Does Anyone use a Laptop?

  1. I was thinking of buying a laptop, and I have no idea if it will work for me. Rather than buy a desktop, I was hoping to just use the laptop and hook up the printer / camera etc. whenever I need to. Can they be used as your only computer?

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  3. by   BadBird
    I love my laptop, I don't think I could ever go back to the big bulky PC
  4. by   Vsummer1
    Thanks! What do I need to look for when I buy one?
    Last edit by Vsummer1 on Aug 31, '02
  5. by   renerian
    I just went back to a desktop after three years with a laptop. Wanted a huge monitor ............I love it...........I used my digital camera with both.

  6. by   BBnurse34
    The laptop is fun if you want something mobile.
    If you want something to use only at home, get a desktop. It's easier to repair and has a full size keyboars and monitor.
  7. by   bagladyrn
    I use a laptop only, as I am a traveler and couldn't see lugging around a desktop. It is more expensive both initially and to repair as said above, but for me the convenience is worth it, especially when on the road.
  8. by   NurseGirlKaren
    My friend has a laptop with a docking station so they can use a separate monitor and keyboard and mouse, but all the cpu, hard drive, etc is in the laptop. Can still use the laptop screen, mouse, and keyboard if they want. Also can "undock" the laptop so it's portable. It's a cool setup!
  9. by   Vsummer1
    Okay, here is what I am looking at:

    Dell Latitude CPX Pentium III 650 Mhz, 128 MB, 6.0 G hard drive, 14.1" TFT screen, 56K modem, 20x CDRom, floppy. There are a few on ebay going for about $600, and some with warranties from Dell.

    The reason I am asking is that the computer I am on now does not belong to me and the way things have been going he is taking it with him and moving. That is for another thread though LOL...

    So, rather than buy a desktop and the monitor and the keyboard, I was thinking I could get by with this and a printer. It would get my schoolwork done, and I could get online with it. I also wouldn't have to buy a computer desk. I thought that later I could add other things to docking station (they run about $25 plus shipping on ebay) like a better keyboard, monitor etc.

    Any thoughts on this?
  10. by   nursegoodguy
    had a laptop but just didn't use it... I guess if space was a huge concern then I'd go back to it... did get one of those flat thin monitors that I love! Was a little hard to get use to as it is more like the screen on a lap top...
  11. by   CashewLPN
    that's essentially what I'm using-- I use the HP Pavillion zt1180...
    its a nice set up....

    I like it... win xp stinks... but its whats out...

    for you, basic is good... if just homework plus surfing.... and, if you find you need more stuff, you can always upgrade...
  12. by   Vsummer1
    Thanks Barbara~ I just wasn't sure what I really needed, but your comment seems to make me feel a bit better. I have spent half the day on ebay and various websites looking and learning. It seems that if I buy new I will pay over double for a returned lease computer still under warranty? Go figure...

    So far, my bid is highest on that system at $416 and there are several other auctions going at about the same price. Pretty good deal if I win the auction! I guess I will know tomorrow.
  13. by   caroladybelle
    I am a travel nurse. My only computer is an IBM Thinkpad. I love it.
  14. by   MPHkatie
    I have a Mac I book nd it is awesome, designed to take the abuse that college students dole out, it is durable and easy to carry, came with all sort of things dvd player that connects to my tv etc...bit more expensive than the dell however...I have a PC at home because I haven't cleaned it to donate it away yet, but I never ever want to use it....