Once upon a time there were two choices of computer types: Desktop or Laptop. In those days, desktop computers were more powerful, functional, and stable. Today that is no longer true. Today we more choices—all of them are powerful and functional. Two key factors drive your choices: How you will use the computer and the price.
Desktop computers are big and clunky—but they are still the workhorse. If you plan to spend many hours each day on the computer writing, surfing, conducting business or gaming, a desktop computer is your best bet. Fortunately, they are very reasonably priced. Desktop computers are the most stable—mostly because you have to work hard to drop them.
Laptops are good choice if you are moderate computer user and need the flexibility of being able to move the computer to various locations. Laptops have all the power and capability that desktop computers have, including DVD and CD ports, which give the laptops a multi-functionality that appeals to students and travelers.
Netbooks feature a 10″ screen , are lightweight, and more portable than laptops. Because of the smaller keyboard and lack of CD and DVD ports, netbooks are a good choice for the casual user.
Tablet computers have been around for a while, but since the release of the I-Pad they have rapidly gained popularity. Tablet computers feature touch-screen technology and great visuals. Tablets are perfect for surfing the web, reading books, checking your email and Facebook accounts, however for writing anything longer than a tweet, an email, or Wall posting their touch screen keyboards can be tedious and inconsistent.
The bottom line is that before you can make a choice, you need to understand your usage. Maybe you’ll need not one computer but two. One as the workhorse, and the other a portable device for casual use on the go.