Interesting - if somewhat confusing!
My computer uses are mainly text typing in Word, emails or on discussion forums like this one (so I need a proper keyboard), plus maintaining my website (I currently use Microsoft FrontPage, which I know is now obsolete), some Excel work, photo editing and storing, producing PowerPoint presentations, scanning and printing. I don’t use social media, or smartphones.
I currently have a desktop running Win7 and a cheap little notebook running XP - I use the notebook as a backup (I duplicate all important files onto it) and also to carry with me when away.
I am satisfied with what these two offer but my rather old desktop is getting cranky and sometimes needs two or three attempts to start it up, so I’ve been looking at alternatives in case it falls over. As far as I can see from the adverts, just about every PC these days is offered with Win8, without the option of anything else. What I’ve read in this thread confirms my suspicion that Win8 doesn’t really offer anything that I need.
I’m interested in the good reports that Macs get, but most of the software I use is Microsoft and I can’t easily change it since I swap lots of files around with other people (especially Word and Excel). I gather that you can use such programmes on Macs, but how advisable is that?
Incidentally, while I’m interested in the All-in-One designs as I have a rather cramped workspace, I wouldn’t have a laptop as my main computer. I did at one time, until I accidentally splashed some liquid into it and discovered the hard way there isn’t a waterproof membrane protecting the workings… this happened immediately before going away on a long holiday, and by the time I got back it was beyond retrieval.