laptop or desktop PC?


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    laptop or desktop PC?


    I want to buy a new computer, which is mainly used at home, I will mostly likely let my computer powered for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and won't normally turn off. But I have a preference for laptop computer, then it is connected to DC power while the battery is taken away. I have an eye on a Dell laptop which is on sale here in my city. My only concern is-- if it's likely that it will ruin the laptop , cause damage to the hardware, or even burn it in a year or two, if I run the laptop like that?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Some laptops last years, others fail within 1. They're harder and more expensive to repair, and upgrades are quite limited.

    Powered? Do you mean sleeping, or shut down but power still applied to the adapter, for example?
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    Tsw88 said:
    My only concern is-- if it's likely that it will ruin the laptop , cause damage to the hardware, or even burn it in a year or two, if I run the laptop like that?
    No it won't. These days the charging circuits in batteries let you leave them in - in fact often you can't even remove them. They will run down to 90% or whatever their engineers think is a suitable number and then charge up.

    I have laptops I've not turned off for several years (I never shutdown or reboot anything except for software updates) but then as @dalchina says, you might get a lemon. Laptops also (on the whole) use less electricity than desktops.

    Personally I more of a laptop person as I like portability (as far as my sofa at least) but honestly a desktop is better if you care about ergonomics and such things. It could certainly be the case be a desktop is better for your health.

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    dalchina said:
    Some laptops last years, others fail within 1. They're harder anPowered? Do you mean sleeping, or shut down but power still applied to the adapter, for example?
    d more expensive to repair, and upgrades are quite limited.


    I don't know if it should be "sleep" or anything else but the reason I don't shut it down because I will almost always have some tasks for it when I am away from the laptop (for example, letting it download or upload many files, running a personal and simple server for myself etc...)

    Is it OK for the hardware of the laptop computer if it's not shut down for long-term of time?? (7/24/365)
    will the risk of hardware failure of a laptop be large increased in that case?

    Is today's laptop already well designed to run for 7/24/365?
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    lx07 said:
    No it won't. These days the charging circuits in batteries let you leave them in - in fact often you can't even remove them. They will run down to 90% or whatever their engineers think is a suitable number and then charge up.




    I have laptops I've not turned off for several years (I never shutdown or reboot anything except for software updates) but then as @dalchina says, you might get a lemon. Laptops also (on the whole) use less electricity than desktops.

    Personally I more of a laptop person as I like portability (as far as my sofa at least) but honestly a desktop is better if you care about ergonomics and such things. It could certainly be the case be a desktop is better for your health.

    Ask Jack: How can I use laptops and tablets without suffering from physical pains? | Technology | The Guardian
    A desktop better for my health?? in what way ? I don't understand ?? do you mean laptop's keyboard is usually worse so it's not good for my wrist?

    In that case can I connect a USB keyboard to the laptop to minimize that problem??
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
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    One simple thought on lifetime- things tend to last longer if cooled well. Cooling is far more manageable and achievable in a desktop. Slim laptops don't and can't make cooling a priority. (Mine is a bit of an exception, being designed with a largely removable base and good vents, but it's not very slim). So it also depends how busy your machine is going to be.

    Given the rate at which models change, predicting reliability can be really hard.
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    You aren't asking yourself the most important question. What will the computer be doing? Depending on your answer, a tower or laptop may be the better choice.
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  8. niokolp's Avatar
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    get a desktop. it will allow you to be able to upgrade it as needed i.e ram and graphics and you can choose a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
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    DeaconFrost said:
    You aren't asking yourself the most important question. What will the computer be doing? Depending on your answer, a tower or laptop may be the better choice.
    i will only browse web, listening to music (with youtube or wmp), some documents work (most of time pure text and picture only). Basic photo editing work (i.e adding simple text or resize only ). Nothing else I can think of. I don't play games.
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  10. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    A cheap laptop takes ~40W at load, ~20W average, so even if it would die within 2 years, it is still worth it.
    A hint, if you are looking at specs, pick a laptop with 65W adapter, it obviously needs less energy than 90W.

    Tsw88 said:
    Is it OK for the hardware of the laptop computer if it's not shut down for long-term of time?? (7/24/365)
    will the risk of hardware failure of a laptop be large increased in that case?
    It is turning on/off, which damages electronics, so it should prolong its life, unless it is overheating.
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