Desktops forum: Time for a new PC, desktop or laptop?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) November 18, 2011 3:42 PM PST

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Time for a new PC, desktop or laptop?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 11/18/11 3:42 PM

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Time for a new PC, desktop or laptop?


It is time to replace my 7-and-a-half year old desktop PC, which is running XP. It has been having some weird hardware issues recently, like crashing (blue screen of death) every time I close my CD tray. I just don't have the expertise to figure out what's wrong, nor do I think it worth the investment to have a professional look into it.

My question is this: Is there any clear advantage to replacing it with a desktop instead of laptop? What are the advantages to having a laptop versus a desktop or vice versa? I'm a part-time college instructor (retired from my real job) and am not into gaming, so I don't require a lot of horsepower, but I do work with several applications open simultaneously. Thank you.

-Submitted by John H.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

It's a Matter of Choice or Rather The Right Fit For You - Submitted by: ajtrek
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5233636.html

Desktop vs. Laptop- Submitted by: thomasterrible
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5233436.html

It depends on your needs/wishes - Submitted by: Dysalot
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5233318.html

There are pros and cons on both fronts...- Submitted by: Wolfie2k5
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5233347.html

Laptop vs. Desktop - Submitted by: High Desert Charlie
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5233370.html

Thanks to all who contributed!

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