Checklist for buying a new computer

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.

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