Although laptops and tablet computers are steadily increasing in popularity, the desktop processor hasn’t been completely replaced as of yet. In many case a desktop system with equal or even better specs can be found for substantially less than an equivalent laptop system. Coupled with the fact that many of these systems also come with a sizable computer monitor (in some cases 24" or larger), a desktop system can be a truly great value for the money.
If you are in the market for a computer and are debating which route to take, then here are some guidelines to keep in mind in your research. Remember that it is always a smart idea to first decide on what your budget will be before you move forward with making a purchase. Computer manufacturers do their very best to make upgrades look attractive and even irresistible. However, this can quickly turn a $500 system into a $1,000+ system. To avoid getting caught up in the emotion of the moment and in turn making a decision you’ll regret, figure out ahead of time what you need your computer to do. This will be a smart guide for you as you proceed with your research.
It’s also a great time to buy, as prices continue to drop while at the same time systems are increasing in processing speed and storage space. Even a $500 system can perform the same tasks that a $3,000 system performed just a few years ago. Some of the key things to look for are the amount of RAM, hard drive storage, the number of available USB ports, digital media access, and the type of operating system you’ll receive with the computer.
You’ll also want to learn how much the system can be upgraded. Some computers are inexpensive because they don’t offer you the ability to add significant storage or processor speed to the system.
Both Microsoft and Apple offer excellent options to choose from.