If you're in the market this holiday season to get a new laptop, or tablet -- or are trying to decide between them, or what about a "convertible" hybrid that meshes the two...CNET has a terrific, extensive article that makes sense of the whole field.
Written by Dan Ackerman, the article starts with explaining his three basic rules -- don't buy too much laptop, buy light, and when all else is close, opt for design over specs. Then he goes into some easy-to-follow specifics about what features are important and which you can avoid. And explains the mass of different categories of computers available these days (ultracompact, desktop replacements, hybrids, tablets and such). He even makes understandable sense of the otherwise-confusing (but very important) differences in processors and Intel/AMD chips. Finally, Ackerman ends with a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Plus, there are two Buying Guide videos embedded in the article, to help out, as well.
All very well done, all quite clear. You can read the article here.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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