Happy Friday! If any of you are stuck trying to make a decision between
buying a desktop or buying a laptop for your main computer, then this
week's discussion is for you. Our members came through in a big
way, and offer up a bunch of buying advice, suggestions, and
recommendations. Many explained the pros and cons of laptops versus
desktops, and the limitations of both in detail. One idea to highlight: if
you decide to go the laptop route, keep in mind that along with portability,
also comes the chance you might drop it, spill your drink into it, lose it,
or get it stolen.
I have selected a few answers in the Q&A section to get you started.
There are really no wrong answers here--only great advice--so give all
our members' recommendations a read. Everyone who participated
deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. I'm sure by the time you
get through all the advice that making a sound buying decision will be a
snap! Thanks everyone, and have a safe and happy weekend.
Q: 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.
Q: Buy a new digital camera or just go with a smartphone with camera? I've had my digital camera for more than 4 years and I'm ready to upgrade.
It seems like cameras in smartphones are just as good now as what I
have in my old point-and-shoot--probably better. I've seen great
photos from my friends that were taken on their phones. The photos I
take are family events and vacations. I don't do any high-end
photography. Is it better to upgrade to a smartphone for pictures or
buy a separate camera? Are smartphones going to make the point-and-shoot
camera extinct? Your advice is appreciated.