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A Pinch of Technology – 4 Questions to Answer When Buying a Computer, Rudy Duke

10 July 2012no comments A Pinch of Technology





Are you in the market for a new computer? Don’t know where to start? You should ask yourself these questions:

 1.  Windows or Mac?

Personal computers are divided into two main camps: Apple’s Mac and Microsoft Windows. These refer to the programs that run the computers.

Buy a Windows computer.   Macs have their benefits, but Windows computers are preferred because they are more widely used at home and in the workplace.

 2.  PC or Tablet?

If you haven’t already, read my post on this subject, (, April 2012 edition).  For the rest of this article, I will assume that you want to buy a PC.

 3.  Laptop or desktop?

Buy a laptop. A laptop can do everything a desktop can do and you can take it with you. Today’s laptops have the same storage capacity and memory as most desktops. The only clear advantage of a desktop is the size of the monitor.  If you need a big screen, buy a big widescreen monitor for $150 – $300 at places like Costco and Staples. You can simply attach the monitor to your laptop when using it at home and enjoy all the benefits of a big screen monitor.

4.  Which brand or type?

Dell, Toshiba and HP dominate the laptop market. After being a loyal Dell customer for 15+ years, I made a shift to Toshiba and HP because of support and quality issues with the Dell computers. I recently bought two laptops; one for my heavy duty computing needs and another for my wife’s more “normal” computer use. Purchases were mentioned to identify various scenarios, since you probably fall somewhere in between.


High End Laptop Everyday Laptop
Place of purchase Costco Office Depot
Vendor HP g7-1310us HP g7-1310us
Screen size 17.3” 17.3”
Computer Chip Intel® Core i7-2670QM Intel® Core™ i3-2350M
Hard Drive 750GB 640GB
Memory 8MB 6MB
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 7 Home Premium
Cost $799 $499

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