Originally Posted by JoeDreaming
Desktop computer - gets the most usage by far. I like the full keyboard, big monitor, and I like working at my desk where I can focus on what I'm doing. I just upgraded my setup this year. ....
I'm sort of in-between, as I use my 17" laptop as a desktop
(and I think many others do as well).
I connect a USB full size keyboard and mouse and it sits at my desk. If I want (and I have on occasion), I can connect a separate monitor of any size I desire. The only reason I don't usually use the big external monitor is, I have my Xubuntu OS set up with 'virtual desktops' that are so easy to use and so flexible, that I keep things separated on multiple 'virtual desktops' and that keeps things less cluttered. But it's easy to do when I really want/need the larger screen real estate, either 'mirrored' or 'extended'.
The other reasons I like using a laptop as a desktop -
- it is portable for those occasions when that is handy - and I do that sometimes.
- built in 'UPS' - I laugh at power glitches!
- when I buy a new one, the old laptop sure is handy as a second/third/etc computer. Just plug it in, and you've got everything you need. No extra wires/plugs, easy to move from room to room as needed. I've used the 'spares' as music players, and for doing tasks that I don't want to bog down my daily computer with (converting videos, etc).
Unless someone is a heavy gamer or run other super-intensive apps, a decent laptop has plenty of power for daily tasks.
I also have a tablet, and we have smartphones in the family, but I'm OK with my basic flip phone. I'm thinking of getting the Karma wi-fi hot spot device to use with my tablet/laptop or DW's smartphone for when I want data on the go (not often).