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Old 08-19-2015, 03:39 AM
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The motherboard crashed in my dell desktop. It's not used as a business computer. Should I replace with another desktop or laptop? Trying to get some ideas for the most economical way to go.
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Hard to beat the screen size and power, and subsequent bang for the buck value of a desk top. Really depends on how you use it.

Here's a good article from the Wall Street Journal on "why a desk top"

http://www.wsj.com/articles/your-nex...productReviews
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Laptop, mobile if needed, performs as well as a desktop. Just my opinion.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:09 AM
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Laptop, mobile if needed, performs as well as a desktop. Just my opinion.
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
Laptop, mobile if needed, performs as well as a desktop. Just my opinion.
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X5. People still use desktops??
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X5. People still use desktops??
Nothing like a good desktop if you don't need to transport it.
At home, even though everyone has a laptop, the home office desktop with its 31" monitor is by far the most used computer in the house.
At work, having 3 27" monitors (something you can't do with a laptop) makes the work go much faster,

If you need mobility, nothing beats a good 14" laptop for travel - but if it will stay in one location, I'd rather have a desktop.
Also a laptop comparable to a good desktop (i7 processor, 16 gb ram, video card, 1 gb or larger drive) is at least 2x the price.
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X5. People still use desktops??
Only if they don't have a TV...lol
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I prefer a desktop for work. I have a home office with a dual monitor set up. I prefer it over a laptop. All my files are cloud based so when I do go into the office, I just jump on a computer there.

It all depends on mobility. If you need to take the computer with you, laptop. If the computer will never move from the desk, I prefer desktop. My wife has a laptop, I never use it. Just an iPad when I'm away from my desktop.
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I have a 30 inch monitor that I hook up to in the office, it gives almost the same functionality of dual screens without the added clutter on my desk.

Also have wireless keyboard and mouse so my laptop can function essentially as a desk top.
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X5. People still use desktops??
^^^ this. Why be tied to a desk? I'm retired so my laptop is for personal use only. I use it in easy chair in living room, out on the florida room, on the deck, take it camping etc. Not aware of anything right offhand that a laptop can't do that a desktop can.
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besides mobility and space, dollar for dollar desktops beat laptops in virtually every category. The more powerful the processing and video needs are the greater the disparity.

It is also very easy to change/add hardware and RAM to a desktop. Not so much with a laptop (for the average joe).
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I was a business traveler and had portable computers for years. Started with "lunchbox" and ended with the latest, lightest etc. Now I have a powerful desktop with a lot of storage. When I need to be mobile I use one of a couple of laptops we have (I really like the Lenova Yoga) and I have it set up to be able to log into the desktop if necessary.

If you find your are using a computer in the same place most of the time consider a desktop and then maybe and additional cheap laptop that you can browse around with and/or connect it to your desktop.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Nothing like a good desktop if you don't need to transport it.
At home, even though everyone has a laptop, the home office desktop with its 31" monitor is by far the most used computer in the house.
At work, having 3 27" monitors (something you can't do with a laptop) makes the work go much faster,

If you need mobility, nothing beats a good 14" laptop for travel - but if it will stay in one location, I'd rather have a desktop.
Also a laptop comparable to a good desktop (i7 processor, 16 gb ram, video card, 1 gb or larger drive) is at least 2x the price.

I have a laptop for work; it comes with a docking station that hooks up to two 24' monitors, so it is possible.

At home office I use my desktop. Mainly for cooling issues that laptops just can't maintain yet.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:58 AM
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Made the switch to laptop years ago, never looked back. Have since switched from Dell laptop to Macbook Pro and am even happier. I have large monitors to hook up to if I choose to do so (mainly only for editing photographs).

I enjoy NOT having to be tethered to a desk since I sit at one all day long. Also love the freedom and convenience of having the laptop with me wherever and whenever I need it.
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Desktop at home. I may go laptop and use my 24" monitor and a wireless keyboard when it dies or Win 7 is no longer usable. Until then, desktop, 19" laptop (both Lenovo) and a ipad air....
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I kept buying laptops that sat on my desk 99% of the time. I find they got slower and slower with age even with having an IT buddy clean it up every few months. Life expectancy of my laptops were always 3 years. Battery was toast in a year at best.

Two years ago I bought a desk top and regret not buying it sooner. It's so much quicker and I leave it on 24/7. With a click of the mouse it's ready to use. Huge 27" screen and full size keyboard. If you need to take the computer places stick with the laptop. My phone and iPad replaced 99% of anything I need to do away from my desk.
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Desktop here.... For all the reasons mentioned above.
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I have 3 desktops and 3 laptops at home.

The answer for you depends on how you will use your computer. If a laptop would sit at a desk all the time and the desk area is large, get a desktop. They are (per dollar) faster, more upgradable, larger screen available, etc. If you want to sit in the living room in a chair, outside, on porch, etc., get a laptop. For anything less than gaming about any midrange laptop will work fine. To get a good one for gaming you will spend $1500 or more... not needed.
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Intel NUC. Check it out. Not the most economical.
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