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October 20, 2014

Buyer's Guide: 2012 Computers

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Buyer's Guide: 2012 Computers

Your next computing solution could be a tablet, desktop, or notebook. Your choice will likely involve a trade-off between mobility and heavy-duty computing power. Read our guide to find out what will best meet your needs.

In previous guides, we’ve looked at smartphones and tablets. Here, the focus is primarily on more traditional desktop and portable computers.

First, consider what systems you’re currently using and where you would welcome gains in performance and productivity. What you add next should address how and where you work best, and which investment will most benefit your career.

As you shop the various types of computers, you’ll find systems designated for the consumer or home office and the professional or business user. Spec for spec, prices on consumer systems may be cheaper.

For you, though, a business system may be the smarter purchase, especially if you’re eyeing mobile hardware. Defining the differences worth the added expense can include a metal or a more durable case, spill-resistant keyboards, enhanced security features, expansion options, and extended warranties.

The pending release of Windows 8 (scheduled for later this month) and launch of new iMacs suggest it may be time to consider upgrading or replacing any computer purchased a few years ago. The latest options in mobile hardware can introduce such compelling, productive benefits; you may also want to expand your line-up with something more portable.