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John Phillips

Author: John Phillips (Ocean Computing Solutions)

I recently had a discussion with someone quite new to using computers, and who was looking to purchase his first computer.  The first of many questions asked was “should I get a laptop or a desktop?”  The answer really depends on your individual requirements.

The first thing to consider is the need for portability.  If you need a computer to carry around with you, using it in many different locations, a laptop is the only real solution.  If you don’t have a need for a portable machine, a desktop is a viable option for you.  Desktops tend to be cheaper than laptops at the same performance level, and are less difficult to upgrade and repair than laptops.

If you decide to purchase a laptop, you need to consider how much time you will spend using the machine.  If you are going to be doing a lot of typing, a good keyboard and large screen are essential.  On the other hand, if you are mostly at your desk, and sometimes need to be out and about with your computer, especially if you want to take it on planes and the like you can comfortably use a much smaller, more portable laptop by connecting a normal mouse, monitor and keyboard while you are at your office.  This means you only use the smaller keyboard and screen while on the road.

Purchasing considerations for desktops are more straightforward than laptops.  For business use, you really want a machine that is going to be reliable and quiet.  It is also worth considering the energy consumption of the machine you are purchasing, with business specific machines from HP, Lenovo etc usually requiring less power than custom built machines from the local computer shops.

Common to both desktops and laptops is the software you need to support your intended use.  All computers will come with an operating system, which is the basis of the software on your computer, pre installed.  Usually this will be a Windows variant with the latest version being Windows 7.  There are several editions of Windows 7 including Home and Professional.  Each edition has different capabilities, so you’ll need to consider the features available and ensure they meet your requirements.

Beyond Windows, you will probably want a copy of Microsoft Office to enable you to type documents, work with spreadsheets and the like.  It is generally cheaper to buy Office at the same time you buy your computer.  Once again, it is important to buy the edition of Office that has the programs you need to complete your work.

Finally, I always recommend purchasing a, extended warranty that lasts at least three years.  This way, if you have any hardware problems with your system, you can easily get it fixed without incurring additional expense.

We are always happy to help people purchase computers for business use.  As you can see, there are many things to consider, and a good IT support provider will be able to assist you to understand your needs, then supply and install appropriate hardware.  At Ocean Computing Solutions, we sell complete computer packages including software and installation and configuration at your office for a fixed price.  For more information, please give us a call on 1300 558 121, or visit our web site at http://www.oceancs.com.au.

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