Buying The Right Computer For You
A Modern Desktop Computer
Choosing The Right Computer For Your Purpose
There was once a time when choosing a personal computer was simple. In 1982 the only real choice was the first IBM personal computer, however since then we have increased the choices available exponentially. The power of the PC has doubled in every single year since then and the capabilities of the devices have grown in all sorts of directions we had not envisioned back then.
This lens is designed to explain all the things that you now need to know in order to make the right choices when buying a computer so that it is the right match for the tasks you wish to perform.
Desktop Computers from Amazon
The main solution for avid gamers and those who wish to provide server access. However did you know that laptops are now as reliable if not more so than desktops? The other main advantage of the faster turning and larger hard drive has also now been diminished by the advent of wireless networking hard drives. In fact the laptop now accounts for 80% of all computer sales.
The latest development in this area is the touch screen all in ones, which have some of the advantages of a tablet built in to a screen containing the cpu. The all in one is often a great solution for those wishing to merge their TV and computer systems, which appears to be one direction that future technologies may take.
There are a Lot of Confusing Terms
Here is a List of the Main Ones And a Brief Explanation of Each
IT - Information Technology
RAM - Random Access Memory, is used to store data taken from the hard drive or input device just prior to processing or storing/saving it back to a storage device or media.
ROM - Read Only Memory
CD - Compact Disk, an early form of ROM it replaced floppy and compact disks.
DVD - Digital Video Disk, the more commonly used digital media or storage a form of ROM which is also capable of being WORM.
WORM - Write once read many the term used for DVD's that can be written to once and then used as archival storage.
Memory - The most annoying part of a computer, this is where data is held temporarily while the computer is working on it. If you do not save files regularly and the power goes out you will lose everything that is stored here. If there is a brief power spike data held here may become corrupted one of the major causes of computer performance issues. Please note that PC's and Mac's are equally susceptible to these issues.
PC - Personal Computer.
Mac - A derivative of MacIntosh the makers of Apple computers used to denote their products generally.
IBM - International Business Machines, the makers of the first commercially successful PC or at least first to be taken up in significant quantities
Apple - The brand name given to MacIntosh computers and now the trading name for the group as a whole.
USB - Universal System Bus, one of the sockets into which devices can be plugged to communicate with your computer, as the name implies it was designed for pretty much any device and the USB cable effectively acts as a bus to carry your data.
The Things to Consider When Buying a Computer
1. What will it be used for?
2. Does it need to be portable?
3. Are there any visual issues that need to be addressed?
4. How data heavy are my applications going to be?
5. Do I need it to work anywhere or just specific locations? Leads to need for Ethernet, Wifi or 3G.
6. Do I need peripheral devices?
7. What else may I want to connect to the computer?
8. What are my printing requirements?
9. Will my uses change over time?
10. How often am I prepared to upgrade?
11. What is my price range? Did I include tax and the peripherals I need?
12. How easy will it be to clean?
Statistical Poll of Buying Intentions
What Type of Computer do You Intend to Buy Next?
All in One Computers from Amazon
All in one computers have the cpu built into the screen like a tablet computer, but usually it is based on laptop technology. It seems likely that these will preserve the popularity of the desk top concept for a while, with their strength in combining TV will th a computer system. Touch screen technology is the main distinguishing feature here.
All In One Computer
Laptop Computers from Amazon
Currently the number one selling computer due to the size and quality of the graphics capabilities. High end laptops can now out perform desktops and are jjust as reliable as well as being fully portable and a lot easier to keep clean. These machines are top for business on the go, students and households with limited space. There are great accessories to make them even easier to use.
Netbook Computers From Amazon
Netbook computers were initially only good for the ocaissional use on vacation etc. To check emails, but are now getting more powerful and the latest ones can run business applications and games. They are still not up to the level of the best laptops but they are a viable alternative if you need real portability, and they are very popular for teens and students that want to use them in class.
Tablet Computers From Amazon
Tablets in general have been slow go take off, the notable exception being the ipad from Apple. However I and others think they will be the future, this lens for example has been largely put together using my Blackberry playbook. The Playbook is in fact better in many respects than the ipad, but remains unrecognised for its advantages. It is smaller and therefore more portable, has a better resolution screen, plays PS3 files better and has a longer run time off each charge.
The main downside has been the smaller number of applications written for the Playbook, but OS2 added the ability to run android applications so the gap with the ipad will close with time.
E Readers from Amazon
Ereaders are led by the amazing Amazon Kindle, which was the first portable computer to allow you to carry a whole library of books with you at a weight and size of just one paperback, a small one at that. The latest trend is for Ereader applications to be included on tablets, netbooks, and laptops too, so you may wish to consider whether the extra features of a tablet are worth the small price difference in those cases where you may not be able to afford both.
Color E Reader
You can now get a color e reader.
My Personal Computer
I use an Asus laptop just like this one.
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