Do you use a laptop, if so why?

Discussion in 'polls' started by sukarof, Sep 2, 2012.

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Do you use a laptop/tablet

  1. Yes, it is convinient to be able to carry it with me

    60 vote(s)
    55.6%
  2. Yes, because of work

    19 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. No, I want a real PC to play with

    23 vote(s)
    21.3%
  4. I dont care really

    6 vote(s)
    5.6%
  1. sukarof

    sukarof Registered Member

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    I´m a bit curious. Personally I only use laptop at work coz I need to move and have the computer with me to program devices. But otherwise I cant imagine use a laptop at home. Mainly because of the keyboard and the small screen. I have never got used to it. And of course it is harder to replace hardware the way I want and when I want. (dont get me started on the touch pad ;) )

    When I tell people these things they look at me as if I am crazy (Well, I dont deny that I am a nerd :p ) and I read that "real" PCs are on the decline in favor of laptops and tablets. And the trend seems to be that tablets is what Microsoft and Ubuntu at least are putting their money in. (dont know anything about Apple and their vision)
    Is this a common belief amongst fellow "nerds"? ;) that laptops are the future?
     
  2. safeguy

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    I had to buy a laptop as it was a requirement when I was in polytechnic. Honestly speaking, it's the first machine I bought with my own hard-earned money (part-time job). I've been using it as my default machine ever since then up till today as I don't own a desktop. Aside from a few problems, it's been working fine for my needs.

    I plan to get a new laptop or even a tablet but my budget is running low atm.
     
  3. DBone

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    We have 3 laptops in the house and no desktops.
     
  4. noone_particular

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    My PCs are all desktop units. Nothing I do requires a laptop. As much as I enjoy and use the internet, I'm not addicted (for lack of a better word) to being connected 24/7, so I don't need portable internet devices. There are times I've thought about how nice it would be to kick back in a hammock and play an online game there, but I can't justify getting a laptop and setting up wireless just for that, especially when gaming on a laptop stinks.
    For those of us who use a computer for a lot more than just Facebook and browsing, laptops and tablets are often insufficient or hard to use. For those who use a PC for Facebook, tweeting, e-mail, and browsing, maybe laptops and tablets are all they need. IMO, the transition to these light duty portable PC-type devices is happening because the number of casual users is rapidly increasing. While there are also more "nerd types" as well, as a percentage of users, they're declining. Although tablets and laptops will end up being the majority of devices, the desktop unit isn't going to disappear. There's too many things that can't be done well on a portable device, especially in the workplace. That said, at times it does look like the long term goal of the industry is to take real computing power away from the average user and give them portable, disposable junk in its place.
     
  5. Triple Helix

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    I only use laptops now I will never buy a Desktop again!

    TH
     
  6. bo elam

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    Last month I got me a laptop for the first time. Even though it will not replace my desktop, I have found it very convenient to have since it is portable and can be put out of the way very easy. At home, I ll definitevely keep using the desktop as it is more comfortable to do the things that I usually do at home . Both have its place. I dont like tablets and probably will never use them.

    Bo
     
  7. poison

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    I use a laptop on a regular basis, often sat with it on my lap when browsing the internet, checking mail and stuff such as that but you can't beat the power of a desktop for gaming and graphic design rendering and the like.
     
  8. Kerodo

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    I only use laptops now also.... and won't buy another desktop again. I've had this one for 3 years, since the desktop died. No need for anything else...
     
  9. Dark Shadow

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    We have 2 netbooks and 1 macbook.I like laptops better for mobility and no birds nest of wires and space saving.Also when we go out or away and dont bring the laptops, I can hide them away securely.
     
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  10. Noob

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    The only time i carry my laptop is when it is absolutely necessary in some college assignments. :D
    If i don't need it i don't carry it which means 99.999999% of the time the laptop is not with me. :rolleyes:
     
  11. TairikuOkami

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    I use a laptop as a desktop PC, I never carried it anywhere. It takes ~10 times less power than desktop (25W/40W vs 180W/400W), it costs less, it takes less space, it is easier to dust out. I use a wireless keyboard/mouse/headphones and an external soundcard. I connect it to TV via HDMI to watch movies. Negatives: can't play Crysis 3. :rolleyes:

    P.S.: About 3 years ago I was one of those people, who claimed, that I will never ever use a laptop, that a desktop will last and as you can see, I changed my mind, willingly.
     
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  12. zapjb

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    I stopped buying desktops years ago, like 2009. What I own atm 4 laptops & one legacy desktop for my elders. Oh & I just bought 2 more laptops this weekend. :)

    I don't buy desktops cause I'm not a gamer, vid editor or CAD designer. And laptops are 10x easier to sell/resell. I could see the need sometime I'd want a bigger display than my 17" laptop. But I'd just get the monitor not the tower.

    And I didn't vote because the poll doesn't offer an option that fit my usage.
     
  13. SirDrexl

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    I'm with you on this. I'm too spoiled by my mechanical keyboard, which has nice tactile feedback. It doesn't have keys crammed together, and I don't have to press special buttons for an F key. My gaming mouse has side buttons and just the right DPI. My monitor is bigger and of better quality than a typical laptop screen, and I can view it at eye level rather than looking down at it.

    If I needed a portable computer, I'd consider one, and TOMxEU did bring up a good point about the power usage. Although, to keep those desktop benefits I'd still have the bird's nest of wires that Dark Shadow mentioned. :)
     
  14. jolt2

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    I have an old laptop that I use to flash stuff with. It has XP on it along with parallel, serial, and USB ports. Works good for flashing because it is slower so communication is consistent and it has all the ports I need. Otherwise, I have no use for a laptop.
     
  15. Sherlock_Holmes

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    Err how do i undo my answer - i dnt even own a laptop - i mistakenly marked the option
     
  16. Osaban

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    Since 2005, I've only had notebooks (I never put them on my lap!). The first reason is of course mobility, but I also like their compact all in one design. I used them for my work, but they are also quite versatile within the house. I use one on top of my running machine.
     
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  17. sukarof

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    Thanks all for sharing your thoughts. Of course everyone have the right to choose whatever makes them tick :)
    It is interesting to see why people choose as they choose. Right now I just get bored in front of a laptop or tablet because of their, in my mind, limitations but I got bored in front of Windows 8 too, thought it was putting too much limits for me the first month I used it. Now I am getting customed to it. Never thought I would find a reason to shift from Windows 7, but now ( especially after I found found "classic shell") I can imagine me even paying for Windows 8 ;)
    Maybe some day I can find a use for a laptop/tablet too :ninja: ;)

    Cheers!
     
  18. mattbiernat

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    Right now Im using thinkpad x120e, which is just about the size of an iPad but with more functionality. I actually have an iPad and I used to take it to work but it was useless for me in regards to doing presentations, word processing or connecting to a projector.
     
  19. The Hammer

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    I only need my netbook occasionally. Most of the time I'm on my desktop.
     
  20. luciddream

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    No, because I don't need one. I'd only get one if I needed it for work. I don't. And when I'm out I have no use for one. If I'm running errands, I don't have the time or attention to use it. The only other reason I'd be out is for recreation, in which case I wouldn't want to be tethered to technology. That's something I do when I'm at home, bored.

    My cell phone and a music player (Zune) come in handy when I'm out. Even the phone, only for emergencies. I do like to have music with me though, especially when I'm fishing.
     
  21. tomazyk

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    In my free time I use my PC. I also own netbook but rarely use it.
    At work I use laptop, because my work is mobile and I need it.
     
  22. RJK3

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    The poll doesn't give a lot of options :p

    The space saved by having a laptop is useful.
     
  23. Noob

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    I need to replace my current behemoth laptop and then i might consider carrying more hahahaha.
     
  24. chrisretusn

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    Poll needs more options.

    I am currently typing this from a laptop. I am away from home and cannot sit at my desktop. When I get home this will put this laptop away. My laptop for the most part is a mirror of my desktop.
     
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  25. adrenaline7

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    100% laptops these days. I study for work or school while lounging on the couch or even my bed, etc. Desktops are better for gaming and that's about it IMO. The hard drive went out on my desktop so I am 100% using my 15.4" screen laptop and buying a 17" screen laptop in a month or two as a desktop replacement. I will probably wait until Windows 8 is out.
     
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