Desktop or notebook?

By Shawn Knight ยท 52 replies
Oct 23, 2015
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  1. As far as technology trends go, I’m a bit of an outlier. Despite the continued shift to a mobile-first society led by smartphones, tablets and hybrid notebooks (and by best attempts to jump on that bandwagon), I simply can’t let go of my trusty desktop.

    This week’s open forum is simple – do you prefer a desktop or notebook? Each platform has its advantages and shortcomings but if you could only choose one, which would it be? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  2. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 302   +108

    To work seriously I use my desktop PC, but I'm right now looking for a good notebook to do light work on the go, any suggestion perhaps that doesn't break the bank?
  3. rondean2000

    rondean2000 TS Rookie

    I have both, but nothing can beat my desktop.
  4. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Have not owned a desktop in 6 years now.

    Not saying that I do not want to but a laptop just saves more space.
    Plus I moved around a lot.
  5. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 268   +110

    - I hate laptop keyboards
    - Gaming performance is terrible
    - You can barely upgrade the hardware

    So it's a no go, I prefer desktop.
    DaveBG, Jeffrey S, TitoBXNY and 2 others like this.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,695

    Most certainly a desktop.

    I find it highly unlikely; if someone had a choice of both in front of them, they would choose the notebook.
    rpjkw11 likes this.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +873

    I have both, but my laptop is used 90% of the time. My desktop is only used to play windows games, which is pretty much GOG games by this point. If I could get a laptop with skylake's GT4e gpu, the desktop's days may be numbered.
    rpjkw11 likes this.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    1st Desktop, iPad & occasionally iPhone :)
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,996   +1,317

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  10. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    Desktop. I can hardly deal with the small screen size.
  11. Depends on what I want to do.

    Desktop: when I want to game or edit some video. 5K monitor is hard to beat.
    Macbook: when I need quick access to documents/print stuff or desktop is unavailable.
    Windows tablet hybrid: when I want to do some RDP related tinkering or sort something out on the go.
  12. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    It doesn't depend on what you want to do... The question wasn't which do you prefer, it was if you could only choose one, which would it be.

    Still stuck in the dark ages here: Mark me down as a desktop user because like a lot of enthusiasts I still like to build my own machines.
  13. CortyDK

    CortyDK TS Addict Posts: 102   +53

    I recently retired my desktop. Only using a laptop for everyting computer-related. Core i7-2670QM with plenty RAM and SSD is quite enough for all my tasks including videoediting. Using separate keyboard and mouse, though. My trusty mobile phone is used for everyday mail/surf/banking and so on...
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Desktop, no question about it. I haven't found a use for notebooks/laptops since I retired and before that I only used one occasionally. My Android phone is good enough for all my mobile computing needs.
    Desktops are far superior in every regard as far as I'm concerned, portability notwithstanding obviously.
    Techman3 likes this.
  15. trgz

    trgz TS Addict Posts: 221   +50

    My work laptop has a proper mouse, full-size keyboard and 1920 monitor - but I so much prefer my own desktop (more grunt, storage, upgrade-ability, etc).
  16. Myth1337

    Myth1337 TS Rookie Posts: 16   +6

    Gaming desktop and a smartphone.
  17. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    Seriously... what's the point of laptops anymore? I use my desktop PC's for everything, and if I'm on the go, there's a thing called smartphone. I've never felt comfortable typing on a laptop, and they're no good for gaming, so they're pretty much useless to me. All these shiny, flat laptops are nothing more than jewelry for hipsters to show off their geek fetish at starbucks. Real men use desktop computers! :D
    Techman3 likes this.
  18. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    Desktop for comfort laptop if you have to take your PC with you.
  19. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    I only have desktops. I have nothing against laptops but I don't have one.
  20. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,003   +656

    Screen size is a must. Older eyes find it so. Desktop!!
    mosu likes this.
  21. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +23

    Really surprised at all the desktop users here. Im of the impression that this discussion is more about evolution as you get older....

    I was always a desktop die hard in my 20's, however into my 30's I find myself not playing as many games anymore and laptops were more convenient.

    Granted laptops are limited for upgrading, but remember that docking stations and large monitors, can replicate the desktop experience.... so for me laptops all the way :)
  22. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +23

    PS - Im posting this from a Costa coffee shop from my macbook pro 13" retina ;)
  23. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    The Asus Zenbook UX305LA is one of the best "bang for the buck" systems I've seen this year. $750 for a 13.3" ultrabook with a (Broadwell) Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is fantastic.
    darkzelda likes this.
  24. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    Actually, two of the three questions posed in this article are as follows:

    "Do you prefer a desktop or notebook? Or what do you use more often and under what scenarios?"
  25. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    1. Desktop. More hardware flexibility, more power.
    2. Laptop. I use it primarily for writing, trading, and programming.
    3. Laptop. I can take an appropriately equipped laptop wherever I need and be productive under most conditions. Desktops don't offer that flexibility, which I occasionally require.

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