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What's more important for you in a laptop: Power or mobility?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
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A new TechRepublic poll asks members what they prefer in a laptop:

- Highly powerful desktop replacement
- Powerful but mobile
- Highly mobile and as small as possible

What do you prefer and why?

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Tough Question

by stargazerr In reply to What's more important for ...

I really prefer desktops because I can play around with the hardware and upgrade easily...

But lets not beat around the bush....I prefer a Highly powerful desktop replacement.

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Power

by JamesRL In reply to What's more important for ...

I do travel, but I rarely work on airplanes or sitting in a starbucks. More often I work in hotel rooms or at a visitor's cubicle at some foreign office. So I want power.

James

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Power

by jdmercha In reply to What's more important for ...

I don't use a laptop. I encourage my users to use a desktop unless they absolutely need a laptop. For those who need a laptop I encourage them to buy the most powerful ones. Many still opt for lighter weight less powerful units. I get many more complaints from the users with the smaller laptops that their copmuters are too slow and they can't get their work done.

People seem to be happy with ultra-portables for about one year, portables for about two years, powerful laptops for about three years and desktops for about 4 years.

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Mobility

by nigelfarman In reply to Power

If you don't have mobility and long battery life, there's no point buying a laptop. Then you should go for a desktop. I have an IBM X40 and am very happy that I can use it all day at university without having to plug in. If I want to ply games I use my desktop.

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I agree

by jdmercha In reply to Mobility

But different people have a different definition of mobility. Large laptops are too large for some people. So they sacrifice performance for light-weight.

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by nigelfarman In reply to I agree

for word and internet 1.2 GHz is enough. Of course if you want to play games, a desktop is always better

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Unfortunately

by jdmercha In reply to

My users want to manipulate research data with statistical software packages. The large data sets they work with are very processor and RAM intensive.

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battery battery battery

by rickydoo In reply to What's more important for ...

I use mine mostly to configure point-to-multipoint radios for the wireless ISP in town, so the performance need is minimal: telnet and a web browser.
But if I'm doing site surveys all day I don't want to drag a heavy laptop and an extension cord up a customer's roof. finding the right spot and direction can be tricky and time-consuming at some of these farmhouses.

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All of you are right AND wrong..

by Mr. Tinker In reply to What's more important for ...

I need Power, Mobility, AND Battery!
I use my laptop in a multitude of situations.
It has doubled as: a SQL server, a web server, a firewall, a mobile programming/programmer's tool, a network sniffer, and just about everything else in-between, and at times doubling for a DNS/SQL/WEB-PAGE server. Until I could effect repairs and reboot the "real" server. (Usage a stand-in machine.) I doubt that many "real" techs would conceive of such a premise, but I have,... have used, and will continue to utilize any and all of my laptops as a stand-ins when duty calls for it. Think of it as a stand-in with it's own battery backup built in!
The "REAL PROBLEM?"...
It just would be nice if the battery had a usable shelf-life beyond 3 years, or the laptop makers all agree on a design that could allow anyone's battery to operate in anyone's laptop. It would drive current battery costs down, and allow for stores to carry replacements. (universal battery replacement.)Hey, at least get closer to that goal ok guys? You'll sell more laptops because of it.

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by maelorin In reply to All of you are right AND ...

i suspect there are plenty of 'real' techs who have grabbed a laptop and plugged them in as a short-term fix.

in fact, i can think of a few places where laptops have become *permanent* solutions. on ehas lierally been screwed to a wall in a machine room. it monitors several industrial lathes, and has done so from more than a year.

they're about to replace it because a forklift driver has broken the screen adn they can't get a replacement. but it will be replaced with another laptop.

a vendor suggested a flatscreen + micro case, but there's nowhere sensible to put the box.

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