are laptops worth the money??

United States
February 24, 2009 8:18pm CST
I just spent a little over $800 on a new laptop. It's a HP Pavilion. So far, I am not thrilled with it. It has 4gb, so I thought it would move pretty fast....WRONG. My desktop (that only cost me $400) is so much faster. And the screen is only 14" compared to the 19" I am used to. My question is, are laptops worth the money? Do they all move as slow as this one, or did I just get one that is a piece of crap? This is the first one I've ever had, and I think I should be happier with it since I spent quite a bit of money on it.
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@mscott (1924)
• United States
25 Feb 09
The price of desktops is really coming down. I saw some under 1000 bucks that had screens bigger and better than televisions I have owned in the past. TYou are still paying for the portability of the lap top but those prices are starting to come down as well.
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• Pakistan
25 Feb 09
The thing is that everybody want to have a laptop because its portable, and we want bigger screens so we can do what ever we want to do on the screens... :) having a smaller screen laptop is very portable, but its not a good experience watching a movie on it.
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@dhaumya (107)
• India
28 Feb 09
Laptops are meant for the people who are on the move, so that they can continue to work on a computer wherever they are. Otherwise nothing to beat the desktop. Laptops not worth the money you spend on them, my experience because I have both!
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@dismalgrin (2553)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I think the only thing Laptops are good for is if you are low on space. Haha. I was trained to type on an old electric typewriter my dad had laying around. He ground my homerow keys into me so well that I feel awkward trying to cramp my fingers into a laptop board. And more often than not, use my wrist to delete the whole page! Haha. So, to me, a desktop is always a better deal. But, I do a lot of typing so... I'm a little biased too.
• United States
26 Feb 09
Sorry about the laptop troubles there. The way I see it, THE LAPTOP WINS! Yes, the are definitely worth it. You do not have to take your laptop with you, but the option is there. It is bulky and clumsy to carry a desktop around. It "seems" like the one you got is a piece of crap. Once I got a laptop, I never went back to a desktop because, nowadays, laptops are just as powerful as desktops. I actually have ALMOST the same type as you--an HP Pavilion, but a 17", instead. I have to say it is pretty fast with only 2 gig of RAM. I honestly think, something is up with your machine. Let me tell you what I think... 1.) Where did you get your laptop? -- if you got it from a "somebody", or from a place other that a major department store like Best Buy, then, it could be possible that YOU MAY HAVE BEEN SOLD A BROKEN MACHINE, THAT WAS REFURBISHED. 2.) Have a warranty? --if you did buy it from a reputable store, then consider having it brought in to be looked at. With 4 Gig of RAM, it should be pretty fast. Could also be possible that you have a computer virus in your PC. They do tend to slow the machine down. 3. ) Check if your processor is Intel or AMD. --if you got your laptop recently and it DOES have an INTEL processor, IT SHOULD be something like---INTEL CORE 2 CPU aka dual processor. Check the box it came in, or go into CONTROL PANEL SYSTEM. The info is there. next... if you have a SINGLE CORE processor then,--you have and old computer--and you paid WAY too much for it. 4. ) Due you have Windows Vista or XP? XP should not cause a problem. IF you have Vista, check if you have either Vista 32 bit or Vista 64 bit. Vista in itself is a bit slow. Vista 32 bit is super slow! Vista 64 bit is reasonably ok. So again, I love laptops and will never go back to desktop again. They're just as functional as desktops, and you could set up a laptop anywhere you need to in one shot. Your machine "seems" fishy. It should be running reasonably fast, since you just got it. Check it out with the suggestions i gave you. Then if necessary, return the thin, get your money back, and get a different one.
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• Indonesia
26 Feb 09
Laptops will worth the money if we achieve the goal of using the laptop. Laptop is portable device. It can easy to bring everywhere. It has smaller component than desktop computer. It can easily gets hot if use it longer.
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• India
25 Feb 09
yeah they are but ur blamin hte WRONG THING laptops r not gamin machines they r buisness machines n the reason for ur slow pc is not the RAM but hte hard disk the harddisks in laptops are slow theyr r 5400 rpm in desktops they r much fastr like 7200 or higher happy lottin and have a nice day
• United States
25 Feb 09
I also forgot to mention my future mother in law had an HP pavilion and she couldn't get it to not lock up & freeze. She ended up getting a new laptop after her computer savy brother was unable to fix it. Hopefully its not the computer! Best of luck!
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• United States
25 Feb 09
I have had 3 laptops in the past 5 years as well as a couple desktop computers. My biggest thing I like about the laptops are the added convenience of being able to be mobile. The desktop though I am sure can be moved is a bit more of a hassel and at times can be heavy depending on the age. I currently have a toshiba and it's been great. I have had a Sony in the past which I liked but had a lot of problems, a toshiba prior to this one and now another toshiba. My last toshiba was put through the wrath of an old roommate who didn't know how to treat expensive items. Point being a laptop will run "slower" than a desktop in my experience but the convenience factor is what draws me more to the laptop. Make sure you delete a lot of those programs they preinstall on it. Vista has also been a downfall for me. I noticed a big difference in speed, internet connection problems, error codes, etc with my new computer that has Vista in comparison to my older laptop with XP. I'm not sure if you are having problems with the internet but if you are having problems with the internet being slower using a wireless connection this has been a know problem depending on your wireless router.
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@heehaw78 (566)
• Malaysia
25 Feb 09
may i know what specs it contains? There are many reasons why new laptop or pc are slow. one of the reasons is the Operating System such as Vista or XP which comes together with the laptop or pc contains too many unwanted applications or settings running. I would suggest you to call HP helpdesk for help to speed it up since you purchased it from them.
@WC1989 (595)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Well you got an HP...HP manages to lower prices of "good" computers by skimping cost on the less-well-known, but equally important, parts. You might as well have bought a 1GB laptop. Laptops are really not all that slow. There is a lot to consider in speed than just ram. 1) How's your cache? At least 512kb I hope 2) Did it come with programs? (probably). Maybe these programs are resource-hogs. I know a lot of computers come with McAfee, which uses up your memory like there's no tomorrow. 3) What about other programs you've installed? Did you check how much resource they use? 4) Did you check your energy settings? Even if you are on AC power, your energy settings might be off. Less energy = slower computer. 5) Did you take off unwanted startup applications? Did you unclutter your desktop? 6) What's the OS? Some OS's (*cough* Vista*cough*) are a lot more resource hungry than others. If you don't plan on moving your computer around (even inside the house) I would just recommend selling your laptop and buying an 800$ desktop. Since they've been around for so long, they've been tweaked for performance a lot more than laptops. You'll be happier.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 09
yeah. Laptops are beter than desktops. Aside from being convenient, it's faster too. You should have bought an 8gb laptop because the capacity is bigger and works faster. I have been using laptop for many years now and I have proven it to be better than any other desktop.
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• Canada
25 Feb 09
I think laptops are only worth it if you need to travel a lot or you're a student. Unfortunately desktops are always going to be cheaper (comparing with same specs) because laptop is simply more portable and a better choice. It sucks that they are so expensive and they aren't very powerful unless you want to spent loads of money on it.
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@Mickie30 (2633)
25 Feb 09
If I could afford to buy a laptop then I would say, yes they are worth buying. I do a lot of writing and could do my writing on the go with a laptop rather than a desktop. I wish I could afford a laptop.
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@avonrep1 (1862)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I would say you bought a piece of crap. I think all HP computers are. Though they make decent printers. I love computers. Laptops are traditionally a little slower than their desktop counterparts. The reason why is the heat laptops produce. They have a small place so the components get hotter quicker on laptops making them sluggish. My suggestion to you is go get a cooling mat for you laptop. It should help with some of the sluggish you are experiencing. When you say 4GB I assume you are talking about RAM, which should make your laptop fly. But then again you are what running Vista? Vista loads and runs slower than XP. Matter of Fact Vista is gonna be a lot like Windows ME, short lived. They are already working on a new OS and when it comes out in about a year, it will make Vista obsolete. I am lucky my laptop has a huge 17 1/2" screen, just about as big as our desktops monitors. I find my laptop is worth the money, especially when I am traveling. It also comes in handy when I need a computer somewhere where they don't have them. (Like my parents house)
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@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
i've also got an HP Pavilion DV6000 with a 15.4" screen and I can say I am very happy with it. it also cost me around $800. i've been using it for a year already.
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• United States
25 Feb 09
I have a 6 year old Compaq Presario laptop that works better than my 1 year-old gateway laptop. We have the gateway laptop sent back for some keypad repairs and it has been going back and forth like 2-3 times to the store already. I really hated it even if it's new because I often find problems with it. I think we will get a new desktop. We have been using laptops for a long time. They both move fast so I wonder if it's the internet connection in your laptop that's causing you problems.
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@jshekhar (1563)
• India
25 Feb 09
Hello there, I am convinced with the quality of my laptop. I travel a lot and sometimes I have to be in a train for two days! That is the time I really use my laptop to the fullest. True, laptops in general do move slower than the desktops but then it is a small price to pay for the great mobility feature that they provide. However, if you are a housewife and you do not need the portability then it is a waste of money to invest in a laptop because it would cost you double a laptop for the same configuration.
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@coronafy (10)
• China
25 Feb 09
Well, whether the laptop worth the money, that depends on whether you need it. In my experience, the laptop help me a lot. As I always travel between different places, so laptop is very convenience to take and help me to process document. As far as I know, these days laptop is much more cheap than ever before. May be in the future, it will as cheap as desktop.
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@kidjuwee (612)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
Laptops are worth the money if you really need them and use them. Mine is worth every penny I spent for it. I really prefer a compact and portable computer with a very huge hard disk space. I am not so into the speed as I don't use my laptop for heavy gaming or so, all I need is the basics.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 09
Laptops are really useful if you need to bring your work around with you or if you're a student. I'm a programmer and my laptop has been with me for around 3 years already. It's a bit outdated but it still serves it's purpose. I get work done it and I watch movies and other stuff on it. I think if you're not the type who travels a lot and needs to bring work with you around then a laptop is not worth it for you. It would be better to just buy a desktop. My laptop is still works pretty decently. I'm only running on 512MB of RAM because my motherboard got fried last year but it's still OK. It gets slow when I run a lot of processes but when I'm just browsing or watching something, it's still pretty good.
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