What Kind of Computer Should I Get?

March 12, 2010

“What kind of computer should I get?”

The number one question I get asked each day by co-workers, family, friends, and everyone else.

The truth is, you can get any kind of computer you want these days, there are no limits to size, color, look, weight; it all depends on what YOU, the consumer want.

I can recommend you any computer under the sun that is in production today, from a variety of manufactures: the possibilities are endless.

The thing that you really should be asking is, “I want a computer that I can do such and such on, and I have a budget of x amount of dollars, can you find a good fit for me?”


The problem is everyone is different, and there is some good and some bad to that. With so many different options for computers, its understanding why people get frustrated when trying to choose; each computer has a forte that (in my opinion) makes it a better candidate for its particular user.

I work in an industry with a heavy focus on quality and artwork. I’ll be honest, with the quality of art that we work with; you need a nice big screen, great graphics, and people with a knack for artwork. That is why most companies in design use Mac’s; some people swear that they have un-paralleled features that cannot be matched on a PC.

Now do you need a MacBook to surf the web and chat on Facebook? Absolutely not, and I wouldn’t recommend going out and spending $800 plus on one if that is all you are going to use it for. I think that a netbook would be a better option.

Netbooks are the latest and greatest of computer gadgetry to hit the market. They are basically smaller laptops; smaller screens, less processing power, and ultra portable (most are smaller than my college textbooks). These are great options for typing up papers, surfing the web, and email, and range from $200 - $350. I would recommend these to anyone who just needs a small system for simple tasks. The battery life has also been known to be excellent.

But there are a lot of things that you cannot do well on netbooks, which is where laptops are your best choice. For instance you may be able to stream video on netbook, but try streaming video while Skyping and playing a game; the netbook just cannot handle all of these tasks simultaneously. Individually yes, but who does just one thing at a time on a computer these days?

Laptops and notebooks have been the standard for a while in terms of portable computing. Portability and horsepower make these the top choice for businesses and consumers that need to do more than just ‘surf’, or be stuck doing one task at a time.

Last but not least we have the desktop, which is still popular today in businesses, but becoming less popular with the younger generation. Given the choice to having a computer that is portable vs. one that is stationary, why would anyone choose the latter?

Everyone makes different claims, but I feel that most of the reason is because there is a plethora of information at our fingertips out on the internet, and if anyone is like me and has a thirst for knowledge, being able to access information anywhere at anytime is a plus. I haven’t sat down to watch the news in years, and honestly I don’t even need to lug a laptop or notebook around; I can do it all from my phone. The desktop I have at home hasn’t been used in years; out with the old and in with the new.

Everyone has their own tech niche; some people like having a desktop to go home to, others like Apple because of the expensive image; or ease of use. Students prefer netbooks because of their low cost and portability. I like having a laptop for multitasking and running extensive programs.

There’s something out there for everyone, no matter if your 18 or 80; there is computer that will meet your needs.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.

Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» River Lane Inn in Brown Deer sold to Pastiche owner Updated:  11/25

» Whitefish Bay Holiday Stroll coming on Friday 11/25

» Bomb squad examines grenade found in Brown Deer house 11/25

» Inspired by Popp, Homestead seizes fifth state football title 11/25

» Sport Shorts: Nov. 26, 2015 11/25

» Shorewood robbery suspects face charges 11/25

» River Lane Inn will become Pastiche 11/25

» Woodland champion Shorewood girls basketball team looks for third title 11/25

» Homestead girls basketball team has high expectations 11/25

» Highlanders rejoice over state football title 11/25

» Shorewood School District raises $1 million for STEAM programs 11/24

» Crews battle house fire in Brown Deer; 2 cats killed Updated:  11/23

» Cats, guinea pig die in fire 11/23

» Mequon woman reported missing 11/23

» Homestead wins fifth state football title, 28-12, over Waukesha West 11/20

» Build-your-own pizza place coming to Shorewood next year 11/20

» Shorewood families want to host Syrian refugees 11/20

» Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players 11/19

» Homestead football team faces uphill title fight against West 11/18

» Wolf and Zortman fill in each other's gaps well 11/18

» Apartments, assisted living pitched in Mequon development 11/18

» Mequon-Thiensville's Demond Means says MPS role won't interfere with his day job 11/18

» Hayes helps Brown Deer/USM swimming team set two program records 11/18

» Oak Leaf Trail extension links Milwaukee to Ozaukee County Updated:  11/18

» Jorn finishes swimming career well, leads Shorewood to 11th at state 11/18

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss




Local Business Directory