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Which Device is Best for You?


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"What Device is Best for You?" is a one-pager guide authored by Sarah Cade of PC Rebuilder & Recyclers and was was distributed at a Connect Chicago Meetup hosted by Smart Chicago on October 28, 2016. The Guide describes which types of devices (tablets, computers, laptops) are good for which types of activities — good information for those new to technology or new to investing in personal technology.

Founded in 2000, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers (PCRR) has a two-fold purpose of bridging the digital divide and supporting environmental responsibility through the refreshment of prematurely retired computer systems. In doing so, we provide a responsible way for corporations to dispose of their unwanted equipment as well as an inexpensive way for anyone to invest in technology.

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Which Device is Best for You?

  1. 1. PC Rebuilders & Recyclers 4734 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651 | | 800-939-6000 Which Device is Best for You? By Sarah Cade PC Rebuilders & Recyclers With so many different choices when it comes to technology, often it can be overwhelming to choose which option is best for you. We hope this article will help you figure out what type of device will be best for you or your family. Keep an open mind and you may be surprised to learn which option is the best fit! Why Buy a Tablet? As technology has evolved, tablets have become mainstream and can be found everywhere from a checkout counter to your doctor’s office. Tablets are typically small, portable, and touchscreen, making them exceptionally convenient and easy to use. The touchscreen functionality, in particular, is easy to use and is ideal for movies and videos, listening to music, and web browsing. However, unlike laptops and desktops, tablets often have different operating system and hardware configurations, meaning you may not be able to use certain software and programs. Why Buy a Laptop? For those who need to travel with their computer, laptops offer you the portability you need to stay on top of things on-the-go. Don’t forget you need to charge your battery from time to time. Most screens are smaller than desktops and this makes them lighter and easier to store if you don’t have the space at home to leave a desktop up. Laptops are great for those who regularly use a computer for everyday tasks. And, with a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows, it can have multiple programs open at one time. Why Buy a Desktop? Desktops are usually less expensive, more capable, and less likely to get damaged than laptops. They are great for families to share or for people who don’t need to move their computer to different places. They often include a keyboard, mouse, and a larger screen, which is significantly easier to view than smaller tablet or laptop screens. A computer mouse can help do things faster and is easier to use when you are just learning how to use a computer. Like laptops, desktops are great for those who regularly use a computer for everyday tasks (email, web browsing, and writing documents, for example) and with a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows it can have multiple applications open at one time. We hope this has helped you choose which device is best for you! If you have any additional questions feel free to email us at