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Dear Elizabeth,

I have enjoyed your newsletter for a few years and am grateful for the expert advice that you give.

The question I have for you. Is their an advantage to having a computer made to order over a computer from a big box store?

Also what are the advantages and disadvantages of having a lap top over a desk top?

Thank you for your time, Sonya

Dear Sonya,

If you have specific needs for your computer, then having the computer made to order would be best. If, however, you are just using it to surf the web, check your email and write a few letters, a computer off the shelf at the big box store would be less expensive.

A laptop computer is more portable than a desktop, but harder and more expensive to fix if something needs to be replaced.

Those are the differences that immediately come to mind. There might be other things to consider depending on your situation.



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