Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

POLL: what would you rather own for £1500? Watch

  • View Poll Results: Choose preferred option:
    17" gaming laptop + TV + iphone 6
    34
    33.66%
    powerful gaming desktop + 4k monitor
    37
    36.63%
    ps4/xbox one + 4k tv + ultrabook
    24
    23.76%
    surface book with dedicated graphics card
    6
    5.94%

    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas)
    I wouldn't want to hook a desktop to a TV tbh.






    Also I prefer a similarly performing laptop to a desktop, I'd only choose a desktop if it was MUCH more powerful i.e. can play games in 4k.

    I'm not after 4k gaming per se, but if I had £1500 to spend I would consider going down that route.
    For the same price desktops are much much more powerful. Yes you can get laptops that cun run new games at decent settings but an equivalent desktop is probably 2/3 the price if not cheaper
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by samb1234)
    For the same price desktops are much much more powerful. Yes you can get laptops that cun run new games at decent settings but an equivalent desktop is probably 2/3 the price if not cheaper
    If you have £1500 what would you choose?
    • Political Ambassador
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas;[url="tel:64786055")
    64786055[/url]]Cool what would you choose out of the options?
    ok!!! so if i have to choose i will choose the first one !!!!
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas)
    If you have £1500 what would you choose?
    I have a gaming laptop simply because i dont really have room for a desktop, and then i have a decent android phone which is as good as an iphone but much cheaper. In all honesty i wouldnt pick any of the pre made options you have - they are a bit confused tbh. What do you need? If you need a computer, then buy a laptop or desktop. If you need a phone, buy a phone. But its not like you have to do the things like your poll eg theres bo reason you cant get a desktop tv and phone for instance
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by samb1234)
    I have a gaming laptop simply because i dont really have room for a desktop, and then i have a decent android phone which is as good as an iphone but much cheaper. In all honesty i wouldnt pick any of the pre made options you have - they are a bit confused tbh. What do you need? If you need a computer, then buy a laptop or desktop. If you need a phone, buy a phone. But its not like you have to do the things like your poll eg theres bo reason you cant get a desktop tv and phone for instance
    I think you're confused. It's not hard 60 people have already chosen.

    There are infinitely more options I could have put but I have shortlisted them to the 4 in the poll.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    £1500 extra in my bank
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Assuming you're paying £400+ for an iPhone 6 and a couple of hundred quid for a good quality/size TV, I'd be much more inclined to pour the rest of that budget into a gaming desktop rather than a laptop and get fae better performance (and switch the TV out for a monitor depending on how you game).

    For me personally, if given £1500, it would be all spent on a gaming laptop, although I live on a cruise so don't have space for a larger setup and don't have need for a phone! I guess the Surface Book + GPU is the closest thing on your list, but it wouldn't be my choice as the GPU is fairly mediocre, I'd rather have something like a Razer Blade or Aorus X3 since I have zero use for the Book's tablet mode.
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas)
    I think you're confused. It's not hard 60 people have already chosen.

    There are infinitely more options I could have put but I have shortlisted them to the 4 in the poll.
    Haha no I am not. I'm trying to make you see that giving random people who don't know anything about your situation a list of 4 choices and telling them to pick one is a complete and utter waste of time. They don't know anything about what you currently have, how much space you have etc etc. Take the laptop vs desktop as an example. If you ask people with a lot of space and play a lot of pc games, they will all say you should buy a gaming desktop over a laptop. That isn't useful to you if really you want to be able to do work in coffee shops and occasionally play some games. Just think about what is most important to you and buy accordingly - buying what is most important to 60 random people on the internet is not the best idea
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Gaming laptops suck. 17" inch screen is awful. Small keyboard is awful.
    Custom build a machine powered by gtx 1070. Buy an android. Buy a cheap laptop (not for gaming).
    Seems like a much better route to go, the Desktop PC will be £700-850 with an i5, gtx 1070, ssd & hdd. If nvidia release a 1060 Ti go for that if you want to save money, this generation the cards are efficient and powerful.
    Basic 4k monitors are around £300
    A cheap laptop or 2 in 1 you can get for £300.
    A nice android phone you can get on contact.
    • Political Ambassador
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by samb1234;[url="tel:64786855")
    64786855[/url]]Haha no I am not. I'm trying to make you see that giving random people who don't know anything about your situation a list of 4 choices and telling them to pick one is a complete and utter waste of time. They don't know anything about what you currently have, how much space you have etc etc. Take the laptop vs desktop as an example. If you ask people with a lot of space and play a lot of pc games, they will all say you should buy a gaming desktop over a laptop. That isn't useful to you if really you want to be able to do work in coffee shops and occasionally play some games. Just think about what is most important to you and buy accordingly - buying what is most important to 60 random people on the internet is not the best idea
    i totally agree !!!!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by samb1234)
    Haha no I am not. I'm trying to make you see that giving random people who don't know anything about your situation a list of 4 choices and telling them to pick one is a complete and utter waste of time.
    Waste of time for you maybe.

    If you don't want to answer the poll then don't.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by IAmYourdog)
    Gaming laptops suck. 17" inch screen is awful. Small keyboard is awful.
    Custom build a machine powered by gtx 1070. Buy an android. Buy a cheap laptop (not for gaming).
    Seems like a much better route to go, the Desktop PC will be £700-850 with an i5, gtx 1070, ssd & hdd. If nvidia release a 1060 Ti go for that if you want to save money, this generation the cards are efficient and powerful.
    Basic 4k monitors are around £300
    A cheap laptop or 2 in 1 you can get for £300.
    A nice android phone you can get on contact.
    Seems like most people would go the gaming laptop route
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas)
    Seems like most people would go the gaming laptop route
    Appears so.
    But in your sitaution, if you've got the room get a desktop PC, it's more convenient for gaming.
    And comparing power to price by looking at PC world prices, a custom built machine for £800 out powers the laptops they have for £1300.
    So if you do go custom built route you should have enough to purchase a cheap laptop to do your work on (it doesn't have to be powerful because it's not difficult for PCs to run internet explorer or microsoft word)
    Also not forgetting, with a desktop machine if you choose to do so you can upgrade it easily, so maybe 2-3 years down the line and you want more FPS you could swap out a GPU or put another 1 in.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by IAmYourdog)
    Appears so.
    But in your sitaution, if you've got the room get a desktop PC, it's more convenient for gaming.
    And comparing power to price by looking at PC world prices, a custom built machine for £800 out powers the laptops they have for £1300.
    So if you do go custom built route you should have enough to purchase a cheap laptop to do your work on (it doesn't have to be powerful because it's not difficult for PCs to run internet explorer or microsoft word)
    Also not forgetting, with a desktop machine if you choose to do so you can upgrade it easily, so maybe 2-3 years down the line and you want more FPS you could swap out a GPU or put another 1 in.
    What would you choose out of the poll options?
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas)
    What would you choose out of the poll options?
    I chose the desktop option because im a PC gamer.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xylas)
    Yeah I'm not interested in stuff you already own. For the purposes of this poll you don't get to keep your old stuff (btw your macbook will be much worse than comparable computers if you buy today).
    In that case I'd like Option 3 (ps4/xbox one + 4k tv + ultrabook) instead, sell the useless console and 4k TV (don't watch TV anyway) and just keep the ultrabook :P
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Desktop wins it for me. But the poll is a little weird. If I needed a phone for example I wouldn't try to compare it to a games console or computer.

    For me desktop beats laptop which beats consoles. Phones are a completely separate debate, largely because there's more chance of buying on contract rather than paying outright.

    To give my views on each option though:
    Gaming laptops just don't appeal to me. I game on a desktop. Gaming laptops tend to be heavy, have poor battery life (leaving you tethered, just like a desktop) and just generally aren't a good investment for me. I'd rather have a good quality lightweight laptop/ultrabook, something like a Macbook or Dell XPS (my current device). TV and iPhone are preferences, I don't watch TV and don't want an iPhone.

    Desktop and 4K monitor would be my preference, although I don't tend to take an interest in 4K right now. I use multiple displays so getting the hardware for a double or triple 4K setup would be expensive. Not to mention nothing will run multiple displays at 4K for gaming.

    I also have to question the budget at this point. An entry level 4K monitor will set you back £300. A decent monitor will be more like £400-500 or more. Even at entry level that leaves you with £1200 to spend on a gaming desktop. How much of the desktop do you want? Because if you want decent peripherals (mouse, keyboard) as well you'll struggle to get a solid 4K ready machine at this budget. A 1440p machine might be better or you may find yourself skimping on performance.

    Console, 4K TV and Ultrabook is fine if you want to do console gaming. However a lot fo games are available on PC's nowadays so you might as well take advantage of it. A decent desktop will also serve you better than an ultrabook, providing you don't need portability.

    The Surface Book is the overall worst choice. Battery life is sub par to a good ultrabook, the display is of a too high resolution (resulting in such poor battery life) and overall for the specs it really isn't worth £1500. Not to mention you will not be gaming on it. Not seriously. It's a really cool device with a nice gimmick but ultimately not worth the price point. You can buy a desktop for half the price that would compete in specs.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Id actually go for the Suface Book, it seems like a nice laptop (abeit super expensive), I already have a desktop pc with a 1080p display (good enough for me).
    Offline

    20
    Surface Book, totally. That's about the only thing on that list I'd actually use. That said, I think I'll just take a top-spec Surface; I've got the Wedge keyboard and mouse already so I'd likely use those three things as my main setup :moon:
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Are unpaid trial work shifts fair?
    Useful resources

    Articles:

    The Student Room tech wikiTech forum guidelines

    Quick link:

    Unanswered technology and computers threads

    Sponsored features:

    Web Legend

    Win a Macbook Air!

    Blog about setting up a website for a chance to win in our Web Legend competition.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.