Solved need a desktop AND a laptop, or just laptop?

August 30, 2011 at 18:30:35
Specs: Windows 7, 4
I program Windows apps using MSSQL Server, C# with .Net, Java, MS Access with VBA, Visual Studio. I use Quicken & Quickbooks for my finances, Microsoft Office, a PDF writer, encryption software, etc. I watch some movies online, no gaming, few pictures.LOTS of multi-tasking.
I spend many hours at a stretch at my PC, so a comfortable keyboard & monitor (up to 22", due to space constraints) are key. I probably need a Core I3 or I5 2nd gen processor and 4 gb of ram. Don't need a large hard drive. But do need 802.11n, because reception is very poor where I live.

My old Dell Dimension was great with XP, but can't handle Windows 7, which I now must have. To access my data and programs when I'm away, or just when I'm somewhere else at home, I'll need my first laptop or netbook.

I'm a total laptop newbie, so I'm really unclear on this: Do I need both a new desktop and a laptop, or just a laptop?

a) If I need both, would I be able to run my apps on the desktop via the cheapest netbook with 2 GB ram & 802.11n, or would I need something bigger and stronger? I don't want something too heavy, as I'll have to lug it around.

b) Alternatively, can I get just one machine: a powerful 13" laptop (was looking at an Asus) and add a second (large) monitor and keyboard and mouse? Would I then be able to use the laptop as a desktop replacement at home?

My budget is about $1200-$1500, including warranties (with accidental damage protection on the laptop).

Do you have a better suggestion for my needs?

I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this very detailed query.

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August 30, 2011 at 19:24:08
Some of the modern laptops are quite impressive. A core i7 is a pretty good setup and usually enough to replace a desktop.

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September 1, 2011 at 21:34:25
Thanks for taking the time to reply.

If I used it with an external monitor and keyboard and mouse, would it be a as powerful and as comfortable as a desktop with the same Ram & core I7?

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September 2, 2011 at 05:34:58
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Yes, if the specs are the same, it will perform the same. Read reviews on laptops to help you get a feel for them. There is a higher failure rate with a laptop vs. a desktop, but if you need the portability, you have no choice. Stay away from netbooks. Any of the core I based laptops would probably meet your needs. Good Luck.

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September 7, 2011 at 19:06:18
thx, all, for clearing this up for me. I'm out to shop for my laptop!

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