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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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Power & Mobility at the cheapest price!

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

I would want both, of course, IF I still had my private professional practice. But for that I would want the smallest footprint possible with exceptional battery life. But now I work with a government agency where the majority of computers are portables, tied into an in-house mainframe network. Powerful large portables are in demand here and battery life is less an issue since most of these portables have access to electricity when used away from our headquarters. But the budget reality of having and replacing such high-end portables dictates the use of many mid-range computers, not the device for using demanding applications such as GIS software. We should really be using more desktop computers, which are, of course, more powerful for the buck. My son-in-law has also used his large, powerful Dell as a SQL-server at times, but his job demands that. Until they can create large powerful portables with very long battery life at the same price as desktops, this question will never be answered. For my current situation, I'd prefer a more powerful desktop computer AND a smaller medium range portable for occassional use. See, there is no real solution!

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

the answer, my friend, is in the purpose of the device.

the need should shape the product.

like any other part of ict. you establish the requirements, then find the best fit.

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maelorin is correct

by sanrojea In reply to

the need should shape the product!! how true.

case in point: we purchased a top of the range ASUS. cost $4000. the thing does everything but whistle dixie. TV tuner and all, and all it gets used for is email traffic, some games and my grandsons internet ramblings. The idea behind the purchase was, when we are travelling, to use in the various accomodation vacilities for DVD, TV viewing but everywhere we go nowadays these facilities exist. (we are retired and travel a bit) So therin is the story. My wife gets a lot of oohs and ars about HER notebook , like -- isnt it absolutely gorgeous!! which it is, BUT
$4000?? Don't get me wrong, it is a magic machine, but did we need it. I think not. Delightful it is and I must admit I get a bit of pride from it as well so, what the ****, we can afford it. 2.2gb, 1gb ram, 80mb hdd, 17" wide screen, beautiful graphics, beautiful case, you name it. But as maelorin said 'The need should shape the product'.

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What's most important to me? Depends on the application

by Daniel.Muzrall In reply to What's more important for ...

It depends upon what the intended application of the laptop is for. If you've got your "typical" user (web, productivity suite apps, e-mail, etc.), then I'd tend to lean more towards portability. If I have a power user (processor/memory intensive apps like GIS, graphics, etc.) then I'd definitely go with power.

In my situation (supporting approximately 25 users), the predominant need is for portability since most are field personnel; however, with the anticipated 3-4 year life cycle we're anticipating, power is also a major consideration. I'll find the best combination of power and portability for them...most likely with a slight edge to power. If I'm getting a laptop for myself, it's POWER, POWER, POWER.

I'd also like to echo the need for superior battery capacities and life...the usefulness of a laptop is limited by its battery life in the field.

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What about security?

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

Lets not forget mobility begets its own set of problems..
Risk that the staff may may want to work remotely.. from home, which brings own set of problems
- security of the data on the laptop
- circumventing company policies wrt downloading of unauthorized software that may create ways for virus to getinto the company networks.

There are solutions for each of these but that adds to the TCO.

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Horses for courses.

by jeff.allen In reply to What's more important for ...

I have both. Work desktop, my own laptop. I use both for work, the desktop has all the official work-related apps I need at work, and when the workload spills over, I take some home and do it on the laptop.
WRT the standard battery suggestion: Manufacturers: Make a standard laptop power supply while you are at it.

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by liquidxit2 In reply to What's more important for ...

Alright I, like everyone else, would like both. But Im going to have to side with mobility. Lets face it laptops are meant for mobility not power. Thats why my I have my "rig" at home built for. I use my laptop on the go and even with a 1.3 celeron m (I know) with 512b of ram I can do basic multitaskin i.e vpn to work and run several remote connections.

ALthough Id love to have a 3.2ht chip in my 14in notebook, my current setup will do.

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Mobility is a no-brainer

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

Because the others are buying this laptop as a status symbol rather than as the tool it is meant to be.

Determine what job you need it to perform.
Get a system that will do that job.
If your NOT mobile, it is better to have two desktops than one laptop, one of work and one for home.

The thing that is disapointing about laptops for techs, is that most don't come with a COM port anymore. So you have to go out and BUY separtately a USB to 232 addapter so you can still work on your many devices in the field.

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