Checklist for buying a new computer
Buying a new computer isn’t something that a lot of people give much time to, yet the decision is with you for the next 2 – 5 years depending on your hardware refresh rate. There are a number of questions you can ask yourself that will give you a very quick idea of what you need.
- Mobility – Do you need a Laptop or Desktop?
- Mac or Windows? – the business network and software will dictate this (even though some people seem to ignore this part for particular favourites)
- What software do you use?
- What is the recommended spec for the software.
- Best guess what will it need to be in 2 years? (looking back 2 years will give you an idea of what to expect)
- What’s my budget?
In the case of laptops you also need to ask
- Do I need a big screen (can i mitigate the large screen by having a monitor and docking station at my desk)?
- How much battery life do I need?
- How heavy is too heavy?
- Do I use a CD-ROM?
- Can I use a track pad?
- Do I need touchscreen?
- Do I need a number pad?
- Will I need it to ruggedised?
These questions will get you to a point where you can decide if you want for example a large screen laptop (very heavy and battery life of nil if you don’t spend a decent chunk of change), a standard budget laptop or an ultrabook / hybrid.