What to consider when buying a computer

Quick Computer Buying Tips

keyboard on laptopIf you are considering purchasing a new computer this holiday season, perhaps as a gift or perhaps for yourself, consider these quick computer buying tips. We will walk you through the important questions to consider when buying a new or used computer. And remember, you can always bring us any laptop, desktop or tablet for repairs if you decide to stick with what you have or buy used.

1: Pick your operating system

windows operating systemThe first step is to decide, do you want to run on a Windows or Macintosh operating system? Both systems have their own benefits, but it will mostly come down to personal preference. Generally speaking, if you are accustomed to working on one system you should stick with that system. Or you may want to base your choice upon the type of smartphone you use. If you have an iPhone you may wish to choose an Apple computer because they will be easily compatible. Conversely, if you use an Android, a Windows operating system is probably better suited to you.

2: Pick your device type

In today’s world of technology, you have a wide array of device types to choose from. You should decide which of the following you want:

  • Desktop:¬†Desktops usually provide higher¬†performance for the money you spend when compared to laptops. They are also less costly to repair and typically come with a larger screen. They are better for stationary use, such as for an office environment.
  • Laptop: Laptops are easy to transport and take up very little space. They are perfect if you are constantly on the go. However, you will sacrifice some performance and they come with a higher price tag. They also can be more difficult to repair than a desktop.
  • Tablet: Tablets are increasingly popular. They are extremely versatile and can be carried around with ease. Although they are wonderful for reading and web browsing, they can be more of a challenge if you plan on doing a lot of typing. However, there are many tablet compatible keyboards available now that can be added on for times you plan on typing more.

3: Choose your features

With the wide array of computer options available, you will have many features to choose from. You should sit down and decide what features are most important to you before you shop for a computer. When you narrow down your list, you will have an easier time picking the right computer. The following are all features you should think about and decide your personal preference on:

  • Docking station
  • Card slots
  • Sound system
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad
  • Mouse
  • Networking
  • Battery
  • Touchscreens
  • Display size
  • Monitor
  • Optical drive
  • Hard drive capacity
  • 3D capability
  • Graphics adapter
  • Graphics memory
  • Security
  • Memory
  • Processor

As you determine the best type of computer to buy for you or a loved one this holiday season, please feel free to give us a call. And if you decide to purchase a used laptop, desktop or tablet and it needs some repairs, please give us a call. We can help you get your computer ready for the holiday season.