, make sure you have a nice quiet keyboard.

    How far is NC state from where you are living?
  5. Aaron73153

    Aaron73153 Member

    State is about a 90-min drive so I can come home for laundry lol.

    Krell, the thing that worries me is how easily that a laptop could get lifted.

    As a compromise I was thinking of getting a high-end desktop, and I have a friend who would sell me a win-98 laptop for $100.
  6. Ken17625

    Ken17625 Your best nightmare.

    It is also important (and maybe somewhat obvious) to remember that Laptops, unlike desktops are very difficult to "service" or upgrade.

    Many retailers (partially because they want your money) advise against taking your laptop apart.

    But if you know what you are doing.......ah...well go fo it.

    I guess it comes down to your preference, and the space you have/will have.
  7. Krell

    Krell worthless dirtball Expert

    . . .use the Force . . . .

    You go with what you feel comfortable with, I personally wouldnt want to be chained to the worry about constantly keeping an eye on it.

    Even an older one will let you read andtype at the library or starbucks.

    That sounds like a good idea to me.
  8. Shy GurL

    Shy GurL Member

    I would get a laptop. Take it where u need it like to the library etc..
  9. isus

    isus Member

    laptops are awesome.

    and when you get right down to it, if you can handle the fact that it's an apple, apple's are the best... they are thinner, lighter, and more powerful than many pc notebooks... unless you get one of the 8lb alienware beasts that use a normal p4 cpu. lol.

    for desktops and gamers, get a pc. if you're not worried about games, get a mac.

    watch the flames come in now.
  10. nasrules

    nasrules PeerWebmaster

    If you can afford a good laptop, go for it. But remember that you can't really get a decent laptop for under a grand (talking £s here), whereas you can get a decent PC for under £400 if you build it yourself.
  11. triniti

    triniti 503 Service Unavailable

    I say laptops because I have a centrino 1.3ghz in which they have 1MB of cache and it is faster than my p4 2.0 ghz laptop, both with the same ram, however the centrinos can have a faster harddrive out of the factory which is a plus. And another note is that my centrino laptop runs 15" at 1400x1050 which gives me ample view of source code. It is a Gateway BTW. My desktop is cool for being at home however, i travel around so it is not convient to keep anything on except 100's of gigs of flicks.

    CCSDUDE Proud Girl Lover

    If you can spare the cash I'd say go with a Sony laptop.....the ones I've used worked great and heat wasn't as big of an issue as with...oh....say a free P4 2ghz laptop from Toshiba I have....

    Btw; love the avatar, potato. Calvin is classic...
  13. matstao

    matstao P2P Junky

    This sounds like the best plan to me. A desktop is so much more powerful and flexible when it comes to upgrades or future concerns. It's also much less likely to be stolen or dropped. The old laptop will be good for portable activities like those which Krell mentioned or as an mp3 jukebox.

    Have fun at college. Many of my fondest memories are from my college years as are most of my favorite blackouts.
  14. FrozenShadow23

    FrozenShadow23 Black Mage Power.

    I'd go for desktop man. A nice desktop will beat any laptop. If you want a laptop for notes and wordprocessing, pay big for a desktop, then drop some chump change (in compairsion) for a cheap laptop to take around with you- No worries about getting it lifted, and a powerful box at home to play with. I SO Rule, heh.

    Edit: Uh, my bad, you already thought of that... heh, well obviously I agree with this idea... heh... I got nothin'
  15. at.morris

    at.morris Member

    I'm living in student house at the moment with 5 other people. The person who lives in the room opposite me had his laptop stolen. The worst part is that we were all in the house and had two guests. The theif climbed onto the kitchen roof and arccoss to his bedroom window. Reached through, unplugged everything and made off without anyone noticing. Scary.

    In saying that, for a student laptops are the way forward (although whoever said take it to the library must be having a laugh - whats a library?). I often get jealous of my flatmate sitting out working in the sun! He even got a network cable long enough so he can keep internet access while he is out there!
    He also takes it to the computer labs, unplugs a computer network cable and plugs it into his laptop! Then he can get superfast T1 connection. Films actually take minutes to get, and BitTorrent comes into a life of its own!
  16. Theinfamousone

    Theinfamousone Krell's Hitman Established Member

    Yeah, if was going to college, I'd get an Apple laptop like Isus said. Who would steal a pbook? LOL. For what you need, an Apple is going to do everything you need it to and it'd be very simple.
  17. Aaron73153

    Aaron73153 Member

    Yeah, I'd love to have an Apple G4, but the major I'm choosing has labs that run on either Windows 2000, or Linux, so I'm worried about compatability despite the option of Virtual PC. I think I'm going to go with a dual-boot PC.
  18. well personally, id get a high end desktop, then a cheapo old laptop. i highly doubt you'll do much more than type and listen to music on a laptop, so leave the stuff you dont need at home. you could even network the two and have access to all the stuff you do on the go on your desktop.
  19. ferrarimodena360

    ferrarimodena360 Yada Yada Yada

    i have 2 desktops

    a p||| 550 , 128 ram for my college

    and p 4 1.7 256Ram with orignal intel motherboard (this i bought last year) 64 Ge force nVidia, for home

    given a choice i'll again buy a desktop, coz of the enhancements you can make, a desktop wins because u can upgrade it more easily then in case of laptop.........

    i rite now have a 17" flat screen, i am thinking of switching to slim lcd display, or instead may be buy the nokia 7650.
  20. leleyusa

    leleyusa Member

    I'd say laptop, I'm part of a missionary family (my dad is a pastor) and we move a lot, we have 2 desktops and it's just awful on moving day. I'm saving up my $$ to get myself a laptop, and make my moving a whole lot easier...

    but that's just an idea...

    wmr :sw

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