If you are one of the many people who have to work from home because of the ongoing pandemic, you probably need a computer. Whether it is something that you can arrange with your employer or need to get yourself, there are a few different things to consider when you are thinking about buying a computer.
This article will cover 4 basics that people should prioritize. Also, as a side note, if you are not that tech-savvy and lack the necessary knowledge about more intricate computer details, remember that you can seek professional help from someone who consults on computer-related matters. But even if you do that, it is still recommended to know the basics yourself.
Laptop or Desktop
Let’s start with one of the most important decisions you will have to make—a laptop or a desktop computer.
Between the two, it is pretty clear what their main selling points are. Laptops are cheaper and are portable, though they are not as powerful as some custom-built PCs. If you were to consider a high-end laptop, you would need to spend a lot of money.
Weighing both options and considering your preferences are important. If you plan to work from your home and not bother going to another location, then a desktop computer makes the most sense.
On the other hand, if you feel like a laptop is exactly what you need, even if you do not travel all that much, then go for it.
An operating system is another important aspect of a computer. Right now, MS Windows is the go-to option for many computer users. For one thing, it is an OS that most people are familiar with, and picking it for the sake of comfort is understandable.
macOS is also an option, but it would mean putting yourself in a place where you need to invest a premium price for a device that still falls short in some performance aspects when compared to MS Windows.
At the same time, you might also be looking to make an OS switch, and perhaps a friend or a colleague of yours has been praising MacBooks, tempting you to get one as well.
These days, different operating systems are compatible with most work software. In other words, there is not that much exclusivity, so opting for the best user experience is the way to go.
Switching to macOS from MS Windows would leave you in a place where you would need to learn some of the basics that are done differently. For example, how to uninstall unwanted apps or other files, but you can read here about that. And if there is another issue you run into, expect to find an answer online.
Next, we have the computer hardware, which is another important aspect of a computer. For this part, consider what your needs are because the more you want from a computer, the more you will have to pay for its hardware.
If it is simple to work and maybe some internet browsing and watching Netflix, then there is hardly any need to bother getting high-end hardware.
However, if you have to use the computer for software that requires a lot of resources, or plan to also turn the work computer into a gaming platform, then prepare to spend some more money than you probably expect to end up with a really reliable and powerful computer.
Keep in mind that if you get a custom-built PC, you can upgrade its hardware later once you make more money. Meanwhile, laptops are not really flexible in this regard as most of the hardware is integrated, particularly when talking about MacBooks.
Accessories are a given, though you would be better off with a laptop in this regard. Most laptops have a built-in keyboard, webcam, trackpad (a mouse replacement), and a microphone.
Having a desktop PC would mean needing external accessories, so there is that moment of needing to pay.
It does not mean that you need to forget about laptop accessories. For some users, using a trackpad instead of a mouse is no good, and they still get an accessory. It is also common to invest in a cooling pad in case the device is overheating.
Finally, since some laptops have lackluster hardware and storage, you might also have to consider an external hard drive or cloud storage (monthly fee to get enough space) as a means to keep the computer’s drive clutter-free.
Ultimately, when you are looking to purchase a computer, a lot of it comes down to the price you can pay and your needs, such as wanting to do more than just work. At the same time, you can get a budget-friendly deal by spending time researching available options or even looking for a second-hand computer.