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October 18, 2006 1:01:24 AM

Do you guys own both notebook and desktop PC?

do you find using notebook useful or redundant?

I am contemplating buying a notebook. I need your input from using notebook outside of the home.

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October 19, 2006 4:56:54 AM

I bought my notebook for my univ. summer (06') math class, on account of the AZ monsoons. I have made heavy use of it for visualization (3d surfaces), wireless internet, word processing, and I really enjoy the cool quiet operation. It also serves as my back up computer in case the desktop stops running.
The notebook is a Dell E1405 with 7.2k rpm HDD and Core (yonah) duo at 1.66 Ghz. If it means anything also, the E1405 is not affected by the battery recall issues.

Edit: error in RPM of HD
October 19, 2006 2:13:05 PM

thanks for your feedback phase.
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October 21, 2006 10:38:18 PM

I have both because I have so much hard drive space requirements, but now that notebooks are so powerful, you can definately get by with just that, especially if you have this sweet new external RAID box I got that can utilize USB 2.0 or eSATA from Sans Digital model MS2UT.

October 31, 2006 6:45:05 PM

Not anymore. I turned my desktop into a 2003 Small Business Server with Exchange, DHCP, and DNS through Active Directory.

Now, my laptop synchronizes everytime I login with my re-directed folders so I always have a backup of my files.

The "server" also has SATA raid so the data is redundant. Barring total disaster, my data is quite safe.
October 31, 2006 10:05:47 PM

I own a destkop and 2 notebooks.

Desktop is custom built. It's my main use computer when I'm not deployed. Use it to surf, convert videos, games, crunch numbers i.e. seti@home, einstein@home, folding@home.

2 Notebooks. Alienware Area 51m and Killernotebooks Assassin.
When I'm not deployed notebooks do the number crunching i.e. seti@home... etc. When I am deployed (which is often for USMC) laptop is a definite must especially if you're in Iraq. It helps fill your downtime... movies, games... etc.

It definitely helps to have your own laptop while traveling whether it be for pleasure or work.
November 6, 2006 7:12:36 PM

Currently I have 2 notebooks and 2 desktops ( soon to be 4 ).

I had the same question you had before I got my first laptop which was about a good 6-7 years ago. Was it really necessary?

Well, turns out that its not "necessary" at first. You can do all the same things as you can do on a desktop AND these days for a high end laptop you can get the equivalent as a desktop for less ( maybe even for 1/2 the price ). So why buy it?

Laptops offer one thing mainly, convienence. You can take your work, games, music, whatever anywhere you go ( unless you're lugging around a 10lbs machine + whatever accessories, with a bad back :p  ). After awhile laptop usage far outweighs desktop usage if you dont spend much time at home or if you're on the road a lot.

So I guess it boils down to, are you at home a lot? When you are outside, do you actually have the time to use it? For instance if you're just running around on errands, etc with no real time to sit down, then laptops might not be a good way to go. If on the other hand, you go to school or if you spend your time at the office a lot or something similar then laptop would be a good investment. What happens in a lot of cases is that you do your work, or play your games, whatever on your laptop and then go home and just upload them to your desktop. The desktop soon turns into a big file storing paperweight. :lol: 
November 23, 2006 9:51:47 AM

I have 3 laptops

And the alainware m5550 core 2 t7600. Might be small 7lb but it beat the shorts off of Amd Fx 62. Great if you want game power while at a friends house.

The other 2 laptops can play low to mid range games. But that about it.
November 24, 2006 1:18:01 PM

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Currently I have 2 notebooks and 2 desktops ( soon to be 4 ).

I had the same question you had before I got my first laptop which was about a good 6-7 years ago. Was it really necessary?

Well, turns out that its not "necessary" at first. You can do all the same things as you can do on a desktop AND these days for a high end laptop you can get the equivalent as a desktop for less ( maybe even for 1/2 the price ). So why buy it?

Laptops offer one thing mainly, convienence. You can take your work, games, music, whatever anywhere you go ( unless you're lugging around a 10lbs machine + whatever accessories, with a bad back :p  ). After awhile laptop usage far outweighs desktop usage if you dont spend much time at home or if you're on the road a lot.

So I guess it boils down to, are you at home a lot? When you are outside, do you actually have the time to use it? For instance if you're just running around on errands, etc with no real time to sit down, then laptops might not be a good way to go. If on the other hand, you go to school or if you spend your time at the office a lot or something similar then laptop would be a good investment. What happens in a lot of cases is that you do your work, or play your games, whatever on your laptop and then go home and just upload them to your desktop. The desktop soon turns into a big file storing paperweight. :lol: 


my sentiments exactly. laptop posting from the throne room (bathroom) FTW. :lol: 
June 22, 2007 1:13:35 PM

but why do you need 2 notebooks?
July 14, 2007 3:57:49 PM

Well I find my laptop very usefull when I wanna layback and use the internet. Such as right now as I am laying on the couch watching tv and writing this. Also its great for when your on the road and wanna play a game or watch a movie.
July 23, 2007 8:32:24 PM

I use my desktop as a light duty server, and use laptops for most of my day to day work. I haven't come to a good conclusion on how I want to handle games.
July 27, 2007 4:00:32 AM

I have my PC in my sig at home that I use for Mainly Gaming, Movies and Music it has XP. I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 with T7500,2Gb,160Gb 7200RPM, and 8400GS 128Mb on 14.1" WXGA and Vista on it's way right now from Dell which I plan to use for Uni, taking to work, and letting girlfriend use for MSN while I'm gaming on my PC.
Also looking forward to having my own Laptop available to me all the time for things like air travel and staying at girlfriends house (oops, umm I didn't say that). Also another plus for me will be being able to take this to LANs for light gaming when I can't take my whole PC or I wont be there long enough to justify taking my whole PC.
August 19, 2007 10:16:20 PM

My family has 2 desktops and 3 laptops.

Desk1: P4@3.2|Intel 925x|1gb DDR2-400|160gb 7200rpm HDD|GeForce 6800|Creative X-Fi Platinum

Desk2: P4@2.8|Intel 915g|1gb DDR2-400|80gb 7200rpm HDD| ATi X1300| Creative Audigy2 ZS

Lap1: my laptop in the sig

Lap2:Insprion 9300 CeleronM @ 1.83ghz|17'' WUXGA|1gb DDR2-533|60gb 7200rpm HDD| GeForce Go 6800

Lap3: Inspiron 6000 specs not worth listing.

I find laptops very useful. I enjoy the ability to take mine anywhere in my house and use it to game and surf the web. I may even take it to my College classes, but the weight may prohibit that.
August 23, 2007 5:54:05 PM

i wanted to get a notebook instead of desktop , but i didnt , i have 1 desktop :D 
November 10, 2007 1:02:42 AM

I currently only have a laptop, being a uni student, I can't afford two computers. So I have a Killer Notebooks Executioner that, although it weighs almost 10 pounds, is my computer that I can bring anywhere to work with. I personally find that the 10 pound load is nothing, even though I'm a relatively small guy. It provides the power of a mid-high range desktop in a portable unit. Also, I use it less as a laptop and more as a desktop replacement. I rarely use it on my lap, I'll set it on a desk so it has the most stability and it's comfortable for me. I would love to have a desktop that has even more power, but alas, the money issue.
December 27, 2007 2:29:23 PM

I own both a Laptop and a Desktop for personal use. They are both Alienware systems, the desktop is a 2005 Model Area 51 5550 Extreme. It has a P4 3.4GHz processor and an Asus 6800 Ultra Graphics card (256MB Mem). The Laptop a later 2006 model is the M5750 with a Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz and the ATI 1800 (256MB Mem). The typical benchmarks 3DMark 01, 03, & 05 concludes that both systems are nearly identical in performance. However the laptop can be easily transported for away from the home gaming and movie watching on its 1920x1200 1080P screen.
February 8, 2008 6:47:57 PM

I have both... Just got Gateway P6831 FX with the Geforce 8800GTS 512 Megs and it rocks. Nice getting this for $1250 when everywhere else is offering older slower video (7950 or 8700m) and less specs overall and are trying to charge $2000-3000!!! LOL :) 
I dont know about you but $1250 is a lot better than 2 Grand...
February 8, 2008 6:54:44 PM

Plays COD4 maxed at 60+FPS....
February 9, 2008 12:05:19 AM

Haha, that's pretty sweet deal. I got my laptop for around 2000 dollars, but this was back last year when the 7950GTX was in it's prime, and it's still a very capable card. Just technology progresses, and the new 'best' is out.

At some point in the future, I'll have to build a desktop that can take the next-next gen games. :D 
February 9, 2008 3:51:52 AM

The slow CPU and low screen res on the gateway make me want to cry though.
February 9, 2008 3:07:30 PM

And the hard drive is 5400 rpm. So in everyday tasks that laptop should be slower, but the graphics card makes up for it when gaming.
February 17, 2008 10:32:44 PM

No not really the res is great for gaming. Makes it so I can max any game except Crysis. Hard drive is actually pretty good. Especially now, I have a 4 gig SD card setup with Readyboost and it quickens up my load times a lot. Games look incredible on this thing, well at least COD4 and teamfortress 2 which I have played on it so far. I had a laptop with a 1920x1200 screen and it was to high for a 17 inch screen. I would say the MAX i would ever consider is 1680x1050...

Oh and the hard drive seems faster than a 120 gig sata 5400 rpm that I had in a thinkpad t61P. Maybe its a better drive?

I figure in a year or so I will get the Penyrn 2.8 GHZ dual core or if it turns out that it can handle it a Quad Core... :) 
February 17, 2008 10:33:40 PM

Oh and I saw today at my local best buy, they had the same laptop for $1199.00! Man what a deal.
February 19, 2008 6:48:15 AM

i have 2 laptops and 2 desktops...

my desktop i use for gaming and movies, the other desktop is a win2003 server... i then have 1 laptop which i use at work(i need it since im an ICT tech and take it everywhere) the other laptop stays at my flat untill i go home before i go home i transfer my work onto the laptop so that i always have everything i need to work.

my laptop came in great when i was at university i couldnt complain but now it sits gathering dust untill i decide i want to go back home(which is once in a blue moon) i have my n95 8GB for watching movies on the go, and an ipod for my music, i wouldnt want to carry a laptop for music or video.
May 14, 2008 4:39:32 PM

I have both laptop and desktop. But I have less and less use for my desktop after my laptop came along. It’s a hassle going back and forth just pull up files. So everything’s in my laptop now and it works for me. I guess the bottom line is, you just have to know what you need and what works best for you.
May 18, 2008 8:14:28 AM

1 laptop and 1 custom desktop

Dell 1720: 8600m gt, 2gb ram, t7300, 160gb 5400 rpm HDD

Custom: AMD 3800+ @ 2.64GHz, 2gb ram, 7900 gt, 250gb and 160gb HDD

I left the desktop at home because it's the only Comp my parents have atm. The laptop is my main. When I move into my apartment this fall, I'm taking both and I'm going to use the Desktop as an entertainment center and TV and my Lappy for classes.
May 19, 2008 9:55:12 AM

1 laptop and 1 desktop. I use the laptop on delpoyments and such. The desktop is strictly gaming.
May 19, 2008 5:32:33 PM

3 Desktops, two are built via excess upgraded components from my primary. Both situated conveniently at relatives house's, so I have a place to escape :) .

3 Laptops (bit of a kleptomaniac). Lent oldest to family for student studies (so mostly has porn on it), newest is purely for gaming (alienware m15x + GTX) and my middle aged laptop (amilo Xa 1526) is in reserve in case one of my desktops fall over big time and don't have either the time or the dosh to fix it.
May 26, 2008 2:30:56 PM

1 Laptop, 3 desktops.

Two of the desktops I use simply to work on other people's pcs, saving data and removing viruses. They also are the workhorse machines that try out new programs and procedures so I don't have to waste time on my high-performance desktop, in my config. (though it's kinda old, it really hauls, trust me)

My laptop I just got a few weeks ago I definitly use the most, it's a luggable sager np5793. I use it for everything...because it can do anything. The best part about it is probably the screen, it's huge and high res, so I can get everything done on one screen.

I did almost buy that gateway laptop a few weeks back, but the slow processor and low screen resolution turned me away.
June 10, 2008 6:01:05 PM

I have 1 desktop and 1 laptop.

I use my desktop for games and file storage and I use my laptop to stream movies/music from my desktop when I'm going to sleep since my desktop system is not in my room. It works out pretty well.
July 4, 2008 8:57:12 AM

1 laptop so that i can bring it anywhere
1 desktop so that i can abuse it 24 hours nonstop( gaming & heavy task )
November 19, 2008 3:32:27 AM

For about the last 5 years I've been running both a laptop and a desktop. The Desktop for my work at home and then a laptop for when I'm on the road. The main problem is syncing the files between the two.
December 2, 2008 6:32:24 PM

I have my homebuilt desktop and just ordered a netbook on Black Friday. The desktop is obviously my main computer, and I use it everyday for everything. The netbook's going to be mainly for taking to campus, viewing/typing notes/powerpoint stuff, web surfing, etc.
December 10, 2008 12:36:48 AM

Notebook is easy to take, but it's screen is small;

and more, you should be caucious to the theives.
December 10, 2008 11:17:02 PM

I have a "desktop" that I use most of the time, and a notebook. My wife has her own desktop.

My desktop is at the end of the sofa, the monitor is on a little table in front of the sofa, so I sit on the sofa, watch TV and surf the net.

My notebook is used mostly for travel. Occasionally I use it around the house for surfing the net when I'm not where the desktop computer is. Also I use it a lot as a terminal to connect to my work computer and work at home. I can set it on the dining table and have plenty of room to spread out my paperwork, unlike the limited space where my desktop is.

I'm in a tight spot now- my desktop is old and slow so I need to build a new one. My notebook is also pretty old and slow, and I need to start running CAD apps on it so I need to buy a new notebook. And then I've been interested in a netbook for travel, plus my wife wants one of her own.
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