Ask Max: Laptop vs Desktop What are the drawback of only using a laptop?
I'm a graphic designer and am still happy with my G5 tower (yes, G5). I don't upgrade often because I like to underconsume as much as possible and upgrade
only when necessary.
However, I'm facing an upgrade soon and would like to have a laptop for some uses but don't want to spend the money on both a new desktop as well as a laptop.
Are there drawbacks to having a laptop vs desktop as your sole computer? What are some laptop vs desktop pros and cons? What things would I need to consider if I were to go that route? I would keep my 21" monitor for my main display.
I think if you look at the 15" or 17" MacBook Pro you can safely replace a desktop system with an Apple laptop. The dedicated video RAM and bigger GPU in those models makes it a viable desktop replacement. I personally use the 15" MacBook Pro with an external display for my work machine and have never looked back.