Laptop or computer?


laptop or computer?

  1. laptop is the one for me

    6 vote(s)
  2. desktop computers own laptops

    31 vote(s)
  3. i like both

    22 vote(s)
By hamas123 ยท 52 replies
Aug 27, 2007
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  1. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    When I was in highschool I loved my laptop. Took it with me almost every day and used it in several of my classes. But now I don't have much need to be mobile, so I have come to love my desktop. I think a lot of it has to do with how much better my desktop is than my laptop. But even if they where both equal specs I think I would still go for the desktop now.
  2. sagejay

    sagejay TS Rookie Posts: 24

    desktops because its much more powerful, but with laptop, you can go around anywhere you want

    EDIT: That's why I like both. No other reasons, really. The most obvious ones, but they are also the main ones.
    captaincranky and red1776, hey, so my answer wasn't as elaborate as the others and I'm just saying something(obvious) about laptop and desktop. What's wrong with that? I thought this was a pool and I only have to give what I think.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    No s*** Sherlock, really?

    Wow, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I read that.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ROFLMAO, break out the peyote again.

    Hmmmm...Running Bear will now take this epiphany back to the tribe and share this wisdom with the young.

    EDIT: oh yes, and a laptop makes for better cover when surfing porn.....right Cap?
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I go for both (well...I have a netbook, not a laptop). I use my netbook for whenever i'm out of the house.

    When I'm at home, I leave my netbook upstairs in the living room to surf the web when watching TV. When I want to do some serious stuff (music recording/editing, watching movies) then I go downstairs and use my desktop. (I have RealVNC Enterprise running on both the netbook and desktop so I can always access any files I forgot to put in a shared folder, or if I just forgot to shut one of them off before leaving the room).

    Sometimes, though, i'll have my netbook downstairs with me if i'm doing something that requires me to watch a video and take notes. I hook the netbook up to a crt monitor I have downstairs and share the desktop's mouse and keyboard with the netbook via Syngery. This lets me watch the video on my desktop and take notes on my netbook (using OneNote) very easily. Especially since I can just tuck the netbook away in the corner since I have Synergy running.

    So I definitely go for both.

    @sagejay, ignore the two replies to your response. Some people take pleasure in being asses. Instead of just letting things be, they feel the need to point them out and talk to you like you're an *****. So much for "friendly and welcoming" forums, lol.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    A "Sage", is that Anything Like a "Soothsayer", "Oracle" Maybe..?

    Since a laptop is built for a different purpose than a desktop, and vice versa, does this seem poll seem like a stupid question. It's only relevant to people who can't afford both. Those that can't, have to pick one that most meets their needs. We've long passed the time when there was actually a "single computer household".
    First of all, this poll was started by an *****, in order to cause other members to look like *****s. Whether the ***** of the first part, (poll creator), could have done that consciously is anybody's guess. I'm leaning toward, "not able".

    Still, that doesn't offer any excuse for going out in public and answering the question with what is essentially the purpose of the poll. It's called, unnecessary stating of the self evident. (Or exchange "self evident" for "obvious" if you prefer). I chose "self evident" since it was excerpted from, "we hold these truths to be self evident", as our founding fathers had such a wonderful flair for the dramatic. You can feel free to Google that.

    Now, young whippersnapper, let me tell you a thing or two; I keep my laptop on my desk, and take my desktop with me when I travel. Gots to stay pretty close to home though, really long extension cords are so dang pricey these days.
    You should submit this as a script for a reality show. I'm sure so many people would be interested in seeing the look of horror and desperation in your eyes as you put down one computer, and rushed longingly towards the other. I of course, wouldn't

    Well this a a poll, so you have to pick one. See my response to "sagejay", just above, in this post.

    In fact, if you want to wallow in this topic, go here; There's 9 pages of "lively" debate on the subject.

    "Qui es futurus indignans, Ego vos salutant".
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Razor Burn.........

    Maybe, but only if you feel like putting up with the piss poor color balance, pitiful size, and screen resolution of the average laptop. I'm more into the "you are there" feeling that a only 24" (or larger) monitor can evoke.

    Besides, if I put as much anti-malware into my laptop as I have in my porntop, it straight up wouldn't even boot!

    That said, "I speet on your Google redirect virus, Pah--tooie"...! "rolleyes" :haha: :wave:
  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    How was this started by an *****? It's a simple pole questions, and there are those who prefer one over the other.

    Polls are supposed to be followed by responses.

    It seems to me cap that you just like starting arguments. You're constantly putting people down here on these boards. What is your problem? It seems your name fits you perfectly. You're always extremely rude and like I said earlier, always putting people down. I don't think you're quite in the "flaming" category, but close. Why you can't you just be nice to people for once instead of constantly trying to create arguments? I know moderators on other forums that would have banned you by now, and am surprised you've been on your constant ranting and raving and bickering for as long as you have been. The moderators here must really not give a **** about how people act on this board.

    Seriously dude, not everything in the world is stupid as you seem to put it. Take some prozac dude, seriously. I don't give a **** how long you've been on this site, and don't care how many posts you have. There is no excuse for constant bickering and calling people stupid and *****s. You call me a whippersnapper, so I assume that you are old enough to know better. Someone of your age should be a little more mature than that.

    I'm not going to be one of those that leaves a forum because of one *******. Even though you could care less (which I know you will) I will still continue to post in these forums and just ignore any of your posts...otherwise i'd be having this same conversation in just about every post.

    Forums like these are supposed to be here for the less tech savvy to come and ask questions in a friendly and non-hostile environment. A place where people can freely discuss things without fear of negative comments and name calling.

    But i've already jumped ship on this topic. To the OP, I apologize for changing the topic. I'll no longer do that on this thread, regardless of cranky's reply.

    By the way, what does "Qui es futurus indignans, Ego vos salutant" mean? I've yet to find a translator that has been able to translate this whole phrase. Only "who (or which) is.......your......." And that's it.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Please don't do me any favors by taking it upon yourself to apologize for me. I don't need it, I don't want it, and I don't think you're actually qualified to do it in the first place.

    You could of course, (if you wanted to be "neighborly"), just skip writing a reply, and hold down the asterisk key until you've made yourself feel better, then press "submit". Then I'll play "sage", and and try and predict what you've said.

    Oh, incidentally, I didn't call you a "young whippersnapper, that was "sagejay". It was written under his original post, so how does that make it apply to you? I used to work for the Post Office, therefore I have an excuse for not being able to read, what's yours ?

    Oh, if my tenure here is of concern to you, let me say this, I've been here long enough to remember when they were talking about getting rid of poll threads, since "godofmana" and his "henchmen" were starting one every other day, each one more ridiculous that the last. Just an excuse to post something.

    BTW, is "whippersnapper" considered a profanity where you come from? If it is, just say the word, and next time I use it, it'll look like this "w************r" :haha:
  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Wind your necks in, chaps, just in case someone hangs your handbags on them.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    My God Man, I'm not Bilingual.....

    I hope you don't take offense at the obvious oxymoron here but, "could you repeat that in English"? For tis' sadly true that I'm saddled with "American" as a first language".
  12. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I know I said I wouldn't do this, but there are 3 things I need to say:

    1.) You should reread the last thing I wrote. You would have seen that I was apologizing for myself, not for you.
    2.) I don't think whippersnapper is any type of cuss word, and am not sure where you got that idea from. A whippersnapper is term old men use to describe young people.

    3.) I apologize to you cap for saying that you called me a whippersnapper. After going back and looking, I now see that you were calling sage that. I apologize (see, i'm not afraid to admit to my own errors. We're human, it happens)

    Sorry, I just wanted to clear up the air on those three things. Everyone have a great day and a great week!
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

  14. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I don't mind a shrunken keyboard. I have skinny fingers so it works for me. Plus I have slight arthritis, and all the constant stretching to reach keys starts to hurt a little.

    Graphics wise, i've seen some really good stuff on laptops. All the images and colors on my mother-in-law's laptop are really clear and crisp, yet she only paid $400 for it. True resolution isn't always the best, but i've seen some really good laptops. Desktops do win in this debate, but I do know some that just rather have a laptop. They use a docking station with a monitor and wireless keyboad when at home.

    I've also seen some guys do some major music editing on their laptops with no issues at all. But once again, with a desktop, you can upgrade to get the best.

    It's clear that desktops crush laptops, but it's all in what you do with what you have that determines which is the best for each individual person. This pole is not about which is better performance wise, it's about "which do you prefer" as the OP sated in the first post. And that's why some people say "I like both." It may not be fun to talk about when you say that, but why choose to argue one or the other when you like both?
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    OK, here I would ask if you've tried curved keyboards, or full split keyboards, such as, "M$ Optical Desktop Pro".

    First, what's been said here is that many people turn their laptops into desktops when the come home. Doesn't this really come back to what I said about compromise due to cost? A monitor and docking station are well below the cost of a high perormance desktop. A desktop computer creates an environment for computing, while a laptop is just a tool that you hunker down with.

    Well, Apple never scrimps on their displays, all of which are IPS panels. The truth of that is, that even the lowly iPad may present more faithful color reproduction than our 150 dollar "Saturday Night Special" TN panel, standalone monitors.

    My understanding is that music editing isn't as demanding as High Def Video, so with a competent machine, this should prove well more than viable. High performance is available in a laptop, for sure. But at some point the discussion breaks down, due to the fact that "gaming laptops" are flirting with 15 pounds and are exorbitantly priced

    Well, for this reason; if I agree with you completely at this point, and all's said that needs to be said, then the thread's over, and now what will we do for fun...?
  16. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Yes I have, and I hated them, lol. I have my own style of typing, and those types of keyboards screw it up, lol.

    But thing here is that some people need both a desktop AND a laptop. Depending on what they do, they may not really need a desktop. So why buy both when all you really need is a laptop (like people who spend most of their time on the road and are rarely home...or those who just don't feel the need for one).

    I've seen laptops with excellent video playback (my mother-in-law's is a high def and plays high def movie very well). As far as gaming is concerned, I laugh at those who buy laptops for gaming, lol.

    Oh I don't know...perhaps go outside and breath some fresh air? Or maybe find another hobby? I've got 3 at the moment, plus i'm studying for the new edition of the A+. Besides, why spend all the time debating on one topic when there are plenty of other threads out there that could use a good debate, lol.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Well, you pick one, get the pot boiling, then I'll swoop in and annoy the living crap of everybody! :rolleyes:
  18. In10s

    In10s TS Member Posts: 47

    well if you're a business man and a gamer i would prefer both...cause most of the people i know uses laptops for back ups :D
  19. screenblue

    screenblue TS Rookie

    Both! Both are useful in their own way
  20. rcll

    rcll TS Rookie

    Gotta have both, PC has the space to make it into a super powerful machine. Laptop is useful when you're away from PC. Netbooks are still too underpowered imo, next generation or two I might get one.
  21. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    both if you have the cash - but not everyone can afford it!
  22. gbu

    gbu TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Cant stand using my wifes laptop, gotta be a desktop with proper mouse and keyboard for me :)
  23. Signomi

    Signomi TS Rookie

    I prefer using a desktop, since I am a creative person (who uses Photoshop and other desktop publishing applications) and it's a bit difficult for me to work with a laptop.
  24. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 789   +16

    I prefer Desktop for Gaming while I prefer the laptop for surfing the net, chatting, FB etc. But I sometimes use my laptop for some games that need small requirements.

    The "Laptop" is portable and can be brought anywhere while the "Desktop" must only stay in one place. But I still pick the DESKTOP!! :D
  25. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    To vote any other way but desktop, would be non forgiving to myself. The satisfaction you get of taking your custom desktop to bits and giving it a right good old clean just can't be attained with a laptop.

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