TS: Laptops vs. Desktops

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I ask this somewhat guiltily after having already decided on a sleek little laptop, in the face of friends' pragmatic advice to the contrary.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 9 October 2003 18:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I was on the side of laptops, until my three-month-owned laptop's power connection got fucked up. The laptop I'm borrowing sucks even more than mine.

hstencil, Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:07 (seventeen years ago) link

in the face of friends' pragmatic advice to the contrary

Do share!

Girolamo Savonarola, Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Though I have wanted a laptop for ages, I do worry about sand getting in it when I'm at the beach, or liquid (if I'm feeling too lazy to hold up my martini glass).

Still, I'd say laptop, if you put a gun to my head: less of a pain to drag round, than trying to strap down a desktop into the back of the convertible.

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:16 (seventeen years ago) link

You can put a laptop on a desk, but you can't put a desktop on your lap. The winner: laptop.

NA (Nick A.), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:23 (seventeen years ago) link

This salesman at a local computer store was trying to persuade me to get a PC instead of a laptop. He said PCs are easier to get repaired and that if your laptop stops working, it may cost a whole lot more to fix. Basically, that it would probably require replacement.

I think, screw that guy. Apple Powerbooks look awesome. And they just feel so... so very right. Even my mom (who I felt for sure would be apalled by my new expenditure) said, "You really should go with an Apple laptop. They're known for their music stuff."

Sarah McLUsky (coco), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, it really depends. If you want to be able to take your computer to coffee shops to write, etc, don't have much space in your apartment, or just like something compact and elegant, a laptop is yr choice. But if you are a game fanatic, don't even think about it, because the next game you really really want will probably require more horsepower than your notebook can deliver.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Do share!

Oh, you know, "oh, laptops aren't upgradeable" and "oh, I won't be able to fix it if something goes wrong" and "oh, you'll break it" and "oh, I don't like laptops you trendy fool", that sort of thing.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:27 (seventeen years ago) link

He said PCs are easier to get repaired and that if your laptop stops working, it may cost a whole lot more to fix. Basically, that it would probably require replacement.

He is, sadly, so OTM. The joy of the desktop machine is that it's very very easy to replace any component and even to do some of the troubleshooting yourself. Getting into your notebook's guts is not only much tougher, you run the risk of completely wrecking it if you try to look inside it yourself. I mean, ideally your notebook won't break at all and you have the warranty and all, but you know...computers suck, and they break. Especially if you're carting it around with you everywhere you go.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Guess I'll just have to be very, very careful.

:(

(actually, I probably won't be taking it much farther than the living room in general)

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I dunno, there is something exciting and 60s-space-movie about having an enormous machine.

Ally (mlescaut), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Just get a comprehensive multi-year warranty and stop worrying about it! Oh, and use good judgment, common sense, and all that rot.

Girolamo Savonarola, Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Dude I spilled half a beer on my old iBook and all I had to do was wipe it up. The keyboard was a little sticky for a week but that went away. I carried that thing all over the country for 4 years and never had a problem.

TOMBOT, Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

I am the only person on ILX who doesn't feel the need to cart computers with me everywhere I go, I fear. Though if I DID I'd still vote desktop because that would be some impressive manly shit, hauling that bastard all over.

Ally (mlescaut), Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes, I now want a battery-powered desktop.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

They're more expensive and harder to repair/upgrade as has been said but I LOVE laptops. I have a good warranty and very computer-savvy friends who act as consultants in case of problems. That helps.

JuliaA (j_bdules), Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:51 (seventeen years ago) link

I've been using laptops for like 7 years now and it has nothing really to do with a need to cart my computer all over the place. In fact I hardly ever take it off the desk. But I like knowing that I can if I want to, and I having space on my desk for other things. Packing a desktop and 17" CRT with me every time I moved house for the first two years of school was some buuulll shhiiiit, esp. when compared to roll up power cord, fold and go.

TOMBOT, Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:56 (seventeen years ago) link

I like my lap-top. I don't take it anywhere. But, it's nice to be able to close the lid and not have all my space taken up by a big old desk top computer.

jel -- (jel), Friday, 10 October 2003 16:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I have a desktop because it's price/performance is cheaper and it's easier to upgrade - I've been cycling parts in and out of my computer for about 10 years (even the case!). One of the main things is that the fastest hardware comes to desktops first, and I used to be obsessed by performance (mainly game framerates). As for the space issue, no matter whether I have a laptop or desktop, I still have to have a gigantic 21" monitor on my desk, so the desktop which sits under my desk is hardly noticeable at all.

Also, I'm still old-fashioned in that I still like to be apart from my "computer" and not be tempted to bring it with me to every place/event etc. If I need portable data, then I'll burn it onto a disc and use another machine somewhere. Also, my palm pilot experience was a disaster. I ended up just putting drink recipes, jokes and the kama sutra on it!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 10 October 2003 16:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I vote laptop all the way. I can drive a second monitor (along with a separate keyboard/mouse) with mine PowerBook and have an amazing amount of screen space.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 10 October 2003 16:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I am the only person on ILX who doesn't feel the need to cart computers with me everywhere I go, I fear. Though if I DID I'd still vote desktop because that would be some impressive manly shit, hauling that bastard all over.

I've always been a hardcore desktop guy myself. Unfortunately, though, I want to travel absolutely as light as possible when I move overseas, and a desktop is not what I need to lug around town - I'll probably have too much stuff anyway. I've flirted with the idea of sending over my PC desktop later, but I still think it'd be too much hassle in the long run. So imma gettin a PowerBook. Whoopee! It's never going to leave my desk, but whatever. I only use a few basic programs and a few high-end video and audio programs.

Girolamo Savonarola, Friday, 10 October 2003 16:57 (seventeen years ago) link

I can see how having the kama sutra on a PDA would be a disaster: "Fuck! My stylus won't work!"

Bryan (Bryan), Friday, 10 October 2003 16:59 (seventeen years ago) link

GS - what audio programs are you going to use with the Powerbook? I'm trying, without luck, to figure out what to use to replace CoolEdit on our old PC since we have the Powerbook now. Logic Audio looks the best but is f'in expensive and probably more than I need.

NA (Nick A.), Friday, 10 October 2003 18:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Ooh...I do more video than audio work. And most of my audio work is subsidiary to video - so I'm talking Peak Express and Soundtrack for me (both of which come with FCP). I guess your best options would be Bias (the full package is about comparable in price to Logic, but you can also buy parts of it) or Logic. I'm not quite as up on the audio audio work. Sorry to have given that impression.

Also, not quite related but definitely cool as hell (and I shall get this as soon as I can afford it) - Max/MSP with Jitter. Jitter rocks my video world.

Girolamo Savonarola, Friday, 10 October 2003 18:40 (seventeen years ago) link

ah, but where's the revolutionary esprit? NATO55 FOREVER

j. pantsman (jpantsman), Friday, 10 October 2003 22:10 (seventeen years ago) link

nick and sarah you should consider ableton live. i suppose it's not quite the same thing as protools, sonar, cubase etc. (i don't know cool edit) but it is way more fun and easier to use. version 3 just came out today (i think) which i'm kind of excited about. in fact i should head over there right now

ron (ron), Friday, 10 October 2003 23:39 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm trying, without luck, to figure out what to use to replace CoolEdit on our old PC since we have the Powerbook now. Logic Audio looks the best but is f'in expensive and probably more than I need.

If it's stereo wave editing/mastering you want to do then Bias Peak. I'm not sure if Bias Peak does multi-track like Cool Edit Pro (BTW Syntrillium has been taken over by Adobe and CEP will henceforth be known as Adobe Audition).

David (David), Friday, 10 October 2003 23:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I never do anything but write and make mix CDs on my guy at home, plus my studio apartment is tiny -- my "desk" is a pretty old TV tray. Even if I had a bigger place though, the aesthetic superiority of the laptop is just... how can you argue? If my lovely laptop told me to strip naked there'd be socks hanging from the fan before the words were completely out of its speaker.

Ann Sterzinger (Ann Sterzinger), Saturday, 11 October 2003 00:32 (seventeen years ago) link

oh if you are assembling /editing songs, not recording them, then live wouldn't be good for you i guess. but it is a great prog.

ron (ron), Saturday, 11 October 2003 09:25 (seventeen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

I cant decide whether this question has been settled since either way ir whether its no longer even the same question

Ole Blueyes Solskjaer (darraghmac), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 03:17 (one week ago) link


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