As I learned to touch type many years ago I find a standard keyboard more productive. These days I have the large screen, keyboard and peripherals plugged into a notebook.
i have a small office with a desktop and 3 monitors, which works great for me.
i also use a laptop in more relaxed conditions - eg, in bed or in the sitting room where i sometimes do more 'creative' writing, eg blogs and articles.
I use both a laptop and desktop at home and at work. Both my desktops have dual monitors which greatly increases my productivity. Both my laptops are for personal email and chat. Keeping chat and personal email on my laptops helps make chatting / emailing kind of annoying for me since it really distracts me by having to go to a different machine. My laptop at work is a Mac (for testing) and my laptop at home is Vista (also for testing)
Get a notebook, 2 additional monitors and a docking station. You extend your desktop across all 3 monitors when at your desk but you can undock and take it with you.
For years now I've been buying one high end (desktop hardware, full size keyboard, 17" screen, etc..) laptop every few years or so.
It just doesn't make sense to me to use more than one computer when I can keep everything I need in one place and take it with me when travelling.
|It just doesn't make sense to me to use more than one computer when I can keep everything I need in one place and take it with me when travelling. |
You might want to have that discussion with my wife who has had to send more than a few laptops to the repair center for a variety of reasons, which leaves you completely and utterly 100% out of business.
I have a desktop AND a laptop just for that very reason.
You could have 2 laptops instead, but laptops are pricier than desktops, which is why I have one of each.
My office is at home. At the office I prefer a desktop with two large monitors. That plus the larger keyboard and trackball suit me fine. When I'm away from the office but still at home I prefer my lappie. Most especially when I'm keeping an eye on my sites while in bed.
|laptops to the repair center |
Fortunately $4k laptops don't often need to go to the repair center. :-) I usually keep an old laptop around just in case though.
i just have one laptop. I plan to get myself a big screen and peripherals and connect via docking station.
I use both - dual 19 inch LCDs on a highend workstation.
laptop is for the go.
I have a super high-end 17" laptop and a super mini low-end SSHD laptop for carrying around. Both are Dell.
I do not bother with desktops, so I prefer laptop and laptop.
You can carry laptops around, and if they do need servicing they are easier to unplug and carry to the shop. Plus they take up less space and can be easily hidden away if required. And, they work when you have a power cut! really useful at times.
[edited by: Visit_Thailand at 3:06 am (utc) on Dec. 27, 2008]
I'm pretty firmly settled on desktop with two monitors plus a laptop.
I went from desktop alone to a laptop.
That quickly became laptop plus pocket pc because I didn't want to lug the laptop everywhere. It was heavy because I bought a system robust enough to do everything I wanted a desktop to do.
Then I hooked up the laptop to a second monitor, printer, trackball, keyboard and external hard drive. At this point I hardly ever took it anywhere because it was a pita to unhook and rehook all the cables.
Since I got a desktop system again I've been moving to progressively lighter and smaller laptops.
My current setup is a beefy desktop system with two large monitors (could definitely go for a third) and two hard drives (one for system, one for data). For when I'm on the go or in bed, I have an MSI Wind, which I love. It's small enough to fit in my purse, or even an oversized coat pocket and with usb keys, Jungledisk, and my wireless modem, I can get to all my files anywhere and if something happens to my laptop, I lose nothing, 'cause the data doesn't live there.
I use laptops only right now. But I also backup all important files to an external HD on a regular basis. Actually I rotate 3 external HDs for backups out of fear one or the other will fail as well.
I use a small 14.4 inch laptop for travel, with a bigger external 20 inch screen and regular keyboard at home.
I take at least one external HD with on travels.
Laptop for on the go, desktop as my main machine. I have a relatively new (1 year old) laptop and my two year old desktop (that I built myself) is twice as fast. Both machines cost me the same dollar wise.
Time is money.