Windows machines are the most popular target by far, but some threats have popped here and there on Macs, too. The average selling price of a laptop is less than 0, and you can get a well-equipped model for an even lower price. But the starting price for those machines is about 0.
For instance, the HP Pavilion g6x features an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive for 9. So if that person on your list wants a notebook that behaves more like a tablet, you’re going to pay more.
Similar options are available for Android-based slates.
They’re great tools for surfing the web, checking e-mail and Facebook, playing games, reading digital magazines and books, and enjoying movies and music. These devices turn on instantly and tend to last longer on a charge than your typical notebook.
The best models offer 8 or more hours of unplugged use.
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