Tips for Buying a New Computer
Have you decided to buy a new computer? There are new features added on to the new computers may it be Mac OS- or Windows based. These features are space saving profiles, efficient chips, multi-core processors and environment friendly innovations.
You can find the computers, still box shaped and heavy, but some slim models are also available. Some branded computers are designed all-in one in which all the parts of a computer are incorporated into the display. These types of computers are more expensive.
Desktops are also called as personal computers. Portable computers are simple to carry and take along with you. They differ in their computing power. Laptop computers are designed to be used for travel or tours; however they can often be heavy to carry. Notebook computers are small computers designed for travelling. They are also slightly slimmer with reduced features and less power.
Small light weight laptops are also available. Recently, Netbooks with 10-12 inch display screen weighing 2 to 3 pounds are available. Netbooks are useful when you travel frequently. They can be used for checking mails, surfing the web or can be bought for your kid as new system.
Apple has recently introduced its iPad which functions as a highly portable computer. The iPad comes with a user friendly interface and is more sensitive than the old personal computers.
Look for great deals and bargain for your personal computer.
Here Are Some Tips to Consider While You Buy a New Computer
- Avoid Surfing Online in Order to Get Cheap Price - If you require a personal computer now, don’t browse everyday to find out the prices and wait for the prices to drop. Go for it now, otherwise you will get stuck in the price comparison game. Decide and shop for it.
- Check the Monitor’s Interface Connectors - LCD monitor must have interface connectors that plug into the computer. LCD interface changes with the model screen size and brand. The LCD monitor interface connectors popularly available are VGA and DVI connectors.
- Know the Warranty and Technical Support – Most of the time, PC problems arise in the first year or sometimes immediately after you shop for it. Open the packaged PC components and assemble and check them. One year warranty is usually offered with all PC components. Extending the warranty period to two to three years will cost you approximately $150 to $200 extra. On- site technical support is supplied by many brands of personal computers. It takes 24 hours to sort out the problem.
- Additional Software - Buy the additional software only if you need it. Shop for an operating system, an office suite, and an antivirus package along with your new PC. Many times these softwares are provided by the manufacturer.
- Great Deals - Sometimes the same brand PC’s are cheap at one store and available at a raised rate at another. Check for the PC carefully, since some manufacturers replace the dual-core processors with the single core processors in an intention to reduce the cost of the computer system.
- Beware of Cost Reduction - Some manufacturers use Atom processors to reduce the cost of the PC. The PC in this case looks very attractive may it be a laptop or a desktop. But the performance of the computer is decreased when you try to open sites which have flash images and media files or watch videos or movies.
- Avoid Fancy Costlier Keyboards - Some dealers show fancy keyboards with extra advantages and more keys. If you do not have any specific need for the keyboard, go and buy the usual one and save money.
- Study the Specifications Before Buying - If you can afford to buy a personal computer with a long lifespan, go for it. Usually plan to buy a computer with specifications above the minimum. Go with the specification closer towards the highest configuration, it will help you extend the lifespan of the PC.
- Number of USB Ports and Connectivity Options - Many brands of PCs now offer more than one USB port. Some PC’s have connectivity USB ports on the front of the CPU and some have them on the back of the processor or both. Choose whichever is convenient for you. The front side connection facilitates to connect multiple devices without shuffling on the back.
- What do You Need? - Identify your need and then decide about the PC that you want to buy. If you need a PC for a general purpose, you must avoid low performance processors such as Atoms and Celerons. You should go in for a PC with minimum 1GB memory.
- Cheap Notebooks - If you wish to buy a cheap notebook with an intention to surf the web and check your emails, then you can buy an Atom processor notebook with a one gigabyte or two gigabyte of memory.
- Operating Systems - Windows 7 is the latest version of Microsoft operating system. An Apple computer with an operating system, Mac OS X is a superior substitute to Windows. Apple computers can also run the Windows operating system, however you need to buy it and install it on your own. The most recent version is Snow Leopard and those who are already using Apple can upgrade for $30.
Updated on : 14 June 2011 12:58 PM