Simple question in the title, would like to hear opinions on what’s the best way to go.
I currently have a outdated desktop with dual monitors and a healthy amount of storage parked in my office. It needs to be replaced and I’m curious which way I should go, so I’m hoping to get some insight into other people’s experiences.
I’m debating between getting a high-end ultrabook or getting a mid-range (i5 or i7, non-gaming rig) desktop and pairing it with a tablet (probably a Surface 2, don’t let that bias you).
Here’s my use case. We live in a good sized townhouse, 4 stories, with a office downstairs, living room on floors 2 and 4 and bedroom on 3. I work from home frequently (cloud based stuff) and the g/f studies and does homework at home. I primarily use my computer for web based work, casual browsing, iTunes/Netflix/Hulu/Pandora, Outlook/Office apps, media storage (photos, music, movies), syncing mobile devices, and the occasional VPN session. The live-in g/f is basically the same.
Also, the g//f has her own outdated laptop that has a year or two left in it. I have a work laptop that I’ll be keeping, but can’t use for any personal stuff.
In the past I’ve always been a desktop guy with my PC in my living room connected through a media extender to the TV. But, in this new house I find that having a desktop anchored in the office is less than ideal for casual stuff. It is however excellent for work stuff. The g/f and I plan to merge our media libraries and a desktop as a file server is a nice thought.
That said, we could move away from centralization and just each have our own personal laptop. If we did this it’s probably much harder to have a central file server (though I may re-purpose the current old desktop for that) and we wouldn’t have one single location were all our USB devices can live. In this scenario I end up with 2 laptops, my own and my work one. Also having a ultrabook makes having a tablet sort of moot, but maybe that’s a good thing.
So, without rambling too much more, what do you folks think I should do? If you could reboot your own collection of devices, what would you choose? Anyone managing a household of devices today with some good advice?