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One of the most common questions I receive from contractors is, “Should I buy a laptop (a.k.a. notebook computer) or a desktop computer?” Desktops may be less expensive and less tricky, but my vote is for the laptop — once you cut the cord, you’ll never look back. However, there are trade-offs, pitfalls, and features you need to know about before taking the portable plunge. Mobile Office Dangers Have you ever seen the pickup truck ads with the “mobile office” in the front seat? Unless your truck is permanently parked in an air-conditioned garage, it’s not quite that simple. If you’ve ever found tools in your toolbox vibrated into pieces just from