I was recently asked by a willing buyer, should I get a desktop, laptop, or tablet?
It certainly depends on the user’s habits and preferences. I think a desktop is wise choice for someone who doesn’t mind doing their work in one place all the time and prefers using a larger screen. The typical desktop monitor is 22 to 24 inches these days. The standard high resolution (meaning everything is smaller) can be magnified or scaled up to give you a very comfortable viewing experience.
Laptops are appropriate for users who want the flexibility to move around a lot (or at least once in a while) and don’t mind a smaller screen. Some laptops can even be purchased with 17 inch screens, in the Windows world, so there may not even be that much of a compromise. There is a wide spectrum of quality in the laptop game. You could pay anywhere from $400 to $2500 for a laptop that works for you. It simply depends on the purpose and features required. As a final note on laptops, I will mention that I have had great experiences buying high quality, business class laptops for clients through the Dell and Lenovo outlets over the years.
Tablets (or even Chromebooks) are becoming a more popular choice for a consumer’s computer. I set up a new iPad for a client over the weekend who will be using her iPad Pro as her primary personal computer. I worked with a client today who only uses a Chromebook. With an iPad or Chromebook, you can e-mail, compose documents, share files, edit photos, print (with a compatible printer), shop, do online banking, save files, and organize those files into folders. Your device will be very SAFE compared to a Windows or Mac system. However, you may not be able to run your favorite application for X (whatever X is for you). For example, I like to use a program called The Journal in Windows to write personal journal entries. I would not be able to use this program on an iPad or a Chromebook. The greatest benefit to either of these devices is that you can KISS – keep it simple stupid. As long as you can play within the sandbox, an iPad or Chromebook might just be your future computer.