We live our lives around the devices and home appliances we use. Forgetting to charge a smartphone can ruin your day as completely as missing a deadline or forgetting a business meeting. Sooner or later our devices get damaged or just outdated and like it or not it is time for a new one. For most of the machines driving our lives, it is a matter of walking into the nearest service center and grabbing the latest upgrade, but some of these purchases demand more attention to detail. When the machine in question is a computer, surprisingly, even I.T. professionals can fail to give the proper considerations to such a purchase.
The “I.T. guy” is the logical person to ask when an office manager is considering what to buy for a new associate or for an employee who will soon be traveling or working from home. A smart purchase requires forethought and technical understanding, in addition to a realistic appraisal of long-termfuture needs. A primary computer, whether a laptop or desktop, plays a critical role. To view them as controllers of everything from our work to our entertainment and home lives is an accurate perspective. Even those of us who spend comparatively little time looking at a screen can’t deny that we rely on our devices to get us where we need to be when we need to be there. Most of us spend much more time with these machines than that, however, so when the time comes to replace or upgrade some critical considerations are in order.
Do we need power or portability? Will the machine be for the home, the office or some combination of the two? Can the machine do all that we need it to? What is the appropriate balance between function and affordability for our budget? Will the new machine be compatible with those already in use? These are the primary questions we need to ask ourselves when looking into quality new computer sales and purchases. While the popularity and portability of a laptop can seem obvious, as Digital Trends notes, if the machine is just going to sit on a desk most of the time the sheer power and storage capacity of the desktop coupled with its low price point should not be dismissed.
Purchasing a new computer for home or office requires a view to the future as well. Just as a couple expecting a child would not likely purchase a sportscar for family outings, insufficient memory, processing power or maintainability are unacceptable in a new computer. Fortunately, Consumer Reports gives information about all the technical specifications, as well as recommendations you might need. For the power users and I.T. professionals out there much of this might seem basic or obvious but take a look around the workspace (or your own work-station) the next time you have a minute and consider how much of the prevailing technology is substandard and barely meeting expectations because somebody failed to consider the simple things before a purchase was made. In the digital workplace most of us know what we need from our machines, we just also need to remember that the small and obvious things still make all the difference in the world.