Buying a computer doesn’t have to be overwhelming
When you’re looking for a new computer, or upgrading your existing computer, begin the process by listing everything you’d like that computer to do, eg. browsing the internet, send/receive email, store your photos and music. Once you know what you’d like to use your computer for, you will find it easier to establish what sort of computer to buy. Some key things to remember when purchasing/upgrading your desktop or laptop computer are detailed below.
When purchasing a laptop you need to bear in mind that many components within laptops are not upgradeable – so it’s really important to identify exactly what you need before you start shopping. It can be quite mind-boggling when you’re out there shopping and you’re confronted with dozens of laptops – so here’s a guide to help you get started…
- Size vs. Portability
When you buy a laptop, the decision you need to make is: do you want a ultra portable laptop or would you prefer a larger-screen laptop? A portable (lightweight) laptop means a smaller screen and keyboard but easier to carry around, while the large-screen laptops are heavier but have a more comfortable keyboard.
- What type of CPU (processor)?
There are two main brands of processor, AMD and Intel. Both of these processors are great – just make sure it’s a “dual-core” processor.
- How much RAM (memory) should I get?
Most new laptops are being sold with Windows Vista which needs at least 1GB of RAM to function correctly – if you can afford to spend a little more you should get a laptop with 2GB of RAM.
- What other things should I get with my laptop?
Most laptops come with both a DVD burner and wireless technology – but its always worth checking the specifications just to make sure.
- Will it be compatible?
Make sure you existing software and hardware, such as your camera and printer will work with your new computer.