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Making a comeback? Desktop computers are better than ever

Is your laptop or tablet no longer cutting it as you spend more time working from home? Consumer Investigator Lauren Verno tells us how you can get more bang for your buck with a desktop computer.
Is your laptop or tablet no longer cutting it as you spend more time working from home? Consumer Investigator Lauren Verno tells us how you can get more bang for your buck with a desktop computer.

Until the past year, maybe you could get by with an older laptop or a smaller tablet at home because most of your work was done at the office. But for many people, working five days a week in an office might be over for good, which means it’s time to rethink the home computer. Consumer Reports finds the tried and true desktop with a monitor is making a big comeback.

Desktops have a large display and impressive computing power, and they’re more ergonomic than laptops.

Imagine no more hunching over a laptop with a desktop like the new 24-inch all-in-one Apple iMac with an M1 processor for $1,300. CR’s experts say it did well in performance tests and has an excellent display.

A less expensive option is the HP Envy TE01-1134 for $870. The full-sized desktop is one of the fastest in CR’s ratings and earned an Excellent for ergonomics.

If you’re tight on space, a compact model, the Asus VivoMini VC66-C2 for $750 could be the perfect fit. CR’s tests show it has very good processing speeds for office work and well-designed features that make it comfortable and convenient to use.

While you can’t bring your desktop outside or to your local coffee shop, CR says the power and roomy display may be worth the trade-off. And desktops usually offer you more bang for your buck compared with laptops, with more power and performance per dollar spent.