I'd like to buy a home computer but I am not sure how to decide what kind to get. There are so many different choices; Laptops, Notebooks, Desktops, PCs, Mac, Sony, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Dell etc . . . the list goes on and on. What are the important qualities to look for? Computer Geekette
Dear Computer Geekette
It completely depends on what your needs are. Is this going to be for business, leisure or both? What kinds of programs do you want to run? Macs have better graphic design features, laptops are great if you travel a lot or if you like to hang (and blog) at coffee shops and cafes, Sony makes a memory chip so your media center (digital camera, movie camera, TV) can all be interconnected and Desktops are more bulky but you can have a larger screen if you have eye problems or prefer to have a wireless mouse and a larger work space. A good place to start your computer search is at Personal Computer World or at Oxford University's Computer Service Buyers Guide . Do a little bit of research before you actually go into a store or make an online purchase.