Originally Posted by sequitur
Help me out here.
I’ve been listening to you guys argue throughout this thread, and I’m mystified. I’m probably too dense or something. I don’t understand why some users prefer laptops. Where do they use them? Driving to work? At Starbucks? Sitting in the park? Bouncing around on a commuter train? Do they take them on trips or on vacation?
I’ve taught at a local college for over 18 years, know many faculty and staff, and know only one who has a laptop – and it’s a very old one.- the laptop, not the professor.
All the IT’s have a desktop at home and use desktops at work. The IT’s who had had them have given up laptops and now carry a USB drive back and forth to work. I had lunch today with two Engineering and Computer Department PHD’s from Florida International Univ. Our discussions revolved around desktops and workstations. Neither of them would consider a laptop.
I bought a laptop (PC) a bunch of years ago. With all the paraphernalia, sleeves, and such, I might as well have been toting around a desktop. Opening and closing it with all those accoutrements was sheer agony. I hated the keyboard and the small screen. I was not productive at all. (I now have two 22" displays and find that's minimal.)
That PC lasted me four weeks before I gave it to my daughter. She used it for a few months, dropped it, and that was the end of the laptop. We never even considered getting it repaired.
Please set me straight. What am I missing?
Don't know what college you teach at but many of the top universities in the US (ie Harvard and others) require incoming freshmen to have laptops. Many schools (including primary and secondary) have carts full of notebooks that can be whisked into any classroom at a moment's notice.
Personally, I have been in education for over 15 years and honestly cannot dream of not having a notebook. First and foremost, I often give presentations in class; I teach in about 15 different locations each week and thus it would be rather difficult to lug my PowerMac around with me. In class, I use the isight to have students make short recordings for later evaluation and record-keeping; I am an EFL teacher and it is very useful to have records of how the students improve over time. After class, I can run up to the library to do some research and type directly into my machine; pencil and paper are a thing of the past and I do not need to retype anything.
Once or twice and month I attend a conference of some kind and use the MBP to take notes. As I use mindmapping software, I don't actually need to type that much, just a few keywords. Again, I never have to waste time retyping things later.
When I go on a road trip, I carry along my MBP so I can get work done on the train. I can listen to student videos, review my classes, and grade papers (many of which are submitted via email).
My MBP produces Keynote presentations and videos for my class; I have used it to write and print an entire 120-page textbook; I have used it to make an entire listening CD for my EFL class, from recording to sound editing to adding background noises to mastering the final CD... I even used it once to make 12 copies of a CD for a special class that I was invited to teach while visiting another school - it took a couple of hours but the class was a success; it edits a lot of my photos, and does tons of other things.
In short, as an educator and student, I feel that the laptop is invaluable.
Sure, I have a desktop at home and at work, but the laptop is my real workhorse, and it is more than capable.