Now that you have made the decision to turn an alcove in the den into a work area, what exactly the next step? Planning if you should buy a desktop, laptop, or tablet is your next decision.
Desktops are the original personal computer. The major benefit of desktops is that they can have the best components. Not only that, but the hardware is typically easily accessible, so you can upgrade it later on, rather than shopping for another new desktop. You could upgrade the processor, or add a hard drive. Desktops also often have six or more USB ports, whereas laptops and tablets only have two or three. The most powerful CPUs and GPUs must have large cooling fans, and these will only fit in a desktop. Desktops also can display to numerous monitors. The drawback of desktops is that they are not portable. They are designed to be stationary. If graphics design or gaming are your thing, then a desktop is positively a great selection. Good desktop brands are Apple, CybertronPC, and Toshiba.
Laptop computers are smaller and more easily portable than traditional desktops. In the past they had been slower than desktops, but recently, laptops have been designed to be just about as robust as desktop computers, for most everything but the most power hungry applications. One drawback of laptops is their small size, and CPUs installed in them operate at low voltages. What this means is that laptops do not have the room for large fans that are essential to use the largest processors. Expect to find a 5400 rotational hard drive in a laptop computer. Additionally, there are fewer USB ports. The components are precisely installed, and swapping components after the fact will be challenging. Some laptop models allow you to increase the RAM. The main advantage of a laptop is that it is portable. You will be able to transport your work with you. Excellent laptop manufacturers are HP and Microsoft.
Tablets may seem like laptops without keyboards, and in some instances, that is indeed what they are. With the widespread availability of touch screens, tablets are now available. One of the options you have is to get an electronic device that is both a laptop and a tablet in one machine. Or you can opt for a removable keyboard for numerous tablets. Tablets are first and foremost portable, and light. They are usually able to port their screen image to full size monitors also. Tablets aren’t typically considered as the primary choice for an office computer. This couldn’t be further from reality because tablets are very powerful now. As an example, you can use email. You can also give presentations. If you are a retailer, you can use your tablet like a cash register, and scan credit cards. There are three main operating systems for tablets, one of which is Windows. Excellent tablet manufacturers are Google and Acer.
All home offices require printers. Decide the ratio of black and white to color pages that you will be making. Also take into account if you expect to be often printing photos. Does your home office necessitate a separate copier and scanner, or would you prefer a single machine that does all these things? Laser printers are the speediest and have the highest quality printouts. If you print in black and white, this is a good choice. Color laser printers cost a lot. Because of this, you will want to select one only if high quality color printouts are essential to your success. If you use color on a dedicated basis, and want to keep the costs low, consider an ink jet printer. You can often find them marketed as an all-in-one office machine, complete with a scanner, copier, and fax machine. Photo printers make satisfactory prints. The price of the ink and the photo paper are costly, however. Their suitability can compete with mail order services. Good printer vendors are Brother, Konica Minolta, and Ricoh.