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Choosing the right computer

Buying a computer can be a big investment and with so many different options available to you it can be hard to decide which computer meets your technical needs and what is within your budget.

The team at Refurb That have pulled together a guide that will hopefully help you decide whats best for you when looking to purchase a computer. We have also tried to provide a quick checklist with definitions of some of the basic technology terms as well as the minimum standards we would recommend.

Things you need to Consider When Buying a Computer

Do You Need a New Computer?

It's more than likely some basic maintenance to your existing computer or a simple hardware upgrade will boost the performance of your current computer and give it a new lease of life.

What will you be using your computer for?

If you decide you do need a new desktop computer or laptop, one of the most important things to take into consideration is how you will use it.

What type of work will you and your staff be doing? Will it be Basic office tasks i.e using Microsoft office, email, and surfing the internet? Or will you be using it for more resource intensive work with images, video, or audio? This kind of work will require a far more robust computer.

Is the new computer compatible with your existing technology?

What operating system(s) will you be using? Some operating systems can use up a lot of your computer's resources. If your system barely meets the minimum hardware standards required for using your selected operating system, your computer will struggle to do other tasks at the same time.

What are your plans for the future? Will you be planning to upgrade your operating system or add any new software in the near future?

Apple Mac or PC?

The choice between Apple Mac and PC often comes down to the users personal preference although both computers have their merits.

Macs and PCs now use the same kinds of internal processors so they are equally matched in that department. The main difference between Apple Macs and other computers is that Macs run the Mac OS X operating system, and the majority of PCs run Windows.

A few things to keep in mind:

Apple Mac computers are more expensive off-the-shelf than a PC of similar spec and may not run your required software so it is imperative you check that the software you intend to use is compatible.

Always make sure that the software you intend to use is compatible with your new computer's operating system.

Before making a purchase consider whether you already have a Mac or PC favoured office and whether or not it's worth switching some or all of your computers as running different computers with different operating systems isn't ideal when it comes to sharing technology.

Brand New, Used, or Refurbished?

If you plan to use the computer for basic office tasks you won't need a top of the range computer or for that matter even a brand new one. A used or refurbished laptop or desktop computer would be more than adequate. Used and refurbished desktop computers and laptops are far less expensive than new computers. Another thing to take into consideration with a used or refurbished PC is that they're also a greener option as you're extending the life of an old computer.

A refurbished computer from Refurb That is a better option than a used one. Our refurbished desktop computers and refurbished laptops are older machines that have been carefully inspected and updated by our professionals. Getting your refurbished computer from a professional refurbisher like Refurb That, you can rest assured it is in good working condition and comes with a standard 1 year return to base warranty.

You can read more about our refurbished computers here.

Laptop, Desktop PC, or Tablet?

If you're undecided whether its a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer you want and what will best meet your needs, the are a few key things you need to take into consideration:

Price

You will find that Laptops are usually more expensive than a desktop computer and monitor of the same spec, with parts and repairs usually being more expensive for laptops as well.

Office based or mobile

If you only intend to use the computer in the office or at home, a laptop probably wont be worth the added cost.

There are lots of things to take into consideration when looking to purchase a laptop or PC and we hope this has helped, however if you're still undecided and would like some more advice our friendly team here at Refurb That are always available to help and advise on what is best for you and your needs so please don't hesitate to give us a call.

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