small laptop or big laptop?

Italy
December 18, 2007 4:05am CST
I currently own a laptop who's a couple years old. I'm not planning to get rid of it but I think I'll buy a new one and share the two with my sister. I went to the store , and all the new laptops are small and you can lift them with a finger, but I'm suspicious: is it easy to use a computer with such a small screen? Wouldn't it cause you some headache (I work with computers a lot) My laptop is very heavy and it's a pain to bring it around, but the screen is big and with a good resolution. Which is better?
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
19 Dec 07
My laptop is not very small but it's quite light which is great for me since I carry it around in my back pack often. Mine is a 15inch screen so it's fine with me. My daughter's was a bit smaller I think it was a 13inch but still the screen seemed fine to me. But I think that's as "low" as I would go anything below than might be easier to carry but more complicated for my eyes.
• Italy
19 Dec 07
what's the type of the big laptop that you have? Thanks for the tip, I think that 13 inches is ok :)
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
20 Dec 07
My daughter's 13 inch was an apple. It worked really well and it was lightweight as well.
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• Italy
20 Dec 07
sorry, can I ask for the name of your daughter's laptop?
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@yiskylee (141)
• China
25 Dec 07
I think a laptop with 14.1 screen and within 1.8kg is just ok for a girl. The size of screen is enough and it's not so heavy,
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@jarves (815)
• Philippines
22 Dec 07
It doesn't really matter which size of laptop you have. If it has all the features that you need then that is good. But if you are the person that is always on the go and keeps on traveling I would prefer light laptops.
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@santuccie (3370)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I prefer the larger screen. One of my friends had an ultraportable Dell, and occasionally complained about how hard it was to read anything. I also touch-type and use the 10-key, and prefer a laptop with the keypad. As far as I know, the only ones that have it are the big-uns, the 17" models.
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Well maybe go with something in between like a 14-15 incher. Those are decent and you could find plenty with enough stats on them you'd want to have. Having larger laptops are good if you don't travel as much or if you really need the features. Depending on the type, design and capacity, they can also get hotter than most other laptops especially at their peak usage. Smaller laptops are fine especially if you travel a lot or want to move and use it all over the place; some however have smaller interfaces which can be unwieldy or worse. A few of the smaller ones can have heating problems too. But besides size you really need to look at their stats and what reviews of the laptops are. You need to see if something glaring comes up in multiple reviews (power supply problems, overheating, motherboard problems, hard drive problems).
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@r0131n (357)
18 Dec 07
Its always a compromise with laptops between size and weight. For obvious reasons, the bigger they are the heavier they become. If you are going to take your laptop with you everywhere you go then a small light weight laptop would be best but if you're unlikely to take it around with you all the time then opt for the bigger screen. I chose a smaller laptop as I carry it about a third of the time to and from business trips. Manufacturers are always trying to reduce the heat emanated from laptops and therefore reduce power needed to run it and this will eventually allow them to change the material used to a lighter weight. It is happening now so I'm sure we will soon see lighter weight laptops in the shops.
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@marababe (2514)
• Philippines
18 Dec 07
Hi there! Personally, I prefer a bigger laptop meaning, the one with the wider screen. I have a friend who owns a Sony Vaio, the super small one and I tried using it, it gave me a headache. Lol. And given the fact that you work with your computer a lot, then you should really go find another one. There are still lots of good laptops out there like HP, Dell and Mac. Plus, they all have good resolution and wide screens. Macbook has 13" but the Macbook Pro I think has a wider screen. Remember to settle for what you're comfortable working with. :) Hope I helped. :)
@nichole1983 (1189)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
keep looking around if you want a bigger screen.. there are new laptops out there with big screens as well as light weight.. theres not that many you really have to look but they are out there... with todays world things are going smaller and smaller and lightweight
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• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
sony vaio - my laptop, sony vaio sz28
my laptop's not that big, and not that small either. i love small laptops though, particularly the 12.1" LCD screen coz it's like so tiny and easy to be carried around. mine's a sony vaio 13.3" wide view LCD screen. would have gotten the 12.1" screen if it wasn't too expensive haha.
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• Italy
4 Jan 08
Thanks kev Have you had some problems in working with small screens?
@diansinta (7560)
• Indonesia
31 Dec 07
i want a laptop - i want a laptop image
ohh, i wish i have a laptop.. i still can't afford one.yet..
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• Italy
1 Jan 08
You have to see the shops around you, I think there are good laptops at a cheap price now (even less than 500) but they are not so powerful. It depends on what do you have to do with it Cute image ^___^
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
30 Dec 07
the purpose of laptop is to be mobile. if you have a laptop that you can't bring around, it is better to have a desktop which is much powerful and stable than laptop. mine has 14 inches screen, big enough to watch movies or clips. however, i am ok with its weight. i carry it wherever i want to work.
• Italy
22 Dec 07
I would like a laptop with a REALLY big screen but very light. I can dream, can I? bye bye Andre
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• India
22 Dec 07
i will like the small one and if small one have very high speed in working. then its esy to pick and it is esy to get with it.and i like it.
@crom07 (233)
• Philippines
20 Dec 07
small laptop are very handy for me,especially if you are a traveller.but big laptop are good especially for presentation purposes....for me the big one is the best
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