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When it’s time to get a new computer, there are plenty of choices on the market. Essentially, your options come down to three general categories: desktops, laptops, or tablets. While the type of computer you get comes down to personal preference, it can help to learn more about what each type of device offers.

Desktop Computers
Since moving a desktop PC around isn’t easy to do, this type of setup is usually recommended for a permanent workspace. A desktop is more favorable for people who need to have multiple applications open at once because it offers more power and more memory than the other choices. Additionally, it doesn’t run on a battery, so power consumption isn’t as immediate of a concern as it is with a laptop or tablet. Finally, a desktop can usually be repaired with low-cost parts, or refurbished components, while that’s not always true with laptops or tablets.

A laptop will have all of the basic components available in a desktop, but in a confined space and with less flexibility. This means that you may notice decreased performance with multiple applications running. However, this choice of computer does allow for more mobility and can access wifi hotspots on the go. Its use of a battery also adds to its mobility. Memory, disk reading, and the device’s CPU won’t match the performance of a desktop, but taking advantage of cloud technology can sometimes make up for these limitations.

Basically, a tablet is a larger smartphone and can typically do anything a smartphone does. This means it’s more limited in operating multiple applications and may not be efficient in handling a moderate workload. It’s convenient for browsing the internet on the go, using the GPS features, taking pictures or videos, and gaming, but it shouldn’t be relied upon for much more.

In addition to considering your own personal preference, the ways in which you’ll use your new device should also be considered. If you expect to use it strictly at home, or in your office, you won’t need the mobility of a laptop or tablet. However, if your career requires you to stay mobile, or if you live an active lifestyle, you may want something more versatile. In that case, a desktop may prove to be too cumbersome, so you should consider options that provide more mobility.

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