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Old 07-29-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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It's hard to remember the last time I bought a desktop computer. Sometime back in the stone age, I suppose, when vendors still bundled the machines with CRT screens.

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Old 07-29-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I heard on the radio that 90+% (I forgot what the exact figure was) of computer buyers are getting laptops. Yep, just a matter of time.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:19 PM
 
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There's no way 90% of people are buying laptops.

Laptops will replace desktops when they're as powerful, as powerful per dollar, and as upgradable as desktops. They've been predicting the death of desktops for years but it hasn't happened. I have both and there's no way a laptop could replace my desktop.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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I can see curtains for Windows but why would you need curtains on your Desktop...
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Just as there are desktops for various purposes, the same goes for laptops.

If you want a superlight and super portable laptop to go everywhere, it's not going to have as much room as a laptop built to just sit on a desk. When I was looking for a laptop, I realized that I wanted a powerful laptop and didn't care about the size or weight.

However, as technology gets smaller and smaller, laptops will eventually replace desktops for the majority.

And if laptops weren't upgradable, how could makers like Dell be able to offer low and high end parts for the same shell? The reason is because laptops are VERY upgradable. But unless you know what you're doing, it would probably be better to have your local Geek Squad install that new motherboard for your laptop.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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Just as there are desktops for various purposes, the same goes for laptops.

If you want a superlight and super portable laptop to go everywhere, it's not going to have as much room as a laptop built to just sit on a desk. When I was looking for a laptop, I realized that I wanted a powerful laptop and didn't care about the size or weight.

However, as technology gets smaller and smaller, laptops will eventually replace desktops for the majority.

And if laptops weren't upgradable, how could makers like Dell be able to offer low and high end parts for the same shell? The reason is because laptops are VERY upgradable. But unless you know what you're doing, it would probably be better to have your local Geek Squad install that new motherboard for your laptop.
The same technology that lets laptops gets smaller also keeps desktops ahead of them. Laptop hard drives are getting bigger all the time. They're up to 320GB now. But you can get a 1TB (and faster too) hard drive for a desktop for about the same cost.

And how do you consider laptops upgradable? Tell me, how to you replace the soldered-on video in a laptop? Or add 5 internal USB ports? Or replace the DVD-RW with an off the shelf blue ray burner? And you're not going to upgrade the motherboard on a laptop. IF you could get the part (unlikely) you could replace a bad board, but you're never going to take a Pentium 4 based laptop and upgrade it to a Core 2 Duo based system.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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Just as there are desktops for various purposes, the same goes for laptops.

If you want a superlight and super portable laptop to go everywhere, it's not going to have as much room as a laptop built to just sit on a desk. When I was looking for a laptop, I realized that I wanted a powerful laptop and didn't care about the size or weight.

However, as technology gets smaller and smaller, laptops will eventually replace desktops for the majority.

And if laptops weren't upgradable, how could makers like Dell be able to offer low and high end parts for the same shell? The reason is because laptops are VERY upgradable. But unless you know what you're doing, it would probably be better to have your local Geek Squad install that new motherboard for your laptop.
For the most part laptops are not upgradeable, sure you can add RAM, a larger hard drive, but on most you cannot upgrade the graphics or audio, some the CPU, few if any will accept a motherboard different than the one that it was designed for, and replaceing a laptop motherboard can be a daunting task, not for the faint of heart, or the geek squad.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: New Hampsha
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laptops are more expensive, have lower power (generally) and overheat. ill never fully ditch desktops
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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When I saw the thread title, the only thing I could think of was little steampunk movie theatre curtains to cover the monitor when not in use.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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I have never owned a laptop, one day I would like to, but it will never replace my desktop, it will simply compliment it. Desktops are the best home PC to own IMO, and they aren't going away anytime soon.
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