Anyone shopping for a computer has a vague idea of what they are looking for. Most people who are not technically savvy will tell you what the computer needs to do for them. The computer should allow me to surf the net. I need to be able to watch movies and play games. I have to use email and a word program. Everyone needs something from it or they would not be buying a computer.
The most important feature of any computer, sometimes without the user realizing it until it is needed, is speed. Give someone a slow computer to use and they will get bored waiting for the downloads before you have a chance to sale anything to them. Society is instantaneous. We want it and we want it now.
Anyone who has ever used or shopped for a computer knows as soon as you walk out of the store with a new computer it is obsolete. Well, maybe not that quick, but pretty soon, usually under six months. How much should you pay for something that you may not get more than a year or two worth of enjoyment out of? The bigger question is how much are you WILLING to pay?
If you are looking for a computer for your child, or even a second computer for you, an inexpensive laptop might be a good choice. Most laptops are sufficient for everyday life, including work and play. If you are going to use your laptop to store lots of videos or pictures you may want to buy extra storage.
Laptops start around $220 and go up from there. If you are looking for a cd/dvd player included on the laptop the price might be a little more. You can buy a laptop with 2Gb to 4gb of ram in the $200 to $300 range. Everyone has there own opinion about the brand of processor. Do your research and if you have someone that works on your computer ask them what they recommend. After all if it breaks they are going to be the ones working on it.
Be aware of the “refurbished” computers. Ask about them. Sometimes a good deal on a refurbished model is better than a new computer. Most of the computers that are off lease will be “refurbished”. Mostly that means that they will be checked out and all the factory settings will be restored.
Save your money by choosing wisely. If it’s a deal that is too good to be true, it probably is. Examine the computer to make sure it has what you want on it. Do your homework on the types of programs you want. Some programs you can download for free on the internet so you will not have to pay to put them on the computer. Make sure the computer does what you want it to do and then you will be a satisfied customer.