ResolutePear wrote:Naked Dude wrote:ResolutePear wrote:I'd recommend a laptop/desktop combo when possible.
I'd also recommend a quality built computer - boutiques like ibuypower push out some of the best stuff aside from building it yourself - which to be honest.. if you can get into law school, you can build your own computer. Might take you a day or two if you don't know anything about it, but being able to learn about computer components and basic diagnostics helps A LOT in life.
Why do you recommend a laptop/desktop combo? And as a corollary to that how about a desktop replacement laptop/light laptop?
You'll use your laptop less and extend the life of it - as good quality desktops can take the abuse of never shutting off and other things such as constant typing and liquid spills(just replace the keyboard).
The reason why I recommend you build your own computer comes from the fact that you can custom tailor your computer to however you would like to use it. For instance, I have a 3-4 screen combo now and although I understand that not everybody is a poweruser - even having a 2-monitor combo with a good keyboard and mouse makes for a more productive environment imo.
If you have a hard-on for laptops though, then sure - a desktop replacement would work, but you should understand that there is a premium on price, maintenance, and other intangibles for the tradeoff of mobility. You're also locked into using the manufacturer for replacement parts.
At the end of the day, it's all preferences and price points.
Yeah thing is I already have, not a desktop replacement, but a 15". If I were to go the desktop/laptop route, I would never have gotten this computer-I probably would've done a decent desktop and something like a Samsung 9.
I'm very strongly considering adding a second. I don't think it's gratuitous for my purposes. I'm far from a power user but I use the hell out of my computers. What I'm trying to figure out is whether to add a desktop or a light notebook if I got a second. The Samsung 9 is sexy, but I'm leaning desktop. Most likely a PC desktop since I've already paid the Apple tax once. My greatest fear is putting my school laptop through the ringer (which I do) and having it crap out on me during exam season.