Is the ratio of value and power between a pc and a laptop getting better or worse?

David_24

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It seems like its easy to get a modern i7 for 2k where as a computer like that would for like 1500 or less.

When I went to the store 5 years ago they said an equivilent laptop would be twice as much.
 

Palewing

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Depends on the price-segment. You can have very cheap laptops, which perform horribly, but can be compared to very poor and old stock left in stores. You also have fat gaming laptops which, if on special offer, can be close to a mediocre desktop. But again, the odds of getting more power for the money in a laptop vs a desktop is much worse, except for special deals and exceptions.

These exceptions are more numerous, if still few, compared to before.
 

Palewing

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If you want a slim laptop, then yes, you will pretty much pay twice the price for the "same" performance. If you are willing to get a fat, heavy laptop, there are some decent value laptops out there. But don't forget that a laptop-screen can be worth several hundred dollars in itself.
 

TJ Hooker

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Depends on which processor. If you're looking at the low power -U mobile parts, where i5s and i7s are still dual core with HT, then yes. Otherwise they're pretty much the same chip as the desktop variants, only clocked lower. So the performance gap is only as large as the gap in clock speed. Something like a i5-6300HQ actually stacks up pretty well against desktop i5s.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-6300HQ-Notebook-Processor.149424.0.html
 

First you suggest a relatively simple comparison, laptop vs desktop, then you threw in TIME. Was this last variable a freebie or are you really asking this variable through time?
 

David_24

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Ya i specifically wanted to know if laptop technology is catching up to desktop price/value wise or falling behind.

 

Palewing

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Depends on the price-segment. You can have very cheap laptops, which perform horribly, but can be compared to very poor and old stock left in stores. You also have fat gaming laptops which, if on special offer, can be close to a mediocre desktop. But again, the odds of getting more power for the money in a laptop vs a desktop is much worse, except for special deals and exceptions.

These exceptions are more numerous, if still few, compared to before.
 
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