What to Consider before Buying a Computer….

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It is a virtual world already.

That future we have all looked forward to is here. The global health pandemic probably fast tracked it. Everyone is going where their customers are – virtual. Going virtual needs some tools to become a reality. A computer.

So, you’re ready to take your life or business to the next level and you want to get a laptop. Hold on! Read this first before you click on that order. Will that laptop really serve the purpose for its purchase? If you don’t know, here are some factors you should consider before parting with your money.


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When buying a computer, the first thing that you need to consider is the purpose. Is it just for just browsing and internet or for heavy video editing and professional work? Your answer will be addressed in the points below.


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The Central Processing Unit, or CPU, serves as the brains of your computer. Processor speeds are measured in gigahertz, (GHz). When selecting, pick a faster processor but this comes expensive. These processors range from intel Celeron, the Core 1’s. If all you want to do with your computer is type and send emails, then you do not need a computer with a high processor, leave those for dealers in graphics works.

Operating System:

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Windows is by far the most popular operating system in the world, as it runs on over 80 percent of the world’s computers. You can either buy a computer with Windows pre-installed or purchase a copy of Windows yourself if you elect to build your own PC. There are other open-source alternative operating systems that are also available, most of which are Linux-based. All Apple computers come pre-installed with Apple’s proprietary OS X operating system.

The Brand:

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This is arguably the most important thing. Take a good look when you get to the market because there are branded PCs and assembled PC (this is always cheaper so, those who are ignorant buy this and end up having no one to turn to, to replace parts). Buy a brand that can easily get repair services and spare parts.

USB 3.0 Ports:

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USB 3.0 ports are a must-have on a new laptop because you would at some point need to plug in and use peripheral devices, such as external hard drives, mouse, and keyboards. Some new devices don’t include USB 3.0 ports, because of wireless connection – like the new Macbook Pros. Keep this in mind before you go ahead and purchase.


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In this day of virtual meetings, webinars and live streams, you will need a computer that comes with a well-placed webcam. Test before you buy.

Battery Life:

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Battery life is something worth considering especially if you live in climes that suffer interrupted power supply. Funny thig is the reality of a laptop’s battery life is often quite different from what it says on the box. Variables such as screen brightness and the types of programs you run will affect how long the battery lasts. Here’s a secret – instead of focusing on the number of hours the manufacturer quotes, look at the rating of the battery in Watt-hours (Wh) or milliamp-hours (mAh). The bigger the number, the longer the battery will last.

Hard Disk:

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If you have a large amount of data to store on your PC, then using a minimum 500 GB for general usage comes highly recommended. Depending on your needs you may use 1 TB, 2 TB, or even 4 TB hard drives.


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When buying a computer, consider whether it is strictly for office work or both office and personal work. If it is only for office work you can consider buying a desktop but if it is for both personal and office works, a laptop is ideal due to its portability. Considering size is also important due to the available space in the office.


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For some brands, internal parts like SMPS, Motherboard, DVD writer, should have a warranty for at least one year. Some of the brands would provide there years complete warranty under certain conditions. This is a must check and important step while buying a computer.

Save yourself the pain of regret by arming yourself with this information. Get a computer that best serves your purpose.

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