Computer Buying Guide
You have many different options when it comes to buying a computer. You can go a more portable route with tablets and laptops or select a more stationary option with a desktop. Either way, you first need to figure out if you want a more stationary or portable computer. Also, it's important to establish what you plan to use your computer for as well as how often you plan on using it. Establishing these few details before you shop will help you find a more optimal computer that will better meet your needs.
You use to only have two standard options when looking for a new computer - laptops and desktops. Now computers have become even more portable with the exciting addition of tablets. Learn more about each computer type below, so you can make a more informed decision when you shop.
Tablets are powerful yet lightweight computers that can be used for a day at the office or a lazy day on the sofa. Tablets are operated by touching the screen, opposed to a keyboard and mouse used on both laptops and desktops. Tablet PCs can connect to the internet allowing you to check email, surf the web or stream movies. Tablets can also be used as an e-reader, so you do not have to carry both a book and a laptop. Sam’s Club has a wide selection of tablets that run on different types on operating systems, so you are sure to find the best fit for you.
A laptop computer is lightweight and designed to be a portable computing solution. Unlike a desktop computer, a laptop has a build in monitor, keyboard and rechargeable power supply. There are several different manufacturers of laptops so before you buy, be sure to research a few different makes to ensure you get the right one for your computing needs.
A desktop is a stationary computer that often sits on a desk or at a workstation. Many desktop computers require a separate monitor and keyboard; however, desktops are often more expandable when it comes to increasing memory, storage and adding components when compared to laptops. Just like with laptops, there are a number of companies that manufacture desktops so be sure to take a look at a few before you buy.
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