Holiday Computer Shopping  Guide!
Confused by all the technological jargon and lingo?   Processor??? Ram??? Optical Drive??? Wireless Network Card??? Operat...
<ul><li>Learn the basics of what to look for when purchasing computers and electronic equipment.  </li></ul><ul><li>Learn ...
How can I shop safely online?
<ul><li>How do you tell if the Internet connections are secure?   </li></ul><ul><li>Many web sites use Secure Sockets Laye...
 
Other Tips for Online Shopping <ul><li>Know whom you’re dealing with. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check business info. at  www.b...
Desktops and Laptops
Basic Computer Terms  You Should Know <ul><li>Processor </li></ul><ul><li>The RAM </li></ul><ul><li>Optical Drive </li></u...
Processors <ul><li>The “brain” of the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Speed, measured in GHz (gigahertz), determines how quick...
Which Processor is right for me? <ul><li>Single Core Processors  ( Celeron, Sempron, Atom ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost...
RAM (Computer Memory) <ul><li>Used to temporarily store data while in operation </li></ul><ul><li>Memory is measured in GB...
Optical Drive <ul><li>Allows you to read and write CDs and DVDs. </li></ul><ul><li>A DVD can hold about 4 GB of data. </li...
Network and Wireless Cards <ul><li>Network Cards allow you to access the Internet.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your computer sh...
Operating Systems <ul><li>This is the software that makes your computer go. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two main types of ...
Hard Drive <ul><li>Where your programs, documents, music, photos, and videos are stored. </li></ul><ul><li>Size measured i...
Basic Computer Components <ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors <...
There are 4 main types of desktops <ul><li>All-in-One Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Compact Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Full...
All-in-One Prices range from $550 to over $3000.
Compact or Slim Desktops Prices range from $300 to over $1400.
Full Size Computers Prices range from $250 to over $1500.
Gaming Computers Prices range from $800 to $3000. Owners often build computers with new parts over the years.
Laptops <ul><li>The only main difference remains portability, size, and price. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a smaller keyboard an...
12-13 INCHES 14-16 INCHES 17-18 INCHES MacBook Pro Comes in 13, 15, and 17 inch
Netbooks <ul><li>Inexpensive and portable with screens that range from 5 to 12 inches. </li></ul><ul><li>Weighing in at ar...
 
Laptop or Desktop? <ul><li>Laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Portability </li></ul><ul><li>Obtrusive-free  </li></ul><ul><li>Less W...
Refurbished Computers <ul><li>Refurbishment is the process of maintenance or major repair of an item. </li></ul><ul><li>Re...
Other Electronic Gadgets <ul><li>Portable Music players  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IPods, Zune, MP3 players  </li></ul></ul><u...
Portable Music Players <ul><li>Come in a range of shapes and sizes, use different types of memory, and support different f...
Apple iPod Touch (32GB)  Zune HD (32GB)   SanDisk Sansa Clip+ (4GB) Sony X-Series Walkman (16GB)  Apple iPod Nano 2010 (8G...
Tablets <ul><li>A complete computer contained entirely in a flat touch screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses a stylus, digital pe...
Samsung Galaxy Tab As low as $600 Apple IPad As low as $499 - $829 HP Slate Price TBD
eReaders <ul><li>Primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals and uses e-ink technology to display c...
Amazon Kindle $129-$329 Sony eReader $179-$299 Barnes and Noble Nook $149-$249
Video Game Systems <ul><li>New advancements over the years. </li></ul><ul><li>Play and communicate online via Wi-Fi. </li>...
Playstation 3 $299 X-Box 360 $299 Nintendo Wii $199
Have fun shopping!
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  1. 1. Holiday Computer Shopping Guide!
  2. 2. Confused by all the technological jargon and lingo? Processor??? Ram??? Optical Drive??? Wireless Network Card??? Operating System??? Hard Drive??? Wi-Fi??? 3G Network??? Gigabytes??? MP3s??? eBooks??? LCD Monitors???
  3. 3. <ul><li>Learn the basics of what to look for when purchasing computers and electronic equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to read and decipher computer and electronic equipment ads you see in the papers. </li></ul><ul><li>Get safe online & in-store buying tips. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the right computer for you and your family. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about the different types of computers, laptops, and other electronic gadgets. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How can I shop safely online?
  5. 5. <ul><li>How do you tell if the Internet connections are secure? </li></ul><ul><li>Many web sites use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt the credit card information that you send over the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>These sites usually inform you they are using this technology. </li></ul><ul><li>You could also check if the web address on the page that asks for your credit card information begins with &quot;https:&quot; instead of &quot;http:&quot;; if so, this technology is in place. </li></ul><ul><li>You see the icon of a lock on the status bar (Microsoft Internet Explorer®). </li></ul>
  6. 7. Other Tips for Online Shopping <ul><li>Know whom you’re dealing with. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check business info. at www.bbb.org/us or at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know exactly what you are buying. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the privacy policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay with a credit card. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most companies give the option to handle transactions over the phone. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Print records of your online transactions. </li></ul><ul><li>File a complaint at www.ftc.gov if misled or deceived. </li></ul><ul><li>If the security alerts of Internet Explorer don’t bother you, leave them turned on. </li></ul><ul><li>If you use a password to log on to your network or computer, use a different password for online orders. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Desktops and Laptops
  8. 9. Basic Computer Terms You Should Know <ul><li>Processor </li></ul><ul><li>The RAM </li></ul><ul><li>Optical Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Network Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Operating Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Drives </li></ul><ul><li>Gigabytes </li></ul><ul><li>RPM </li></ul>
  9. 10. Processors <ul><li>The “brain” of the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Speed, measured in GHz (gigahertz), determines how quickly it can process information. The higher the speed, the faster the computer will perform. </li></ul><ul><li>Most computer advisors will recommend that you have a dual-core processor. </li></ul><ul><li>Processors with multiple cores can process more data at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>The lower number of processors the longer the battery life on laptops. </li></ul><ul><li>Intel and AMD are the dominant manufacturers of processors. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Which Processor is right for me? <ul><li>Single Core Processors ( Celeron, Sempron, Atom ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost processors best for general web surfing and email. Ideal for netbooks. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dual Core Processors ( Pentium, Core 2 Duo, Phenom ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you plan to use your desktop or laptop for entertainment like watching videos or playing games. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High End Processors ( Intel Core i7, Phenom II ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you're a hard-core gamer or plan to edit high-definition video. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In conclusion: Make note of the type and speed of the processor and determine what is right for you. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. RAM (Computer Memory) <ul><li>Used to temporarily store data while in operation </li></ul><ul><li>Memory is measured in GB ( Gigabytes) </li></ul><ul><li>Computers with more memory tend to be faster than those with less </li></ul><ul><li>It is advised to have at least 1 GB of RAM but most computers come with 3 GB </li></ul><ul><li>DDR2 (Double Data Rate) is the standard in memory interface. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Optical Drive <ul><li>Allows you to read and write CDs and DVDs. </li></ul><ul><li>A DVD can hold about 4 GB of data. </li></ul><ul><li>Newer formats like Blu-Ray and HD-DVD that allow you to burn and watch high definition videos or store even more data. </li></ul><ul><li>A Blu-Ray disk can hold a whopping 25 GB in a single layer and 50 GB if the disk is dual layered. </li></ul><ul><li>If you enjoy watching movies on your PC. Make sure you get a Blu-Ray compatible drive. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Network and Wireless Cards <ul><li>Network Cards allow you to access the Internet. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your computer should have an Ethernet port on it. This port will allow you to physically connect to the internet or your internal network by plugging it into your router / modem. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed is measured in megabits. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wireless Cards can access the Internet without a wire connecting you to a router/modem. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless cards are rated by their speed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The lowest speed starts from A and goes up through N. You will want to buy a computer with a 802.11G or 802.11N wireless connection. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Operating Systems <ul><li>This is the software that makes your computer go. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two main types of operating software: Windows and Macintosh (also known as “Mac”). </li></ul><ul><li>The most updated operating systems are Windows 7 and Snow Leopard, respectively. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Hard Drive <ul><li>Where your programs, documents, music, photos, and videos are stored. </li></ul><ul><li>Size measured in gigabytes (GB) and commonly range from 160 to 1,000GB. </li></ul><ul><li>Speed is equally important and is measured in RPMs (revolutions per minute). </li></ul><ul><li>For desktops, make sure it has a 7,200RPM hard drive. For laptops, make sure it has a 5,400RPM hard drive. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Basic Computer Components <ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CRT Monitors, LCD Monitors, Touchscreen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Printers </li></ul><ul><li>Scanners </li></ul><ul><li>Webcams </li></ul>
  17. 18. There are 4 main types of desktops <ul><li>All-in-One Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Compact Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Full Size Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming Computers </li></ul>
  18. 19. All-in-One Prices range from $550 to over $3000.
  19. 20. Compact or Slim Desktops Prices range from $300 to over $1400.
  20. 21. Full Size Computers Prices range from $250 to over $1500.
  21. 22. Gaming Computers Prices range from $800 to $3000. Owners often build computers with new parts over the years.
  22. 23. Laptops <ul><li>The only main difference remains portability, size, and price. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a smaller keyboard and monitor. It can be more accident prone and therefore more expensive to upkeep. </li></ul><ul><li>Laptops come in a variety of different sizes. </li></ul><ul><li>Laptops are becoming more and more powerful and functional. </li></ul>
  23. 24. 12-13 INCHES 14-16 INCHES 17-18 INCHES MacBook Pro Comes in 13, 15, and 17 inch
  24. 25. Netbooks <ul><li>Inexpensive and portable with screens that range from 5 to 12 inches. </li></ul><ul><li>Weighing in at around 3 lbs. </li></ul><ul><li>Price ranges from $200-$500. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly used for Internet use and light word processing. </li></ul><ul><li>Does not play CDs or DVDs. </li></ul>
  25. 27. Laptop or Desktop? <ul><li>Laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Portability </li></ul><ul><li>Obtrusive-free </li></ul><ul><li>Less Wires </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Great for students on the go. </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>More memory and space </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia system </li></ul><ul><li>Essential for gamers or movie lovers. </li></ul>
  26. 28. Refurbished Computers <ul><li>Refurbishment is the process of maintenance or major repair of an item. </li></ul><ul><li>Refurbished items may have scratches, dents or other forms of cosmetic damage which do not affect the performance of the unit. </li></ul><ul><li>Stores and manufactures sell these computers at a discounted price. Some as much as half the price. </li></ul><ul><li>Many refurbished computers do come with some type of warranty as well as a limited service contract. </li></ul><ul><li>Buyer Beware. DO YOUR RESEARCH! </li></ul>
  27. 29. Other Electronic Gadgets <ul><li>Portable Music players </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IPods, Zune, MP3 players </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tablets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IPads, Tablet PC, Galaxy S Pad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eReaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nook, Kindle, Sony eReader) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video Game Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Playstation 3, Ninteno Wii, X-box 360 </li></ul></ul>
  28. 30. Portable Music Players <ul><li>Come in a range of shapes and sizes, use different types of memory, and support different formats. </li></ul><ul><li>Most support MP3 files. </li></ul><ul><li>Not just for music, many can play audio books and even videos. </li></ul><ul><li>Price usually depends how much you can store on device. It can range from 4gb to 160gb. </li></ul><ul><li>For every 5gb you get about 1000 songs. So 160gb is equal to about 40,000 songs! </li></ul>
  29. 31. Apple iPod Touch (32GB) Zune HD (32GB) SanDisk Sansa Clip+ (4GB) Sony X-Series Walkman (16GB) Apple iPod Nano 2010 (8GB)
  30. 32. Tablets <ul><li>A complete computer contained entirely in a flat touch screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses a stylus, digital pen, or fingertip as the primary input device instead of a keyboard or mouse . </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly used for surfing the web, viewing pictures and videos, light gaming, and reading eBooks, magazines, and newspapers. </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively new to the market, therefore, prices are high and bugs are still being worked out. </li></ul>
  31. 33. Samsung Galaxy Tab As low as $600 Apple IPad As low as $499 - $829 HP Slate Price TBD
  32. 34. eReaders <ul><li>Primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals and uses e-ink technology to display content to readers. </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of reading outdoors. </li></ul><ul><li>Different eReaders open different files. Not all ebooks are compatible with all eReaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Most eReaders allow access to the Internet through Wi-Fi or the 3G network. </li></ul><ul><li>Download audio books, eBooks, and other downloadable media for your device from the Chicago Public Library website for free! </li></ul>
  33. 35. Amazon Kindle $129-$329 Sony eReader $179-$299 Barnes and Noble Nook $149-$249
  34. 36. Video Game Systems <ul><li>New advancements over the years. </li></ul><ul><li>Play and communicate online via Wi-Fi. </li></ul><ul><li>Store music, video, and pictures on your Video Game System’s hard drive. </li></ul><ul><li>Motion sensor technology allows for more active interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Playstation 3 allows you to view Blu-Ray DVDs. </li></ul>
  35. 37. Playstation 3 $299 X-Box 360 $299 Nintendo Wii $199
  36. 38. Have fun shopping!

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