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Jan 11, 2018 17:59:57   #
skingfong
 
Since there was a discussion with Mac vs PC, I like to have a discussion with Desktop vs. Laptop. I'm definitely from the desktop camp. The only advantage a laptop has for me is it's portability. I'm more comfortable with a desktop where everything is permanently hooked up. My workstation consists of a 24" monitor, a Mackie mixer, Mackie studio monitors, printer and desk. Everything I need is right there. I also rather use a mouse than a laptop tracking pad. Actually, I prefer keyboard commands over the mouse when possible. You also get more bang for your buck with a desktop. I can't see myself using laptops only. I work with audio, stills and a some video. I prefer bigger picture and way better audio.

That's not to say I don't use a laptop. I use one when I'm on the road or for backup in case the desktop goes down. Desktop is certainly my preference.
 
Jan 11, 2018 18:31:04   #
bdk (a regular here)
 
I like desk top also, with all the stuff I have connected you could never use a laptop, including 2 monitors, wacom tablet, printer, 5 hard drives, mouse , surround sound with 2 sub woofers and an assortment of cables for all the GPS;'s we have ( we geocache so we have a few GPS"s)
Jan 11, 2018 18:31:06   #
Jamers
 
skingfong wrote:
Since there was a discussion with Mac vs PC, I like to have a discussion with Desktop vs. Laptop. I'm definitely from the desktop camp. The only advantage a laptop has for me is it's portability. I'm more comfortable with a desktop where everything is permanently hooked up. My workstation consists of a 24" monitor, a Mackie mixer, Mackie studio monitors, printer and desk. Everything I need is right there. I also rather use a mouse than a laptop tracking pad. Actually, I prefer keyboard commands over the mouse when possible. You also get more bang for your buck with a desktop. I can't see myself using laptops only. I work with audio, stills and a some video. I prefer bigger picture and way better audio.

That's not to say I don't use a laptop. I use one when I'm on the road or for backup in case the desktop goes down. Desktop is certainly my preference.
Since there was a discussion with Mac vs PC, I lik... (show quote)


It appears you have asked and answered your own question.
Jan 11, 2018 18:40:07   #
mrpentaxk5ii
 
I use a desk top my self, for some reason my wife goes through lap-tops a lot faster than I do with the desk top,both from Dell.
Jan 11, 2018 18:43:09   #
jackpi
 
skingfong wrote:
Since there was a discussion with Mac vs PC, I like to have a discussion with Desktop vs. Laptop. I'm definitely from the desktop camp. The only advantage a laptop has for me is it's portability. I'm more comfortable with a desktop where everything is permanently hooked up. My workstation consists of a 24" monitor, a Mackie mixer, Mackie studio monitors, printer and desk. Everything I need is right there. I also rather use a mouse than a laptop tracking pad. Actually, I prefer keyboard commands over the mouse when possible. You also get more bang for your buck with a desktop. I can't see myself using laptops only. I work with audio, stills and a some video. I prefer bigger picture and way better audio.

That's not to say I don't use a laptop. I use one when I'm on the road or for backup in case the desktop goes down. Desktop is certainly my preference.
Since there was a discussion with Mac vs PC, I lik... (show quote)

I have both an 2015 iMac 27" desktop and a 2017 17" iMac Pro laptop. I prefer the larger screen, but I end up doing most of my work on my laptop because I can use it any place in the house or on the road. I have never compared performance. If there is a difference, I don't notice it.
Jan 11, 2018 20:13:23   #
david vt
 
bdk wrote:
I like desk top also, with all the stuff I have connected you could never use a laptop, including 2 monitors, wacom tablet, printer, 5 hard drives, mouse , surround sound with 2 sub woofers and an assortment of cables for all the GPS;'s we have ( we geocache so we have a few GPS"s)


Actually, I don’t agree with this. I have a laptop in a docking station. that means my two large monitors, speakers, keyboards, mouse, all USB stuff (like external drives) are indeed “permanently” hooked up. When I need portability, I just push the release button and go!

As for value, while I agree that, IF you don’t need any portability, then a desktop is a better value than a laptop head to head, if you, as another poster indicated, have a desktop but keeps a laptop in addition for traveling, then the $$ might indeed not be better.

JMHO
 
Jan 11, 2018 20:53:53   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
jackpi wrote:
I have both an 2015 iMac 27" desktop and a 2017 17" iMac Pro laptop. I prefer the larger screen, but I end up doing most of my work on my laptop because I can use it any place in the house or on the road. I have never compared performance. If there is a difference, I don't notice it.


I agree and have both an IMac 27 and 17" MacBook Pro and find each has a purpose
Jan 11, 2018 20:56:15   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
The huge advantage of a desktop (unless it’s a Mac) is the ability to upgrade various components as the technology and your needs change. Laptops have very limited upgradability (as do Macs).
Jan 11, 2018 21:20:34   #
Peterff (a regular here)
 
TriX wrote:
The huge advantage of a desktop (unless it’s a Mac) is the ability to upgrade various components as the technology and your needs change. Laptops have very limited upgradability (as do Macs).


Yep. I have a desk side system, which I have upgraded several times since I first built it in 2010, and I guess I'll wait for a new generation or few of Intel processors before I give it a major upgrade given the latest meltdown / spectre issues. Somehow I can't imaging a laptop with 24TB of disk directly attached to it.

My wife uses a laptop, but set up as though it was a desktop or had a docking station. My laptop only gets used for travel.
Jan 11, 2018 21:21:23   #
skingfong
 
jackpi wrote:
I have both an 2015 iMac 27" desktop and a 2017 17" iMac Pro laptop. I prefer the larger screen, but I end up doing most of my work on my laptop because I can use it any place in the house or on the road. I have never compared performance. If there is a difference, I don't notice it.


I use to feel that way using a laptop anywhere in the house but I realized the desktop was a better working environment with all the peripherals and hardware in one spot I seem to be more get more done when I'm at my desktop.
Jan 11, 2018 21:23:10   #
skingfong
 
TriX wrote:
The huge advantage of a desktop (unless it’s a Mac) is the ability to upgrade various components as the technology and your needs change. Laptops have very limited upgradability (as do Macs).


That's another good reason why I like desktops.
 
Jan 11, 2018 21:32:07   #
skingfong
 
Peterff wrote:
Yep. I have a desk side system, which I have upgraded several times since I first built it in 2010, and I guess I'll wait for a new generation or few of Intel processors before I give it a major upgrade given the latest meltdown / spectre issues. Somehow I can't imaging a laptop with 24TB of disk directly attached to it.

My wife uses a laptop, but set up as though it was a desktop or had a docking station. My laptop only gets used for travel.


Seems like I have to rebuild about every 4 or 5 years to keep up with my demands.
Jan 11, 2018 22:05:22   #
Peterff (a regular here)
 
skingfong wrote:
Seems like I have to rebuild about every 4 or 5 years to keep up with my demands.


That seems reasonable, but since I have a home built system I've done some fairly significant updates since I started it (the latest one) in 2010, including USB and SATA updates, more RAM, more and new disks, SSD, and a Blu-ray burner, more powerful power supply. So, it's really a new mobo, processor, and memory next, but that's going on hold until I learn more about the processor architectural design bugs and when they will be addressed. I can live with my system as is for another couple of years, even though I stress it a bit it isn't causing me any major grief.

Good luck.
Jan 11, 2018 22:15:57   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
skingfong wrote:
Seems like I have to rebuild about every 4 or 5 years to keep up with my demands.


I usually get at least 5 years before I feel the need for a faster CPU. That means $100-150 for a new MB and maybe $200-300 for a hot CPU - maybe $400 total. I reuse case, fans, cooler, power supply, keyboard, mouse, BluRay drive, video card, DRAM, SSD (I use all SSD, no spinning disk), monitors, OS and any I/O or port cards. Can’t buy cheaper performance and longevity than that.
Jan 12, 2018 07:00:50   #
NormanTheGr8
 
I just plug in a larger screen to my laptop when I want a bigger screen
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