Buying a computer, aimed at beginners
This guide aims to demystify some of the jargon and help you make a more informed choice when buying a computer. … Whether you’re buying your first computer, or simply replacing your old one, this guide is here to help you pick the right option for …. Before you let someone talk you into a computer because of all the flash things it does or how it looks, remember that the key question you should ask is: What will I be using it for? This more than anything affects what you should look for.
If all you want to do is surf the internet, get e-mails, watch youtube, listen to music and simple word processing then the good news it that even the cheapest, lowest-end systems on the market can handle these tasks – you can really choose any of the cheaper laptops or desktops PCs. Hardly any of our home customers use their PCs for anything else.
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And if you’ve got a machine at the moment and don’t do much else with it than surfing the internet, listening to music, emails etc then We Are Geek can probably make it run just like it was when you first got it, for 1 or 2 hours work. Saving you money and helping you be green as well! Contact John to arrange an appointment.
But there are other considerations. Will you be someone who downloads and stores a lot of music files? Then you’ll want to get a larger capacity hard drive. Look for at least 1 or 2 TB.
Other people are huge movie fans, with large DVD collections. You’ll need a machine with a DVD or Blu-Ray drive.
You also need to think about memory (or RAM). The more you have, the better, because more memory will allow you to keep more applications open at the same time, and often allows the machine to run faster. You’ll need a minimum of 4 GB RAM – most new PCs have this.
If you’re going for a PC you need at least 2 or 3 USB ports to ensure maximum expandability, suitable for plugging in your digital camera, printer and so on. USB 3.0 ports allow you to transfer data much faster to a USB 3.0 external hard drive.
Some suppliers split their machines into a number of categories to help when buying a computer, e.g. everyday, office, entertainment, performance and gaming. If you’re reading this, then an everyday or entertainment machine will probably be more than adequate.
Buying a computer – the main choices
Tower computers are desktop computers that come without the required monitor or speakers. Perhaps think of the sort of machine many people use in offices. They’ll often be more powerful and better equipped with ports than their laptop equivalents, and at a lesser cost than an all-in-one computer. They’re often easier to maintain, and upgrade as well. Have a look at this Desktop PC from Amazon
These combine computer, monitor and speakers into one unit. They’re a much less intrusive proposition than a tower and monitor combo, doing away with many of the additional cables required. Many of them also feature touch screens, making them perfect for navigating Windows 8 and Windows 10. They’re ideal for watching films and performing graphical work, thanks to their large, high quality screens. They’re a good choice when buying a computer, but can more more difficult to repair compared to a desktop or tower machine. Have a look at this Lenovo C50-30 23 inch All-in-One PC available from Amazon.
Apple produced some of the first all-in-one computers in the mainstream market. Pound for pound they are relatively expensive compared to PCs, but tend to be very well designed. Have a look at this Apple iMac 21.5-inch All-in-One Desktop PC
Laptops and other portable machines
Laptops or notebooks, cover a wide range of portable computers. They feature a ‘clamshell’ design and have an integrated keyboard, mouse and display that can measure up to 17.6-inches in diameter. This Acer Aspire ES1-512 is currently on offer, and is currently the most popular notebook on Amazon.
Netbooks are smaller and less powerful than laptops, but are much more portable as a result. They’re perfect for those who travel a lot but don’t need to perform too extensive tasks.
Ultrabooks are the ultimate lightweight, all-purpose mobile PC for travel, work and play. Powerful performance from Intel Core processors, wakes up in a flash and has battery life that lasts. Try looking at Asus Zenbook – a sexy beast available from Amazon.
Chromebooks are fast, simple and secure web-based computers running Google’s Chrome OS. The ASUS C300MA has a compact chassis that makes it portable; The design features a hidden screen hinge that gives it a sleek look and the durable matte-finish cover gives the chromebook a feel which remains resistant to fingerprints.
Convertibles are devices that can convert between portable notebook computer and tablet by removing or hiding the keyboard. The Lenovo Convertible Tablet weighs only 0.8 kg, is very thin, light and portable.
Tablets are handheld portable computers that primarily use a touch screen for navigation. They run on a variety of operating systems, from Apple’s iPads on iOS, Google Android based systems or Windows devices. Try looking at Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi
You may want to arrange more help in buying a computer. WeAreGeek can help you choose and set up up for you – contact us now.
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