That’s a silly question. I say “build it”, with that in mind, there are reasons not to build a computer. Size being the primary reason. Recently I had a 3 part series on building a PC.
In this article I want to give you ideas on not building a PC, or more specifically what not to build. Laptops, and Tablets. Ok, there is the list. Pretty short huh.
Minimal mini computers:
For those that want something minimalistic but not portable, I love the Intel NUC. You need to add a SSD hard drive, RAM and your software. All else is built into a package just 4 inches by 4 inches.
In the past I have built laptops based on my cost of parts vs. assembly. Unfortunately over the last 7 or 8 years the cost of parts is close to double what a quality one could be bought for. Notice I said quality, not cheap piece of crap.
If you want a recommendation on a laptop, here are my thoughts. Lenovo was IBM and IBM was a great product. Out of all I sold, I only have one that is a pain in the neck.
My next choice would be the Toshiba Tecra series laptops.
I have a couple of customers who use the Microsoft Surface. I never sold one and honestly cannot give a recommendation. I do like the 2 in 1 idea and without the keyboard attached they are thinner than the Lenovo Flex.
You can get good models within specific brands, however since models change I can’t shoot you any specific ones at this time.
Right now I don’t have any recommendations on tablets. I had a bad experience with a ViewPad. I do still have it and use it as a Windows 7 only device, not a dual boot.
What about Apple products? Well…
There you have it, short and sweet, like my beautiful bride, Nurse Nancy.
Until we meet again, have a virus free week.