How to Choose a New Computer
Updated: Jun 8, 2020
Whether you’ve exhausted all options for repairing your old computer or you just fancy an upgrade, the choice of replacements out there can be daunting. For home computing, your list of requirements probably isn’t long, but it’s all too easy to get sucked into buying something more expensive than you need with a sales assistant breathing down your neck.
Before you even look at any models, sit down and make a list of the things that you use your machine for and the features that you need it to have. Do you need something portable and if so, how portable? Is a super-light laptop something you’re willing to splash out on, or would you rather sacrifice portability for cost?
If you’re a gamer looking for maximum performance and some sweet graphics, you’ll be in the market for a much more powerful machine than if your primary use is for general home computing – word processing and Excel spreadsheets don’t require lots of memory or high-spec graphics cards.
Once you’ve established your must-have features, set yourself a budget and hope that what you want and what you can afford match up! Check out online which makes and models meet your list of specifications, then compare how they’re priced across a range of websites and look up some reviews.
After Christmas, big sales take place, so it might be worth your while hanging on for a bargain, but they’re never guaranteed and prices can go up as well as down. For a real bargain on an everyday home computer or laptop, try refurbished models, which can be much cheaper and perform just as well.
If your old laptop or PC is still in a workable condition, consider donating it to a charity like Computers 4 Africa, which refurbishes and resets redundant IT equipment to be sent to children in Africa. It’s an ethical and economical option that has helped open the door to IT education for thousands of children.
When cash is tight, remember that computer repairs and upgrades will almost always work out cheaper than a new PC or laptop. Like to check if you can extend the lifespan of your machine contact us and see if you can save some well needed cash.
For more information on how we can help you keep your computer in great shape, or for advice on how to fix it if your computer is already in need of repair, call us at Goldmine IT Support Ltd today 0203 583 2650 or 07951 337 336.