Your faithful old computer has finally reached the end of its life and it's time to buy a new one. But do you get laptop, desktop, PC, Mac or Chromebook? What specs do you need and what's a good price?
You don't need to panic; I have the answers. Let's start with finding out what kind of computer you want. Then I can direct you to the correct buying guide for more details.
Computer or tablet?
A few years ago, this would have been a silly question. Today, however, tablets can handle almost everything a basic computer can. You can surf the Web, send email, watch videos, listen to music, read books, play games and - if you don't mind the on-screen keyboard - even type up documents. Click here to learn how to choose the right tablet for you.
Of course, for serious creative work - researching and writing long documents, editing photos and videos, etc. - or anything that requires a Windows or Mac program, a computer is still the way to go. Plus, you might prefer the computer's larger screen for marathon browsing sessions.
PC, Mac or Chromebook?
The PC vs. Mac debate seems to have no beginning or ending. Historically, PCs were cheaper and ran more software while Macs were the expensive, high-quality domain of graphic artists and creative types.