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What to look for in a computer

Aug 15, 2015

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Buying a computer is one of those high price purchases that drive a lot of shoppers crazy. We all say to ourselves “If I’m going buy something that expensive, I’m gonna make sure it’s worth it!”

But making sure it’s worth it” can be the hardest part because how do we know if it’s worth it? It’s not like we can buy three or four different computers, test them out, and then return the ones we don’t like. And unless you already have a lot of experience with various computers, the decision won’t be easy.

But here’s a few tips to consider in a computer that will make that tough decision a bit easier.

  • How mobile do you want your computer?
  • laptop vs. desktop

    Consider how much you’ll be needing your computer outside of your home or office. If you need your computer to come with you everywhere you go then of course you’ll want to purchase a laptop (or even a tablet).

    But if your computer will stay in one place then a desktop will likely be the better choice. They tend to be more expensive than laptops and therefore people wonder why they should even bother with a desktop computer, but they certainly have their advantages. They often have bigger screens (and even double screening is an option), faster and better processing power, and are more compatible with different programs out there that require better processing power.

    Asking yourself how mobile you want your computer will cut down your computer seach significantly.

  • PC vs. Mac
  • pc, mac
    Yes, the ever debated topic of a PC or a Mac. This obviously won’t be an exhaustive list of the pros and cons weighing in on both sides of the table, but we’ll list a few things that will help you in your search.

    The question may come down again to what your intentions with your computer are. PC’s are the most heavily used on a commercial level. If multiple people or employees will be using the computer, chances are they will be more familiar with a PC than a Mac. Secondly, PC’s run gaming and other like programs much better than Macs.

    On the other side of the coin Macs, popularity and sleek design aside, run creative software at a higher level than PC’s which include programs used for image, video, and sound editing. Macs also tend to be lighter and more manageable on the road, however this causes them to be more at risk for overheating compared to PC’s whose bulkier design allows for more airflow within the computer. Macs are also useful because all their processing units come from the same manufacturer whereas PC’s have variety of hardware manufactures and naturally deviate from each other in terms of quality and performance.

    Again, think about what your overall use for the computer will be and align your PC or Mac choice with that.

  • Used or new?
  • old vs. new

    This question may seem a little vague for a blog to ask a mass audience, but we put it here because it’s an important question to remember.

    Obviously if you have an unlimited budget and/or require the best then buying a new computer is the right choice. But having those finances isn’t a reality for the majority of us. Therefore buying a used computer may be the only option and there are a few ways to make sure you’re getting a good deal.

    For one it’s always beneficial to buy from someone you already know and trust. Have them go through the computer with you so you can see how effectively it runs. But if you’re still curious about the condition of the computer, or you buy it from an unknown party, you are able to take it to a computer store or repair shop to run diagnostics to see if there’s any problems.

    The sad truth is that any older computer will naturally be slower than a newer one, but if you look around hard enough and go through proper screenings then using a used computer should show little problems.

    We hope you enjoyed this advice and will look to The Computer Connection for any of your computer related questions.

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