Looking to buy a new computer?
Are you looking to buy a new computer but aren't
sure which way to go? Should you buy a laptop,
desktop, or even a tablet? Well be sure to weigh all
of your options with each system, because once you
decide and buy, you want to be sure that you are
happy with your choice. Let's take a look at some of
the pros and cons of these three systems.
Most people these days are looking to replace their
failing desktop computers with new laptops. In
theory this is a good idea, but in some cases this
may not be the best choice for you. Let's look at
some of the pros about purchasing a new laptop.
1. Laptops are mobile. You can go anywhere you want
to and still have access to a computer. This makes
them great for presentations for work. This is the
greatest benefit of a laptop.
2. Network connectability on the run. With a laptop
you can connect with a wireless network when you are
on the move.
3. Useful for presentations, or demonstrations.
Laptops are easy to lug around.
4. Laptops run on a battery so it can be used even
when the power is out.
Looking at this list makes laptops sound like a
great choice. Now let's take a look at some of the
cons of purchasing a new laptop.
1. Maintenance is difficult. You usually have to
hire a professional if something breaks or goes
2. Laptop repairs cost more. Since repairs need a
professional they usually cost more, for the service
as well as for the parts.
3. On a laptop everything is smaller. Meaning if you
want to use a full size keyboard you have to plug in
an extra keyboard, which means you have to carry
around a bulky keyboard. This is the same for a
monitor or other external devices.
4. Laptops are more expensive than a comparable
5. Laptops are easy for someone else to pick up and
carry off without your knowledge.
So with all that said, you can see both the benefits
and the follies of having a new laptop. In my
opinion, if you travel a lot or need to use the same
computer in multiple locations, then a laptop may be
the answer for your needs. If you just use it at
home, then you may find that you are paying more for
a laptop then you would for a desktop.
1.With a desktop you get more bang for the buck. If
you like to play games, or are a gamer, then a
desktop will be the best option. You can get better
graphics, better monitors, faster processors, etc.
Everything is bigger on a desktop so there is plenty
of room to put in some nice features without sending
up the cost.
2. Desktops tend to cost less. A desktop will
usually cost you less money for the same or (almost
always) better components. Although you can
sometimes find a new low cost laptop sometimes where
the owner wants to sell at any cost, for multiple
3. Desktops tend to be easier to use. Let's face it,
with a desktop you can purchase a nice keyboard,
mouse, desk, etc, built for comfort. A laptop isn't
always comfortable to use, especially if you are in
the middle of traveling. (by car, bus, plane or
4. Desktops are easier to upgrade. A desktop is much
easier to remove or add components to than a laptop.
5. They are easy to keep track of. In other words,
someone has to break in to get it.
6. On desktops there is usually more memory and hard
drive space than for a laptop.
Those are some pretty good benefits if you ask me.
Now what about the cons of owning a desktop?
1. A desktop is stuck in one place. When you use a
desktop you have to sit down in the same place to
use it. There is no mobility. There are companies
that have whole divisions devoted to moving
equipment around because of this fact. When it comes
to cons of a desktop, mobility is the biggest and
about the only one. All other complaints can usually
be fixed, or ungraded.
That's a much smaller list of cons. So if you are in
need of more power in your computer and mobility
isn't necessary, then a desktop may be the best
choice for you.
Last but not least we have tablets. It seems that
there is a new tablet on every street corner these
days. So what is so great about these anyway? Well
for this matter, I will not be going over the
differences between each tablet. Just remember that
when it comes to tablets there are options as far as
the operating system goes. You can go with the Apple
based iPad, an Android based tablet, or even a
Windows based tablet. What are some of the benefits
of buying a tablet?
1. The number one benefit of a tablet is that they
are portable. Their small, lightweight design makes
mobility much easier than a laptop in some cases.
Some tablets may weigh just over 1 pound.
2. Tablets are great for multimedia and internet.
If you are looking for a device to watch Netflix on
or listen to you music, then a tablet is great for
this. They are also great for internet surfing.
3. Tablets have tons of apps. I know you have
heard it before; "there's an app for that." This is
probably true. There are thousands of apps available
for each tablet platform.
4. Tablets are great for simple games. Ever seen
Angry Birds? Tablets are great for games such as
Now what about the cons of owning a tablet?
1. Tablets aren't as fast as laptops or desktops. If
you are looking for high speed everything, then a
tablet may not be right for you.
2. They will not replace a laptop or a desktop. The
most important thing to remember is that a tablet is
not the same as a desktop or laptop computer. At
this point in time, they will not replace either
ones full functionality.
3. Tablets break. Having a touch screen to do all of
your tasks can be a nice novelty, but touch screens
break. They are more likely to break when dropped,
than some laptops. Once the screen is broken, the
tablet is useless. The cost of replacing a screen
can sometimes be more expensive than the tablet
4. No keyboard. Most tablets are going to be touch
screen only with no option of a keyboard. Although
there are some that do have an option to attach a
keyboard, this becomes something else to carry
around with you, thus making them more bulky.
So it seems that tablets can be a great toy. At
least that is how I view them. Yes they have some
great functions, but in most cases, they will not
become your one and only computing device.
We have gone over a lot here today. Laptops,
desktops, and tablets all have their own benefits
and drawbacks. The key here is to decide what your
main needs are when it comes to your everyday
computing device. All this information can be very
overwhelming indeed. If you are looking for a new
laptop, desktop or tablet, you can always ask an
expert to assist you in your decision. Try each one
out, weigh the pros and cons, and then make your
best educated decision as to what is going to be the
best fit for you.