There are so many choices when it's time to buy your next laptop. I will not recommend the desktop simply because it will consume your working space, and it's not mobile.
I saw this HP Pavilion Touchmart 15.6 at Amazon website today, with the following specification.
- OS: Windows 8 64-bit
- Processor Type: 4th generation Intel Dual Core i5-4200U, 1.6GHz with
- Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
- Memory: 6GB DDR3
- Hard Drive: 750GB 5400RPM hard drive
- Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD burner
- Multimedia : SD cards Reader
- Graphics and Audio
- Graphics: Intel HD graphics 4400
- Audio: DTS Sound
- Display, Keyboard, Webcam
- Display Size: 15.6″ 1366×768 HD BrightView LED-backlit touchscreen display
- Keyboard: Full-size keyboard with numeric keypad
- Webcam: HP HD Webcam w/ integrated digital
- Ethernet LAN
- Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n WLAN
The operating system is Windows 8 Home, ok for home or small business use. But if you want it network with your Active Directory, you will need the Windows 8 Professional. I think this is an excellent deal if you are planning to replace your current home workstation or laptop.
And if power is not enough for you, you're lucky HP Pavilion Touchmart also sell i7 processor. Here's the link.