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computer or laptop. if it is a laptop which one shall i go for? however if it is a computer what one shall i go for? thanks rep will be added for good answers Read More
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
computer or laptop.
if it is a laptop which one shall i go for?
however if it is a computer what one shall i go for?
thanks
rep will be added for good answers
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
Don't you mean desktop or laptop?
#2
There is no "best" answer to this as it depends what you will use it for.

It is like if you were buying a car and asking is it best to get a mini or a rolls royce.

Generally you get "more" for you money buying a desktop than a laptop. If you spent the same on a dekstop and a laptop the desktop would probably have a better CPU, larger hard disk, bigger screen and so on.

There are advantages and disadvanteges with both a desktop and a laptop.

Desktop advantages: More for your money, normally better spec and larger screen, cheaper and easier to replace a faulty component, or to upgrade. Better keyboard so good for extensive typing.

Desktop disadvantages: Much larger so takes up more desk or floor space, almost impossible to carry around with you so has to be used in one place, often noisier than a laptop. Needs to be plugged into the mains.

Laptop advantages: Much smaller, lighter, quieter, very easy to use in another room, or in the garden or on holiday, can be taken to another place of work or another persons house. Can work on a battery if no power available.

Laptop disadvantages: Less for your money than a dekstop, smallish screen, keyboard not so easy to use, difficult to upgrade or replace a faulty component, can be more expensive to repair, easier to steal or lose.

So it is up to you.

If you want to use wi-fi and use it anywhere in the house then a laptop is the only answer, however if you want to do web design or photographic work then the large screen of a desktop will be better.

So as I said, it depends what you want to use it for.
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#3
Desktops usually get you more bang for your buck but are a lot larger and can dominate a room.
a laptop can be less powerful and more fragile than a desk top but they can be stored out of harms way when you dont need them.
IMHO
if you plan to use it 3+ hours a day or for gamining then go for a desktop.
if all you want to do a bit of surfing or ebaying then a laptop will be a good bet...
as for what to buy - got to PCWorld and look at lots of them and then try to find the ones you like at Amazon or the like.
local suppliers are good too - you can go bang on their counter if sometrhing goes wrong - try that with Amazon et al :roll:
banned#4
Dell is great value when they have deals going on, keep an eye out for miket.......he posts them here. or go to the dell website or delloutlet
#5
A good laptop
#6
Depends what you want it for - desktops have more but are bigger. Laptops portable and can be used anywhere
#7
A laptop is only as good as its warranty. If you pay a lot for a laptop make sure you get a long warranty because many things that are easily replacable on a desktop are terminal on a laptop,Go to ebay and search damge repairable laptop and see how many hundreds of laptops are discarded every year because of a fault,
#8
tonyg1962
A laptop is only as good as its warranty. If you pay a lot for a laptop make sure you get a long warranty because many things that are easily replacable on a desktop are terminal on a laptop,Go to ebay and search damge repairable laptop and see how many hundreds of laptops are discarded every year because of a fault,


Very true. I went for a 4yr warranty on my laptop, and within its first year, it's already on its second motherboard (GPU problems in the first board), and it'll be on its third as soon as I can be bothered putting the report in that the USB ports on the right side of the unit have all died. If this was a 1yr warranty system, or one with a foul return-to-base (and wait three weeks) warranty, there'd be some serious anger in this post. As it is, I just think it's funny, and I quite like the engineer who's come out for the last two service calls.
#9
I have both. On a day to day basis I use my laptop, and once in a blue moon when I'm doing meatier stuff I use the desktop. Depends what you're going to use it for and where you want to use it.
For gaming I'd say stick to a desktop. If mainly internet, go for laptop.
#10
dxx
As it is, I just think it's funny, and I quite like the engineer who's come out for the last two service calls.


Fess up, you're breaking it on purpose :p
#11
Get both like me and bluedave if you can afford it and there's more than one of you

For a long sesh and "proper" computing i.e. Excel, Word etc I'm upstairs in the study with the big screen. For casual garden and TV surfing, got the Dell Inspiron 1525

Defo get more bang for your buck but not the convenience with a desktop
#12
Thanks everyone. Rep will be added
#13
laptop!
banned#14
dxx
Very true. I went for a 4yr warranty on my laptop, and within its first year, it's already on its second motherboard (GPU problems in the first board), and it'll be on its third as soon as I can be bothered putting the report in that the USB ports on the right side of the unit have all died. If this was a 1yr warranty system, or one with a foul return-to-base (and wait three weeks) warranty, there'd be some serious anger in this post. As it is, I just think it's funny, and I quite like the engineer who's come out for the last two service calls.


******...............What laptop make have you got????:roll:
#15
its really what you want it for, if you want to sit in doors at a desk being uncomfortable and stuck to one position, go for a desktop, if you want to be wireless, be able to move around, then go for a laptop. Its really a decision of comparisson, if you dont want to pay as much, but you still want a higher spec, go for a desktop but if you dont need to great spec but you want the easy mobility, easy to move around and gives you the opportunity to sit anywhere in range of your router, then go for a laptop :)

hope this helps :)
#16
Desktops are better techanically in every way (if you've got a noisy one then you bought it from the wrong company, since they're better at keeping things cool quietly too). They're also modular so you're not stuck with anything. If you don't like the mouse on your desktop you can change it, if you don't like the touchpad on your laptop then you have to put up with it.

The only reason to get a laptop is if you need the portability - either because you want to move it around or because you want to hide it away out of sight.

The price difference is actually not that big for most machines (although if you need a high powered GPU or CPU laptops quickly shoot up in price), the advantages in a desktop are mostly in the quality, capability and customisability areas.
banned#17
have you read the other 100 threads you have posted on tis

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