Windows 10: Laptop or a Desktop Which one?? Solved

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  1.    03 Sep 2015 #1

    Laptop or a Desktop Which one??


    Good day to all.
    I have a desktop running windows seven home premium,Also have a Acer laptop was running 8.1 now running windows ten.

    My question is I will be interested in upgrading my desktop to windows ten,But would like to have some advice Please.
    Which one would be the best to get another laptop or another desktop,What are the feelings of the people on this forum of making the decision.
    Would it be beneficial to get another desktop as the laptops today are so efficient.

    Many Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       03 Sep 2015 #2

    How do you plan to use the new device?

    Please be precise as the most suitable device would depend on your exact needs.
    For example, a desktop pc is far better for gaming but is not so good for using on an airplane!! (and the monitor doesn't count as hand luggage)

    And welcome to the forum!
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  3.    03 Sep 2015 #3

    Well many thanks for reply,I'm not a gamer.I do quite a lot of photography documents spreadshhets music emails.shopping,banking.
    Just a simple day to day guy that's me
    I forgot to say that the desktop that I have now has an ssd that has only the operating system and programs etc.
    All my documents photos etc are on an internal 2gb hdd.
    Thanks.

    PS.What does one think of the all in one desktops??
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  4.    03 Sep 2015 #4

    The general feeling used to be, and probably still is, that only buy a laptop if you're actually mobile, otherwise a desktop is better. Also if you upgrade your hardware any time, it's far easier to replace parts on a desktop than a laptop.
    I know someone with an all-in-one Dell home computer and he is very impressed with it. It's fast and does the job.
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  5. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       03 Sep 2015 #5

    @dafydd

    In addition to the above:
    If a laptop and desktop have the same processing power, a laptop will always cost more too.

    Also:
    • Are you going to be wanting to manipulate your photographs on-the-fly, in the field so to speak?
    • Do you envision mobile manipulation ever being an essential requirement of your new system?
    • What photographic software will you be planning to use as laptops will often have a harder time running certain programs due to the processing requirements?
    • How many hours will you have to go without access to a power source *if* you are the sort of person who takes photograghs out in the country?
    Last edited by WhyMe; 03 Sep 2015 at 09:47. Reason: better grammar for clarity
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  6.    03 Sep 2015 #6

    I'm not a big fan of all in ones. It's just a non portable laptop/not upgradable desktop PC. I have two desktop PC's and a laptop. I bought my laptop so I could enjoy the summer out on my deck and stay connected etc. It's portable, but only just. It has a 17 inch screen. Not something you would want to try and use on a plain trip etc. I wouldn't want to carry it around very far either. But it serves the purpose I bought it for. I hardly ever use it in the winter months. Then I switch to my desktop PC. I also game on that PC. I'm just mulling over buying/building a new desktop PC. Likely the last one I'll build for a long while. I won't buy another laptop until this one has issues and needs to be retired.
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  7.    03 Sep 2015 #7

    dafydd said: View Post
    Good day to all.
    I have a desktop running windows seven home premium,Also have a Acer laptop was running 8.1 now running windows ten.

    My question is I will be interested in upgrading my desktop to windows ten,But would like to have some advice Please.
    Which one would be the best to get another laptop or another desktop,What are the feelings of the people on this forum of making the decision.
    Would it be beneficial to get another desktop as the laptops today are so efficient.

    Many Thanks.
    Your decision to upgrade shouldn't be based on Windows 10. It should be based on the condition of the hardware. Now I'm hear some things about the new Intel Skylake processors (they are supposed to give better performance enhancements then Intel has ever done between generations) . But since Intel release the first generation of i series processors the performance gains are far greater on laptop than desktops. Also laptops have been out selling desktops for over 10 years. Owning a laptop and being mobile doesn't only mean being able to take it to the nearest Starbucks but also room to room in your house. So if you were me I would not upgrade the desktop unless your hardware is old. I myself haven't bought a desktop since 95. I bought my first laptop before 2000. If I were to buy a desktop it would probably be the Dell 27" All In One which I could use a mouse or touch.
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  8.    03 Sep 2015 #8

    orlbuckeye said: View Post
    If I were to buy a desktop it would probably be the Dell 27" All In One which I could use a mouse or touch.
    I don't understand Dell. The base touch 27 inch comes with a 32GB SSD. 32GB??? Seriously? I guess you could put windows and a few programs on it. Most of their computers don't even have SSDs in them. You have to get in to the Alienware line before you get any real SSDs. I shouldn't have to buy a computer and then go out and spend more money to buy a real drive and install it and transfer everything on the hard drive to the SSD. That is my gripe with Dell. They are way behind in the technology.

    I am so used to my SSD that I can't stand waiting for a HDD computer to boot up, load programs, etc. It is like night and day.

    I plan to update when Skylake comes out. My computer is showing its' age. I think it is from 2005 or so.

    I am not a big fan of the AIOs as they are hard to upgrade or you are limited in your options. Someone gave me an HP one. It uses laptop memory! I was thinking of ripping the hard drive out, taking my original 120GB SSD and cloning the hard drive and putting the SSD in the AIO. And maxing out the memory at 16GB. The thing is like a dinosaur. And it's only a few years old. Plus it has an AMD processor. Ugh. I am constantly maxing out the processor just running Chrome. But that's another story.
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  9.    03 Sep 2015 #9

    GaryA said: View Post
    I don't understand Dell. The base touch 27 inch comes with a 32GB SSD. 32GB??? Seriously? I guess you could put windows and a few programs on it. Most of their computers don't even have SSDs in them. You have to get in to the Alienware line before you get any real SSDs. I shouldn't have to buy a computer and then go out and spend more money to buy a real drive and install it and transfer everything on the hard drive to the SSD. That is my gripe with Dell. They are way behind in the technology.

    I am so used to my SSD that I can't stand waiting for a HDD computer to boot up, load programs, etc. It is like night and day.

    I plan to update when Skylake comes out. My computer is showing its' age. I think it is from 2005 or so.

    I am not a big fan of the AIOs as they are hard to upgrade or you are limited in your options. Someone gave me an HP one. It uses laptop memory! I was thinking of ripping the hard drive out, taking my original 120GB SSD and cloning the hard drive and putting the SSD in the AIO. And maxing out the memory at 16GB. The thing is like a dinosaur. And it's only a few years old. Plus it has an AMD processor. Ugh. I am constantly maxing out the processor just running Chrome. But that's another story.
    Yeah, to me an all in one is just a tablet/laptop with no battery? Very limited upgrade options, similar to what you could do to a laptop. More Ram, bigger hard drive. They just don't appeal to me.
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  10.    03 Sep 2015 #10

    Hi.Regarding updating my existing desktop.
    Can you have a look below and maybe pass on some info that I could possibly upgrade.

    Many Thanks to all.

    Operating System
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
    CPU
    AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 °C
    Regor 45nm Technology
    RAM
    4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (6-6-6-18)
    Motherboard
    BIOSTAR Group N61PB-M2S (Socket AM2 ) 40 °C
    Graphics
    Generic Non-PnP Monitor (1024x768@60Hz)
    128MB NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (Biostar Microtech Int'l)
    Storage
    111GB Crucial_ CT120M500SSD SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20 EARX-00PASB0 SCSI Disk Device (SATA) 31 °C
    Optical Drives
    ATAPI iHAS124 C SCSI CdRom Device
    ATAPI iHAS124 D SCSI CdRom Device
    Audio
    Realtek High Definition Audio
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