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Subject: Re: Desktops vs. Laptops Date: 8/6/1998 1:02 PM
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I am thinking about upgrading my computer (P-133) sometime in the future to a desktop or a laptop and I am considering power consumption as one of the criterias.

Does anyone know if the power consumption is the same or different between a comparable desktop and a laptop?


A laptop has an active matrix LCD screen which consumes less power than a cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor on a desktop computer.

While you may use power consumption as one of the criteria, IMO the main criterion is what the computer is going to be used for. If you don't need it for travel, a desktop is cheaper, more upgradable, and has a larger screen.

Power consumtion is not a main consideration for many users. The opinion of some experts is that it is better and cheaper in the long run to leave the computer running 24 hours a day. This is because thermal shock to the chips when you turn it on will cause alot of damage.

To help with your decision, follow this link to ZDNet Netbuyer http://netbuyer.zdnet.com/texis/netbuyer/showcat.html?catid=C0000002&rg=r131
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