If you’re considering buying a new computer or upgrading your machine to a new model or complete new brand then there’s obviously a few things that you should be considering before you make the purchase.
A computer is so much more about what it actually does, and how long it lasts over the longer term and how it helps you perform your day-to-day tasks than how it looks on the outside. Of course that’s important, but not as much as how the computer performs in itself and allows you to be productive.
Things that you should consider are:
What do you need to computer for?
For example, if you need a gaming computer, or if you need it to perform things such as helping you with graphic design, then you obviously want something that boasts high level graphics cards. If, on the other hand, you need something to travel with, then you’ll be looking for something that’s very lightweight, doesn’t take up too much space, and has a long lasting battery.
How much are you willing to spend?
If you look at any computer magazine or website selling computers, you’ll see that they range in price drastically, so it’s important to set a budget that you can afford and that you’ll be able to stick to while still being able to get what you want.
If you see something that you really want, but it doesn’t fit within your budget then instead of writing it off you could look at second hand and refurbished items. Many times you find the people are just selling simply because they don’t use the machine or they’re upgrading and they really haven’t been able to find a purpose for it, and they don’t want it lying around so you find a lot of the time that these computers are actually in great or near new condition.
Refurbished items are generally sold from retailers who specialise in this area and they will always be checked for quality before being sold so you can save yourself quite a lot of money. Doing this means that you get what you want in terms of the machine, and stay within budget.
What’s really important to you?
If you prefer Apple products simply because of how they work or look, or you just can’t imagine using a Windows machine or any other type of computer, then that’s fine and you can absolutely justify the cost of an Apple computer – especially if it helps you with work. If, on the other hand, you’re strictly a Windows person and you have a reason for being stuck on Windows and feel it’s more up your street than an Apple computer, then you have to acknowledge that and not just go for one simply because someone else said that it was the best one. You have to decide what’s important to you when it comes to a computer, in terms of, not just what it can do but also why it is important to you on a personal level.