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Tablets, Laptops, Desktops: Decisions, Decisions

publish date: March 17, 2016

Desktops used to be the only option when it came to computers.  This was until the laptop came about and revolutionized the world with new mobility.  Now the tablet is beginning its rise to the top with even more mobility and rising capabilities.  The question still remains, “which one should I buy?”  When thinking about purchasing a new desktop, laptop or tablet, there are several factors to keep in mind.

Tablets are probably the most versatile and easy to use of the three devices. They are navigated by simply swiping or tapping your finger on the screen. This could, however, be a con if you rely on the keyboard for typing activities (although some tablets can have a keyboard attachment).  Tablets also have a greater battery life than laptops and are easier to travel with because of their smaller size.  The size comes with a detriment to their processing power and screen size as well, though.

  • Pros: ultimate portability, ease of use, battery life, cellular connectivity
  • Cons: processing power, typing, capabilities, screen size

Laptops offer an upgrade in processing power and the capabilities that you are able to perform in comparison with tablets while still lagging behind desktops.  They also bolster pretty impressive mobility factors with laptops being more light and slim than a desktop option.  The battery life is a major setback in laptops, however, which is usually half as long as tablets.

  • Pros: mobility, processing power, capabilities
  • Cons: battery life, screen size, cost

If processing power and capabilities is your main concern and mobility isn’t, then the desktop is probably your best option.  With its superior size to laptops and tablets, desktops are simply the only device that are capable of handling the larger hardware necessary for impressive performance.  With that being said, you shouldn’t plan on going anywhere with this device.  Although they are beginning to make desktops that are relatively mobile, laptops and tablets are superior choices if you need to take your device on the go regularly.

  • Pros: processing power,  screen size, flexibility, cost
  • Cons: mobility

Bottom Line
If you are choosing between a tablet, laptop, or a desktop, it will probably come down to what your needs are.  All of these devices have their own unique strengths as well as weaknesses.  Are you constantly on the run and need to take your device with you?  Do you only need the device at home?  Are you going to be working on large projects or games that require processing power?

Brian Hemmer, Senior Engineer at Intellicom, put it well when he said, “I always look at my unique situation and take it in steps.  I begin with mobility because that can be a huge factor.  I then look at the unique functionalities that each device offers.  With more and more hybrids on the market, you can actually find several devices that offer a larger range of functionalities then ever before.  It is important to do your research when you’re buying and take the time to evaluate your specific needs with the device’s specific appeal.”  Ultimately, the number of devices that are available to you will continue to grow.  Use these tips and make sure you have the right one for your individual needs.

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