Sunday, January 21, 2007

Desktops have higher ROI than laptops

When choosing between a desktop and a laptop, based on my personal past experiences my desktops seem to last a lot longer than my laptops. The max life span of a laptop I ever got out was 2-3 years. Most of them died or died, fixed and died again. Texas instruments (my first ever P133), Acer, Compaq, Apple, IBM, Dell. No laptop fared too far different from each other although some better than others.

In terms of performance, after each year, most softwares (especially games) have more demanding system requirements. Not to mention the new release of windows which appears more sluggish than the last.

In contrast, the lifespan of desktops seem to last a whole lot longer, the max so far is 10 years and still counting for my Intel PII 333mhz which I plan on retiring this year. My workstations are a AMD XP 2000+ 1.7 ghz (3 years old) and an Intel PIII 667 (6 years old) and both are still going strong.

So far, I've mostly built my own machines rather than relying on production line models. Its so much easier to replace and upgrade according to your own requirements as all the parts are pretty much standard for the computer enthusiast. In the case of laptops, even if the parts are replaceable, its definately more difficult for the average person to do especially when most notebook manufacturers have all sorts of weird designs.

The only real reason why I still use laptops is for work. Basically if you put them into the same class as your mobile phone or PDA, you wouldn't be disappointed.

(laptops shouldn't be called laptops anymore when its not possible to put them on your lap these days without burning a hole in your leg. I think the official term now is notebook computer)

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