There was a time when computers were really expensive and hard to get. Once upon a time, there were only a handful of models to choose from. Oh, how far has technology gone in such a short time span! In this day and age, there are tens of thousands of computers available from hundreds of manufacturers worldwide. Not just that, but there are also different types of computer to choose from.
With such a huge diversity of options, the real challenge these days is picking the one most suitable for your needs, especially if you are into creating DVD or Blu-Ray. For anyone looking to keep their options in perspective while shopping around for a new computer, this article will be helpful. We shall go over the most popular types of computer, all the while focusing their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to working with DVD or Blu-Ray video.
1) Desktop: Your main computing headquarters
The classic desktop computer probably holds the largest market share, still. And with good reason, too: a desktop computer is significantly less expensive and more powerful, compared to the alternatives. Unlike with the other computer types, all of the parts can be easily upgraded like upgrading from a DVD drive to a BD drive. Its one major shortcoming is, of course, the lack of mobility. But if that is not a problem for you, then you should probably look for this type of computer. This PC type is optimal for burning discs because it will offer the most reliable power and computing cycles needed for an accurate burn.
2) Laptop: Good for going around
Nowadays, everyone and their uncle owns a laptop computer. And why not? These machines come in a wide range of models and can be relatively inexpensive, while providing reasonably powerful computing. Not to point out the obvious, but sticking to the facts: they’re portable. Although with the size of some laptops, the actual portability is somewhat relative. The great thing today is that hadware makers are targeting users of laptops and netbooks by offering ultra portable optical disc drives. These are low power devices that only require a USB 2.0 connection to power the device. Because of this it’s now possible to burn DVD or Blu-Ray on the go. Because these types of burners are lightweight they are not a burden to carry along with you.
3) Netbook: Great portability
The netbook was popularized just a few years ago as a viable alternative to laptop computers. While most of these machines are not nearly as powerful as a “real” laptop computer, they’re still good enough for web browsing (hence the name) and light office work. The major advantages of this type of computer are the smaller form factor, significantly lighter weight, and bigger battery autonomy, compared to a laptop… not to mention the low, low price: you can find decent netbooks available at lower cost than any other type of computer.
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