It seems that everywhere we look these days there is some kind of sale or discount offering. Whether it’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday or end of the year blowouts, it’s true that finding a deal this time of year isn’t hard to come by which makes for an opportune time to invest in that gadget you’ve been thinking about. If you’re in the market for a type of computer device then you’ve probably considered a variety of options such as tablets, laptops and desktop computers but with so many options it may be somewhat of a challenge to decide which is best for you.
Here’s what we’ve found that may help with your decision making.
Tablets, or “Tablet Computers”, were introduced in 2010 and have quickly caught the attention of many due to their versatility, compact size and price. Tablets are said to have all of the capabilities of a computer at a fraction of the cost but here’s where they differ. One of the obvious differences is their size. Tablet screens vary in size, ranging anywhere from 6” – 10” depending on model, and very few bigger than 10”. Additionally, tablets don’t usually have an external keyboard but a virtual keyboard that shows up within the devices display screen. However, there is such a thing as 2-in-1 tablets that feature a physical detachable or folding keyboard as well as offering the standard built-in virtual keyboards that act just the same. Beyond the surface, notable differences are a tablets RAM (device memory), storage (how much you can save; documents, photos, music, etc.) and connectivity (ports and external connections) where tablets may fall short.
Although pricier than tablets, Laptops, or “Notebook computers”, offer some features that might have you inclined to dish out the extra cash. Laptops have a built-in keyboard that comes as an advantage to someone who may type a lot. Also, the structure of the device is built to close like a book making it compact for mobile convenience and doubles as screen protection when not in use. The screen size on laptops is significantly bigger offering a more display, ranging anywhere from 11” – 17”. Unlike tablets, laptops offer built-in ports and external connectivity accessibility making it easy to transfer files onto and off the computer or connect to external screens. The biggest difference between a tablet and a laptop is its RAM and storage capacity allowing it to work faster and store more while preforming all that a tablet does and then some.
Desktop computers, or “Personal computers”, unlike tablets and laptops are stationary and intended for use in one location. Although bigger in size, Desktop prices are competitive to that of Laptops depending on size and storage capacity. In some cases, desktop monitors can be as big as 30” providing an even larger display area. Furthermore, desktop computers are comprised of modular components making it easy to upgrade certain parts without having to upgrade or replace the entire machine.
Overall, the most important question to ask yourself when evaluating which gadget to purchase is your intention of use. Be it for entertainment or work, your specific needs will weigh heavily on your choice and if you’re looking to try out any devices before making a long-term commitment you can always visit your local rent to own store and weigh out your options.