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Windows 7: Desktop vs Laptop

02 Mar 2011   #11
Tomel

Windows 7
 
 
Laptop vs Desktop

Although I prefer my desktop, obviously there are situations where the laptop is the best or only alternative, e.g., when traveling.

Why do I prefer my desktop? Well, the 24" widescreen is one reason. But there's another reason. With the super fast processors available these days, I find the biggest speed bottleneck to be the hard drive. I have a custom desktop with an i7 processor and a 10,000 rpm velociraptor hard drive. Very, very fast. Laptops and the desktops available "off the shelf" seem to put the slowest (and cheapest) hard drives in their systems. Also, with my custom-built system, I can pick the graphics card with the speed and features I want. With the laptop or "off the shelf" system, I cannot.

Bottom line. The monitor and the speed.


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02 Mar 2011   #12
darkdisturbed

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I use both. But I mainly use my laptop. For course work, tv viewing and video files and photoshop and lightroom processing. I have never attempted to try run games on this laptop - that's what my desktop is for (but I don't play games anymore, get bored of them quickly.)

They both have their uses and drawbacks but I like both.

And besides since I do baily back ups on an external hard drive, if I know either laptop or pc needs to go in for a service - I can use the other to work on my documents that I need to work on. So always good to have a back up around.
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02 Mar 2011   #13
kbronski

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I have a laptop, but I wish I had a desktop. If something goes wrong with desktop hardware, you can find it, and replace it relatively cheap. With a laptop, this isn't always the case. However, I love the portability of my laptop.
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02 Mar 2011   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You won't find a discussion because it doesn't warrant a discussion...much like me asking for a thread to discuss what I should have for dinner tonight.

My point being, everyone knows the pros and cons of both devices. You, as the owner and user must decide which fits your needs best. You are the only person that knows those needs and knows what you need a computer to do for you. None of us do, so none of us are qualified to answer.

Going back to my dinner example, no one else knows what I have on hand at home, what I am hungry for, what I'm allergic to, what I dislike, etc...so me and only me can make the decision as to what meal I'll prepare.
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02 Mar 2011   #15
rotaz

Win7 Ent x64 / Win7 Ult x86
 
 

While I love the power of a desktop I prefer the conveniance of a laptop. It allows me to go from playing games at a desk to playing games on the couch to watching movies in bed. And so much easier to take to a LAN party.

The only downside these days are their screen res. Why the hell is it so hard to get anything above 1366*768 or 1600*900
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02 Mar 2011   #16
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rotaz View Post
While I love the power of a desktop I prefer the conveniance of a laptop. It allows me to go from playing games at a desk to playing games on the couch to watching movies in bed. And so much easier to take to a LAN party.

The only downside these days are their screen res. Why the hell is it so hard to get anything above 1366*768 or 1600*900
My laptop is 1600x1050

~Lordbob
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02 Mar 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
The only downside these days are their screen res. Why the hell is it so hard to get anything above 1366*768 or 1600*900
That should not be a problem. My Vaio has 1920x1080.
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02 Mar 2011   #18
joseph10444

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
The only downside these days are their screen res. Why the hell is it so hard to get anything above 1366*768 or 1600*900
That should not be a problem. My Vaio has 1920x1080.
iBet it's heavy.
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02 Mar 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joseph10444 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
The only downside these days are their screen res. Why the hell is it so hard to get anything above 1366*768 or 1600*900
That should not be a problem. My Vaio has 1920x1080.
iBet it's heavy.
Yeah, that is true.
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02 Mar 2011   #20
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Desktop is my main computer ... laptop is for outa' town stuff
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