Laptop vs Desktop

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  1. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Okay, so I'm going to be saving some money off to the side and then using my tax rebate to upgrade or get a new computer entirely. The specs on the computer I don't know what I want yet, but that's not the issue. I'm considering if I should just go for a laptop instead of upgrading my desktop PC.

    I mostly use my PC for gaming, teehee. I'm back at school doing digital media and I'm surprised that some applications I was going to use for my project had no way of working on my current PC. I see my classmates using laptops, some where even used to work in class for their projects, which must be nice.

    I really don't see myself much as a guy carrying around his computer all the time, sense I stay at home alot anyways, so would it be worth getting a new laptop or should I just stay desktop?
     
  2. McBradders

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    Upgrading a laptop = pita

    Get a gaming desktop and a notebook PC for class.
     
  3. process

    process Hanlon's razor Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Desktop, definitely. It sounds like you don't have a great need for mobility, and you're sure to get a lot more bang for your buck with a gaming/workstation PC.
     
  4. toma

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    i have both a desktop and a little acer netbook that i take to school. i have no use for a full sized laptop myself. it'd be more of a pain to bring around than anything. that'd probably be your best bet if you don't plan on using the laptop a lot when you're at home. it's definitely a convenient thing to have, but there's no point in spending a lot of cash if you aren't going to use it very often. a netbook +a few upgrades for your desktop isn't gonna cost much more than buying a decent full sized laptop as it is anyway, so that'd be the way i'd do it.
     
  5. Julliant

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    Just about everything's been said already. As Twin Twist posted, you can't change anything in a laptop except the RAM and HDD. You should spend your money upgrading your desktop, and if you really want get a decent laptop if you see a bargain. I'm using a laptop and it does come in handy for mobile internet connection and doing work.
     
  6. Prowl

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    Question regarding Laptops, since we're on the subject.

    Are Laptops durable enough to leave on during the day? I have mine on with the monitor off to stream some music and videos to my Iphone at work. I know with my desktop, it's not big deal, but are laptops made to endure long times being left on?
     
  7. Julliant

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    There's the power saver mode, and you can switch off the display to conserve more energy. A number of other things you can do to further reduce energy consumption, and the average battery should last you up to 1.5 to 2 hours?
     
  8. Maximus_Prime

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    desktop no question

    My real reason is I can type about 65/70 words a minute and I like typing on a keyboard and hate it on a labtop :p 
     
  9. Prowl

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    Well I mean more, do laptops burnout if left on too long?
     
  10. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

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    My laptop has been on and plugged in since i got it 6 months ago LOL.
     
  11. Prowl

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    ok cool, hehehe, good to know. I haven't had a laptop in YEARS, and I have been using ORB to stream videos/music to my PS3 and Iphone.
     
  12. smangerbot

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    i believe its good practice to unplug laptops when the battery reaches 100%, i killed my old battery after leaving it plugged in all the time.
     
  13. Julliant

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    Yeap. Most batteries these days are lithium-ion based and if overcharged, will reduce their lifespan and duration.
     
  14. Prowl

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    Awwww, but I want to keep my LT on while I'm not home and the battery won't last that long.
     
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    Why don't you take out the battery and let your laptop run on power?
     
  16. Prowl

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    Because I am the equivilant of a child when it comes to Laptop knowledge. Now that you mentioned that, I will try it. Thanks for that one.
     
  17. Julliant

    Julliant This space for rent.

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    Don't worry I was one a few years back as well. When I learnt you could do that I went "oh............ I knew that :confused2 "
     
  18. Prowl

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    It's a nice lil' laptop, it's just that I never expected it to replace my desktop functions until I realized how much faster it is, so now I have it as my media server for my PS3 and my Iphone, which worried me because I know Desktops have larger cooling systems and such. I didn't want to 360 my lil laptop.
     
  19. Julliant

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    Overcharging probably won't have any effects on your laptop but it'll be slow death for your battery, but if you're worried about overheating you can get a cooling pad.
     
  20. rattrap007

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    I had bad luck with my laptop I had several years ago (2 computers ago). The problem was with the ac jack. It was a metal prong that stuck in the slot. well something happened to it so it wouldn't charge. I had to use rubber band to hold the jack in the slot but even then it stopped working. Had to have it repaired. After that I just backed up all my files and got a desktop again and won't go back to a laptop for a long while.
     

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