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How to buy a pc

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How to buy a pc

  1. 1. The gamut from smartphone to desktop Vic Laurie http://vlaurie.com
  2. 2.  What the different platforms are and what capabilities they have  How to get information and reviews for the different computing devices  Where to buy computing devices  My personal prejudices
  3. 3.  Desktops or workstations  All-in-ones  Laptops AKA notebooks  With and without touch screen  Convertibles AKA “hybrids”  Tablets  Various sizes  With or without external keyboard  Smartphones  Several sizes, including “phablets”
  4. 4.  Writing the great American novel  Managing investments  Playing games  Watching movies and video  Going to school  Reading websites  Social networks  Texting and email  Staying in touch while on the go
  5. 5.  Basic cost of a platform ranges from several hundred to thousands of dollars  Accessory costs  Carrying cases, external keyboards, mice, and so forth  Service costs  Internet provider  Cell or wireless service
  6. 6.  Pros  Can be very powerful  Very versatile and easy to customize  Can take numerous peripherals  Big screen(s)  Cons  Immobile  Takes up space  Primarily Windows
  7. 7.  Pros  Range of mobility  Can be quite powerful  Good general purpose PC for many people  Variety of operating systems available  Cons  Screen size somewhat limited  Fewer ports or connectors  No DVD  Convertible models available
  8. 8.  RAM  8-16 GB  Type of RAM not important for most people  Permanent storage- Hard drive and SSD  128-256 GB SSD  500-1000 GB hard drive  Processor  Intel i5 or i7 family  Integrated graphics or separate graphics card  Quality of display  Keyboard
  9. 9.  Laptop that uses operating system developed by Google  Directed at PC users who primarily are internet oriented  Pros  Inexpensive  Easy to use and maintain  Better security  Cons  Assumes most activity is on internet  Some peripherals will not work  Fewer software choices  Future models will be able to run Android apps
  10. 10.  laptopmag.com  pcworld.com  cnet.com  pcmag.com  techradar.com  consumerreports.org (subscription)  www.clcewing.org/new_computer.html
  11. 11.  Battery life  Storage space  Micro SD slot  Android or Apple  App availability  Other hardware owned  Weight and heft  Quality of cameras  Consumer Reports suggests 5 Mp back and 2 Mp front
  12. 12.  Portability  Screen size  Screen quality  Brightness, color fidelity, contrast, resolution  Processor  RAM  Storage  Operating system
  13. 13.  Very inexpensive tablet- 8” model under $100  Cheapest versions are ad-supported  Amazon version of Android operating system  Apps only available through Amazon  Full range of Android apps not available  Somewhat heavier and thicker  Poor camera according to reviews  Low cost choice for basic applications
  14. 14.  Added complication of choosing a service provider  Geographical considerations  Various packages and deals  Length of contract  Family plans  Deals on hardware  Usage limits  Bargaining
  15. 15.  Android or iPhone  Different providers have different hardware  Buy outright or long –term contract  Locked or unlocked  Latest model often not necessary  Storage  32-256 GB  Larger amounts considerably more expensive  Camera
  16. 16.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/techn ology/personaltech/picking-a-new-phone- plan-here-are-your-best-bets.html  http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best- wireless-carrier/
  17. 17.  Type-C  Successor to USB  Lightning  Apple proprietary connector  Thunderbolt 3  Intel connector  Micro USB  Type used on phones and tablets  Wireless  http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/port-and- adapter-guide
  18. 18.  Local store  Staples  Best Buy  Apple store  Microsoft store  Phone stores  Online  Amazon  Newegg  TigerDirect  Individual manufacturers
  19. 19.  Laptops  Asus  Dell  Lenovo  Chromebook  Tablets  iPad  Samsung  Kindle  Phone  iPhone  Samsung  Google Pixel phone?  No service contract

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