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I feel certain that the MOD's will kindly move the thread to the Hardware Forum.
Here are my thoughts on a laptop (regardless of the make/model vs a desktop)
Laptop (only up to a 3x HDD setup, and I do not believe that any MBP offers more than one - but could be wrong
Greater flexibility in the HDD setup, including RAID for HD material
Usually more RAM capability with a desktop
Usually faster CPU's
Greater array of GPU's
Larger monitors, and ease of hooking up multiple monitors
Cooler running, if one adds fans
Now, I do work on a laptop, though it was built for editing. Because of the 3x HDD setup, it does not have a long battery life, but then I use it more as a "portable," than a true laptop, so am attached to mains through the AC/DC converter.
As for partitions, please do yourself a favor and do not do that. This ARTICLE will give you some thoughts.
What kind of laptop do you have?
Any suggestions as to what kinds of laptop to look at?
Mine is currently Sager, but I am torn between another one, and an ADK. That jury is still out, but decisions will be forthcoming. So far, my Sager has been excellent, and has been a workhorse. Though I need to replace the keyboard (have actually worn holes in many keys!), I might jump ship for the ADK, though through no issue with the Sager.
Also, I am a PC-guy, so I have not even looked at a MBP. Mac-users will be far, far more useful in that respect.