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  #961522 5-Jan-2014 14:33
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Desktop is way more comfortable for 40+ hours a week.

However, I do use my thinkpad for maybe 1/4 of the hours.

Thinkpads are by far the nicest devices for longer hours -- except, the latest thinkpads where they are building the trackpoint buttons into the mousepad, a massive backward step and uncomfortable after a short time.

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  #961553 5-Jan-2014 16:01
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As others have said, I use a desktop for 'real' work, creating such as photos, videos etc, and a laptop or an ipad or a phone for media consumption, web browsing etc.

Personally I'd still go desktop for anything grunty. Laptops are focussed on reducing heat generation and often components are scaled down versions of a desktop equivalent. Eg many intel cpu's have less cores in their laptop versions, but have the same range name. That's cool (ha pun) but I want grunt for this type of work, vs mobility. That's me, and it may not be you. There's also the obvious ability to change a component of a desktop which you don't get so easily on a laptop, (traditionally fixed CPU and Graphics card on a laptop).

An example link to what I'm referring to is here


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  #961554 5-Jan-2014 16:08
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I recently sold my performance / gaming laptop for a middle of the range desktop PC. A gaming laptop costs anywhere around $3000-$4000 in NZ. The desktop I bought cost $1900 which outperforms the laptop by leaps and bounds. Now I plan to purchase an ultrabook just for portability and for work.

I believe for me this combination provides the best value for my dollar.

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  #961691 6-Jan-2014 03:12
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i have my desktop computer (that i proudly built myself)'s screen on a coffee table and use my couch for a chair. i game on it and watch tv shows and movies on it.

i also have a ps3 next to it and use an HDMI to DVI cable and swap that with my computer cable when i want to use that.

i have windows server on my old laptop (its an old dell studio 1735) worked great when it was new but it got slow and the screen hinges kept breaking so its great as a server.

i have a netbook that i use for school work, that's great, bit slow though, anything java or flash based just dont even try. even word is a bit sluggish.

no tablets, dont want or need one. if the netbook broke right now i'd possibly go for a surface pro with the physical keyborad cover not the touch one. would not go near an ipad or an android one even if i was paid to use it.

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  #961761 6-Jan-2014 09:54
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rayonline: As we now have smartphones and tablets, I haven't got a tablet yet, maybe when my laptop breaks which is a 2007 model I got in 2010 and when I need to have a tablet.  Are you guys still using it much? 

For myself.  I use it for digital photography which is a must with the larger screen and not to blow the bank balance on a laptop but pretty much I only use it to surf news site, social media and is about it - aparty from job applications where the keyboard can come in handy and the few correspondence with various stuff like banks etc.  Not shy to admit that apart from 1 or 2 individuals I've pretty much replaced email with IM apps such as WeChat and WhatsApp and natively they don't install on a desktop PC. 

Should my laptop breaks, it's going to the landfill, don't see myself ever getting another.

Edit - as we know it things are getting online with the ability to sync so many stuff like cloud drives, emails, calendar, tasks, online videos, an online history footprint.  A computer is now do dispoable.  It's like hiring a hotel for a few nights.  While I used and still use MS Outlook desktop and archive my emails I think when my Office 2010 Academic comes to a practical end I won't purchase Outlook (Commercial) or the Outlook standalone just to get it.  I guess times just have to move on.  While I try to defer a total movement towards Google, I find Outlook web services less powerful but easier to use and more visual pleasing.  But ... with all these Google phones and tablets, it is about embracing Google to make the best out of it ....

Every day I use my iMac.

My laptop gets used for the 2 or 3 months each year I am overseas for work, my iPhone most days.

I don't really see the point of tablets to be honest other than as toys.

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  #961772 6-Jan-2014 10:11
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Desktop is my main machine for business/work, gaming etc
Laptop is used for TV, Movies, Web and the odd bit of work out and about.
Droid phone, I still haven't used it for much more than checking the bank account, txting and calls.

Tablets? I take them when I'm sick, other than that I have no use for one.

Your friendly Southern Geeky Fellow :P

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  #961774 6-Jan-2014 10:12
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I haven't used a desktop for years. My main machine is a MacBook Air that goes to work with me and gets used all day, then comes home and gets used occasionally at night. I do sometimes miss having the power of a desktop, but I don't miss being chained to one spot to use it.


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  #961781 6-Jan-2014 10:26
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Call me old fashioned but I prefer working on a Desktop.

I take a bit of time out to go sit behind the Desktop, act on a few emails, do some other work etc ... Then when I'm done, I move away and I don't need to access/check anything until the next time I'm behind the desktop.

The missis says its rude to sit on the couch and "play" on the tablet, especially when we have guests around the house or we are all together as a family in the lounge. I did this for a while when I first got my tablet. Must say I agree with her as I have a mate that does the same when we go around to their place. The tablet has its place, but I still prefer the desktop.

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