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Here are some questions that should be asked when purchasing a computer:
  • First things first, what is your budget?
  • Do you want the portability of a laptop, a desktop with a large, multiple screens? Or, maybe a laptop that doubles as a tablet?
  • What is the computer going to be used for? If just surfing the web, using Facebook, and email, a bargain (Intel I-3 processor or AMD equivalent processor) computer may be all that is necessary.
  • For watching movies, spreadsheets (Intel I-5 processor or AMD equivalent processor)
  • Gaming, graphic rendering, making movies, heavy movie watching or casting to a large screen using Chromecast or Fire TV (Intel I-7 processor or AMD equivalent processor)
  • Minimum requirements:
    • Intel I-3 processor or AMD equivalent processor
    • Memory 8 Gigabytes or more,
    • 7200 rpm hard drive.
    • 500 GB hard drive
Other things to think about:
  • Is there a way to transfer programs and/or data (pictures, files)?
  • Can more memory be added, what is the maximum the device can handle?
  • Can an additional monitor be added?
  • Is there bloatware (trial software including antivirus programs) installed? If so, can it be removed prior to pick up?
  • What is the policy on returns?
  • How long is the manufacturer’s warranty? (Ranges from 1-3 years)
  • When the computer is returned to dealer for service, what is the average turnaround time, will data be lost?
  • What is the total cost, including time of install/setup?
  •  What else needs to be purchased?
  • Office, Antivirus, backups (both power and system), Lojack?
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard, mouse
  • Case, Folio
I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to share this with anyone you think could benefit from this information.

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All the best,
Jim Nay

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