The age-old question: Laptops versus desktops
Families considering purchasing a computer for the entire family have a difficult decision to make. Laptop and desktop computers each have their benefits and limitations, but it's hard to go wrong with either device.
A family with a tight budget should look long and hard at a desktop, since the computer is generally less expensive than a laptop with similar features. But, say the entire family is gathered around a couch and want to view a funny video or photo album located on the computer, this is where a laptop's portability comes in handy.
If the computer is going to be strictly used for accessing the internet or documents, a family should consider a laptop for their needs. According to an About.com article, a consumer guide to everyday products, using the device for technology needs points toward a desktop.
"However, video games, video editing and even desktop publishing require additional memory, storage and possibly high-end video and sound cards," said the About.com article. "Each of these will increase the cost and the weight of the machine."
No matter which device a family purchases, there is no true winner or loser, unless they don't buy a computer altogether.