If you don’t yet own a computer or are in desperate need of an upgrade, there has never been a better time to buy one! There is now an amazing choice of makes and models to choose from, many at very affordable prices. Let’s take a look at the key considerations in making a purchase and get started!
The first question to ask is ‘Do you need to have a mobile computer, one you take with you or do you want a stationery device for your home or office?
Sales of laptop computers surpassed desktops a couple of years back, however they are not as powerful or robust as their desk bound cousins. The plain fact is that a laptop is more susceptible to getting lost or stolen, accidentally dropped or having coffee spilled all over it! Having said that the advantage of working from almost any location is a big plus and a must for some people. There is a very wide range of laptops available from inexpensive netbooks with their 7” screens to more expensive, powerful (and heavy) 17” laptops.
If you don’t need mobility, then opt for a powerful desktop computer like the Dell Inspiron 660 with an Intel Corei3 Processor and 4GB RAM running Microsoft Windows 7, a vast improvement on the terrible Windows Vista and their best operating system ever. Add on a very affordable 23” flat widescreen monitor and you have a workhorse of a computer that will give you years of service.
If mobility is important, then why not opt for a Toshiba Satellite L735 series with 13” screen, Intel Core i3 dual core processor, 4GB RAM, a whopping 320GB hard drive and built-in Bluetooth. This is a powerful portable computer from a company that makes very reliable and affordable laptops.
If you don’t need all that processing power and you really just want to read some email, surf the web and play some games, then the new kid on the block, a tablet computer, might be just for you. The undisputed king of the tablets is Apples iPad with it’s exquisite touch screen, eye catching design, unrivalled ease-of-use and thousands of inexpensive apps from the App store. It’s not surprising that these sought after devices are flying off the shelves.
Whatever you choose, think carefully about your proposed use. What is the purpose and where will you use it most. Shop around for value and choose a well-established manufacturer with a good reputation. Research your purchase on the Internet (just Google it) and ask your friends for recommendations. Putting some thought in at this stage will save you some heartache down the line. Happy computing!
Eamon is a Senior IT Professional with PaqIT, an IT Service Provider with offices in Limerick and Galway. See www.paqit.com.