Whether it’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 confusing technical terminology thrown at you by sales staff in store or online literature.
So how do you decide on the best new computer for you?
5 Tips For Buying A New Computer
What will you use it for? If you only want a computer to check the weather or the BBC news site and send a couple of emails, then things like memory and processing power won’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 PC’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 – but now we use computers everywhere we go. If you fancy watching the Wimbledon Finals in the garden this year, you need something that will connect to wireless where ever you are in your house – or garden - and preferably something with a long battery life unless you will be next to a socket.
Will your needs be different in the near future? The world of technology is rapidly changing and updating – 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 don’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 may need from it.
Will it be compatible with your current software/hardware? New computers don’t always support old software – 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 – can your new computer work with your printer for example?
Was it really such a great deal? “Buy cheap, buy twice”; there is usually a good reason why certain makes and models of computer are such a “good” deal. If it looks too good to be true, it most probably is. Some sellers will have machines at bargain prices as they are trying to get rid of old stock, or, as above, this machine won't support specific software programs. Spending out just a little bit more for a higher performing machine could save you money in the long term.
If you are unsure about options given to you such as RAM, TB Hard Drive, Processor and the likes, drill down what you need first and then ask the questions as to whether the jargon matches your requirements. You might also find our blog post "Understanding Laptop Terminology" of use in deciphering some commonly used words.