Desktop or Notebook? – The Age Old Question Still Stands

Is it time to upgrade to a new computer? Or maybe you’re looking at getting another machine for the family to use? The internet is, of course, fast becoming one of the most preferred tools for research, staying in touch, doing business and entertainment – and with broadband internet connection becoming common in more areas – that old Pentium IV processor just won’t cut it.

For many looking to invest in a computer, the age old question still applies – do I get a desktop or a notebook? Today, that consideration get a little more complex – do I get a desktop, a notebook, a netbook, a new iPad or something else? There are also many more brands to consider and extras to look into.

Here are just a few points to keep in mind when choosing a new computer:

Performance – once upon a time, the difference between a desktop and a notebook boiled down to performance and desktops were deemed to be more powerful. Today, this distinction still generally holds true, but many high end notebooks have become quite capable of handling most desktop applications – even gaming. The gap between the two is rapidly closing.

Space – if you’re in a tiny studio apartment or living in a dorm style room, you probably don’t want your computer station taking up valuable space. Desktops also require more wires and power points – so if you’re looking for streamlined, a notebook is the way to go.

Portability – do you want to take your machine on the go? Desktops are of course, meant to be in a fixed location, such as a desk, while notebooks come in various sizes. Meanwhile, the netbook is the most portable option of all, with some models weighing under a kilo – but their functionality may be limited.

Upgrading – do you want to use your computer to watch DVDs? Or record home movies? If you’re looking for the ability to add or take away extra components and to readily upgrade your machine, a desktop will be the best bet. However, if don’t want to sacrifice portability for staying up to date with the latest technology and developments, you might consider a laptop rental which will allow you to easily upgrade your lease to a new machine.

Compatibility – Mac or PC? It’s very much a personal preference, but if you’re adding a computer to a home or office network setup – consider the compatibility between machines. Macs and PCs do behave differently and you’ll want to make sure that if you’re be sharing files or resources (ie printers), your system is set up and integrated for both operating systems.

The best advice is to do your research before you buy. Look into a number of different brands and models, browse online reviews, ask for advice from your peers – or get some insight from the work IT guy.

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