When it comes to tech, we’re often “left holding the bags” so to speak, in regards to what a piece of tech is and what it does, and that can be a case of the popular internet meme “feelsbadman.” Since tech plays an important role in just about every facet of our modern lives, it can be a real deal breaker to lack the tech literacy to interface with the gadgets and gizmos we see on a daily basis. Therefore, it goes a long way to have a little extra tech knowledge (get it?) especially with the holiday season upon us, as our loved ones are, or will be, clamoring for the latest gadgets, such as phones, tablets, and games, and it helps to know what’s what. Here are some tips to help you sort out your shopping list.
First and foremost, let’s talk about computers. When browsing the Microsoft store online, you’ll come across a litany of different computers, all with different strengths and weaknesses, so here is the skinny. For starters, there’s the laptop. The laptop is now a staple of computer owners, because it’s a good balance of powerful enough and portable enough to be capable of fulfilling most of our needs in a single place, regardless of what those needs might be. For example, you could play games or watch movies on your laptop, but you could write papers for school or work, or you could write that novel you’ve been boring your friends with. Tablets, on the other hand, lean more toward the portable side of things, so expect less power, and you’re not going to be typing long documents, for another thing. Then, there’s the desktop PC. This is what used to be the only kind of computer. Immobile, but fully functional. Nowadays, these are reserved for old timers who just want to remain in their comfort zone and could do without conveniences that other types of computers offer, or those who need the raw power of a desktop PC (or the ability to upgrade the PC or otherwise customize it to fit your needs)