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Desktop vs. Laptop, average life span?

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Looking to buy a new computer.

It seems I can get more for my money when buying a desktop.
My question would be if they also live longer then then average laptop from your experience. Also regarding repairs or upgrades.

Last but not least, how long did your PC last and what brand was it?

Thanks for any advice!

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    muckilla
    i guess it depends what you want to be using a pc for and if it needs to be portable...
    reddit
    I have machines still working that are 10 years old.

    There is no such thing as an average lifespan as it's down to individual use/misuse.

    A desktop will be easier to repair/upgrade though.
    Tom4646
    My old PC lasted 5 years and it was HP (still working, just uprgraded) (and it was on nearly all the time!)
    I would get a PC and parts and easily repaired cheaply, e.g. keyboard.
    I spilt drink over my laptop keyboard and it costs about £30 for a new keyboard but with a PC it would only cost £5.

    Edited By: Tom4646 on Jun 22, 2012 11:37
    harlzter
    A desktop PC will definitely last longer in the fact upgrading/replacing parts is easy, on a laptop all you can really upgrade/replace is the ram and HDD, so if one part goes (other than those) you are stuffed. Most parts on a desktop can be replaced (for most people sub £100 very easily)
    harlzter
    Tom4646
    My old PC lasted 5 years and it was HP (still working, just uprgraded)
    I would get a PC and parts and easily repaired cheaply, e.g. keyboard.
    I spilt drink over my laptop keyboard and it costs about £30 for a new keyboard but with a PC it would only cost £5.


    You got away lightly, thats another plus for desktops, Laptops are much more prone to damage by the nature of you move about with them.
    master_chief
    Desktops are all but dead in the home now.
    KillFelix
    On average I would say a desktop lasts longer since they are not being lugged around everywhere and there's therefore less risk of damage. Also if you spill a drink on your desktop keyboard you can just replace the keyboard. Do that with a laptop and it's an expensive mistake.
    4711
    My small Acer laptop(2years old) is used daily and has a half full HDD but the cooling fan is running constantly and it gets hot and slow after 30minutes.
    Also the touchpad has started to make problems, so I'm using an USB mouse. Just wondering how long it will keep running, so I'm looking to replace it before it dies.

    It doesn't have to be portable, but a large HDD would be good.


    Edited By: 4711 on Jun 22, 2012 11:46
    MBeeching
    I went down the laptop route, but went back to desktop gaming a couple of years ago.
    Just go for whatever suits your lifestyle.
    Milkfloat
    4711
    My small Acer laptop(2years old) is used daily and has a half full HDD but the cooling fan is running constantly and it gets hot and slow after 30minutes.
    Also the touchpad has started to make problems, so I'm using an USB mouse. Just wondering how long it will keep running, so I'm looking to replace it before it dies.

    It doesn't have to be portable, but a large HDD would be good.



    Try compressed air into the fans when it is running to clean out the dust. If you don't have compressed air, blow hard through a straw, but try not to spit.
    meandog101
    I had an Apple laptop that long outlasted other PC's and Windows based laptops that were in the family, purely because it was such a solid bit of kit and that the spec never seemed to be outdated. It was top quality even after 6-7 years worth of daily use.
    fawcett
    All depends on the quality of the product and how you look after it, ive got a 4 year old pc and ive never had to put a new part in yet, also got a laptop but the battery seems to be faulty, ment to have 7hours life only get 1-2 hours,
    joeymcjoe
    Don't just factor in longevity to any decisions... factor in that desktops use about 7-8 times the power a laptop does, meaning that over 4/5 years you'll have paid at least an extra £100 in electricity (never mind the additional power consumption of your monitor)
    EastLondon
    Milkfloat
    4711
    My small Acer laptop(2years old) is used daily and has a half full HDD but the cooling fan is running constantly and it gets hot and slow after 30minutes.
    Also the touchpad has started to make problems, so I'm using an USB mouse. Just wondering how long it will keep running, so I'm looking to replace it before it dies.

    It doesn't have to be portable, but a large HDD would be good.



    Try compressed air into the fans when it is running to clean out the dust. If you don't have compressed air, blow hard through a straw, but try not to spit.



    Do not do the above as it pushes the fluff/dust further in.My acer has a cover below the laptop yours should have one also (top left corner) open it and vacuum the dust out.this will help if your thermal paste has not baked onto the CPU already.if still the same apply some new paste to heatsink if you can
    slackrat77
    technology is disposable now.
    you buy it, feel greatful if you get about 18 months life out of it, then throw it away.

    thats why people don't pay for extended warranties anymore.
    Milkfloat
    EastLondon
    Milkfloat
    4711
    My small Acer laptop(2years old) is used daily and has a half full HDD but the cooling fan is running constantly and it gets hot and slow after 30minutes.
    Also the touchpad has started to make problems, so I'm using an USB mouse. Just wondering how long it will keep running, so I'm looking to replace it before it dies.

    It doesn't have to be portable, but a large HDD would be good.



    Try compressed air into the fans when it is running to clean out the dust. If you don't have compressed air, blow hard through a straw, but try not to spit.



    Do not do the above as it pushes the fluff/dust further in.My acer has a cover below the laptop yours should have one also (top left corner) open it and vacuum the dust out.this will help if your thermal paste has not baked onto the CPU already.if still the same apply some new paste to heatsink if you can


    That is why you do it with the fan running - it will blow right back out.
    Ungreat
    4711
    My small Acer laptop(2years old) is used daily and has a half full HDD but the cooling fan is running constantly and it gets hot and slow after 30minutes.
    Also the touchpad has started to make problems, so I'm using an USB mouse. Just wondering how long it will keep running, so I'm looking to replace it before it dies.

    It doesn't have to be portable, but a large HDD would be good.



    Compressed air can, alcohol and a tiny bit of arctic silver thermal paste will work wonders.

    Sounds complicated but it's very easy. Gain access to the innards as explained in the installation/service guide for the specific laptop, remove the fan and metal arm that covers the chips (a few screws). Scrape off the old dry paste with a plastic card (I used an old debit card) from the cpu chip and the underside of the metal plate (leave the stuff that looks like bluetack on the other chip or plate). Clean the cpu and plate with alchohol and a lint free wipe (tiny dab). Blast the crap out of the fan and the fan outlet with the air can, make sure no lint is blocking the outlet vent. Use a tiny dab of arctic silver on the cpu (like you are painting a nail) and smear it only on the chip with a finger wrapped in cling film.

    Put the whole thing back together and it should be running much cooler. I did this on three separate laptops last week and one that was an acer has come back from the dead after big chunks of fluff blocking the fan were blown out and the crumbling thermal paste being replaced improved heat transfer.

    Edited By: Ungreat on Jun 22, 2012 13:16
    KillFelix
    slackrat77
    technology is disposable now.
    you buy it, feel greatful if you get about 18 months life out of it, then throw it away.

    thats why people don't pay for extended warranties anymore.


    Apple products retain their value fantastically. 18 months down the line they will still be worth 70-75% of the retail price.

    Used 32Gb models of the iPhone 4 are still fetching £300-350 on eBay 2 years after launch.
    JamesClark1991
    Theoretically I think a desktop would definitely last longer than a laptop. Haven't got much long term personal experience with either though.
    zenstyle
    The above "18 months" comment astounds me, though I agree with the high value of Apple products.
    Shouldn't we be talking five to ten years of usability, and not in terms of months?

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