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View Poll Results: Do you own a desk top or Laptop?
I own both 84 68.85%
I own a Laptop 18 14.75%
I own a Desktop 18 14.75%
I dont own either a laptop or desktop 2 1.64%
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      04-02-2021, 09:52 AM   #23
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I dumped the desktop for a laptop several years ago, but have since gone back to a desktop for home use. I have a laptop for work with a docking station and that is a nice way to go if you need the portability of a laptop with the full keyboard, mouse and dual monitors for more serious work/play. I also use my phone more now, so the laptop wasn't really that important for me any more. I have a tablet, too that I use when I travel somewhere on vacation.
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Depends on your needs. Day to do day browser/excel/ppt/word, laptop is fine.

If you're a power user, editing video, running intensive applications, then a desktop is usually a better value cost vs. performance.
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When I travel, I can't wait to get back to work on my desktop. Never been a laptop fan and only use them when I can't use my desktop.

I dont game though, just work. Lots and Lots and Lots of spreadsheets on multiple monitors.
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      04-02-2021, 02:41 PM   #26
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I have a laptop, desktop (gaming) and an iPad. I use the laptop exclusively to configure some of my RC aircraft. I use the iPad when I'm out on my patio and I use the desktop for everything else including email and simulators.

I built this desktop 4 years ago. I selected the mobo that will allow years of upgrades. Fun stuff, I think.
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I have a laptop only. Haven't had a desktop in years. For me it's too big and bulky. Takes up too much room. Laptop can do everything I need. Haven't been in to games for about 15 years and that would be my only reason for a desktop.
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I have a laptop for work, a desktop for family photos/videos/gaming and a tablet for couch surfing. Seems like the perfect setup for my life.
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2 gaming rigs, 2 mini pcs and a laptop that pretty much only gets used being connected to the car.
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I'm a gamer and therefore have a desktop. Just bought a new laptop to surf when watching TV and travelling. Neither used for work.
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A side benefit of having a desktop PC at the office is that I can't bring work home at the end of the day.
IT: Please download our VPN client and your local desktop IP is 192.168.1.x, please use RDP to continue your work while at home.
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Don't have either, just use whatever work gives me
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IT: Please download our VPN client and your local desktop IP is 192.168.1.x, please use RDP to continue your work while at home.
Does the VPN client run on Windows 95 without the SP2 TCP/IP network stack package installed?

Oh, FWIW, I *am* IT.....
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Had a gaming rig, laptop for work

COVID + WFH happened, now I use my desktop 99% of the time, including games and work. Laptop is used for movies in bed or if I need to go on a trip
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before covid I only used my job laptop and cell phone. Having a OnePlus phone, rooted with all cracked feature, makes 90% of the job with the huge screen.

If I had a Samsung, it probably be my only 'computer' device with DEX.

But since covid, I'm starting to use my tower : most video and photo editing are only compatible with high end Nvidia card.
Also Ive played cyberpunk.

Do I have a good $$$$/Usage ratio? No !

When my tower will be outdated, I'll use a egpu with my everyday laptop.



and on a far future, only my cell phone, if gaming streaming services are becoming good.

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I just can't get used to a laptop. It's the keyboard. In fact, I prefer the older type keyboards where the keys are larger and move more. And, of course, the screen. I have a 36" monitor.
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I just can't get used to a laptop. It's the keyboard. In fact, I prefer the older type keyboards where the keys are larger and move more. And, of course, the screen. I have a 36" monitor.
most people will use a dock for external keyboard and monitor.

I guess the question is, if you need to move, you have a laptop, why would you use a desktop too?
Most member answered ; performance. And I understand is also way easier to upgrade.


Agree for the clicky keyboard, I'm using a 95' model M keyboard, real one, made in UK . love it

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Both.

If you're into gaming, there's no substitute for a desktop.
I am running the Alienware Area 51m R2 to do whatever I need and it is a beast. Do not miss a desktop in the least. Everyone is different and this laptop is big and heavy compared to the business products. If needed can always dock it for more monitors.
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I've got 2 proper desktops (1 for gaming, 1 as a sort of HTPC), 1 gaming laptop, 1 ultrabook laptop (dual-booting Win10 & Ubuntu but mainly used as a Smart trainer for cycling), a 15" laptop, a FreeNAS server, a homebrew pfSense router/firewall, and a server hosting several VMs, Containers (Docker/Rancher, LXC), etc...
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As said before desktop is the way to go for gaming, built a simracing rig during the pandemic and use it as my main PC too. I also find sitting at a desk with a full mouse and keyboard more comfortable that using a laptop
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You guys complaining about wanting to use a real mouse and keyboard realize you can connect these to a laptop correct?? LMAO......


Edit; same with a monitor haha.

I use my laptop for everything, but I don't game(on PC) or have a need for high performance really. I connect it to my 36" wide screen monitor and bluetooth mouse and keyboard and it does everything I need it to do.

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I have a couple great laptops year old XPS 15 & XPS 13 that I used back in the old days when I traveled. As nice as they are I like going to my office home/work and sitting down to a real desktop. Nothing beats a triple 27Ē 4K monitor array driven by a RTX3070 with a full size wired keyboard & mouse and a nice pair of active speakers. Iíve tried docking high-end laptops and itís just not the same.
Especially when Iím playing Unreal Tournament 2004
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IT: Please download our VPN client and your local desktop IP is 192.168.1.x, please use RDP to continue your work while at home.
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I am running the Alienware Area 51m R2 to do whatever I need and it is a beast. Do not miss a desktop in the least. Everyone is different and this laptop is big and heavy compared to the business products. If needed can always dock it for more monitors.
And when you compare the dollars you spent on that Alienware to a desktop, you'll find the performance gap to be significant for less dollars spent. Also, lugging around a brick isn't my idea of a good laptop. Totally defeats the purpose of why laptops came into existence. A former manager told me to get a Precision 5520 laptop as my work laptop. Hated every minute of lugging around that thing for work.

And I'm not even going to talk about the longevity of these mobile desktop wanna be's. You can't get around the killer of all electronics which is heat.
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