Screen on laptop vs desktop?

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Re: Screen on laptop vs desktop?

Shaikailash wrote:

I still cannot decide if to go with a laptop or a desktop. I'm aware with a good budget you can get excellent laptops that will work well for video and photo editing, but with a laptop you will anyway buy a larger external screen, so in a way it feels like you waste money by buying a very good 2000+€ laptop where part of the cost has been invested in a screen which will not be used much. What's your view on this?

If you're only going to use the laptop in connection with external screens (e.g., monitor at work, monitor at office, projector in conference room at office), then perhaps you do not need a decent screen on the laptop itself. That still doesn't mean that you should run out and buy the cheapest thing on sale on Black Friday.  Buy in haste, repent at leisure.

If you're actually going to work on the laptop some of the time, using just its own screen, it follows that you would want a good screen, or at least a tolerable one.

Also, if you want a powerful laptop (and at least 15") you are likely sacrifing on weight and portability, so it kind of defeats the reasons to buy a laptop in the first place....?

What do you mean by "lightweight"?  There are some gaming laptops and 'workstations' that weigh 8 lbs (3.6 kg) or more, but, for instance:

  • 15-inch Lenovo ThinkPad P15v mobile workstations start at 4.57 lbs (2.1 kg).
  • 16-inch Intel-based Retina MacBooks Pros weigh about 4.3 lbs (2 kg).
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