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Choosing the right computer, with the video including a range of cost saving shopping tips so that you get value for money. The video also provides an insight into the different computer form factors providing pros and cons for each type of computer.

Hi, I'm Pete, the gadget guy. Buying a computer these days is a lot like buying a car. On the surface they all seem to do the same thing. But the real difference comes down to what you plan to do with it. Just as you might choose a compact car over a station wagon because you want an easy-to-park city runabout, you might choose a netbook over a desktop PC because of its compact size and light weight. Let's take a look at the different kinds of computers so you can choose one that's perfect for your needs.

Now it's all about price versus portability. A desktop PC comes with a big screen and lots of bang for your buck, but it also has to stay put. Desktops come in different shapes and sizes but generally they're all quite powerful, meaning they've got the goods for just about any general computing task. Desktops with the larger tower cases gives you the ability to swap internal components, meaning you can add new abilities or upgrade older parts. Don't forget that you'll also need to buy or supply an external monitor, as this type of desktop doesn't have a built-in screen.

Just to recap, a desktop PC is powerful and very good at most tasks. It's easy to upgrade, with many options for extra components. It has a separate monitor, generally with a large screen. They're fairly inexpensive compared to laptops or all-in-ones, but remember, they're not a portable device. Once you set it up, it's got to stay put.

There is a newer type of desktop design called the all-in-one PC, which has all of its components built in behind the screen. This is a great way to save space on your desk, and all-in-one PCs are often quite sleek and stylish-looking too. To pack everything into its slim case, all-in-one PCs use many parts found in laptop computers. The downside is that their slim cases mean they're not as expandable as standard desktop PCs with larger cases.

Once again, all-in-one PCs tend to have very slim and attractive designs. They're great for saving space on your desk and they all come with built-in display for less fuss when it comes to wired connections. Lastly, they're generally as powerful as a desktop PC but give you less options if you want to upgrade.

These days, it's laptops that offer the most range of choice. Screen size will vary, as well as thickness, weight, computing power, and battery life. All laptops, or notebooks as they're often called, do have one thing in common: they're made to be taken with you and can run without being plugged into a wall socket, so you can browse the internet, send emails, or look at photos just about anywhere.

Let's take a look at the different types of laptops in a bit more detail. Normal laptops offer a good combination of screen size, battery life, computing power, and portability. These are what I call the Swiss army knives of the laptop world, and are good at most tasks. Remember, laptops have screen sizes ranging from 14 to 17 inches. They're good at most computing tasks. They have a great combination of power, size, weight, and battery life. They have the option for larger screens compared to the ultra-portable models.

Ultra-portable laptops or ultrabooks are the pinnacle in personal computing technology. They're powerful and light, super-slim, and sexy, but they also cost the most. The good news is that, netbooks aside, even the entry level portable computers today are much more powerful than PCs of only five years ago. Now remember, ultra-portables feature ultra-slim cases for portability. The screen sizes range from 13 to 14 inches. They have great battery life, weight, and performance. But remember that they are the latest step in portable computing, and the newest technology, it costs the most.

You don't need to worry much about hardware or specifications for general computing tasks like web browsing, email, or enjoying photos and video. Just look at how the computer will fit in with your lifestyle. For most people who want to do the normal range of things on a PC for a couple of hours a day and don't want to be tethered to a desk, a mid-range laptop with a 13 or 15 inch screen is the best bet. For someone who wants to do more serious or professional work, a desktop has many ergonomic advantages, and the big screen is easier on the eyes.

Have a look at the some of the all-in-one models. These often have huge screens and leave lots of room on your desk. If you're interested in a Mac, be aware that while they have similar internal parts to PCs, they use completely different software. It does mean relearning if you're already familiar with Windows. With so many choices there's never been a better time to join the computing revolution, but be sure to visit a few retailers to try out a notebook or desktop before you buy. One last tip: look for a computer with a comfortable keyboard and an easy-to-view screen, as getting these right will ensure hours of computing fun.