How to Choose Your Next Desktop, Laptop or Tablet PC


You’re in the market for a new computer, but how do you know whether to choose a desktop, laptop, or tablet? It boils down to asking yourself one simple question:

How am I going to use this new computer?

With a desktop, you get more power and features that just can’t fit into a laptop-sized package. You also tend get more for your money with a desktop. If space is not an issue and you don’t need to lug your PC around with you, then a desktop is your best choice.

If you want the freedom to sit outside, go down to the local coffee shop, or use it for a business trip, you need a laptop. Newer models are equally as good as most desktop PCs with many featuring widescreen LED panels for High Definition DVD viewing. However, all this comes with a price. Laptops will always carry a heftier price tag, with the higher spec models being significantly more expensive than their desktop counterparts.

In the last couple of years a new category of devices have entered the market. Tablet PCs (iPad, anyone?). These new devices are becoming increasingly more powerful and sophisticated and share some of the “portable” benefits of a laptop.

Still not sure what to get? Click on the links below for an in-depth breakdown of what to look for when choosing a desktop, laptop or tablet PC. Also, ComputerGeeks2Go has selected 3 systems perfect for you and you’ll find them located in the boxes on this page. One is a quad-core desktop, another is a quad core laptop, and the last is one of the latest tablets.

5 Steps to Buying a New Desktop

7 Steps to Buying a New Laptop

3 Key Features of Tablet PCs

You can also call us at 1-888-863-3033 or email us at and we’ll be happy to help you choose the right computer for you.

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16 Responses to “How to Choose Your Next Desktop, Laptop or Tablet PC”

  1. Alan Alfanso

    Thanks for sharing informative post. This clearly points out the advantages of desktops,laptops and tablets. I would prefer tablets from all the three. They are the newest technology and portable.

    • Jon Bristow

      Thanks, Alan! I’m a fan of the tablet myself. I’ve gotten my wife hooked on them too, though she still prefers a “real” keyboard over the virtual ones. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Mariana

        Absolutely positively a ltpoap.You need a portable one you can take to class and take notes, but one with enough RAM to be able to look at multiple websites and write a paper simultaneously.A tablet might be able to take notes, but you will not get any word processing done, and word processing will be a part of every college class.

        • Jon

          Hi Mariana!

          Thank you for your comments. I use my tablet all the time, but my wife, like you, prefers to do most of her word processing on her laptop. Good luck with your classes!

  2. Sasha

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    • Jon

      Thank you, Sasha, for taking the time to read and comment on our blog! I’m happy it was helpful for you.

  3. console table with shelves and drawer

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you
    create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

    Plz answer back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. cheers

    • Jon

      Hi Michelle! Thank you for the compliment. We’re using a custom “child theme” on a WordPress platform for our blog. We created the child theme ourselves so it matched our website. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!

  4. Wayne

    Where is the “box on this page” that is a link to a “six core desktop” that computergeeks2go says is perfect for me?
    I see no box …

    • Jon Bristow

      Hi Wayne, We have updated our page slightly and removed the link to the six core desktop. We have tested these machines and think all users still should look for Intel core i7 processors if they are looking for a powerful machine. We have provided a link to a great value core i7 machine for you to look at.


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