Which is better: Laptop or desktop computer?



Marion: Hey, Todd, you are exactly1 the person I was looking for2. I have a favor to ask3 you.
Todd: Sure.
Marion: Well, the thing is, I'm thinking of buying4 a computer OK, but I really, I don't know too much about computers, you know that, so I want to know, which is better, a laptop or a desktop? Which do you think I should5 buy?
Todd: Ah, that's a good question6. Well, I'm not a computer pro7 but, I guess8 if you get9 a desktop computer for your house there's a lot of advantages10. It has more memory, it has more power. You can get a bigger monitor for watching movies and things like that11, and I think the number one reason12 that I like the desktop is it doesn't break. You know and it can't be stolen13.
Marion: As easily14, yeah.
Todd: Right, so when you have the laptop, you take15 it and you carry16 it everywhere that means17 it's easier to break, you know you can drop18 it (yeah) or it's easy to be stolen, so yeah. On the other hand19 though20, if you just want to be mobile21 with your computer then obviously22 you want a laptop because you can take it everywhere, and you can use it in different places, so that's actually23 why I have two. I have a desktop and a laptop.
Marion: So you have the best of both worlds, really.
Todd: So what do you want to use your computer for?
Marion: Well, mainly24 I want to use it to keep in touch25 with my family and my friends. That's my number one reason. I'd also like to use it for work, to make worksheets26 and that kind of thing27 for school, and the other thing, what was the other thing, oh yes, I want to use it to store28 my photos from my digital camera. That's really important to me because I'm afraid I'm going to lose29 one of the CD's and all of those photos or something like that30.
Todd: Well, how often31 do you think you'll be taking a computer with you, to work or somewhere?

Marion: I don't know really. I mean, I suppose32 I could just buy a laptop and leave33 it at home, couldn't I?
Todd: Sure. Sure. Yeah, I guess if you're just going to use for basic stuff34 then maybe, a laptop is good for you.
Marion: Yeah. Yeah, maybe. It's so confusing. It's such a big decision35 for me. I don't know what to do. Thanks though for your advice36.
Todd: Sure.


Vocabulary
1.      Exactly = exatamente
2.      Looking for = procurando
3.      Ask = pedir
4.      thinking of buying = pensando em comprar
5.      should = deveria
6.      question = pergunta
7.      pro  = professional, expert
8.      guess = acho
9.      get = adquirir
10.  there's a lot of advantages = há muitas vantagens
11.  things like that = coisas assim
12.  reason = razão
13.  it can't be stolen = ele não pode ser roubado
14.  easily = facilmente
15.  take = leva
16.  carry = carregar
17.  that means = isso significa
18.  drop = derrubar
19.  On the other hand = por outro lado
20.  Though = no entanto
21.  Mobile = portatil
22.  Obviously = obviamente
23.  Actually = na verdade
24.  Mainly = principalmente
25.  keep in touch  = manter o contato
26.  worksheets = planilhas
27.  that kind of thing = tipo de coisa
28.  store = armazenar
29.  I'm afraid I'm going to lose = tenho medo que irei perder
30.  something like that = algo assim
31.  how often = com que frequência
32.  suppose = suponho
33.  leave = deixar
34.  basic stuff = coisas básicas
35.  It's such a big decision = é uma decisão tão grande

36.  Advice = conselho