@jst1ofknd I’ve tried to mimic my work setup in my home office. Identical hardware in both locations, down to the brand and model of cooling pad, keyboard and mouse. It’s fan-freakin-tastic. And the docks have been worth their weight in gold. Unplug one power cable, one USB cable and I’m out the door. Just need to add one more monitor at home.
@jst1ofknd Same here. My docking station has essentially turned my laptop into a desktop that I can shuttle between work and home.
My typing, about 80 WPM on a full side keyboard, is effectively reduced to about 20 WPM (after all the correcting) on a laptop keyboard. And using a touchpad almost brings my productivity to a stand-still. Even a dinky portable mouse will do. I guess I would get better if I just stuck with it, but as long as I have access to the docking station, I will use it.
@macromeh I do quite a bit of work at home. Having identical setups eliminates those intermittent hardware anomalies which sometimes crop up after system app updates. I need only solve the challenge once rather than troubleshooting a glitch at the office, only to find another issue at home. If something works a certain way, it’s going to be the same result no matter which desk I’m seated at.
I’m in the same situation. Ever since I bought my desktop, I have almost never touched my laptop. My brothers keep telling me I need a device for portability, but that is what my smartphone is for.
… I use mine as backup to my desktop so that when (not if) it crashes, which it has lost it’s OS and HDD a couple times, I can order replacements easily. I don’t use my smart phone because I enjoy big screen that only desktop offers plus it’s easy to expand unlike laptop and especially tablet and smartphone… The only problem is keeping the LT up to date. Laptop (and sometimes tablet) however is perfect for travel.
Not much, really. Accounting, email, website management, graphics, video editing, word processing, spreadsheets, production management, payroll, some light 3D design… hmm, I think that might be about it? At work I have 3 displays, at home only two (but I’m looking to add another).
Not at all. There seems to be some miscommunication. I was merely trying to let you know that any device with a processor (smartwatch to supercomputer) is considered a computer. I understand my comment was unsolicited, so if you don’t want to hear it, I’ll shut up.
I would have considered
word processing (at least you got that one)
most of the above
checking weather reports
reading news stories
diversions (crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, movie
watching (on CDs,DVDs – not a streaming fan)
playing music stored on my drives
shopping and ordering
My laptop is sufficiently old enough that it rarely ever gets used anymore. The very few occasions I do use it are usually for the sake of simply maintaining it, and the odd time I need to check email when my phone is for some reason out of commission. (Very rarely)
My laptop is the only surviving PC in the house. I use it to pay bills as it’s easier to run my Excel budget sheet on than an android device. That’s it’s main use. I also use it to transfer files from one media to another and to play Plants vs Zombies occasionally as the PC version is much superior to the android version.
Pretty much only computer stuff.
Gaming, videos, CAD for 3D printing, reading, surfing the internet for random stuff, graphic design, shopping, email, chat, etc. Jeeze, how did we do stuff before 1990?
@lseeber I want to get a tablet that can act like a phone and take calls etc and just wear an ear piece. I want to use boardroom buzzwords like “let’s circle around…” or “let’s put a pin in that…” Also I barely use my phone anymore. So a tablet sounds good.
Pretty much nothing these days. I bought an expensive gaming laptop and it sits in my closet. It’s too big and heavy and too expensive to leave up and running anywhere in my house because KIDS RUIN EVERYTHING. I use my phone to do everything on the innawebz these days.
I use my personal laptop as a Media center for my home. Have a NAS set up, and it’s running the programs to allow me to stream my things to my other devices. It’s an old brick of a laptop, and I just threw Mint on it to run the programs lol.
Pretty much everything.
Well, everything that requires a computer.
My laptop (MBP) is my main computer.
I have an iMac in my basement music room that I bought to record music on, but I only use it to listen to music. One day I’ll record though! (I can now count how long I’ve been saying that in decades.)
I got it so I can take a gaming machine with me when I’m not at home. It’s not as powerful as my desktop, even though it’s newer, but it’s good enough for LAN parties and the like.
That’s what I got it for. But mostly it’s become a meme storage and browsing device.
I got my laptop (HP Elitebook 8530P) on eBay for $125, no shipping. No battery. I upgraded the RAM to its max. I got it to use with my Silhouette Cameos here in the family room where I can actually spread out on my work table. In the office, I have the FAX machine and his computer in my workspace.
And some internet stuff. Then it started to be summer and the office is the hottest room in the house, except when it’s time to cook dinner.
So, I started doing paperwork on my laptop in the family room as well. I have Quickbooks on the laptop and the PC and work data on an external drive connected to my router.
I’ve got a Dell Precision mobile workstation at the office - I’m confident it can do almost everything any full-sized PC can do (tho I rarely work it very hard): ‘Office productivity’ (MS Office suite), CAD, handful of custom software applications (that are slowly being replaced by web-based interfaces).
Wife recently replaced an old MacBook Pro with Macbook Air for lighter weight: email, reading & editing manuscripts, videos (she’s learning some new knitting techniques - no joke), family scheduling (harder than it sounds), some online shopping.
Recently replaced kids’ old Fujitsu Lifebook with a (almost as old) HP Elitebook 8570W workstation when the old computer started getting laggy with some brute force programming tasks they’re messing around with (as well as some highly modified Minecraft builds).
All the activities that require more security than we’re comfortable running on our mobile devices, plus stuff we prefer doing with a larger screen (videos, auction-related, design work, photos, etc) happens on the 27" iMac in the home office.
Note: I hardly do anything but call & text on my smartphone - almost all that technology is wasted on me. I probably would have been perfectly happy to live out my days with a nice integrated PDA/phone.