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. The GLoW

    The GLoW Registered Member

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    My laptop is indispensable for working anytime, anyplace. A tablet is what I browse and get social with. But for "real" work my antique XP desktop and keyboard are irreplaceable. I have a vintage keyboard attached to a laptop as well. I'm 100% with you when it comes to the touch pad!
     
  2. PJC

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    I prefer Desktops, but I cannot carry them with me.
    So, I carry a Laptop...
     
  3. new2security

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    At work I use an old IBM R40 (running Linux) because I don't want to throw away stuff. :D
     
  4. Noob

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    Hahahaha and is it completely stock? :D
    Any modern app would kill that thing. :D
     
  5. The Hammer

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    Actually I'm using my netbook while I am creating a system image using Win 7's built in on my desktop.
     
  6. roger_m

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    I've started using a desktop recently at work. But, outside of work I have not used a desktop for 9 years.
     
  7. Dark Shadow

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    I hate being confined to a single room where I can go outdoors and sit on the deck on a nice day or night having a few beers while I relax on a comfy lounge chair.:)
     
  8. berryracer

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    I use a destkop replacement laptop as you can see from the specs in my sig.

    This laptop has always been at home but sometimes I take it to work to play during my night shifts.

    The reason I choose a laptop over a desktop is these days the laptops have very good performance and I like the idea that I can take it wherever I go
     
  9. c2d

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    Same here...I m using HP ProBook 4530s
     
  10. BuzzStone

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    I have always used a desktop. A little less than a year ago I bought a BlackBerry PlayBook when they first slashed the price because I wanted to try out a tablet and not pay 400 to 600 dollars for any tablet. My needs are just for home use such as gaming, surfing, downloading, etc. I am not a power user. I also have a laptop, a netbook and a recently deceased 2nd desktop that my daughter used in her bedroom. I have found with the PlayBook I can sit on the couch, the deck or wherever and surf the net, play games, and watch TV(while using the PB), etc. I found that I don't use my desktop near as much as I used to, something that I thought could never happen. My daughter now uses her mother's laptop. Now gaming on a tablet, to me, is mediocre at best but still somewhat entertaining. My daughters both have ipod touches and use them all the time. The point I am trying to make is that the young people today are being brought up on touch devices that they can walk around with and do everything on them they want to. They don't want to be stuck in a corner with a desktop. When my desktop that I am typing this on dies(that I also built), I will get a powerful laptop. I probably will never own a desktop again. I will be buying two MS Surfaces when they become available in the coming months. I believe that the desktop will go the way of the VCR in the near future, something that I never thought could happen.
     
  11. new2security

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    Just added some RAM + new HD. :D
    Archlinux + lightweight desktop manager, LXDE.
    Runs pretty well.
     
  12. Noob

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    Hahahaha that's what i though, when i saw the specs the first thing that came to my mind was . . . RAM! :D
     
  13. RSpanky

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    Its nice when I'm laying in bed and I get bored with watching TV
     
  14. xxJackxx

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    I have a laptop but only in addition to a desktop. It is nice to be able to take it with me and since it is very close to matching my desktop in the way it is configured, it makes a nice backup. I will never replace my desktop with a laptop though. It's not anywhere nearly as powerful.
     
  15. sweater

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    Laptop - Portability but it's an easy target to theft, snatcher, holdaper, etc...also if you've got some very private things for personal use only like videos/pictures in it like scandal...secret plan to take over the world, :D etc...then you're sorry if it goes to the hands of others, you'd be surprised if becomes viral and you can't trust even your close friends, and if it broke ain't easy to fix and are expensive to repair/replace parts.

    Desktop pc - Power, Power and more Power. Also, bigger is most of the time more better. Easy to upgrade, change parts, repair and transform. :cool: The only disadvantage it has of course you can't bring it along with you.
     
  16. Yes, a dinky cheap little EeePC. It's my main desktop. :)

    Why? Because it works, it's easy to carry around, and it has a 6+ hour battery life. The last is especially important when you commute to classes.

    (The only regrettable thing about it is the tiny 10'' screen, which makes a lot of IDEs painful to use.)
     
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  17. encus

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    Yes, because it's more like a PC but portable.
     
  18. TheKid7

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    Yes. I wanted a Laptop for Hotel stays. So I purchased a Laptop a couple of months ago.
     
  19. J_L

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    Of course, don't use Desktops anymore. I have a gaming 17-incher at home and netbook for portability. I can tinker the hardware fine, not into flamboyant customizations.
     
  20. Noob

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    I still prefer my desktop, specially because i feel soooooooo uncomfortable with laptop keyboards. The only time i use my laptop is for school.
     
  21. Alec

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    I have to use a laptop for work, because I occasionally need to console into various network devices; but primarily because of the need to be able to travel and work from home with the same files. But even the majority of my time on the laptop is spent using a docking station with a keyboard and dual external monitors. I'm not a laptop-toting-sipping-my-latte-at-Starbucks kinda guy.

    It's all about screen real estate for me. A laptop screen is just way too cramped. At home I use a 27" iMac. At the store the screen seemed enormous, and I thought about just rolling with the 21" model, but I'm glad I didn't. Doing almost anything on a computer -- word processing, web surfing, gaming, programming, whatever -- is just exponentially better with additional screen size. For checking email and mundane web surfing I just use an iPad.

    Tablet + Desktop > Laptop, imho.
     
  22. Krysis

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    I use a laptop although it doesn't go anywhere and is used as a desktop. Reason I bought a laptop was because it was $600 less than an equivalent spec desktop. That was 3 years ago - for Core I3 CPU – 4GBs RAM and 500GB HDD (how times\prices have changed!)

    In retrospect, I'm actually glad I bought a laptop as it's an excellent fit for my very compact workstation (which is in the kitchen\living area) – suits my needs perfectly – makes hardly any noise - plus the battery doubles as an UPS!
    I might add that I use a WiFi mouse with the laptop as I can't stand those Touchpads and find them too slow.

    I wasn't sure about the Poll options – so I voted 'I don't care really'
     
  23. Solarlynx

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    After I've tried a laptop I'll never return to a desktop. I can take it anywhere, it didn't need UPS. The drawback of inconvenient keyboard and bad screen can be resolved by having at your most often place good monitor and external keyboard paired with mouse.
     
  24. mack_guy911

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    desktop because cheap to maintain you can get good graphic cards change get tv tuner, sound cards.....etc pretty flexible in terms of cost and usability

    and above all its depends what you like to use :)
     
  25. Cruise

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    I use my laptop (almost) exclusively. At first, I just used it when traveling or going to the coffee shop, but now, even when at home, I find it preferable to a desktop. Besides it's ease of use in any room of the house, by it's very nature it has 'a built in UPS' (which is great during power brown-outs)!!! :thumb:

    Cruise

    Ps. I might add that I gave serious consideration to getting a tablet (iPad), but decided that while they are great for internet uses, they won't do for any real productivity.
     
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