Are you looking to upgrade your computer and equipment for your business or home, but don’t really know where to start. There are a lot of options out there when upgrading your computer and equipment.
- Desktop or Laptop?
- How much RAM do I need?
- What is RAM?
- Should I go MAC or PC?
- How much do I have to spend?
By the time you answer these questions (and more!), and you begin looking to purchase a computer and associated equipment the options seem endless!
We feel your pain, we understand that no one wants to have to make all of those decisions (and no one really understands what they are actually deciding).
So we are coming to the rescue, our franchise owners are always available to help you choose the best computers and equipment for your office or home, but there are still things you need to consider.
Below are the 5 things you should do when beginning your search for a new computer and equipment.
- Set a Budget a Stick to It! – There is nothing worse than buying something and getting it home and feeling like you have been bamboozled. This is especially true for business owners. You do not want to over spend. So decide how much money you will be spending per computer and do not let anyone lure you to the shiny, newest and fastest computer on the market.
- Make a list outlining things you will be utilizing – You should know in advance what programs you will be running (even if they are internet based), if you will be using the Microsoft Office Suite, are there any special programs or utilities that pertain to your industry that you or an employee may need. It may even be helpful to have your office staff track all of the programs that they use over several weeks so you can get a clear picture of what they need and why.
- Understand Computer Jargon – Don’t let people confuse you, stay ahead of the curve and prepare. Find out what words like RAM (memory), processor speed, Input Ports and Drivers, Wireless Capabilities, and software packages may be included mean. Not only should you understand what they each mean, but how it impacts you and your needs. Make sure that whoever is assisting you in the buying process knows what programs you need to run, and can confirm that the computers you are purchasing has those capabilities and they can tell if you any of the programs you are looking for are included or if you need to buy them separately.
- Read Product Reviews – There is not a better way to decide if a product is worth buying than reading a review from a person who using that product every day for the same purpose as you and your company. All of the big box stores and online outlets will have products reviews on their website. You should also utilize resources such a CNet (reviews.cnet.com/) and PC Magazine (www.pcmag.com/reviews). These resources will have unbiased opinions and will many times compare several models against one another.
- Protect Your Investment – The last thing to do is make sure you are prepared with a virus and spy ware package. This is possibly the most important part of protecting your computer. It will get attacked at some point and you have to be prepared when it happens. Many have auto-updates, auto-removal or viruses, clean up and renewal alerts. You want to make sure your investment is protected so this is not a step you should skip.