I when my mom asked me what I wated for Christmas a few years ago I said a new computer, she asked desktop or laptop. While it killed me I said a desktop. At the time Laptops were still at P2 400MHz and I wanted much faster, which was at the time 700MHz, my mom could have ordered a 733 but Circuit City didn't know if they would get it time for christmas. Do I regret not asking for a laptop, a little but the extra 300MHz of processing power is more important to me. But if I would get a laptop, it would be totaly state of the art, so I can say for a second, I have the best laptop.
My desktop has all the state or the art features of a Compaq Presario from 12/99 with 1 exception, the graphics card, The best offered was some nVidia card, but my mom went with the second best, which was a Voodoo, not that I really care though. Another, well kinda was harddrive. 7200RPM HDs were just arriving and the only 7200RPM drive Compaq offered was 13 gig, the biggest harddrive was a 5400RPM 40 gig. But I would rather have the faster one. No way will I ever use 13 GB, let alone 40. I have 6 GB used right now, that includes 1 gig worth of MP3s.