Do You Have A Laptop Or A Desktop Computer?

United States
January 3, 2009 1:19pm CST
Most people I know have laptop computers. I still only have my desktop. I do think having a laptop probably has more benefits because you can take it room to room which would really be nice, but I still like my desktop computer too. What kind of computer do you have, a laptop or a desktop?
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• India
4 Jan 09
I got rid of my desktop computor ...4 years ago...that was the time i suppose the laptops became affordable for me...well i dont see any cons of having a laptop -it saves precious space in your home -its portable(take it wherever you like) -it works on your lap ;-) well my question is why should we have a desktop when a similar configuration laptop is available to us at comparable prices..my prediction is that desktops will become obsolete in the days to come ..may be we will have to visit a museum to show our next generations how it looked like...
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I have 2 desktops, and my wife as the laptop. I plan on buying me a laptop at some point when I have saved enough money, from my online earnings, maybe. She is able to use her laptop all over the house as we have it networked. She is able to take it with her and use it at any of the restaurants that offer free wifi services to their customers. Some places she can just sit in the parking lot of the place without having to go into the building at all. Laptops equal convenience but have a create chance of potential damage. Desktops offer stability and routine. The only real way of damaging a desktop is if you regularly eat at the desk or place you have it stored. At least you always know where to find it. Sometimes when you're tired, you may forget where you left your laptop.
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@patgalca (15669)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Jan 09
I don't usually take my laptop anywhere... heck, I'm home all the time. But I can move it around the house. I always use it plugged in so I don't ever drain the battery. I found that the purchase of my laptop was cheaper than my PC... but then I got a couple of good deals on the laptop and the software.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Good deal. I know a couple of good friends that sell computers and laptops. My father in law and brother in law actually build them from scratch, so I'm probably going to save for the basic parts needed and allow them to add all of the goodies that I would need in order to do the things that I'm planning to do. Happy New Year!
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• United States
4 Jan 09
I actually have both, but I prefer a desktop just because of the fact that I don't really like how the keyboards feel on the laptop, While I'm at home my laptops plugged up most of the time, unless I get tired of sitting somewhere and don't feel like bring the charger with me when I move. Battery life wiser I don't think it's been that bad
@buenavida (9429)
• Sweden
3 Jan 09
I have an old desktop, an iMac, that I am hardly ever using. It has not been possible to upgrade the programs, too little memory, so I have used it sometimes when I have problems with my PC, which has not been happening often. My PC is easy to take in a bag everywhere, so I do that - together with a mobile Internet connection if I need my computer when I am away from home. The battery power lasts nowadays only less than 1/2 hour, but I plug in electricity of course... It works fine. Next time I buy a laptop, I will be looking for one that the battery can be removed easily from the side, when I am connected to the electricity. That way the battery lasts much longer. ..
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
I can see that you are a mac owner then. I am currently thinking of buying a macbook or an ibook (which is cheaper) for our thesis so that my writing would be on the go since ideas are pouring (I wish, haha) Do you recommend apple as my laptop? for a student like me? thanks in advance buenavida.
@buenavida (9429)
• Sweden
4 Jan 09
I am not familiar with the new Mac laptops, but maybe they work with the same programs as Windows, but better ask someone who is selling the Mac computers. I know that earlier Mac had a painting program - it was really a way to paint instead of using oil or water color - instead of a mouse there was something like a pen - I saw a friend who is professional artist using it.. It is difficult to recommend which computer is the best in your case. It depends what you are using it for, but I think Mac is good for pictures, photo and graphics. They probably have lots of new programs.. Why not go to their site and see what they have to offer??
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• United States
4 Jan 09
I have a desktop, but my son has a laptop and I had to use it one day and I did not like it. It was hard for me to use, I will keep using my desktop!!!
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• United States
4 Jan 09
When I have borrowed someone's laptop I have found that the keys seem to be hard for me to type on for some reason. Thanks for the comment!
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@baileycows (3668)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I have a laptop. I got it about 2 years ago and gave my desktop to my daddy. I love my laptop. It takes up less space and just easier you can take it anywhere.
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• United States
3 Jan 09
I'm sure your dad was thankful to get your desktop, that was nice of you. Thanks for the comment!
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@smacksman (6074)
3 Jan 09
You are better off with a desktop. If something breaks like a monitor or a keyboard then you simply replace it. If the same happens on a laptop it is cheaper to throw it away and buy another. Laptops are handy if you need a computer on the move, otherwise use a desktop is my experience. (I have both by the way)
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• United States
3 Jan 09
Yes, I'm sure it probably is cheaper to just stick with a desktop. Thanks for the comment!
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@smartie0317 (1612)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I have both and really prefer the desktop. Laptops can be a pain. They're too delicate, can be too small, and the battery wastes fast so I tend to plug it in for power.
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• United States
3 Jan 09
Yes, I've heard a lot of people say that their batteries go down fast and they have to plug theirs in for power. Thanks for the comment!
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@linfang (14)
• China
5 Jan 09
I only have desktops. I use one desktop to watch movies, listen to music and surf on internet, and another one to study, code and do experiments. While i'm not sitting in front of my computers, i may be reading, doing exercises, shopping or talking with friends. I think this is a good lifestyle. I'd like to have some computer-free moments everyday. So desktop is good and enough for me.
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@tonniek02 (457)
• United States
5 Jan 09
I have both. 1 Desktop and 2 laptops. I am a graphic designer and the laptop comes in real handy. It allows me to create designs when I am working with a customer. for tee-shirts, mousepads, business cards and even sales flyer designs or catalogs. I work with a beauty supply company creating there flyers and monthly catalog, so when I am on a deadline. I use the laptop to transfer from one computer to the work computer. I love my laptop.
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@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
5 Jan 09
I have a desktop computer and its the only kind I've ever had. I've used a laptop before and I couldn't get used to the fact that it didn't have a mouse, I kept looking for it..lol. I guess a laptop does have its advantages, its portable, but I don't think I'd want to carry it around with me everywhere.
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• India
4 Jan 09
Both. But its more convinient to work on desktop. It can perform heave tasks compared to Notebooks because the processors are not as powerful as dekstops
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@misspipsi (237)
• Bulgaria
4 Jan 09
I have a desctop computer and a laptop.I still prefer using my ordinary computer instead of the laptop.It`s faster and it`s not with Vista.Lol.Having laptop has it`s benefits like you can use it for a quick post here or just to send little message.My problem is that my battery goes down really fast even on "power saver" so I just use my computer while I am at home or ifin my room it`s cold I just go with the laptop (pluged) in some other room.Happy MyLotting!
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Hi singlemommy~ I have a desktop computer. I am happy with it since I have never had anything else. Sometimes I do wish that I did have a laptop so I could take it into the bed with me on some cold nights when I just want to get under the covers and still be able to mylot! Or if I know that I am going somewhere and will have time to use the computer and would like to have it with me I would like to have a laptop. But, it is an expense that I just can't afford at this time, so I will just have to be happy that I do at least have my desktop computer! It certainly is better than not having any at all so I don't want to complain!
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@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
4 Jan 09
[i]Hi singlemommy, We have a desktop...I gave my laptop to my Sister when I quit my job but I wish I will be able to get another one because it is really nice to have especially when I am out or on a trip! But, this time being a full time housewife, I enjoy using our desktop.....[/i]
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@patgalca (15669)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Jan 09
I have both a PC and laptop. I much prefer my laptop. Since buying the laptop last spring my kids have taken over the PC and it is really, really slow because of all the stuff they have downloaded and making separate user files. I still go on it occasionally because the WORD program is different than the one on my laptop and they are not exactly compatible. I can't seem to get single spacing on my laptop (Windows 2003). There are also a couple of other programs on the PC that I don't want to put on the laptop for fear of slowing it down. I use my laptop 99% of the time.
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• United States
4 Jan 09
I have both, use the laptop the most.
@ajithlal (14614)
• India
4 Jan 09
I use desktops. I am not familiar with laptops. I do like laptops. I think laptops are great for people who travel a lot. I think both has its own benefits and disadvantages.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
I just have a desktop. I would love to get a lap top because that means I can write my novel and get ideas while in the living room, watching Tv. I would not use it for myLotting though, but for novel writing. And also if we do go on a trip, I can take it with me and write my novel when I am staying at my relatives Or my husband's relatives and not have to use their computer. Also the idea of taking it from room to room might be nice, but since we just have a guest room, computer room, dining, and living room, kitchen, and basement and the later is not light enough that leaves the living room.
• United States
3 Jan 09
Oh yes, I bet a laptop would really come in handy when writing. I know I have been doing a lot of writing lately. I take my notebook with me from room to room and write down my ideas, etc. Then later when I get to my desktop I can type them up on it. Maybe we both will get the opportunity to get a laptop sometime. Thanks for the comment!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
You're welcome. I am not that good at hand writing, I have a bad wrist and my hand gets tired and strained if I write too long, so I have been relying on my memory and talking to myself to keep my ideas in my head - not a good idea since it does make one think I am a bit crazy - so a laptop would come in handy. I do want a very good one since I write fantasy and have to have one for drawing maps of weird planets and that.
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• United States
5 Jan 09
I can relate to that. I sometimes try to keep things in my head until I can find time to write them down. My memory isn't as good as it used to be, I'm only 30 but man, I feel so old.
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@JenInTN (27546)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I just recently got my laptop. I do like it alot but it's probably because I actually get computer time now.lol Before between my kids and my b/f,I was always waiting my turn and by the time I got it,it was late and I have to be up and going by 5am. I'd only get to be on a few minutes..so..I run across a good deal on ebay and bought my own.I'm very selfish with it too.lol
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• United States
3 Jan 09
I don't blame you. I share my computer with my daughter mostly, but I don't think I could handle sharing it with a lot of people, I would be like you and have to buy my own! Thanks for the comment!
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