A key advantage for notebooks now is that you can utilize wi-fi (wireless internet) anywhere around the house or where there is a free hot spot or if you sign up for a Tmobile account at Starbucks.
So, if will use either DSL or Cable internet at home (not dial up service) I would go with the notebook.
Another advantage to using a wi-fi router (D-link, Linksys, etc) is that it provides hardware firewall protection against viruses and worms. You can hook in a desktop as well to one of these via Ethernet or with a wi-fi card but the notebook will have the wi-fi card built in already and the desktop will not (it should have ethernet but the wi-fi card will have to be added).
The only key advantage for a desktop now is that you can put a better dedicated video card into it for gaming and you can upgrade that as well (on a notebook you are essentially fixed). Also a desktop has more expansion slots (2nd hard drive, etc).
Otherwise, a notebook offers everything a desktop does and the 15.4'' widescreen is an ideal size as long as you don't travel with it extensively (in which case a 14'' LCD would be a pound or more less in weight and also not as wide).
The Dell 6000 can be ordered with a 128mb dedicated video card that will be good for gaming (you could get 256 mb dedicated on an add on card on a desktop) and you will not only have a backup for your computer (battery always protects your computer in the event of an A/C power loss) but you can run off the battery for 3.5-5 hours or more with the Dell 6000 Pentium M Centrino ........
Again, some libraries and other hotspots have free internet access -- that alone is worth getting a notebook if you will not leave it in one place only fixed.
I'm a 2nd year Biomed student and i'm ready to buy a laptop that doesn't have to replace the dell desktop i already have (i may be giving it to my dad)
People have told me too many things and all my friends know too much stuff about computers and i'm thoroughly confused. Half say I should get a better, more powerful desktop b/c theyre more cost-effective and the others say get a notebook b/c its convenient.
I'm going to be an RA next year so that means I'll have to be in my single pretty often..im starting to lean towards another desktop (1 for school 1 for home)
If i do go with laptops, i've narrowed it to dell b/c of my personal experiences with them and their reasonable prices. The 700m is appealing for its size but the screen seems too small..which brings up the 6000. I guess it's between the 700m and 6000 for now.
I wont be playing games on them..but will be playing/watching/burning music and dvd's, using some sciency software like Maple Matlab or lab stuff, email, research papers, maybe AIM.
Just sticking to those 2 dells only, can you suggest something that might fit my needs or any other advice on which specs to pick?