With so many electronic items on the market today it can be really overwhelming when trying to purchase a new device. There are a plethora of options. Laptop, desktop, small, medium, large, disk space, color, operating system, memory options, etc (I think you get the idea). It can also be overwhelming when trying to understand what exactly all the technology jargon means. We have compiled a list for you of things to look for, what they mean, and how to prepare for searching for your new device.
First let’s decode some of the technological terms. Some things you need to pay attention to while shopping for a new device will be things processor speed, RAM, operating system, and the like.
1) Processor speed
Processor speed is generally measured in gigahertz, or GHz. This is the speed that a computer can process information.
RAM, or random access memory, is the memory of your computer. This is generally measured in gigabytes.
3) Operating system
This is the software that your computer will run on. There are a few different operating systems, but the most common will be Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X when choosing a laptop or desktop.
4) Graphics card
This is a specialized processor that deals only with graphics. This is separate from the regular processor.
5) Optical disc drive
This is pretty standard in most laptops, however not all. You will also need to decide if you want Blu-ray capabilities or not.
Second, you need to decide what the primary use for your device will be. Do you want to be able to be mobile with it? Are you okay with keeping it at home? This is probably the most important question when it comes to buying a new device. For the general public, our computer needs basically consist of web browsing, listening to music, checking social media, maybe the ability to store photos and do some very light editing. If you are choosing a desktop this will be a device that is stationary to your home, but can offer you a larger screen option and generally last longer than a laptop. However, if you are in need to mobility or just like the idea of being able to head to your favorite coffee shop to browse the web, or maybe sit in your lazy chair while watching Netflix, then maybe a laptop is more your style.
Once you determine the primary use of your new computer and whether you want a desktop or laptop, it is time to start looking around. This part can seem to be the most overwhelming. Some of us are the type of people who read a review or two and we are ready to purchase, but there are also those of us who spend days and weeks researching before maybe settling on something. Thankfully there are a lot of great websites and videos when it comes to reviews on certain devices that it makes shopping for a new one much easier. It is also always a good idea to get out and talk to some experts, maybe you have a local shop or someone who may be able to answer questions. Going to a store to actually see and touch the device is a good idea as well.
In order to make your first time (or buying a new device) purchase a smoother transition, decide on a laptop or desktop, decide what your needs are, research, and enjoy your purchase!