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Old 12-01-2015, 10:20 PM   #41
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2 Android smartphones: HTC Evo 4G LTE & Kyocera Torque and two laptops: older 15" Dell Inspiron & a one year old Lenova Yoga Pro 2 all-in-one laptop/tablet which rocks! I do have a couple older desktop machines floating around the house that I need to get pictures & documents off of & then get rid of them, so I don't count them. I would love to buy one of those Raspberry Pi's to play with, but I just don't have the extra time right now.

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Old 12-02-2015, 06:10 AM   #42
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I use a Macbook pro with a 23" monitor, wife has a macbook air. Also an Amazon Fire tablet for reading, etc. while watching tv. Both of us have smartphones, Samsung Alpha and Motorola Moto E. It was hard to find a nice smartphone that will fit in my shirt pocket. We both use our laptops the most. Tablets and smartphones while useful just don't have the capabilities for what we do, me: photo editing, her: spreadsheets.

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Old 12-02-2015, 09:41 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by JoeDreaming View Post
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).


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