September 29, 2005

Laptop vs. Desktop

Ok all you computer geeks out there, I need some opinions.

We are in the market for a new computer. Our desktop is running Windoz 95, and was one of the first computers with a Pentium 2 in it. Yes it's old, hence the need for a new one.

We also have a laptop and use that one 5 times as much as the desktop.

What I was wondering was are todays laptops just as good and functional as a desktop? Can you do just as much on both? Play video games on both? What about memory capacity?

What I was thinking is that it maybe more functional for us to get another laptop instead of a desktop.


Posted by Quality Weenie at September 29, 2005 08:40 AM | TrackBack

Pretty much anything you can do on a desktop, you can do on a laptop. It's just a little more expensive.

I like my laptop because I have Wi-Fi (which I would suggest so you can access wireless internet in your house if you have a router or at hotels/airports). It's nice to take it to the couch to work on school and watch TV.

If you are getting a laptop for travel...go gets heavy. If you are getting a laptop for mobility but will mainly stay on a desk, go larger...the small stuff can bug you!

I hate Dell. I've had my Dell for a year and a half and they had to replace my hard drive twice while under warranty. They replaced it with empty refurbished hard drive. They made me install it and load all the software...and I lost everything.

And whenever I called them, I got someone that I could not understand! Bleh!

I like Sony's! I had an HP at work and it did well (but obviously didn't do as much on it as at home)

If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me an email. I've switched back and forth between desktops and laptops every couple of years.

Also, laptops are a little more difficult and more expensive to upgrade if you just want to add a quick stick of memory or an additional drive.

Posted by: Sissy at September 29, 2005 07:58 PM

You can do the same with laptops as you can with desktops, except when it comes to video quality for games. My husband plays GuildWars and another one of those role playing games. He prefers the desktop to the laptop. But you can play them on both.

At my job I am responsible for purchasing and supporting about 1000 computers for our company. (Ok, I have help supporting them!) We purchased Compaq in the past and now we buy Dell. Both had equal hardware issues and quality support issues. You can talk to anyone who has had any brand and people will have problems, so I don't think it matters on brand. Also, I was very resistant to switch to Dell since I was concerned about their quality, but I have no issues with them now that I did not have with Compaq.

Before my current company, I did phone support for a computer manufacturer (AST). After working there, then moving to my current company and seeing that Compaq used alot of the same parts as AST and then seeing Dell, they all buy pretty much the same stuff, just put it in their shell or add their own tweaks.

What do you want a computer for? Games? Writing letters? Video editing? That will help figure out what you need.

Like Sissy, I use both desktops and laptops. And you can email me if you like. I love talking about computers!!!!

Posted by: Amy at September 29, 2005 10:47 PM