What do you really think about laptops?

United States
March 17, 2009 12:19pm CST
I'm using one while my desktop is being repaired and I hate it! I'll be typing away and the next thing I know the cursor is somewhere else and I'm typing in the wrong place. Why does that happen I wonder? I also can't figure out how to copy and paste by highlighting the words I want...is there a secret to to it? What are your real thoughts on laptops? Have you ever used one?
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@Crysi23 (515)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I own a laptop and my husband also own a laptop and we love it more than our old desktop because you can take your laptop anywhere with you. Plus you don't have to worry about something going wrong as much as you do with a desktop. Its easier to fix a laptop than do repair work on a desktop.
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@nee_raks (205)
• India
18 Mar 09
i think Mylotting would be much easier when using a laptop because fresh ideas comes to mind only when you feel relaxed .. and sitting next to a desktop computer .. is tiresome and boring job too. So i wonder having a laptop with me on my bed .. keep answering discussions all day. Yes, i have used laptop before .. that's why so confident about how it feels to have one.
@cream97 (29142)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Hi, ctrymuziklvr! I am on an Acer Aspire 5515 laptop. And so far, I like it! I just dislike the WiFi connection that I am on. One minute it goes fast, then the other times, it will go by very slow.. I don't like a connection that is this messed up.. Do you have a wireless mouse? Because I have one right now. I can't use the wireless cursor in this laptop, it is harder.. I would rather have a desktop than a laptop.. I hope that the laptop that you are on will work faster than normally.
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• United States
18 Mar 09
I never liked laptops much but recently my family bought me one refurbished off the internet. I love it. I do hate that while I'm typing my hands go over the curser pad and makes things go in the wrong place. As far as highlighting I gave up haha. I went and bought a wireless mouse and that makes life much easier for me. They are sold between 20.00 - 30.00 dollars and are well worth the money!
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@blink182m (182)
• Philippines
18 Mar 09
Laptops are useful in term of business while on the other hand desktop are use in gaming purposes and etc.. It always depend on what units do you prefer to use.
@mymytri (2031)
• India
18 Mar 09
Well.Laptops are very good and very convenient.First of all the main feature i like with laptops is mobility.You can sit anywhere and use it unlike a Desktop. My hubby has one laptop and i have one Desktop.I love working on Desktop because i was addicted to it from the day of the purchase.Sometimes i try to surf the net from his laptop.For few days it was very difficult as you said.We cant use the keyboard as we use desktop.Later on i learned some tips to use laptop.Now am very happy with that also.Happy mylotting
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I have one and I will admit it took some time getting used to after being on a desktop for so long. Mine isn't a big bulky one like my husband has, so it's easier to use. I couldn't nor would I trade my laptop for anything now. I use a mouse with it, since I honestly can't stand the scroll pad. I used to have a scroll pad with my old desktop a long time ago, and it was the easy to use. Try using a mouse with the laptop, it makes things a lot easier.
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@derek_a (10891)
18 Mar 09
I have a laptop, but give me my desktop any day. When I am away I use my laptop and it takes me several days to get used to the size of the keyboard. The keys are so small, I keep hitting the wrong ones and I tend to take a long time to write a post such as this. Also it is slower, even thought it has a duel processor. I think this is because the laptop is running Windows Vista which is more memory intensive. - Derek
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• United Kingdom
18 Mar 09
I think that laptops are fine if you are constantly on the move. I personally don't like them though, I much prefer desktops. I'm into computers and I recently completed a course in computer maintenance. I guess I love delving inside my own pc. With a laptop there is hardly any upgrade capability. I think if a laptop works then leave it at that. With a desktop though it's very likely that you can keep it for many years and you will also be able to increase the specifications which is a good thing. I will always favour the desktop over the laptop. Andrew
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@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
18 Mar 09
I like laptops. I can take them out on the back patio on a nice summer day and work outside in the fresh air. If you are having the cursor jump around while you are typing you might be touching the touch pad. You can adjust the sensitivity of it so it does not respond to a light touch. I usually use an external mouse as I do not particularly like the touch pad even though I can use it. It seems to be slower for me.
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@bellaofchaos (11547)
• United States
26 Mar 09
Me and my laptop have a love hate relationship it loves to hate me at times. But seriously all in all I do like my laptop ... I need to ask you if you have bought a mouse for your laptop? If not go out and do soon it will make life so much easier on you.. that way you actually get the cursor where you want it. LOL!!!
• Australia
19 Mar 09
It sounds like you have 2 problems: the first is the laptop keyboard, which tends to be smaller that a desktop, with less space between the keys, and often with fewer keys, so that key combinations have been set up to perform some operations more efficiently. Resting your hands on the wristpad can often move the cursor, as can touching the ALT key or the cursor cluster. That is down to practice and familiarity, although for many laptops, you can turn the touchpad off, which helps. THe bigger problem is your software. If it is the same as you were using on the desktop, check the options menu or the preferences menu, depending on which software and which version it is. There you will be able to change the behaviour of the cursor, select single letters or whole words etc. You can also make similar changes for the whole operating system. In Windows, you will find this functionality in the Control Pane If the software is different, you may have to look to the help files and tutorials; even a different versions of the same package can work very differently: take word processors, for instance; Lotus WordPro Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, OpenOffice Write, and Ashampoo Textmaker all obey the basic select, cut, copy, paste shortcuts (Ctrl X, CTRL C, Ctrl V) etc. and they all have these stored under the Edit Menu. But in different places and accessing them varies...but even so, they are in similar places. But WordPerfect opens up side panels for menu operations, WordPro pops up an option "modeless" control box and the others try to emulate Word 2003 style menus. They do such a good job that I have had people use one of the free packages for weeks without ever realising they were not using Word. Yet Word 2007 doesn't work like Word 2003, and has dumped the menu bar in favour of the "ribbon". Computers are very flexible: someone has set this one up to suit the way they pefer to work, but it isn't hard to change.
@chocoboy (53)
• India
19 Mar 09
i think laptop is best than the personal computer beacuse it is portable
@whyaskq (7529)
• Singapore
19 Mar 09
I have stopped using desktop long along when I was issue my first notebook in office. Using a notebook is no different from using a desktop except there is no additional keypad if one is used to it. Other than the cursor jumping about, which is rather common when one types fast, I like the convenience and mobility.
@paula27661 (15870)
• Australia
19 Mar 09
I have an old desktop which is getting slower everyday. Last year my husband bought me a laptop and my life has changed! Aside from the fact that it actually works a lot faster and Vista takes getting used to, I love the fact that I am not stuck in the office away from everyone when I am working on the computer. I do writing so I use my laptop often and I love being able to sit outside in the garden or watch my daughter swim and still work. You can use a mouse with your laptop, I don't like using the built in one, I find it awkward to use. I ended up buying a cordless mouse but a normal mouse will work just fine too and that way it is not all that different from a desktop.
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
19 Mar 09
It just takes a little getting used to. Since you are used to using desktop, its only natural that you would feel uneasy using a laptop, especially one that does not have a mouse. I use my laptop all the time, I've attached a mouse and a numeric keypad to it so that it is easier to move the curser and to type numbers. Try to be a little more patient with the laptop and you will find out that its not really that bad after all.
• Netherlands
19 Mar 09
I do not have a lap top and have never used one but I always wanted to have one because they are portable. I probably will not buy one though because I hear a lot of people are like you and do not like them for many different reasons!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I have had a desktop for about 18 years. I've had a laptop for the past 3 years. I started using my laptop and hardly ever get on my desktop. I love my laptop! It is VERY easy to use. Once I got used to the keyboard, it's hard to use a regular one. The touch just isn't the same. I don't use the touch pad for my mouse. I have a wireless mouse and love it. That way, it is much easier to copy and paste just like you do on your desktop.
@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
18 Mar 09
i love my laptop. Honestly if i didnt play alot of games and didnt fix other peoples computers I'd get rid of my desktop. Even the games i play work well on my laptop so that wouldnt be an issue. I do know i used to be frustrated by the cursor moving or typing in the wrong spot but i adjusted the sensitivity of my touchpad and now that doesnt happen NEAR as often on me.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I would really like to have a laptop again, ctry, because when I had mine I found it to be much more convenient. I don't know why you are having a problem with the cursor. Is your mouse updated? Once I had trouble with mine and my problem was solved when I got the proper download from the manufacturer's site. Also, you might need to use the shortcut keys to copy and paste. Try finding out if you need updates from the manufacturer's site.