When it comes time to pick out and purchase a computer, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want to get a desktop computer or a laptop computer. For the most part, you should only select a laptop if you genuinely need the portability. Laptops today are nearly, if not just as, powerful as their desktop counterparts, but you’ll usually be spending more money on laptops for the same amount of power you can get from a desktop computer. However, there are other factors to consider as well, which are explored in this video.
- [Voiceover] When it comes time…to pick out and purchase a computer,…one of the first decisions you'll have to make…is whether you want to get a desktop computer,…a laptop computer or even a tablet computer.…Here's an example of a laptop computer.…Laptop computers are also often called notebook computers.…These computers are designed for portability,…often weighing less than four or five pounds…and they have the monitor, keyboard…and mouse pointing device built in…so you usually don't have to plug in other accessories…to use the computer.…And these are examples of desktop computers.…Now, the term desktop can mean…different things when you're talking about computers…but in this context, desktop refers to…all computers that either sit on or next to…your desk or work station.…
The computer itself does not have a…built-in monitor, keyboard or mouse…but the keyboard and mouse are usually included…in the same box the computer ships in…and the have to be plugged in to the computer…when you set it up.…And desktop computers are not designed…
Interested in Mac computers? Check out Garrick's companion course, Computer Literacy for Mac.
- What is a computer?
- Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
- Understanding files and folders
- Opening and saving files
- Working with software
- Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
- Connecting to networks to go online
- Setting up email
- Receiving and sending email
- Searching the web
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Computers
2. Getting Started
3. Software and Applications
4. Computer Peripherals
5. Networks and Getting Online
7. Web Browsing and Searching
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