Once you have made the decision to equip your home office, what is the second step? The first thing you are going to need is a computer. Your choices are desktop, laptop, tablet.
First consider the desktop. The usefulness of desktops is that you can have the fastest hardware. Not only that, but the hardware is usually easy to access, so you can add better components to the computer later on, rather than shopping for a brand new desktop. You might want to upgrade the graphics card, or add a hard drive. Desktops also often have six or more USB ports, whereas laptops only have half that many. The biggest CPUs and GPUs must have big cooling fans, and these can only fit in a desktop. Desktops also support multiple monitors. The downside of desktops is that they are not portable. They are designed to be stationary. If portability isn’t a concern, or if autocad or gaming are your pastime, then a desktop is certainly a great choice. Reliable desktop computer brands are VXL, Zotac, and Shuttle.
Laptops are smaller and more portable than traditional desktops. In the past laptops had been slower than desktops, but more recently, laptop computers have been designed to be just about as powerful as the traditional desktop, for basically all except the most power intensive programming. Laptops have space limitations, however, and CPUs installed in them have to operate at lower temperatures. This means that laptop computers do not have space for big heat sinks that are needed by the speediest processors. You will usually encounter an Intel or an AMD chip in a laptop. The hardware is closely packed, and swapping parts after the fact may not be possible. You might be able to upgrade the hard drive. What you get is portability. You will be able to carry your work with you. Excellent laptop manufacturers are Acer and Microsoft.
Tablets may appear to be laptops without a keyboard, and in some cases, that is indeed what they are. With the globalization of touch screens, tablets are ubiquitous. A number of manufacturers build laptop and tablet combo computers. Or you can buy a removable keyboard for numerous tablets. Tablets are portable, and light. Tablets aren’t usually thought about as the primary selection for your office computer. This couldn’t be further from reality because tablets are quite able today. For example, you can use email. You can also give presentations. Tablets use one of three major operating systems. For example, iOS. Reliable tablet suppliers are Amazon and Razer.
Whichever computer you go with, you must have a plan for file storage. Desktops, laptops, and tablets usually contain internal hard drives. One option you have to keep your data backed up at home is to buy an external hard drive. Make a choice of a rotational drive or a Solid State Drive. A different option for extended storage is the cloud. You can use paid and free services. For transferring data routinely, or for increasing the storage capacity of a laptop, you may pick SD and micro SD cards. These work with tablets and laptops. Phones and cameras also use SD cards. USB Drives are very ubiquitous and make it easy to move data from laptop to tablet or to share files with a coworker. Not every tablet has USB ports. Sony Memory Sticks are used only in Sony products. Reliable storage vendors are Lexar, Atech, and Buffalo.