What to look for when choosing a computer
If you are thinking of buying a computer, you will probably want to take a look at some of the features you will need to review in order to choose one that is suitable for your particular use.
There are many brands and models but one of the first things you should know or think about is whether you want a desktop or a laptop. It is very likely that you already know this point but if not, you should think about the following:
-Is the space where I use my computer always the same? -Might someone else require that space?
If you are used to move around the house with your laptop and you are thinking about buying a desktop computer (as I did), you should think about whether the place where you would place the desktop computer will always be accessible and “only” yours. In my case, this was complicated, since the space where I wanted to place my desktop computer was sometimes required by other people in the house to make work video calls etc.
-Do you travel a lot? -Do you often go on business trips?
This point also seems very important to me, if your holidays are usually offline and one of the requirements is NO computers, you could use a desktop computer. If your case is just the opposite (like mine) and for work you always travel with your computer under your arm, think about it. You can always have two computers but here is the question: -Where do you store the information?
If you are used to keep EVERYTHING in the cloud is perfect, because you can always pull other people’s computers
when you travel or when you have to work from somewhere else. If you don’t have that good habit, it can be a very unpleasant experience to stand in front of your laptop outside the house and not be able to move forward because the documents or information you need are on your desktop computer…
If you were not clear about this first point, I’m sure that with these questions you are thinking a little more and seeing new perspectives.
Let’s move on to the next point of interest, are you clear about which operating system to buy? As you know, there are different types of operating systems, the most common are: Windows,
OSX (MacOS) and Linux. This depends a lot on the personal tastes of each one, generally we are of one or another, but taking advantage of the topic, we are going to share some advantages of each one, in case you are still thinking about it:
-Windows: it’s a window based system, it’s easy to use (probably for many the easiest), everything or almost everything is available for this system (programs, games etc.) and it’s a product accessible for everybody, besides having different versions according to the use you’re going to give it.
-OSX (MacOS): Its graphic interface is composed by the interaction between the mouse, the icons and menus. All its models are of a very high quality, the security of this system is top, it is very easy to use and it is one of the most reliable operating networks. -Linux: is a free software and open source system, this is the big difference with the two previous ones. Therefore, it is free and of free use, it is also very safe given the reliability of its clients, it is very robust, stable and fast and it is ideal for servers and distributed applications.
After having clear the two previous points, we can move on to analyze some of the things you should look at.
We will start with the exterior (the aesthetics) and then go deeper into the interior.
On an aesthetic level, the operating system is important since the aesthetics will change quite a lot, in spite of this, in the case of a laptop, we must think about the size of it. If our activity is related to graphic design, video editing, etc., it is likely that we will opt for a slightly larger screen, such as 15 inches. We consider this size a good option since it will allow you to see in detail what you need, without damaging your sight, but it will still have its most important feature and that is that you can carry it with you in a simple backpack.
It is clear that in this case the size of the screen does matter, but its resolution is also very important. We will always recommend you to go around 1366 x 768 pixels, this will also depend on the size of the screen. It’s a key point to look at, though.
The computer casing is also something to take into account, it seems a merely aesthetic matter but this is not entirely correct as the casing has a very important function when it comes to protecting the guts of our toy. Generally speaking, if we look at it, cheaper computers usually have plastic housings, this one does not dissipate heat as well as other materials and it is also heavier, but, it is cheaper… In contrast, mid/high range computers are usually made of aluminium, carbon fibre or magnesium alloys. These materials, besides being much stronger than plastic, dissipate heat much better, which will improve the performance of our computer as well as its durability.
Well, let’s start to get into the guts of our computer, we will focus mainly on laptops but the explanations and definitions can always be applied to the rest of the models.
-Battery: this is one of the elements of the computer that usually gives more problems in the long run. At the beginning, they usually have a long autonomy of 10 or even 15 hours, but with time it is very common that this autonomy gets damaged and you have to change it for a new one or use the computer always plugged to a current source. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on these repairs, we advise you to take a model that has a long battery life but that its replacement is not excessively expensive. Also, you can always try to take care of it by not using chargers that do not correspond to your model, unplugging the charger when the battery is full, etc.
-Hard disk: what your computer’s memory is. This usually doesn’t seem to be a problem when we buy it new since most of them have about 500 GB and it’s quite a lot. But in the long run and with time we tend to accumulate many things that we do not know very well or what information we have and where to start deleting. The positive side of the hard drive, is that you can always choose alternatives such as saving the content in the cloud or using an external hard drive for very large files, but always think that running out of memory on the computer, will complicate your life in one way or another.
-Processor: it is basically the power of your computer, if you are going to do things like edit videos, use games or architecture programs etc. it is preferable that you opt for a quite powerful processor.
-RAM memory: the choice is similar to that of the processor, if you are one of those who open many tabs at the same time, use different programs that require quite a lot of power, that is, you give it quite a lot of power, look for a computer with a good RAM memory of at least 12 GB to 16 GB.
-Graphics card: for gamers this is usually something very relevant when choosing their laptop since it determines the image quality and the number of frames per second. For graphic design or
architecture is also often important to have a good graphics card.
With all this information we hope to have given you clues about what order to choose or at least to be able to choose with some criteria and knowing well what is more important for you, depending on the use you are going to give it. But as always, you know that if you want us to recommend you personally so that you don’t have to spend endless hours comparing models, just contact us and Miquel will recommend the best computer for you according to your tastes and budget.