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If you’re in the market for a new computer, you might be starting to get overwhelmed with the options – there are desktops, ultrathin laptops, gaming laptops, tablets, 2-in-1 laptop/tablets, tablets, mini tablets, touchscreen laptops, the list goes on and on.
I’m just going to tell you one thing to make your decision a lot easier: Don’t buy a regular ol’ laptop! You know, the kind that are…just laptops. No touchscreen, not flexible, doesn’t convert into a tablet. Blegh. With so many innovative options out there, buying one of those is wasting your money. Here’s why:
1. Tablets are more powerful than ever.
When I got my first cell phone 10 years ago, all I could do was call people and play “Snake.” Today, cell phones can do more than computers could then, and tablets are even more powerful. With the tablets you can get now, like the Toshiba Encore and the Dell Venue 11 Pro, you can not only use your favorite apps, listen to your music, watch movies & TV shows, and play games, but you can also get to work. With an Intel core for super fast performance, the Encore tablet offers a full Microsoft Office 365 experience, which means you can work on the go, in the office, at home – anywhere, really.
When you really think about it, a tablet is all you need to get your work done and enjoy media in your free time. Plus, tablets are considerably cheaper than traditional laptops and much easier to carry around. Win-win-win.
2. Touchscreen is more intuitive.
When I first got my iPhone, I felt weird about there not being any buttons. How will I know where to touch? Will texting be a chore? Of course, I soon got the hang of it and now I wouldn’t have it any other way. Using a touchscreen is much more intuitive than pressing buttons or using a traditional laptop trackpad, and it makes it faster and easier to navigate.
Of course, being a regular ol’ laptop, mine doesn’t have a touch screen, but there are tons of 2-in-1 laptop options, like the Toshiba Satellite Click, that do. The Microsoft Surface is also a good choice if you’re looking for a touchscreen device that can double as your computer for work.
3. 2-in-1 laptops offer more for your money.
If you can get a laptop that converts into a tablet, then why on earth would you buy just a regular laptop? Laptops like the Toshiba Satellite Click and the Asus Transformer Book can easily be converted between touchscreen laptops (there’s that touchscreen again!) and tablet just by clicking the keyboard on and off. So for browsing the internet or listening to music on the train, you’ve got a tablet, and for getting some serious work done, you’ve got a laptop. Genius.
4. Ditto about super-flexible laptops.
If I tried to bend my laptop screen back away from the keyboard, of course it would snap off and then I’d be really bummed. But my laptop is a little dated – now you can buy laptops like the Toshiba Satellite Radius that rotate a full 360º no problem. You can lay them completely flat, fold them up like a tablet, or stand them up to give a presentation. Why bother with a regular laptop when you can have one as flexible as a world-class yogi?
5. The price is the same, so make sure you get more.
When it comes to technology, you’re going to be dropping a chunk of cash no matter what you buy. You just want to make sure you’re getting the most value for your money. You’re probably going to be spending around the same amount (unless you go for a tablet, which will be cheaper) on a 2-in-1 or a regular laptop, so going with the option that has the most versatility just makes more sense. Plus, who doesn't like having the latest and greatest technology to play with?