It used to be so simple; you’d head to the computer store and all you’d find there were rows and rows of desktop computers. It’s so different now that we also have tablets and laptops to choose from. Sure, the more choice we have, the better, but it can make it so much more difficult to determine which device we should buy.
If you’re in the process of looking for a new device and you don’t know whether a desktop, tablet or laptop would best meet your needs, here are some things to consider:
The first thing you need to think about is what exactly you will be using your device for most often. If you plan to use your new device for work, and if that work involves a lot of typing or precise design work, then you probably won’t want to pick up a tablet. Sure, they’re convenient, but using a touchscreen to type isn’t as comfortable as a keyboard and doing so will slow you down. That being said, you can purchase keypads that are compatible with most tablets, but, for most people, that removes any advantage that the tablet has in terms of portability.
If you plan to use your device in one place, like the office, and not use it anywhere else, a desktop could be a good idea because it’s powerful, stationery and will cover all the bases you might need in one location. If, however, you plant to use your new device to watch videos on the go or work from coffee shops, you’re going to want something more portable. Here are some of the best 17″ laptops, which as you can see are perfect for doing work on the go, but might be a bit bulky if you just want to catch-up on Netflix during the daily commute – that’s where tablets come into their own.
If you really need to have an internet connection all the time, no matter what, then tablets are a great choice because you can always find a decent tablet that offers both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity for use on the go. When you’re using a laptop or desktop, and you require cellular connection, you will, most of the time, have to buy additional hardware and software to make this possible, but at a pinch you could always tether your phone (if your cell plan allows it) to either device for cellular coverage should your home internet connection go down or you be away from home, in the case of laptops.
I believe that you should always try out any device before you buy it and one of the biggest reasons for this is the comfort factor. No matter how good a device is, if you don’t feel it comfortable to use, it won’t represent a good choice for you. Some people find it easy to use a laptop’s trackpad, while it can cause problems for others, and the same goes for touchscreen tablets, so spend some time getting the feel of the thing before you hand over your credit card.
What are the main things you look for when selecting a new device?
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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