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would you rather buy a computer for 500 pounds, or a laptop for 700 pounds, if you want to answer, don't say it depends on the characteristics, just say which one you would rather have.

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Topaz2308 answers:

Laptop as less to dust and more portable.

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will_it_work answers:

I would rather have the laptop. I prefer laptops as they are portable and take up less space than a PC which is important as we have limited space in our flat.

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Family.Guy answers:

I would also prefer a lap top much for the same reason as Will_It_Work with the exception i own the house I'm in but with kids and the other half's shoes there is not much space left.

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Neko2 answers:

Desktop. I like adding bits, and my fingers are to big for a laptop.

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sheps101 answers:

Currently I would have the desktop as I have a decent laptop, but if I never had a laptop I would choose a laptop as I would not be without one.

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Ondreya answers:

I would go for a laptop anytime just for convenience sake.

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wumpus answers:

Desktop, every time.

Laptops are difficult and expensive to upgrade; they're slower; they have awful keyboard layouts; they tend to skip features like serial and parallel ports which I use from time to time.
(I know some desktops are starting to leave them out too).

If you're thinking of buying an upgrade, have you considered the smaller desktops such as the Shuttle range? Bit more expensive, not as easy to upgrade as a full desktop, but not much bigger than a shoebox. Still need an external screen and keyboard though.

Supplement from 10/31/2007 11:43am:

Should also point out - if you're using it on the internet then you've still got problems of wires everywhere.
Mains plug/psu, modem connection, etc. So they're not as portable as people think.

Unless you want to broadcast your bank details to the world and make yourself sterile by using wireless networking...

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kimberley240605 answers:

a laptop it is easier to move around and takes up a lot less space in the house

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spampot answers:

Desktop - More comfortable (bigger screen & better keyboard) to use and easily (and cheaply) repairable / upgradeable + less likely to break in the first place!

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rasputin1309 answers:

Laptop - however, you get more for your money with a desktop - better specification BUT they are not nice and portable like a laptop and you can get a decent laptop for 700 quid

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osbertonbowls answers:

I'd rather have a laptop for £499 thank you very much!

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imfeduptoo answers:

Laptop definitely.
I've got both but no-one ever uses the desktop - four of us fight over who's turn it is on the laptop but would never dream of using the desktop, it's just shut up in it's special cupboard upstairs and we forget it's there most of the time.
I'm hoping to get rid of it and get another laptop.

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agentju90 answers:

laptop. portable. and you can buy a large monitor for under 200 quid for use at home. you can also get laptops that fit into a "docking station" at home and it turns into a full blown desktop pc, with fullsize keyboard, monitor, mouse, and all the other hardware you might need.

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PocketDemon answers:

A £500 desktop 'should' be significantly better than a £700 laptop, they are far more robust, they're much more upgradeable (as has been said), components are cheaper to upgrade &, if you already have one, you can always transfer at least the HDDs across making it better from the get go...

Okay, laptops are more portable but, unless you actually need to be working on the move, being portable isn't necessarily a good thing - well, off the top of my head, it (obviously) makes them much more easy to steal & there are advantages to only being able to use a computer in one room of the house - since it forces you stop using when you're in other rooms, it allows you to get away from both it & any work that needs doing on it, increasing sociability, enjoyment of other media, etc.

Also, since most people have printers & scanners & whatnot as well, you'd still need to have a defined space set up for them.

Yeah, unless there's some specific use that means you need to be able to use a computer on the move (or you were living in a tiny space - though with a TV card, you could use it as a TV as well) then i'd always suggest the desktop.

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tracieboo answers:

Laptop, less space needed and can be moved from room to room with ease. Plus i can take it to work if i need to.

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capability answers:

laptop, if it costs more, it should (theorecticly) be better

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bikeman answers:

Laptop, as I'm often doing building work or decorating some where in my house & its easier to move around & use quickly to type & print a letter if I need to

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siasl74 answers:

Assuming they're both the same, the laptop - I already have a desktop (or two, even) and my laptop is on it's last legs

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AlexO18 answers:

definatly the laptop, its portable, and infact I like the keyboard a lot more then my other computer's keyboard. U can go wherever u want with it, its not that big, its great!

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