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Buying Guide: New Computers

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:36 -- Rachel Cunningham

When choosing a new computer for your business, the first decision you want to make is whether you want to buy a desktop computer or a laptop.  If your employees are going to be calling on customers and need to do things like online product demos then its a no brainer that you will want to go with laptop computers. Similarly if you are expecting to do work outside of the office or remotely, then the laptop route is the better route to go. If you are stationed in an office the majority of your day and you have no need to take your work outside of the office then a desktop computer is perfect for you.

Software - Which software you use is really a personal preference.  You will have to asses which software suits your business properly, but we can suggest you start out with at least the Microsoft Office suite because more than likely you’re going to be opening or creating an excel sheet at some point.

Hardware - If you are going to be using it for anything other the most basic of internet browsing, I'd go with at least an i5 processor. If you're going to be doing a lot of heavy photo and video editing we would suggest you go with an i7.

Processor – Also known as the Central Processing Unit (CPU), a computer’s processor is like the brain of the computer and has a large effect on speed.  When choosing a processor for your system what you care about is its speed which is measured in Gigahertz (GHz).  Anything over 2.5 GHz should generally suffice.

RAM – Also known as Random Access Memory or simply memory, the RAM of a computer is where your computer stores information while it is running tasks.  Generally the larger the RAM of a computer the faster the computer will operate.  RAM is Measured in Gigabytes (GB).  Keep in mind, 4 GBs of RAM is the BARE MINIMUM you need to be able to function in windows 10, and we would suggest looking for 8 GBs at least.

Hard Drive/Storage: Also known as the hard disk drive or internal drive, this is where your computer stores things like photos, videos, music and other types of files. In terms of storage, there are two different options. You can get a regular hard drive, which is by far the most common, and in that case, Also measured in Gigabytes, 500 GB of storage should be enough unless you are going to be storing a ton of large files like video then we’d suggest a 1 TB HDD (Hard Disc Drive).

The alternative is to get a computer with an SSD or Solid State Drive. SSDs are about 7 to 8 times as fast as a regular HDD. If you want a computer that is blazing fast, then we would suggest you go with an SSD. It makes a crazy difference. The only issue is that you're sacrificing storage space for speed. A 1TB HDD costs about the same as a 256GB SSD.

Resist the urge to buy the Black Friday or Cyber Week $300 laptop this season and realize that all the above factors play a huge role in your business daily function. You will get what you pay for when it comes to laptops & desktop computers and if you want a good quality & reliable computer for your business then we suggest Lenovo, which is our trusted brand of computers. If you don’t know how much hard drive space you need or if you should get a standard HDD or go with the SSD then give us a call today and we would love to walk you through the steps. cat-man-du employees can point you in the right direction when it comes to making that new purchase for your business.


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