I like the convenience of a laptop. You can take them anywhere and now days they last just as long as a desktop. You just have to look after it and it will last. You can get a great value laptop for around $1,000. Infact I recently bought one for my daughter from the dell website…however their service is good and bad..Good if you are lucky, which I was. There is also the option of a netbook which is a smaller version of a laptop but with less features. If you go this way make sure you will be happy with the limited features.