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Laptop or desktop, why I wish I had a laptop

Updated on February 22, 2012



I have a 4 year old PC, and whilst a PC seems more sturdy than a laptop, I am stuck to one position in the home, the reason being is the computer is not Wifi capable, yes it is a few years old. I did get one of those Wifi card usb flash thingymabobs, but for some reason it did absolutely diddly for my desktop, so I am still wired in, I feel like a dog on a long leash.

My desktop PC is placed in the corner of our living room, which is the hub of our family life, a family with 2 adults, 4 children and 3 dogs, so you can imagine the lack of quiet, needed to concentrate on my writing ventures. There is always someone either asking me an inane question, screaming, arguing, fighting or just playing loudly. The 1 year old has temper tantrums for pretty much anything, and the neighbors seem to think that if I am sat at my computer then I am obviously only on Facebook or something, so can be bugged for a cup of coffee an a rather dull run down of their equally dull lives.

If only I had a laptop I could hide in my bedroom and work during those times when my children were at school and the baby was having a nap, instead of being in total eye view, meaning if you stare straight through my living room window( where did people's etiquette go?). That is if it is not one of those irritating neighbors that knock the door, look through the window, shout through the letter box and then ring the house phone and your cell phone. I mean WHAT? I just knock and if no one answers, they are either not in or don't want company right now.

A laptop means that I would be able to sit in the garden and enjoy the summer instead of trying to work all day and miss the beautiful summer. For the last two years I have been trying to make a presence online and felt that I could not afford to walk away from the PC at all. There may be passive income in article writing online on your computer, but that should not be even considered passive for the first two years in my opinion.

So there, they are my reasons for needing or wishing I had a laptop instead of a desktop Pc, because it would give me more freedom.

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  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    The children in this house are all quite young and noisy. The noise pollution does little for creativity.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    Thank you Mike,

    What I really want is a room, sound proofed and child free,lol.

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    Phil Plasma 

    7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

    Most of the time I leave my work laptop at work and use my home computer at home (PC). Normally I'm okay with this but totally understand the interruptions that can come up. Ours is also in our family room, mostly so that when the kids use it, we can always look in on them to be sure they aren't doing stuff they shouldn't be doing.

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    Mike Pugh 

    7 years ago from New York City

    I had fun peeking into your computing lifestyle here, thanks for the cool preview and all, my life is somewhat similar, but I have both laptop and desktop, what I want is a iPad, or a Chromebook, which isn't really a laptop, nor a computer, Hehe!

    Funny hub RedDragon, I liked it a lot, thumbs up and getting shared.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    The reason at first I did not have a laptop was I couldn't afford one. I ended up buying one on a credit card as an investment for work.

    I have saved my desktop but can't keep it out as my toddler is in destruct mode.

    Thank you for your comment and vote Alocsin.

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    Aurelio Locsin 

    7 years ago from Orange County, CA

    You can have both. Is there a reason you don't have a laptop? I do most of my work on a desktop, but also have a small netbook for when I need to go portable. Voting this Up and Interesting.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I have been lucky enough to have purchased a laptop in February. I prefer a Desktop for the formal mentality, " I am at my desk it is time for work", yet with 4 children I need the portability.

    Thank you very much for reading my hub on a choice between laptops and Desktops.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I could never work on a net book, my fingers are too chubby,lol. Thank you very much for your kind support Brett.

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    Taleb AlDris 

    7 years ago

    For me, I prefer a desktop in my bedroom.

    I hope you will get the laptop you hope, just start saving for the laptop from now.

    Don't suffer more.

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    Brett C 

    7 years ago from Asia

    I agree with you, there are definite advantages to a laptop. I had a netbook for a while, and while I loved the portability, the screen was too small for it to be any fun over a few hours. Now I have a decent laptop with a good battery life ... loving the freedom and comfort!!

    Shared, up and interesting.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    Hehe. I ended up buying a laptop as my children have net books and I would not have been happy with the speed of them once they had been used a few months.

    The laptop has given me more freedom to move around the house but I can't say I have written any more up to yet.

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    Micheal is 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Why not get a notebook. they are pretty cheap now, even new ones.

    I use both types of machine but my butt goes to sleep on the desktop as the seat is so uncomfortable. What a world lol.

    Great hub and put some curtains up :)

    voting up and sharing.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I ended up buying one. I found an electrical store in the UK that sells new OR refurbs. I got a refurb at a high spec that would have cost me way more that a few hundred if I had bought sparkly new.

    I am so happy with it, although they do seem to take a beating more than a desk top when small children are around.

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    Peter V 

    7 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Fun read, I am also looking for a new laptop. I have found i can get one for less than 500# no problem. Just gotta pick the right one now. lots of options out there these days.

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    7 years ago

    I have had a laptop for three years. It sits on my computer desk in the living room. I never take it anywhere with me.

    I hope that you get that laptop you are longing for.

    Take care

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    Patrick Kamau 

    7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    A nice hub, thanks for writing. I believe a laptop would be a good investment for a writer because it will give you that easy reach you need (availability). Well, I also share a desktop hoping that one day I will be able to acquire a laptop.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I appreciate the share Phoenix. Sorry in the delay for answering, not been on for a while again.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    It will happen soon Jeannie, you work hard on line, it will pay off and get you that laptop. I just bought one and am currently writing to you on this. I made the decision because the desk top was becoming ridiculously slow. It did go on the plastic though, so I need to work hard and fast to get it paid. I saw it as an investment as much as a new suit would be for work.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    Yes understandably so. I bet I burn through a laptop quicker than a desk top.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 

    7 years ago from Nepal

    I use laptop because it is portable and handy. However, there are also many disadvantages.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I feel your pain on this one. I only have a PC and can't afford a laptop yet. It is all the more frustrating that I was supposed to buy a used laptop at work for only $75, but at the last minute, a bunch of other people (including those that make much more money than me and could afford a new laptop) we added to the list of potential buyers and I lost the drawing. I did not get to buy that laptop and I am still a bit bitter about it. So yes, I feel your pain. Me and my desktop just hang out in the livingroom. Oh, how I wish I could sometimes relax on my bed with a laptop when my back is breaking, but it is not meant to be. Voted up!

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    I can totally relate to this hub. My computer is also located in a very busy area of my house. I have yet to figure out how Mommy clickity-clacking on the keyboard translates to: 'Now's the time to talk to Mom about nothing really.'

    I like the sense of purpose a desktop gives me. I also like being able to lock myself away with a laptop to get some work done.

    Great hub. Thanks for SHARING. Voted up, funny and interesting. Also socially shared.


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