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Picking the right computer can be a surprisingly daunting experience for many of us.  Costing hundreds to thousands of dollars, many are left concerned - is this a good investment? Am I throwing away my money? How do I know exactly what I need? We are here to help!

There are many ways in which you can choose the most cost effective, durable and suitable computer for your needs. Continue below to find out the top 5 factors every customer must consider before making the final decision!

  1. BATTERY LIFE

When purchasing your new computer, consider your everyday needs. Do you work remotely, maybe you stream lots of online videos, or do you simply hate when your computer’s battery dies on you? In these cases, it’s best to have a device with a long-lasting and adequate battery life. To check, find the rating of the battery in Watt-hours (Wh). The higher the number is, the longer the battery will last!

  1. BUILD QUALITY

We’ve all had that horrible moment when the computer you were so excited to buy, is knocked, exposed to the elements or even stepped on and left damaged! Repairs can cost you an arm and a leg, so it’s important to ask the provider how much durability testing the computer has undergone prior to being sold.

  1. DESKTOP OR LAPTOP?

The (technological) age old debate - which is better, the laptop or desktop? At the end of the day, they both have their pros and cons. Check below to see the differences between each device to decide which is most suitable for you!

Laptop

Desktop

  • Great for those needing to work from many different locations

  • Fits many components, whilst taking up less space

  • Generally more expensive 

  • Easier to keep cool resulting in longer lifespan

  • Generally maintains higher performance levels for longer

  • Use is restricted to where the PC is installed

 

  1. THE PROCESSOR

The processor can be described as the ‘brain’ of the computer, responsible for the computer's speed, efficiency, performance and even more. To ensure your computer is functioning as it’s best, you need a fully equipped processor, which lies in its number of cores and speed.

The ‘speed’ of the processor indicates how much data it can process and in how much time, while the number of ‘cores’ indicates the level of multitasking the computer can handle. Whether you require a computer which can handle multiple programs at the same time, at an amazing speed or the complete opposite, always check the processors speed and cores with your provider.

  1. CHECK THE PERIPHERALS

When Apple’s ‘Macbook Air’ arrived, many were left shocked (after purchase) that it in fact did not have a FireWire port. Before purchasing your new computer, be sure to fully inspect whether the devices peripherals has everything you will need, such as multiple USB ports and a DVD drive!

Picking the right computer can be daunting, but if you take into consideration these 5 factors you can easily make the right purchase!

 

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