Are you looking to buy a new laptop or PC? We understand that this can be a daunting task, there are a myriad of choices for you to make. If its a new home computer you’re after, your list of requirements probably isn’t too long, but it’s very easy to get drawn in by a smooth talking sales assistant.
Before you go shopping, sit down and make a list of all the things you want your next computer to have. Do you need a laptop? If, so does it need to be a super light op of the range model, or are you able to sacrifice portability for cost?
Are you a gamer in need of uber performance and smooth graphics? If so, you’ll be looking for a much more powerful machine than if your main need is general home computing. Word Processing, Excel, Facebook and the kids homework don’t require huge memory or top notch graphics cards.
Now you have your ‘must have’ list, have a look at your budget – fingers crossed that what you need and what you can afford aren’t too far apart! Have a look online for makes and models that match your requirements and then make sure you look at a range of websites for a comparison of pricing – prices will vary depending where you go!! Don’t forget to use these sites to check the reviews as well.
When you buy your next computer can play a big part in how much you spend – can you wait for Black Friday in November or the Christmas sales? It might be worth waiting so you can grab a bargain, but remember that the reduction you might get isn’t guaranteed. If it’s just a basic home PC you need, you might want to try looking at a refurbished computer, these can offer big savings, with little impact on performance.
If your old PC or laptop is still in reasonable condition, you might want to consider donating it to a charity like Computers 4 Africa, which completely wipes and then refurbishes donated IT equipment so it can be sent to children in Africa. It’s an ethical and economical option that opens the door to IT education for thousands of children.
Remember that repairs or upgrades often work out cheaper than a new computer. Feel free to call us for a chat and see if digit-all could extend the lifespan of your machine. Alternatively, we can also help if you’re having trouble setting up your new computer.