Whether you are working from home or in an office, a reliable computer is often one of the most important tools that you need to do your job. And if the time has come to choose a new device, you want to go with an option that satisfies your needs the best.
Of course, a lot comes down to a budget. As a rule of thumb, the more money you have, the better computer you can get. But what if you cannot afford an expensive device, or if your boss is too cheap and unreasonable, leaving you with limited options?
Well, even if you cannot splash money, there are still plenty of reasonable options. After all, computers are in high demand these days, and manufacturers are making sure that they are available for people with lower incomes.
Having said that, let’s take a look at three important things that you need to focus on while getting yourself a new computer.
Consider Hardware and OS Needs
Since you are going to be using the computer primarily for work, your hardware needs might not be as large as someone’s who would be interested in playing high-end video games. Those require powerful hardware and consume a lot of system resources. On the other hand, you can also look to combine both the work and video games with decent hardware, but if the primary purpose is to work, then powerful hardware is not necessarily a priority.
Keep in mind that you also have the option to upgrade hardware later when you save some money or if your needs change. In addition, the computer hardware will become outdated eventually, so an upgrade is more or less inevitable.
Now, as for work software, for the most part, you should be fine even with low-end computers. On the other hand, your work could involve high-end software for video editing or data processing, to name two examples. Naturally, hardware demands increase in this case.
As for operating systems, the choice usually comes down to two popular options—MS Windows and macOS.
Most people are probably familiar with Windows, and sticking to something you know is usually a solid choice.
At the same time, if you are more familiar with macOS, or feel like switching to it would be better, then go for it. And keep in mind that this also applies to macOS users who want to use Windows.
Weigh Pros and Cons of Laptop and Desktop
Another important thing to choose is between a desktop computer and a laptop. Clearly, both have their pros and cons.
For laptops, you have a device that requires charging and is a bit lackluster when you compare it with custom-built PCs as far as hardware goes. On the other hand, laptops are great for those who have to travel and need a computer with them.
Business trips are common, and it is not like you can just take a desktop computer with you. The situation is different with laptops, though.
A custom-built computer is known for its longevity and flexibility. The latter, in particular, is great because you do not have to worry about upgrading hardware or changing outdated parts when you want to.
Meanwhile, many laptop models come with integrated hardware, and it can be difficult to figure out whether you should consider getting a new computer or attempting to upgrade or fix the current device.
Accessories are another consideration when you are choosing between laptops and desktops. As a laptop owner, you do not have to worry about spending as much money because you have a built-in keyboard, webcam, microphone, and speakers. A trackpad is also a good replacement for a computer mouse, though some might still prefer to use a mouse over a trackpad.
Buying a pre-built PC or building one yourself will also mean that you have to think not just about the hardware but a monitor and other accessories.
Think About Maintenance
Computer maintenance is important, but this particular part does not depend that much on what kind of a computer you will get. All models require attention, and unless you take proper care of your device, you will encounter various performance issues.
Perhaps one noticeable difference, and this comes back to laptops and desktop computers again, is cleaning the dust inside.
Taking apart and putting back together a desktop computer case is easier than it is to take an entire laptop. And these things are necessary if you want to remove the filth that accumulates over time.
Reluctancy is natural for people who are not that tech-savvy and do not want to risk damaging their computer hardware. In case you are the same, remember that you can leave the maintenance to a computer service store.