Should you buy a desktop, laptop, or tablet?

We all know that technology changes fast. When it comes to devices, tablets have caught up to the capabilities of laptops, laptops have caught up to desktops, and desktops have exceeded our expectations. With the lines becoming so blurred, it’s no wonder one can have some confusion with choosing the right tool for a job. At PogoZone, we always want to make technology a little easier for you if we can. Here is how we break down which personal computer could be right for you and your needs.

Desktop

Seen as a more permanent set up, this bundle usually requires a few separate parts to be pieced together. A tower is the brains of this operation, but it requires appendages to do much. You’ll have to separately attach a monitor (unless you have purchased an all-in-one), keyboard, mouse, and possibly speakers. This configuration is ideal for those who run multiple or large programs and want high performance.

Pros:

Powerful – Since these computers use components that are pretty much free of size constraints, they usually have faster and higher performing parts for their price point. This means you can run large or multiple applications without bogging down your system.
Affordable – This option is usually the best bang for your buck when it comes to performance vs dollar. In addition, desktops can be repaired more easily and for a lower cost.
Upgradeable – Depending on the tower, there are options to upgrade parts and pieces. This allows you to have a more customizable experience for a more moderate cost. You can always keep your system running fast and smooth by updating the parts that need it, allowing you to keep it for a longer period of time.
Ideal Screen Size – You can choose what screen size is best suited for you. Common size screens range from 21 inches all the way to 32 inches. Not big enough? With the right equipment, you can hook up that extra large flat screen to get the maximum amount of work space.

Cons:

Bulky – With lots of large pieces and connecting wires, this setup takes up the most space – physically and visually.
Lack of Mobility – Desktops cannot be picked up and moved around with ease. There is nothing convenient about relocating your desktop.

Our pick for:

  • Gaming
  • Working

Laptop

Everything you know and love in a desktop, condensed down to a slim package that can be carried around. With some sacrifices, this option is great for those who like a change of scenery.

Pros:

Portability – The number one reason to choose a laptop, it can be carried to any location – whether that is just to another part of your home or office, or actually from your home to your office.
Performance – Compared to tablets, laptops have internal fans to keep them cool. This allows for higher performing processors that can generate too much heat without them.
Storage – A bit of a mixed bag; when compared to the amount of storage a desktop has, the laptop pales in comparison. However, the laptop far surpasses the storage capability of the average tablet.
Full Keyboard – For long projects with lots of typing, the full size keyboard is superior to the touch screen keyboard of a tablet. It can also be beneficial to have the ability to change the angle of your keyboard if you are ergonomically conscious.

Cons:

Limited battery – If you find yourself away from a power source, you are on borrowed time. While laptop battery life has come a long way, it can still limit the amount of time you have to work.
Prone to damage – Life happens. The more you transport your laptop, the higher the probability that your laptop could fall victim to damage or just plain ol’ wear and tear.
Costly repairs – Laptops usually come as an all-in-one unit. This makes repairs tedious and impossible without the right tools. Even authorized repair shops end up spending extra time on these delicate machines. Parts and labor can end up being double what you’d pay for a similar desktop repair.

Our pick for:

  • Online Learning
  • Working on the Go

Tablet

Small, lightweight, and meant for someone who is hardly stationary. This is a great choice for business owners, students, or someone just looking for a device to do a quick, simple job.

Pros:

Battery life – Depending on the workload, the average laptop battery lasts 5 or 6 hours while tablets typically last between 10 to 12 hours.
Easy to carry – Small and lightweight, these devices are meant to fit in small carriers or backpacks.
Touch Screen – Rather than relying on a mouse and a keyboard, the all-in-one design of a touch screen is what keeps tablets so compact.

Cons:

No Internal Fan – The lack of an internal fan limits what the tablet is capable of. With more power, comes more heat. To avoid having the tablet overheat, tablets are typically specced with simpler components.
Lack of Storage – Since tablets are meant to be used on the go, they don’t hold much in terms of storage space. The expectation is that these devices are secondary to a desktop or laptop.
Limited Capability – Tablets are meant for simpler tasks like running apps, internet browsing, and viewing videos. Anything beyond that, it is best to switch to a full on computer.
One app at a time – Tablets are designed to run one app at a time. While you can have apps in a more dormant state in the background, the tablet’s interface will automatically limit you to have one app active at a time.

Our pick for:

  • Internet Surfing
  • Mobile Apps

While shopping for the device that fits your needs just right, it can feel a bit like navigating through a Goldilocks story. In the end, you should be able to pick the one that is juuussst right.

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