In the market for a new device but not sure what to buy?
Do you buy a desktop, laptop, tablet or a 2-in-1 ?
this is one of the trickiest questions that you will have to tackle. Its quite simple once you think about it.
write a list of things you plan to do on it (email, web browsing, gaming)
Does it need to be portable if so how portable? a 2-in-1 is much lighter and smaller than a laptop but slightly bigger than a tablet depending on size.
So now we have answered a few questions let have a look what you might be in the market for. Each has advantages and limitations so lets go though them.
pros: Good for basic internet and email, portable, limited for games (only those on google play / app store)
Cons: can be quite cumbersome to open and print documents, the price is the same as a low end laptop / 2-in-1, superseded by other models quiet frequently.
Pros: small light weight, low cost, similar features to a laptop / desktop by running windows, the option to use as a laptop or tablet.
Cons: the touchscreen can be temperamental, takes a bit of getting used to, driver support / trouble shooting can be hit and miss, components can’t be upgraded
pros: full use the same as a desktop but portable, upgradeable components, more reliable than a 2-in-1, more support features from windows/ IOS (if your a mac user) 5 to 10 year life expectancy, screen size
cons: Price for higher end laptops, higher risk of screen damage
pros: very customizable, budget friendly, easier to use if working from home, good for gaming.
cons: not portable, permanent setup
Great now we have worked out what we want now its time to workout what specifications you need. if you have
programs that have certain requirements we need to make sure we meet them.
first thing we look at is the CPU (Central Processing Unit).
in the world of computing there are 2 major brands AMD and Intel.
For intel you would be used to seeing the I series and to beak this down and make it easy to understand
Intel atom – processor used in 2-in-1 devices
Intel I3 – very basic processor used for very basic computing, not capable of doing lots of tasks at once.
Intel I5 – the most popular processor for speed and cost. Found in most homes and office computers capable of running multiple tasks.
Intel I7 – best and most expensive, capable of running lost of tasks and high demand programs such as photography software, video editing, Auto CAD and high end gaming.
Intel I9 – Top of the range used for high-end video and photo editing, auto CAD, preformace gaming on a pro level.
In the world of intel see below for the equivalent.
AMD Ryzen 3 –> Intel I3
AMD Ryzen 5 –> Intel I5
AMD Ryzen 7 –> Intel I7
AMD Ryzen 9 –> Intel I9
Great now that’s sorted time to sort out the RAM (Random Access Memory).
RAM is used to process the read and write access for a hard drive. RAM temporarily stores data before its written to a disk. The more RAM you have the faster your computer can do tasks.
but how much do you need for your computer?
Again this will depend on what your using your computer for. For windows 10 to run you need a minimum of 8 gig but you can go as high as 64 gig depending if your motherboard.
We recommend 16gig as this handles most tasks and users wont get frustrated with wait time.
our next instalment we will look at antivirus