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Old 07-05-2006, 04:08 AM   #1
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Well, my parents told me I can buy a computer next year when I finish high school, but I still have hopes of getting one sooner. Now, when I get to buy one, I have two options. A desktop or a laptop. Now I've gone through some points, but am still thinking of which is the better choice.

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-More power for a cheaper price
-Can be custom built to save some money
-Will look super cool with an awesome case

Laptop:
-Portability

That's basically all I can think of for laptop, but the main reason I'm not just jumping towards a desktop is because I want to major in computer technology. So, if I was to major in computers, shouldn't I get a laptop so I can take it to school with me. I ask you because maybe someone here like a MOD has some experience with going to school with laptops and can tell me how useful it was. If it had no use, then I'm getting a custom built desktop.
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:12 AM   #2
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When you ask those questions, think of this:

Do you travel alot? And will you take it places that would be safe? (unlike a friends house). Just not smart, LOL

But seriously, do you need the portability, or do you just like the idea of it?

Unelss you need it for college or a job, Desktop is the better choice.
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Laptops are always good if you wana go places. Its lower specs, but it wastes less electricity and is ofcourse, small. If I would be going into a computer major, I would get a laptop.
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:17 AM   #4
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All I'm really going to go is college, work, and home. I have nowhere else to go, but the thing I want to know is if it's good to use at school fi trying to become a Computer major. The real question is, am I going to need to bring a computer to school if I'm majoring in computers?
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All I'm really going to go is college, work, and home. I have nowhere else to go, but the thing I want to know is if it's good to use at school fi trying to become a Computer major. The real question is, am I going to need to bring a computer to school if I'm majoring in computers?
I am currently in a computer science program and I can tell you that a laptop is a nice thing to have. It's nice being able to bring all your files around easily and always work on the same machine.

Will you need a laptop for college if you're in a computer program? No. The school will most likely provide anything you need (if it's a half decent school at least) so you will be able to use computers that are set up at the school. Many of your classes would probably take place in a lab or class with computers at each station.

I won't deny that a laptop is a nice convenience to have for college (especially to those in a computer science program), but it is not a necessity.
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That's good to know. I'm going to ta;l it over with my brother of course and I'll see where we go from there. Thanks for the help.
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You should probably contact your college about if they provide computers at there or not, but most likely they do.
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Old 07-05-2006, 10:15 AM   #8
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Yeah, that sounds like a great idea. Still though, even if they did have computers, it's going to be a cheap, low budget one. Maybe I should ask what type of computers they hold, too.
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Well if you could get hold of one where your going, I'd get a high speed desktop PC, and then have a low budget laptop.

That was you have portability when you need it, and power when you want it as well.
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Yeah, but for most college students money is a problem.
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