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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 969 times:
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OK, some of you know that I graduated in June and one of my gifts was money from my uncle to get a computer.
Now, I seem to be partial to Dell b/c we have 2 in the family. I work with Gatemay and Compaq at home but seem to be happier with Dell. Why? My brother was the 8100 with 30 Gig Hard drive and 512 processing.

I was going for the 8200 with a 80 hard drive, 512 processing and 1.7 Pentium, Zip Drive, CD burner and was going to keep another bay open for a future DVD burner purchase. My purposes: One 1-2 games (flight sim and Fly, if at all), Powerpoint and Word capability, personal finance, quick net usage and taking my analog videos and creating movies to be put on Zip, then later on DVD.

Some of you mentioned in the past to go with a homebuilt but my only problem with that is the support that would be lacking.

Now, to make confuse me more, many are telling to to go with a lap top. I dont think I need it though. I don;t see myself as one carrying it around and portability isn't a major issue for me. Can you name some other pros/cons to getting a laptop vs a desk top?

Thanks so much for reading this and adding your imput
I really appreciate it.


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User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 962 times:

The little bit of perfomance you may gain with a desktop pail in comparison to the increased portability. While you may not be leaving your home with your laptop, you may want to go use it in another room of your home, on your porch, in bed, etc....

Having said that, I just this hour picked up my laptop from the repair shop after having dropped it and shattered the LCD screen (thankfully dell's warranty that i paid extra for covered this). So BE CAREFUL!!!

Eric


User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 961 times:

If you don't want to carry it around, go with the desktop...cheaper and usually faster...plus a full-sized keyboard and monitor.

User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 961 times:

Why not get a laptop for the portability and then connect it to a monitor, mouse and keyboard in the main location where you will use it.

I have a laptop for work, but it's set up to work like a desktop when I am at work.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 958 times:

Laptops sound nice, but they have severe disadvantages:
- performance is a lot less than from a desktop in the same pricerange.
- the screen and keyboard are not that comfortable (most people who use a laptop as their primary machine have external screens and keyboards, and most everyone carries a mouse at all times).
- expansion options are severely limited (usually, once you fix the initial configuration, the most you can do later is add a single stick of memory) and are several times more expensive than those for desktops (that stick of RAM for example: I paid $80 for 128MB at a time when desktop RAM 128MB would be maybe $35, and the price I paid was about a third of what the manufacturer charges).
- support is slow and limited. With desktop machines they can easily replace a part (on site or carry in depending on the contract) while you wait. If that same part needs replacing on a laptop it's back to the factory which takes weeks (and is more expensive after warranty of course).
- laptops are quite sensitive, especially the screens (also see above). Most people I know who have laptops have some minor defect on the screen (pixels that don't work, for example, and mine is brighter on the top than on the bottom). Replacement of the screen is very expensive (sometimes more expensive than replacing the unit).

With homebuilds, you are indeed your own service department (but then, servicing them is easy as PCs are so easy to build and replace parts in). You still have manufacturer's warranty on all parts, which is often longer than the warranty you receive on pre-built machines. Homebuilds have the added advantages of having exactly the parts you want and need. Don't want that soundcard? No need to accept it as part of the package and then have it replaced with another one later on (so you pay for two cards plus assembly...).



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 944 times:
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Just as I suspected: While a Laptap is nice for someone that has to be "connected" every hour of every day, my desktop will crank out much more performance.

Actually I just returned from the library and read some consumer reports, so I AM going with a desk top.

Thanks for your great input fellas.



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