Buying a new computer can be a daunting experience. You may be tempted to just buy the cheapest device you see, but it’s important to know all the details and features of the computer you eventually buy. It ensures that you get the best one for your money’s worth. Here are the top tips from Clockwork Networks computer repair for purchasing your next computer.
Usability is important when buying a desktop or laptop. You should consider what you plan on doing with any new computer. Do you want to simply get your work done and browse the web? Do you plan on doing heavy gaming or professional video editing work? If you need something that’s for simpler use, you don’t need many bells and whistles, but if you plan on playing graphically-extensive games or performing heavy professional work, your computer should have multiple top-notch features.
Whether you are considering a desktop or laptop, the size of the computer may matter to you. Many desktops are larger these days and offer a better viewing experience. However, if you want a laptop and want to be able to tote it with you anywhere you go, you might want something on the smaller side that is light in weight.
Of course, price is an important aspect to anyone in the market for a new computer. Many of today’s options are more affordable than ever, even when you add features while essentially building your own device to order. However, if you are considering buying an Apple iMac or MacBook, keep in mind that you will pay more if you buy it new. If you choose to purchase a used device, you can save and spend about the same as you might for a new Windows computer.
The screen of your new computer is highly important because you’ll be eyeing it for hours each day. To that end, you should get a device whose screen is comfortable to look at for those hours. If you’re looking to get a laptop, you have a choice between a standard screen and touchscreen as well.
There are two chief operating systems available on the market in new computers: Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra. If you are a Windows fan, you will want to get the latest and greatest OS, but if you swear by Mac, you should be more than happy with macOS. Other alternatives include Linux and Chromebook. If you buy a used computer, you might be able to get an older OS like Windows 7 or OS X El Capitan.
If you will be typing on a computer for hours on end, you will want a keyboard that’s comfortable. For example, if you are a professional writer or do blogging on a regular basis, you should avoid something that has a keyboard that has the keys all crammed too closely together. You may also want something that has a number pad.
Additionally, many keyboards include a backlight. These come in handy when you use a computer after dark and don’t want to put the light on. It helps you to see what you’re doing, even if you know all the keys’ positions by heart.
Hard Drive and RAM
The hard drive and RAM of a computer should be another huge factor in determining which one you ultimately buy. If you are only using the computer for light usage like going online, using email and basic word processing usage, something with a smaller hard drive and less RAM should suffice. These days, many computers are equipped with 500GB to 2TB of internal storage and 4GB to 16GB of RAM.
Conversely, if you are doing extensive work on a computer, using heavy graphics, gaming or video editing work, you should opt for the high end in terms of hard drive storage and RAM. More storage and RAM can handle the greater needs of these activities. Likewise, you should have a more heavy-duty processor as well.
These are important details to consider when buying a computer. Clockwork Networks can help you with that and with any computer services that you may need!