Mobility can be a plus. Cost followed by heat can be big negatives.
I have a high end Alienware m15, but typically daily a 15.6" i5 XPS. Z
Do laptops cause more heat than desktops or are you talking about putting more strain on the hardware ? Sorry not trying to be confusing.
Does it matter to have a dedicated graphics card if you don't game on a laptop ?
Is there any advantages ?
If you need two machines that can fulfill the same functions the restriction is still and will always be cost. If we are accepting substitutes that aren’t able to perform the exact same functions to a reasonable degree then sure, there are tons of replacements.Good used thinkpads are cheap if you research specs and are patient. They run *nix like a Swiss watch and do pretty much everything but hardcore gaming. Get one for couch surfing and keep the desktop for work and 3D pursuits.