Avoid Computer Hype to Save
With the incredible range in both price and functionality available, buying a new computer can seem like a daunting task. It is often difficult to filter between the conventional wisdom on what features one should insist upon and those that are really needed.
What follows are two lists; the first describes those features that are most hyped, while the second covers those features that are most needed. While neither list is exhaustive, by considering each, anyone shopping for a computer will be able to make a more informed decision.
Most Advanced Microchip
While nearly every source of information on computers will push the latest and greatest chip, this is not always necessary. This chip will provide the greatest amount of speed without question, but the performance difference will be imperceptible to all but a few.
Unless you are one of the few computer users that crunch large quantities of data around the clock or run very visually-driven games, choosing a slightly less advanced chip will save you hundreds of dollars on your purchase.
An Enormous Hard Drive
While data and media files are rapidly becoming larger, unless you store massive quantities of video, choosing a smaller hard drive can save you money. The other thing to consider in this area is that storage is becoming less and less expensive. Should you run out of space later, adding memory is only going to cost less in the future.
A Slick Video Card
There is a certain “awe factor” associated with a high-end video card, but unless you plan to run very complex gaming applications, this is another area in which it is easy to save money.
Plenty of Peripheral Ports
To an increasing extent, computer users are both plugging things into and running things off of their computers. Having a sufficient number of ports makes this evolution much more straightforward. A particularly useful port for many users is an HDMI port that will allow one’s computer to be easily attached to an external monitor or television.
An Appropriate Size
As the bulk of new computers are notebooks, picking the right size computer has never been more important. If you plan to carry your notebook extensively, choosing one that will easily fit in a case is important. On the other hand, if you need a larger screen to see clearly, choosing too small a notebook can cause real problems.
Overall, the best approach to buying a new computer means taking stock of one’s true needs before beginning the shopping process; understand if you plan to do test development, play games or merely surf the web.
With one’s needs in mind it is far easier to accurately assess which options meet those needs without overly inflating the price. By ignoring hype and focusing on function, one can find a great computer at a reasonable price.