Shopping for a computer can be intimidating: the prices, the choices, the jargon. But if you're looking for a tech option that works for the whole family without costing a fortune, you probably could use some help. We busted our bytes to find the best choices, and the best values, for every kind of household, from simple Web surfers to hard-core techies.
You mainly check e-mail, browse the Web and stream Hulu content, and maybe you need a computer with enough oomph to run some powerful software—here's the tool for you.
DETAILS The Inspiron ($580, dell.com) has everything you'd want in a midrange machine. The 23-inch full-high-definition all-in-one unit sits on a compact yet sturdy base.
KEEP IN MIND These days, many kids intuitively expect to swipe their way around electronics. If you've got little ones, consider upgrading to a touchscreen model, which costs an additional $170.
WHAT WE LOVE It can be mounted on a wall, freeing up desk space.