Which Is Better - A PC, Netbook Or Tablet?

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I am quite confused whether to go for a PC, netbook or tablet. I badly need to have an additional machine/gadget to use for my writing since my cousin will be using my old netbook.

It would be used for writing and surfing the net only. My budget is limited like $100-$150 only. Any suggestions?
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  • Profile picture of the author aravan
    Tablet with keyboard is good for writing. Although you can type on touch screen tablet, I do not prefer that. Having mobile devices like laptop or tablet is good compared to owning a PC. However with PC, you have option to set a larger monitor if you needed.
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    • Profile picture of the author David McGimpsey
      I have many devices that I can type on and surf the web. I've got a smart phone, a tablet, a netbook, a laptop, and a PC.

      The PC is useless when you want to work from the coffee shop, but a tablet is lacking when you want to just be able to do that little bit extra.

      If you can, I would go for the netbook.
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    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      Originally Posted by aravan View Post

      Tablet with keyboard is good for writing. Although you can type on touch screen tablet, I do not prefer that. Having mobile devices like laptop or tablet is good compared to owning a PC. However with PC, you have option to set a larger monitor if you needed.
      I am in the same boat as you.

      I would rather use a real keyboard to type and use the internet.

      Maybe you can get a laptop deal for $150 since it is the holiday season and almost everything is on sale.
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      • Profile picture of the author robestrong
        Get a PC. A netbook can be hard to type on unless you plan on using just that, and tablets are even worse (unless you get a keyboard accessory).

        You can get a better spec-ed desktop for that money then either a netbook or a tablet.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Micheal
    Just get some second hand netbook. I believe you will had the money to buy it.
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      Your only option would be a netbook, tables generally cost more then the budget, the PC will require monitor, keyboard etc... So all which is left would be a laptop. I would try get a bigger budget so you don't want to put your fist through the screen when searching because of it being slow.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I vote for Netbook. I wouldn't buy a tablet unless I already had a PC, netbook, laptop (which I do and I still haven't bought a tablet). Other than my PC, I use the netbook the most.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Originally Posted by onlinesolutions1985 View Post

    I am quite confused whether to go for a PC, netbook or tablet. I badly need to have an additional machine/gadget to use for my writing since my cousin will be using my old netbook.

    It would be used for writing and surfing the net only. My budget is limited like $100-$150 only. Any suggestions?
    Different people will have different opinions here. Given what you said, here is MY advice!

    1. DON'T get a tablet! They are hard to type on,and most with keyboards have BIG problems also!

    A netbook or desktop is a tossup, and depends on what you need. You want power and storage that is CHEAP? DESK TOP! You want portability,and the ability to ride out maybe 7-15hour power outages? Get a netbook.

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnGood
    Horses for courses!

    Desktop Computer: Still number one for typing large amounts of information.
    Laptop / Netbook : Still has a decent keyboard, good for typing on location, eg. the library.
    Tablet: Good for demonstrations
    Mobile Cell Phone: Good for taking notes on the move. One piece of kit that can take notes, photos, voice notes while driving or record a conversation to be written up later, and you can even make phone calls on it! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author minimalseo
    If you are going to do some heavy writing as you seem to suggest..a tablet may not be most comfortable. I use the tab myself as a secondary device, mostly for comfort browsing (as compared to a mobile) on the go and emails. So a Netbook would be the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Your budget is pretty low.

    I think you could get by with a netbook + full size wireless keyboard, then hook the netbook up to a large LCD/LED TV If you already have the TV (most people do).

    I'm not sure you can even buy a netbook for less than $150? I paid $350+ for an HP netbook a couple of years ago.
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    • Profile picture of the author carolc
      go for a netbook - a good second hand one because it will do what you need it for and will meet your budget criteria. Hope you find one soon.

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      • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
        Talk to your friends, neighbors and relatives to let them know you are looking for something low cost. A decent laptop that does more would be my choice. Perhaps some companies they work for will have a deal offered to buy used computers when they are upgrading. Mention your need to other people, sometimes someone will know where to get one.

        You might also want to check at a computer repair shop near you and ask if there is anything decent refurbished for a low price. Also, have you looked at the refurbished items on Tiger Direct?

        Call some of the charities in your area and see if any of them know where you could obtain something for a nominal fee or free. Dig around and ask before you buy. You never know when something could just turn up for you.

        It might not hurt to make a quick inquiry of some of the high schools to see if they have leased computers going off lease available to purchase or they've purchased and are overstocked with an older model.

        I've never used a laptop or a tablet or a netbook or an Ipad, but have decided that with the amount of room that PC's require and lack of portability, any new purchase will be a laptop if we can swing the price for a decent one.
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  • Profile picture of the author danielotc
    im working on a laptop for about 8 years now and im loving it
    i tried some tablets ( imho theyre just overprice & bigger smartphones without the phone function ) but i just don't like the feeling. i can still get more stuff done w my laptop + smartphone
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  • Profile picture of the author riksworld
    Pc is better than netbook/tablet.Because pc is use for daily regular work.
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    • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
      I wouldn't advice a tablet for an extensive typing job, rather use the mic function which is present on the touch keyboard itself.
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      • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
        Yep, tend to agree with the overall info, and own a PC and Laptop!

        I used a PC with second hand CRT monitor, which l can get for $35 at a second hand repair, course, and disposal company!

        That would be a good place to start; as an example l needed a scanner a while ago, and wasn't going to pay the $100+ price tag, so l went there and got a second hand one for $30 or less! And after fiddling around online to get the codex, it has worked perfectly ever since, (more than 2 years).


        Yep, sounds like it is best to go second hand, and just ramp up the RAM, to make it reasonably fast.


        I used a PC for years, and now use a Laptop, so a PC may be slightly better for a lot of typing, but a Laptop is still more than adequate for most typing jobs!

        I wouldn't get a Netbook, l have seen people use them in coffee shops or try to! They are basically in a pretzel position close to the small screen trying to read the small print!

        I think that a Netbook will probably drive you nuts over time, especially if you want to type a lot!

        Best to get a Laptop, that way it is portable, and it has a good LCD screen, etc!

        And as for getting one for $150? Phew, my Toshiba, was $600, so second hand or PC stores that throw away old computers, would be a good place to start. I know at least in AU, and some European countries that you have to pay to recycle or properly dispose of Laptops, etc.

        So, you could pick up a bargain there!

        Or go to a large computer store, and find a Laptop with a missing key. Then make an offer, to the manager!

        Then order direct from the company that makes them for a new one!


        I did that with a second hand Nintendo Wii, recently, the controller only had a rechargeable battery back, so l ordered another one for $1.30 direct from China online, (or from Ebay), got it in two weeks!

        Or better still, ring all the second hand stores in your area and ask them do they have any ????? Laptops with a broken or missing ????. Then go online to learn how to fix and replace it yourself.

        Yep, second hand stores, is probably the place to start!

        Good luck.

        Shane
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