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5 Tips for Buying A New Computer

Hey folks! It's that time of year where people are buying new computers either for themselves or their loved ones. The thing is, there are so many different computers on the market today how does one decide which one is the best to buy? Well because everyone's needs are different, I can't really recommend a specific computer to people. For some, a tablet or a Chromebook is best suited for their needs. For others, a fully powered Windows, Mac, or Linux PC might be better. I do have some tips on what to look for in a good computer though, here are 5 of them!

1. Ask Yourself, What Do You Want To Use Your Computer For?

This is probably the most important factor when choosing a new computer because different types of computers are better for different purposes. In fact, this also determines how powerful you need your computer to be as well. If you are a frequent multitasker that runs a service business like I do, you will definitely want something with a keyboard, lots of RAM, and a decently fast processor. If you are more of the casual computer user, a simple tablet might be a better buy. You'll also want to consider special apps you want to use, if you're a gamer, in graphic design, CAD, or any other profession that requires specialized apps you are going to want a Windows or Mac computer with enough power to run them. Lots to consider here for sure!

2. Be Prepared To Spend At Least $400 On A Computer

I'm just going to come out and say it, any computer that costs less than $400 is a piece of crap! If you don't have a lot of money to spend on a good computer, you owe it to yourself to wait and save up a little more money. Trust me on this one, if you get a cheap computer it will be very slow, you won't be able to do anything efficiently, and it will actually cost more to repair it when it breaks then it cost to buy it. If you heed any of these tips in this post, please pay attention to this one! It will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.

3. Think Outside The Windows

Most people buy Windows computers because that's usually what people are familiar with but more and more people getting fed up with Windows (myself included), they are seeking alternatives to the status quo that suits their needs much better than any Windows PC. You can choose from the pricey Macs or iPads, Android Tablets, Linux PCs, and my personal favorite Chromebooks. I'm a computer consultant and I have a Samsung Chromebook Pro as my main work computer! I find I am way more productive in helping clients using nothing but web apps and Android apps than I ever was using a Windows PC. I love it!

4. Don't Buy Used or Refurbished PCs

There is a saying that if you buy a used PC you inherit all of the previous user's problems and it's true. Even refurbs can have issues despite the fact that they might have had new parts put in and the Windows or Mac system has been clean installed. If you do buy a refurbished PC make sure you can get support from the computer repair shop that sold it to you. If you need to save a few bucks, I don't see anything wrong with refurbs but if you can afford it buy new.

5. Avoid Lenovo and HP Computers

Lately I have found that Lenovo and HP have been putting junkware and spyware on their computers without customers' knowledge or consent. This is a real low for these huge companies and I don't like how they think they can get away with that crap. Avoid these computers at all costs! Brands that I recommend and/or don't have an issue with include Dell, Samsung, Asus, and Acer. Also remember to check reviews on Amazon and other sites to make sure a computer won't give you problems.

Bonus Tip! Support Small Businesses That Can Support Your New Computer

A lot of big box stores will offer to install extra software for you or transfer data from your old computer. Don't take the offer! They will often do a shoddy job and waste your time and money. Contact your usual computer guy if you have one and of course I am happy to offer my New Computer Setup and Consulting services to you to help you get started with you new computer on the right foot. I hope you find these tips helpful! If you want a personalized suggestion on what computer is right for you, click the button below to schedule a consultation.