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Desktop or Lappy?

Like most people, my 'computering' started with a tower computer and a 15" monitor that took up most of the desk. It was running Windows 98.
I then progressed onto another two towers with a TFT monitor somewhere in between. I haven't had one of the desktop types where you put the monitor on top. 
Fancied a laptop for ages but didn't think that it would meet my needs so put it off. Eventually bought one when Vista came out and within a fairly short time I didn't need the desktop computer so ended up selling it. Haven't replaced it and now use a 17" laptop which I really like and much prefer it to a desktop. It does all I want and I can sit and use it in comfort.
Now, of course, there are tiny desktop computers and the ones like the Mac where the computer components are integral with the monitor
Know that HP doesn't like lappies so wondered what are the pros and cons of computer types?
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I must say I prefer a box where I can swap and change hardware easily and I can add whatever size monitor I chose.
Just as a little aside a work colleague needed a new work computer and he asked me for a laptop as a replacement which I duly purchased.
A few weeks later he said he couldn't get on with the laptop keyboard so could I buy him a keyboard and mouse....they were purchased and he was happy......for a while.
Now the laptop screen was too far away due to the replacement keyboard so he requested a large monitor.
I took away the laptop and replaced it with a box and monitor I had. He's now a happy user.
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I'm with Strat on this one, laptops are fine for where they are meant to be used, away from the home/office. At home I prefer a box I can change things in. IF the screen fails on my desktop I just have to buy a new one, under £100, but of the laptop screen fails ... £££££ to repair or replace whole laptop.
Disk full on desktop just add a new one, laptop replace disk with larger one for ££££.
That said my main laptop is an EEE 702 (running EEEbuntu 3.1 NBR) which I do occasionally use in the house, but with a 7" screen and tiny keyboard I don't use it a lot, just to check email or some brief surfing.
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Agree with strat,
Need something fIexable system that I can add additional capacity to easily, I also use multiple monitors.
Use a laptop as stand by with caddies of external disk drives and external monitor.
When you've used dual or quad monitors its difficult to go backward to a single monitor, no matter what size the single monitor is (always resizing windows)
Don't see the benefit of a netbook/notebook with a small screen, and limited capacity as I have no need to 'surf' or read email on the move.
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I prefer a tower like Strat said.  I have a laptop which has a better spec than my desktop but it rarely gets used at home and only really comes into its own when I go away.
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Inevitably, I'm with Strat.
Especially I see many "silver surfers" who have been bought a laptop by well-meaning family members as an "introduction to the internet" and it's usually an ergonomic disaster.
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Results are more or less what I thought i.e. desktop suits people who are real computer 'geeks' and like to upgrade and change things around.
I do agree with Strat about his colleague though - a laptop is not suitable for anyone who is using a computer for a long period of time. Much easier and more comfortable to use a proper keyboard.  Also, screen size is better, especially for older eyes so I think that HP's point about silver surfers and laptops is very pertinent.
I had forgotten these ergonomic reasons for having a desktop as I have only used a laptop for quite a while, other than doing odd repairs for people.
Browsing in a PC World the other day I noticed a very swanky Sony which had integral computer with monitor and it was beautiful. I could see myself using this and really liking it - best of both worlds as there are less wires and it is a bit more portable.
Anybody used one?
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Add me to the "Me too" gang.  I've got several Towers (of varying vintage and usefulness), a HP Server tower and a 17" Laptop.  The towers are favoured because they are easier to upgrade, change, get spares for until they eventually die of serious old age!   The lappy gets used mostly when I go away for long weekends - a quite regular occurrence - so I hold a lot of my webby bits (XAMPP + tools)  on an 8 Meg USB stick to make it movable between the two environments.  
On the other hand, SWMBO who is a Database developer and part time Maths tutor actually prefers using a laptop and has disposed of the Tower system.  She now has TWO laptops - one set up for teaching, with lots of Maths aid programs and Web favourites etc and the other for Development and Personal use.  
Sadly there is still only one techy in the household to 'fix' things when they break Cry
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very swanky Sony which had integral computer with monitor and it was beautiful....... Anybody used one?

Yes, I've had to do quite a lot of work on one for a client.
Fewer wires is good, but very heavy to move around on a desktop.
Dedicated wireless keyboard/mouse are at best "average" so I'd probably replace them requiring USB connection of some sort.
My clients PC has an intermittent problem with the wireless kbd/mouse and it has been back once to the supplier (John Lewis) which was a "struggle" physically. (Still not fixed as they just reinstalled Vista and it looks like a hardware problem)
Basically I don't like it much but can't quite say why. Any repairs to hardware are going to need a specialist.  Sad
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8 Meg

You really should update now - you know, you can get 512Meg and even 4Gig ones these days ;-)
Personally, I have 1 tower, 1 Macbook and 1 Netbook all of which get used and mostly have the same things on them (or equivalents for differing OSes).
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I have a laptop running in dual-display mode with a 24" monitor plus an external keyboard and mouse. Reason being that I wanted a laptop for use at university, but didn't want to have both a laptop and a desktop - so at home the laptop kind of becomes the 'tower' in to which everything else plugs. It's quite a nice setup - a bit fiddly, but very flexible. Now my tenure as a student is coming to an end though I am considering reverting to a standard desktop as I do feel that if you're certain you don't want the portability, a desktop is better.
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I use a Sony laptop on the kitchen table - with a mouse [can't cope with touchpad!] and am very happy with it.  Use Windows XP too.  Does what I want...................
Like Poppy said - it is the geeks among you that prefer the full works.  I like being able to lift it up without problem!
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Embarrassed  Thanks Colin  Embarrassed
I may be old, but the technology is up to date - It's an 8 Gig USB stick.
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I went through a phase, a few years ago, of preferring a high spec laptop for use both in the office and when travelling.
Now I prefer a good spec desktop for my everyday office use and a laptop for when travelling overseas (both XP and the laptop dual boots Ununtu).
I am comfortable using either but do now prefer to work on the desktop which has a full compliment of software for everything I need.
The laptop only has the necessary software loaded that I would need when travelling.
The laptop purchased in the US last year cost half of what I paid for the desktop (box only) in 2006.

I don't think it is worth spending a lot of money on a laptop to be used for regular travel as they don't stand up too well to the rigours of travel in my experience.
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I've never managed to get the hang of the gadget that's meant to replace the mouse.
So I plug a USB mouse in.
So if I want to move it, I've got power adaptors, mouse wires and headphone wires trailing...
So I don't move it.
Also, you can see individual pixels quite prominently on a lap top - it's much reduced on a desktop.
Also, I have speakers and a printer plugged into my desktop...