|Amount of experience is unrelated to how comfy something is.|
That sounds like a leap of faith. If you have experience driving, you're more likely to be comfortable with driving than someone who just stepped into a car for the first time.
|First impressions can be nice, but over time -- learning all the dirty details -- one will obtain knowledge-based opinion.|
Sure, but makes it an opinion all the same.
|On the other hand, the first impression could be so horrid that you never look back and thus never find the hidden gem.|
My first impression with Linux was with Ubuntu when I was about.. 14? That lasted about a week before I realized I couldn't play Halo. If I wanted to run certain Windows software, I had to use "Wine". I figured what was the point if I'm just bending over backwards to do the same things I do on Windows.
|The generalization, "you can't", is false. The much more specific "zapshe can't" is easier to accept.|
Its not a generalization, you just can't. To be fair, looking at ProtonDB, I was surprised by the game selection available. But, it still doesn't support many of the games I usually play, which are popular. Some games I searched either weren't in there at all or were classified as buggy/broken.
That leaves a person with no choice but to play the game on VM or a cloud solution, which makes no sense when you can just use Windows.
What you said makes sense though, if you're not a gamer. Or you're a light gamer trying to defend Linux gaming for no reason. In the future, Linux gaming can be viable as they have more titles that runs without issue, but that's not the case right now.
|I won't disparage anyone who uses *nix or Mac as if they are heathens|
I don't hate Linux, I just personally wouldn't use it as my personal OS. It doesn't make sense to me. But Mac? That's where I tend to disparage :P
|Heat is proportional to power consumption, not to clock rate. Also, be careful with undervolting, as it makes the CPU less stable.|
Exactly, that's why undervolting works so well. CPU stabilization is easy to maintain, most manufacturers ship out laptops with the CPU being overfeed power. I've undervolted my CPU on every gaming laptop I've had, not a single issue ever and it takes about an hour to do.
|You didn't really answer the question.|
I think I did? Two different CPUs can take in the same power and achieve completely different levels of performance. Knowing this, there is no power to performance ratio. Which means as long as you allow the laptop to have a higher spec CPU, it can compare to a desktop CPU.
|There actually is a 3950X laptop, but the CPU is underclocked.|
How about GPU? For gaming? And I don't have an AMD CPU, but I assume they're also overclockable.
For reference on a top end laptop:
|Obviously, but the prices of the individual components factor into the price of the complete system. That was my point.|
True to an extent, but it really depends on the company your buying from. Just like any other computer, the price can vary significantly based on the brand.
Either way, for me, video editing and gaming is super fast on my laptop. And if I had a more powerful desktop, it wouldn't outweigh the convenience of having a portable laptop that I can take with me anywhere. If I had a separate desktop and laptop, it would be a pain to keep both up to date with the data I use, especially with large files and particular settings that I would need to set twice.
Small side story: My friend is going on a trip for a couple weeks, and they're debating taking their computer since its a full desktop. Wouldn't have even been something to consider if they owned a laptop. A low end laptop just won't cut it for gaming or powerful work on the go.
While I'd prefer to use a monitor than my laptop screen just because of the size, my laptop screen has great calibration and runs at 240Hz, making it very usable.