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What do I need to consider when buying a new PC?

Buying a new computer or laptop is a big commitment regardless of whether you are a home or business user.

Understanding all the different types, models and specifications can really confuse people and if the advice you are being given is purely to get the sale, how do you know that what you are buying is suitable for your requirements?

What is it you require the computer or laptop to do?

This is the most important question you need to ask yourself when purchasing a device. Are you a graphic designer wanting to make high-end graphics or websites? or are you simply a home user just wanting to browser the internet. You need to decide the requirements you have prior to purchasing a device as this will play a major factor in what you purchase.

Secondly, do you want a machine that is super fast, the latest technology with all the mod cons or just something that is simple to use? In the era of computers and technology we are currently in there is a massive expanse of equipment to choose from – chromebooks, apple devices or windows devices.

And finally you need to decide whether you want a desktop or a laptop. Are you planning on using the device on the move or will it stay stationary in one room.

Making the decision and price ranges

Once you have finally decided what it is you want and what you want it to do make sure you tell the person or organisation those requirements. Don’t be fooled into taking the latest device because the advisor said so. Your purchase must be made based on what you want. We have been too a lot of customers who have bought from main stream organisations and the devices they have are top specifications made for commercial environments and not what the customer wanted.

Also remember that your total price will be effected if you decide to purchase a desktop as you will more than likely require a monitor, keyboard and mouse with it.

For a home computer we normally advise to look at the price range of between £200-£400 and if you are looking for top end high performance device, you are looking at between £600-£1000.

Want some more advice?

If you are wanting some more advice on a new computer or laptop, feel free to contact us.

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