What would you prefer? A PC or a laptop

Mauritius
February 19, 2010 8:04pm CST
Last year I decided to buy myself a new computer. I had to choose between a PC and a laptop. I did ask for advice from my colleagues and friends and to my great surprise, I got even more confused. Some insisted on the advantage of having a PC as being something more economical especially when it comes to repairs and so on while others emphasized on the fact that laptop is more handy, requires less wiring, is portable and does the same work. So I would like to have your views, dear friends. What would you buy should you need a computer right now?
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@fattymc (140)
20 Feb 10
I'd have to say it depends on your needs Personal Computer Advantages: Faster speed, better graphics, better handling of the system. Bigger screen, no battery, better computer processor, easier upgrade. Some have touch-screen capability Disadvantages: Not portable, sometimes noisy, require mouse, keyboard, speakers. Take up more room on a desk. Laptop Advantages: Portable, not locked in one position, do not need mouse, keyboard, speakers, take up little room Disadvantages: Slower in everything, no touch screen capability, harder to upgrade. Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that it's a battle of whether you want portability or speed. For portability, laptop. For performance, go for a desktop. If you feel in between, I'd go for laptop because you might as well go for the portability.
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• Mauritius
20 Feb 10
Hi fattymc Thank you for your contribution
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
20 Feb 10
It all really depends on how you wanna use your computer. I personally have laptop & it works out great because I travel a lot.
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@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
I will prefer a laptop because it is more convenient than a pc. There are times that I liked moving from one area to another and going out, so laptop is my best choice to suit this need.
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@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
It really depends on how you are going to use the computer for. Of course for people who will be using it for school stuff it is better to have a laptop around just so you can bring it anywhere. For me I want to bring it anywhere so that I can still go online even if I am at home, far away from home or even just in the mall.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Hi there! I find it really funny that after you asked friends and coworkers what to get you became even more confused. That's not surprising at all considering the variety of products out there. I'm curious, though. What type of computer did you end up getting or are you still deciding? The type of computer to get all depends on what you would use it for. I'm a nerd. I have an iPod Touch, which I probably use the most of anything aside from my cell phone. LOL I also have a desktop PC, a laptop, and a netbook (mini laptop). I practically have a computer for each room of the house...it's really sad. Although I love my mini laptop, I wouldn't suggest it for a primary computer since the screen is smaller than normal and there usually isn't a CD drive. If you want to watch a movie or rip a CD, you don't have the drive to it (unless you get a USB CD drive) and the screen is pretty small to even watch it. A mini laptop is more for people on the go. A desktop is nice, but you have to have the actual desk space to put it. Desktop PCs are easy to upgrade, though. If you need more speed or memory, just buy it and install! I would probably suggest a regular laptop, though overall. The reason is because it's completely flexible and very customizable (in the types you can buy). Laptops used to be more expensive, but now they're becoming more and more reasonable. You can pick the size of the screen and keyboard capability, memory, etc. You don't have to have a desk to keep it on unless you want one, and you don't have to plug it in all the time, which is nice with having battery power. (It saves on the electric bill!) I guess it still depends on what you would use the computer for, but I think a regular laptop is the way to go. I bought my laptop in January of 2008 for $500, and it has everything I could possible need. I still love it even though I have the other computers. I'm a nerd about computers so if you haven't yet made your choice and need other ideas (I won't confuse you, I promise!) please let me know. I'd be more than happy to help. Great discussion - best of luck to you!
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• Philippines
20 Feb 10
for me, i would definitely choose getting a laptop over a desktop. laptop just saves so much space unlike the biggie. laptops also consumes less energy compared to the desktop which you would have to plug into an voltage regulator. but then again, this is me... you would decide. choose which perfectly suits your needs and convenience
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@SinfulRose (3529)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Feb 10
Hmmm...I love the two of them and I am using the two of them almost at the same time. I can't choose between them since each has its own purposes on how I use them. Desktop is good if you're looking for big memory hard drive and a printer with scanner. Laptop is handy when you have a project that you need to do even while you're at school and later transfer the file to the desktop for printing or use LAN to operate the desktop's printer and print. I just can't choose between the them, I love them, I like them, and I can't think what would happen to me if one is separated from the other. _
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@jeffb847 (30)
• Canada
20 Feb 10
Hello Nayaz1625, very lively topic discussion thank you for posting it. I believe it all depends on what you are doing throughout the day and what your use for the computer actually is. It is just personal opinion really, for example if you traveled a lot and were on the road constantly then I would buy a laptop to stya in touch with family, answer emails, do some research, etc. But if i was working from home and didn't go out that much then I would buy a home computer because of the availability of the parts and the convenience should it need to be repaired. Another bonus is I believe the home computer still is a little better the laptop at gaming but who know how long that will last for.
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20 Feb 10
Helli nayaz! If I were you I would settle on buying the laptop because it's really handy and it requires not so much place in the house or at the office. In this new times now where high technology surges,the smaller the thing the more wonderful it will be.So pick on the laptop and you will enjoy more of its advantages than the disadvantages.
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• Philippines
20 Feb 10
Hi there nayaz! Laptops and PCs are both computers. It will depend on how you will use the one that you will buy. If your a kind of person that is always on the go, you have to buy a laptop because of its portability. If you just need the computer when your at home, then buy a PC. If your considering the price or your budget, you have to go with a PC because its a lot cheaper than a laptop. But laptops today are becoming cheaper than years ago. Repairing laptops and PCs are the same but the difference is the damaged parts. Laptop components are more expensive than PC components. But if I were you, I'll buy a laptop because I want to have a computer wherever I go.
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• Brazil
20 Feb 10
I think it sums up in your gaming needs A hardcore gamer needs a good pc, with lots of ram and hd space. But a more casual buisness person needs a laptop to get his work done Or you can spend more money and get a hardcore laptop, but thats your decision lol xD To answer your question, I prefer a laptop.. Nothing gets better than a pc to go!
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@Detrox93 (107)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Currently I prefer a laptop, because I am constantly on the go and I do not have time to hook up a bunch of wires. However, in the past I used to prefer a PC, because I didn't travel as much, the laptops weren't as advanced, and PCs were better for games. Now that I have grown out of gaming, I feel there is a less need to have a great bit of RAM and more of a need to have access to the Internet on the go, therefor a laptop suits me better.
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
I will go for laptop. It is more economical, more handy and light in weight. And as you said it does the work as computer do, you just have to buy a printer. You can bring your laptop while traveling and continue your job as your journey begin. You can just keep it under your bed, your cabinet or inside your bag, while computer can’t. there are lcd type computer now, but you can’t still bring it and let it inside your bag. I much prefer laptop. I like to write blogs and I am very active here in mylot so I like to write everything. I envy, you are buying your own computer or laptop in the near time, while me I have none.
@scaflone8 (191)
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
It depends on what type of user you are. Like me who likes to stay on the computer for hours and plays games that has very cool and heavy graphics. Them a PC would be my cheap and best option. I would buy a laptop just an extension or not as my main computer. You cannot use a laptop for a long hour.
@amitavroy (4823)
• India
21 Feb 10
Well my friend it actually depends on what i am about to do. few things like checking the mails, chatting etc can be done on my mini laptop and i think most of us will do that. but then if there is some proper work then i always work on a desktop because it gives me the space required to work and also for long hours it is much more comfortable
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Feb 10
Hey nayaz! I have had my PC for over four years now and I love it! And I am looking to get another one that is faster and more sophisticated! I have also been lucky enough to get a refurbished laptop as a gift from my "computer guy" friend! He gave me his old laptop that he fixed up so that I could use it outside or take it with me when I go away to see my Mom in another state! I am so thrilled! I haven't got it hooked up yet and don't know how to use it, but I am happy to have it! And it will be great as a backup computer if it works! But, I will always prefer having a PC and will still buy a new one when I can! I feel that they are alot more reliable and I already have my kitchen/office space ready for it! I bought a computer desk and chair so I could be comfortable when I am on the Internet! So that is what I love! I have a place to be comfortable! I am looking forward to be able to use the laptop when the weather gets warmer and I will be able to take it outside so that I can use it and get to still take in the nice warm summer air! I am just hoping that it will work!
@jobmoone (442)
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
It depends on your type of usage. What do you want to do with your pc or laptop? Do you prefer to stay at home?(good to have pc dekstop) or always on the go for travelling?(prefer to use laptop) If you work on it for personal updates, emails, or browsing net you can just search for models of pc or laptop that suits on your personal needs. Those who do games or doing engineering works requires higher models of pc or latop.(and buying goes along with higher value)
@gtloquero (271)
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
Economical? I don't think so..because once they get damaged, you spend money for repairs. On the other hand, I prefer LAPTOP because aside from the fact that it's handy, it is my OWN. When it has a damage, no one will be blame, but ONLY ME because I was the one who uses it then by then.
@clocks123 (1228)
• United States
21 Feb 10
i prefer a pc. it is in a room by itself and i can concentrate. i don't have to charge it up or wait for the battery to die. i think you should make your decision on what you will be using your computer for and what would be best for you.
@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
21 Feb 10
well i actually have had both, but since i got my laptop i use it all the time i like both as you can have the same amount of hard drive space and memory in either. the only drawback with the laptop is that the keyboard is somewhat compact, but if you can get used to that and the one i had used a finger mouse, which does not work well for me. i had to get a wireless mouse for it and it works greatly so i like the laptop a lot now that i have used it for awhile now. the end of last year when i got my laptop was the first time i had used one and mine is even better then the desktop PC i had. the laptop has more disk space and it has more memory and is upgradable too. the only difference with the laptop is you can only go so big with the screen so if you are a fan of a big wide screen monitor then you would need to go with the desktop. if you are a person that likes to have something portable then the laptop is the best way to go if you can afford the price for the wireless service.