When you’re looking for a new portable computer these days you have to ask yourself a very serious question, should you buy a laptop or should you buy a tablet? Both have their respective advantages and disadvantages, and while neither is really a bad choice in a general sense you need to be able to decide which one is right for you. Unlike most gadgets of this type, price isn’t really a factor, since a laptop with admirable hardware specifications can end up being a similar price to a high-end tablet. What you want to look at is what you’re going to be using the device for, and based on that you can work out whether it would be better for you to buy a laptop or to buy a tablet.
1. Will you be away from power sources most of the time?
If you’re planning on using your device while out and about the chances are you won’t be near power sockets the majority of the time, and you really want something that’s going to last without it needing to be plugged in every couple of hours. Likewise the opposite is true, if you’re going to be using your device near a steady power source then you really don’t have to worry about it.
If the former is true then a tablet is probably your best bet. Tablets tend to require a lot less power to function than laptops do, and many of them also include much larger batteries than the ones that come standard with your basic off-the-shelf laptop. This means that they can last a lot longer between charges, while performing many of the same tasks. That means being out and about without access to power would suit using a tablet better. If that’s not a situation you’ll find yourself in regularly, or if you can find one with a suitably high battery life, then a laptop is always still an option.