How to pick your next computer

How to pick your next computer

Windows XP is officially obsolete. Since April 8, Microsoft has stopped supporting the 12-year-old operating system, which means the company will not fix any new security gaps. Those whose XP computers are connected to the Internet will be vulnerable to hackers.

In short, ditch your Windows XP computer. Unfortunately, upgrading to a newer version of Windows is probably not worth the effort, depending on the age of your hardware. Consider a new computer instead. With the variety of devices available now, your next computer does not need to be desktop-bound.

Here is our guide to the different form factors available now.

All-in-one PCs

All-in-One ASUS ET2321

Combining display and CPU into an elegant package, all-in-one computers, or AIOs, are suitable for those who still want a desktop PC experience. The relatively large screens (from 21 to 27 inches) suit both entertainment and work purposes.

They take up less desk space than desktop PCs and can be equipped with fairly beefy hardware to perform tasks such as video and graphics production. The latest models often come with touchscreens.

However, unlike with a desktop PC, you may find it practically impossible to upgrade the internal hardware.

Ultrabooks

HP TouchSmart Ultrabook

Arguably inspired by Apple's MacBook Air, the earliest ultrabooks were premium models with sleek, lightweight chassis. They now come in many configurations, with screen sizes ranging from 11 to 15 inches.

Most ultrabooks have better than average battery life as they use low-power processors.

As a result, their computing performance is not the best, though more than adequate for most users.

Their biggest selling point is their portability, which makes them suitable for those who require a PC for their travels.

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