Whether itâ€™s time to say a final farewell to your old computer or you are buying your very first new one, choosing the right computer can be a mind-boggling experience. There are so many different options out there, from desktop, laptop, or tablet, through to memory, gigabytes, terabytes and other technological confusing terminology thrown at you by the sales staff or literature.
So how do you decide on the best new computer for you?
Buying A New Computer?
Five Things To Think About
What will you use it for? If you only want a computer to check the BBC news, the weather or to send a couple of emails, then things like memory and processing power wonâ€™t be too important. If you are looking at downloading music, streaming movies or playing games then you need a top of the range machine that will cope with all you throw at it.
Where will you use it? When PCâ€™s first started to become part of family life there would be one, large and noisy beast of a machine sat in a corner of the room â€“ but now we use computers everywhere we go. If you fancy working on your computer in the garden this year, you need something that will connect to wireless where ever you are in your house â€“ or garden.
Will your needs be likely to change in the near future? The world of technology is rapidly changing and updating â€“ if your children or grandchildren may need to use your new computer for homework or to show you new things, will the machine you thought you needed just for your basic use be enough? You donâ€™t want to go for an entry level computer and then discover a few months down the line that it is not capable of all the things that you or your family will need from it.
Will it be compatible with your current software/hardware? New computers donâ€™t always support old software â€“ you need to take this into consideration as if you also have to buy new versions of all of your programs it could be costly. The same goes with your hardware â€“ can your new computer work with your printer for example. Transfering all your data from your old machine can be a straight forward process – but you need to know that it is possible before you spend out on a new computer.
Is it really such a great deal? â€śBuy cheap, buy twiceâ€ť â€“ there is usually a good reason why certain makes and models of computer are such a â€śgoodâ€ť deal â€“ if it looks too good to be true, it most probably is. You’ll find companies who have large stocks will significantly reduce costs if something is going out of date – for example, when a new versoin of Windows comes out or Microsoft annouce they’ll no longer support an older version. Spending out just a little bit more for a higher performing machine could save you money in the long term.
Choosing the right computer for your requirements may seem confusing; you’re spending out on something that you need to be right for you. Making sure that you know what you want from your computer before looking at your options will help you make the right decision.