Where is your "computer spot"?
Mine used to be in my office, but lately it's been taken over by my 2-year-old because all of the craft supplies and "school time" materials are in there. She actually said this to me yesterday: "Let's go in my office and make a flag" (we made American flags out of construction paper on Independence Day and now she wants to do that every day...).
Read that again. Yes, she did say, "let's go in my office." She used to call it "mommy's office." But apparently now it's hers.
Fortunately, I actually prefer to work out in the living room these days, on my brown leather couch. I like it because it's comfortable and I can easily nurse my baby there. One day, I may want my office back, but - for now- I like it here.
Pictured above: my baby, my MacBook, my notepad...these are a few of my favorite things. And, yes, I confess that is the 3rd Twilight book behind my head. Don't judge me because I'm entertained by the pop culture phenomenon of 2009.
I also sometimes move my laptop to the kitchen table or our kitchen island. And I always take my computer with me when we go on vacation.
It's nice to have a laptop.
Sometimes I forget that there is another way. I forget the days of the past when I was "chained" to a desk, unable to slip my notebook in my backpack at a moment's notice.
If you're considering purchasing something other than a desktop, you may have wondered what "kind" to purchase. If you're not particularly tech-savvy, you may read words like "notebook," "laptop," "netbook," and "mini" with a question mark over your head.
Here's a little help:
Notebook and Laptop are interchangeable words. Most "standard" notebooks are anywhere from 12-17" and range in price from $300-$3,000+, depending on what brand you select and what features you prioritize. Laptops trump desktops for everyday use, in my opinion. I'm always surprised when I see a friend go out and buy a desktop in this day and age. Unless you require a bigger screen due to poor eyesight or specific tasks that you need to accomplish, laptops are much more versatile. If you're planning to go out and buy one today, I recommend that you buy a Mac (but perhaps I'm biased...).
Netbooks (or "minis," as some brands call them) are tiny versions of notebooks. They are generally smaller in size (8-11.5" screens), more lightweight, and more portable. They are also less powerful and not necessarily ideal for watching movies, working on graphic design projects, or editing photographs. They are, however, fantastic for taking on-the-go - on vacation or on a business trip or to a coffee shop. Military people on deployment probably often consider netbooks because they're less expensive and more "disposable." Netbooks also make a great choice for kids and tweens (they're "kid-sized," after all). Netbooks offer you a chance to stay connected on the web (check & return e-mails, read blogs, post to your Facebook status, listen to music, etc.), but don't offer the same functionalities as notebooks. It's kind of like having an iPhone or Blackberry...only bigger. Prices typically range from $250-$1,000.
So, there you have it. A Basic Introduction.
But I'm not going to just leave it at that: I'm going to offer you a chance to win a netbook of your own.
YOUR TURN: Do you have a desktop, a notebook/laptop, or a netbook? What made you choose your current device and what do you think you will purchase next?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Dell netbook, Model No. PP 395 with Intel Atom processor*** (yes, a netbook!!! - see right). To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, July 28 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
***Netbook and charger will be shipped in bubble wrap, as pictured. Manual/warranty not available.
*UPDATE* The winner is #681 Michelle Burnette. Congratulations!