Laptop vs. Tablet: What’s the best choice? » Tech talk September 2014

With so many choices on the market these days, it can be very difficult for people to decide where to spend their money.

Should I get a laptop or a tablet/IPad?

A laptop is generally thought of as a mobile personal computer — a device on which you can perform all the tasks available on a desktop but in a mobile, light, compact fashion. Laptops have become lighter and smaller over the years, but have made significant strides in power, functionality and performance. For many people, laptops have become their preferred computing device because it allows them to complete all the tasks they would need on a desktop but with the convenience of mobility and flexibility.

Tablets, on the other hand, are currently the latest trend in mobile technology. They are compact, very lightweight and extremely easy to carry. However, they do not possess the processing power of a laptop. Their functionality as a computing device is very limited, although sufficient for some people’s uses. Tablets can be ideal for those who browse the Web casually, such as read the news or popular websites, do their email, or want to watch TV or films while traveling.

When trying to decide between a tablet and laptop, remember that there is not necessarily a “winner,” only a more preferable choice for your specific needs. Both laptops and tablets offer extremely convenient and powerful features, but the most efficacious for you will be based upon the tasks you seek to complete by the device.

Often the decision may come down to cost, think about how much you are interested in spending. While tablets often have less functionality than a laptop, they can be cheaper. You do need to be careful with this as often both tablets and laptops are cheap or on sale for a reason (low end/ superseded stock etc.). Overall, there is no “right” answer to the laptop vs. tablet debate, only well-researched, smartly-made purchases.

By Michael Ludlam

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