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Should I buy a super-snazzy laptop with a picture of a robot on it to replace my desktop?


I do need to replace my desktop computer, and going by all the sites I've looked at and the people I know, I can't really see a reason to buy another desktop rather than a laptop. 99% of what I do on my computer is internetting or watching TV, I don't do much intensive processor or graphics stuff. And I already have a 1TB external drive, so "only" having a 500GB hard drive wouldn't matter much. Also, Dell have a sale on, and I've been pretty happy with my Dell desktop.

Anything else I should be considering?


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Jun. 1st, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I much prefer working on desktops. I don't like laptop keyboards and like my big monitor, but that's a personal thing. If you are happy working on a laptop, I can see no real reason not to get one nowadays unless you are worried about replacing or upgrading components. Even the price difference between a laptop and a desktop isn't as big as it used to be.
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I used to get desktops so I could upgrade them, but the last couple I've had I've just replaced them after 3 or 4 years without actually getting round to upgrading them, so I think I@ll be OK with that.

I've got spare keyboards and monitors/TV, so if I'm doing something that's typing-intensive I can always plug a proper keyboard in - I just use it sitting on my lap just now anyway, I don't have a desk or anything. (The monitor just sits on top of the base unit beside the sofa.)
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
When I got this netbook (my only computer, it's still better than anything I've previously owned), I also bought a new keyboard to plug in.

At first, I used it constantly, now I just use the laptop keyboard as I've got used to it. I can plug in a monitor as well, but rarely do.

@Pickwick; if you want a new computer, and can afford it, go ahead, I'll not validate your choice for you.

But, still, a Dell? When I worked in IT marketing, they were the only company my boss said he'd never work for, they may've got better, but...

When I've real cash again, I'm getting another Thinkpad.
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I know, I do hear vague-but-terrible things about Dell, but I've never actually had a problem with them. And I'm not sure who's supposed to be better, actually. Just straightforward IBM, is that who does Thinkpad? A lot of the brands I see these days are things like Asus that I think of as second-grade, for some reason.
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
IBM sold their PC division to LEnovo, who I think have the rights to the name for a bit longer, but then it's just Lenovo.

But Thinkpads have a good rep. Which they need, for the price they charge.

Asus do do some very cheap stuff, like the Eee, but they also do some quality stuff; these days, most manufacturers (except Apple and Dell) will have stuff across the range, from bottom to top. Apple only do 'top', and Dell, well, they seem to prefer the lower end of the market.

I don't know how much of their rep is industry snobbery tho, it could be a lot, but they pitch, specifically, at the consumer and education sectors, I'm always worried about a company that doesn't want business clients...
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ack. I may have to do more research. (Thank you!)

(And oh, yeah, my mum's got a newish Lenovo, it seems quite good.)

Edited at 2010-06-01 05:22 pm (UTC)
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
The company I work for buys most of our PC's from Dell. In the time I've been there we've bought about 100 PC's & laptops and have never had any problems except once when a power supply blew after about a month. Dell picked it up and sent us a replacement about 3 days later so no real complaints.
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)

I only just notioced there's only one answer in your poll

didn't realise till I read the answers
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't want people telling me not to buy things ;)
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I love my laptop so much. And with a computer tray, it works the same as a desktop always did for me :D I hope you find one you love!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Get a laptop and you can use it in bed. 'nuff said :)

I bought my Dell lappie - just the bog-standard Inspiron - a couple of years ago, and I've been really happy with it. The build quality's not fantastic (the screws that hold it together keep unscrewing!) but it did survive being dropped onto carpet onto its open lid with only a small crack. Technically my desktop is superior in almost every way... but the convenience of the laptop trumps everything else, and thus the desktop remains unused and buried under a pile of stuff in the corner, and has done since we moved house last August.

If you're buying, incidentally, it's worth Googling for Dell discount voucher codes - I ended up getting 10% off my laptop with a code off a random website :)
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