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How about a compromise: A laptop with a docking station.
Without the docking station you can use a 19 or 21 inch monitor, the keyboard of
your choice, and the mouse of your choice.
With this option there is no "synching" problems discussed here earlier.
Good luck on your choice.
> I will be getting a new computer and have the luxury of choosing between a
> laptop and desktop. I'll be working from home from here on out and I'd like
> your opinions regarding the reliability of a laptop. I am leaning toward the
> laptop because of the convenience - but my last venture with a laptop, while
> completely satisfactory for most of its duration, ended very, very badly.
> Melissa Fisher
Senior Technical Writer
Integrated Measurement Systems, Inc.
Phone: (503) 469-3615
Email: bkieffer -at- ims -dot- com