What to look for when buying a new computer for basic needs.
Most people go overboard when buying a new computer. They buy something that has the ability to do way more then they actually need, which can turn out to be a huge waste of money, and can actually confuse many people. When buying a computer for web browsing, word processing, video watching and other basic things, there are a few things to keep in mind.
1. You don’t need more than 4 gb of ram. Anything more is completely unnecessary, and I can guarantee that you don’t even need 4 gb. You will never come close to using all of that with the processes that you will be running.
2. Look at the battery life. If it is a computer that you will be travelling with, pay a little extra for more cells on the battery. If it will be plugged in most of the time, stick to something cheap.
3. Most people never need more than a 500 gb hardrive. With pictures, word documents and videos you will probably never use more than half of that. And, if you do need more, external hardrives are very cheap. Don’t buy an expensive computer just because it has a large hardrive, that’s a waste.
4. Any generic video card and processor will do. Only people who play video games, create music, or render videos need to look at the specifications for those pieces of hardware.
5. If you already have a monitor at home, you can hook that up to your laptop. Laptops with large screens tend to be a lot more expensive. If you don’t already have a monitor then it may be worth it. But if you have one at home, just buy a netbook or a low end laptop and hook it up to your monitor.
Don’t let buying a new laptop be a daunting task. For most people, it can be simple and straigtforward. And keep in mind, all storepeople will try to get you to buy things you don’t need.