Not so long ago having a home computer was not even on a wish list. As computers became known for usefulness, home use became quite the norm. The type, size, functionality and design of these devices have evolved according to how we now use them. For example, the workhorse desktop computer is still a favorite for many workplaces where mobility is not a concern. However, when mobility and work connection is key, laptops usually fit the bill. For lightweight computing with more of a flair for entertainment, enter the tablet. All of these devices have unique features and use.
For those who love living in a digital world, but need a little help in figuring out the device that’s right for you, help is on the way. Let’s get started.
The Traditional Computer
The traditional desktop computer was never mean to be mobile. It traditionally comes with a monitor, processing tower, keyboard and mouse. The package deal is idea for stationary workers who enjoy the computing power that a tower unit can handle. While not know as space savers, a desktop can expand in hardware and memory, providing customized computing power. With use of cloud computing, mobility becomes less of a factor.
Designed for portability, these devices run on rechargeable battery power. The keyboards are built with a touch pad as the pointing device. An external mouse can also be added. Many laptops are not as powerful as a desktop because of size. Equivalent power can be had, but the resulting laptop is usually heavier and larger.
Sleek, small and very mobile, the tablet is meant to be handheld. Additionally, tablets need to be Wi-Fi enabled to get the most of them. Laptops and desktops can run applications on a hard drive without an internet connection. The appeal of tablet is the various applications for download that make entertainment and social connectivity really easy.
For those who don’t want to give up entirely on computing power but still want the compactness of a tablet, you have choices. For example, there are tablets that act like computers – think Microsoft Surface. Plus, there are space saving all-in-one desktops without the tower.
When purchasing a computer device, figure out how you will use the technology first. For example, if mobility is not a concern and you are in need of managing large volumes of data and memory hogging software programs, a traditional desktop may be best. On the other hand, if you’re on the go and only need to keep up with the office with the ability to handle several computing needs, the laptop is a good bet. If you like to play games, read, surf the web and want to stay mobile, a tablet should be fine.
Computers, laptops and tablets are here to stay. While computing design, size and capability change and evolve, these devices are game changers in the way we live. Pick your digital poison and get computing.