How Do I Know Which Computer is Right For Me?
When you’re looking for a new computer, there are 3 main things you need to consider:
- Type – do you want a PC or a laptop?
- Purpose – what is it needed for? What activities will you be carrying out day-to-day
- Budget – How much do you want to spend on a new device?
Type – Desktop Vs Laptop
A desktop PC is designed to be a stationary device that sits on top of your desk. In addition to the PC, you will also need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to complete your desktop.
A desktop is much more powerful than a laptop and has a higher performance, so if your day-to-day activities include tasks that requires very high performance, like content creation, then a PC would be the best choice.
In comparison, a laptop’s main benefit is its mobility. Given the changing modern workplace and an increase in remote working, laptops can be extremely useful. So, if you’re constantly on the move, and mobility is important to you, a laptop might be the best option. The downside to a laptop however is that it doesn’t perform as well as a desktop PC. Because a laptop is so much smaller than a desktop, it has cooling and power limits it must adhere to. Therefore, performance isn’t as good.
Purpose – What will you be using it for mostly?
What daily activities will you be carrying out on your computer and what kind of Software and Workloads will you run on a day-to-day basis?
For example, if your day-to-day activities involve video editing then you will require a good amount of RAM. You should look for at least 16GB, but for serious editing on 2K or 4K footage you should look for 32GB of RAM.
However, if you mainly us office, text editing and the internet then this work isn’t overly demanding in the PC-Hardware, and you can get away with very low-end components.
Budget – What are you willing to spend?
Computers come at a range of prices; however, the most expensive PCs aren’t necessarily the best for your kind of work. That’s why it’s so important to know what you will be using the device for.
Setting a budget is important as it can help to ensure you buy what is right for you and your needs, and not just the most expensive computer that appears to be the “best.”