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3 Things to Keep In Mind When Upgrading Your Computer

If you’ve made the decision to upgrade your computer, then you’re probably wondering what things you need to keep in mind to make a smart choice. Computers have become such an important part of our lives, not only functioning as a portable office, but also a way to keep in touch with friends and family, do our shopping, and even as our own personal banks! Most of us don’t upgrade very often, so when we do not only is it a big decision, but it’s a considerable financial investment too. Here are my top 3 things to keep in mind when upgrading your computer:

1. Does it Need to be Portable?
This is the biggest and most important question you need to ask yourself as it will define whether you go down the laptop route, or consider a desktop. There are many pros and cons to both, but knowing whether you need something you can fold up and pop in a bag is really the first choice you need to make. If you decide to go down the laptop route, then you’re going to want to hunt out deals on laptops to ensure that you’re getting a good price and plenty of features. I always spend a few days browsing online to find the best deal for what I’m looking for.

2. Mac vs Windows

These are the two main platforms for computers although there are of course some more out there. In my experience, people tend to stick to one type across their devices – for example those with iPhones tend to go for Mac computers, and those with Android phones tend to go for Windows. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, but in general it’s just much easier and more functional to have devices that work seamlessly together. You may need your new computer to work with a specific type of software, and sometimes they’re only available on one type of system. If this is your case, be sure to check that the program functions on your preferred computer type.

3. Your Budget
There’s a huge price range for laptops and desktops – you can find some selling for a couple of hundred dollars and the more professional/industrial computers can exceed $5,000. It can be easy to get talked into upgrades and extra bells and whistles that push the price higher and higher. So I suggest before you even start looking, that you define a maximum budget and try to stick to that. It’s also important to consider how you’ll pay for your new computer, are you planning to do some type of financing, pay for it in cash, or pop it in the credit card. Knowing how you’ll pay for it will also help ensure your budget is realistic for your financial situation.

I hope these three tips help you find the perfect computer solution for your budget and needs. Happy shopping!