Desktop, Laptop or Tablet: Which Should You Buy This Christmas?

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Christmas is as good an excuse as any to invest in a new PC
and, whether you’re treating yourself or somebody else, it pays to properly
consider your options. The choice is no longer as simple as choosing an
appropriately-spec’d desktop PC, with contemporary computing now offering a
variety of other, more portable options such as laptops and tablets. UK-based
computer manufacturer Novatech is all
too aware of the shifting needs of consumers as they transition from desktop
computing to something more portable.

So what type of PC should you request from Santa this year?
Here are a few things about each for you to consider:



Often more powerful than its portable
counterparts for less

Cheap, barebones systems are incredibly

Easier to replace parts for upgrades and similar
– desktop PC parts tend to be cheaper than those designed for laptops, and
tablets almost always have to be sent away to be fixed


While dedicated gamers will lug their rigs to
LAN parties time and time again, for the most part desktop PCs are not very

Can be rather noisy if you don’t have a decent

Desktop PCs and their peripherals can take up a
lot of space




Very portable – laptops can perform all the
functions of a desktop PC on the go

Great for taking work to and from the

Excellent for portable entertainment, especially
as most have CD/DVD drives (indeed, some of the more upmarket models do


The sound quality provided by integrated
speakers rarely comes to close to that of purpose-made peripherals

While perhaps not so easily lost as a tablet,
laptops are a frequent target for thieves

Can be prone to overheating if not given
sufficient ventilation space




Highly portable, tablets take up less space, and
are often significantly lighter than  laptops

Tablets’ touchscreen interfaces make them
incredibly easy to use, even for those who might not been particularly good
with technology (e.g. children and the elderly)

Incredibly well optimised, often making them
generally more reliable than other types of PC


Soft keyboards can be a pain to type on for
extended periods of time

If something goes wrong, tablets usually have to
be sent away to be fixed (and often at significant expense unless you have

Quite easily lost or stolen due to their compact
size and, in the wrong hands, easily dropped

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