You have decided to set up a home office and now you need a computer for it right? When it comes to buying a computer, there is a lot of factors to consider. If you just decide to buy the most expensive laptop around, you may just be paying for a lot of facilities that you don’t need. Furthermore, cutting cost is the most important part of every business.
So, here are some factors to consider.
Where would you use it?
Asking this question after talking about a home office may sound silly, but it is not. Would you use the computer only in your home office or you may have to carry it around – say for presentation? It is a good idea to go for a laptop even if you don’t plan to use it outside your home office, but a laptop is more expensive than a desktop so why would you pay more if you don’t need the extra value?
To cut it short, if you are sure that you would never use the computer outside your office, go for a desktop. On the hand, if you feel that you may need to use it in other places or when you are on vacation, you have no choice but to opt for a laptop.
Think of your microprocessor speed
The higher the speed of the microprocessor, the higher the cost of the computer. As mentioned earlier, you can decide to go for the fastest and most powerful microprocessor, but what if you don’t need it. You can’t pay more for a computer that comes with 3.0GHz microprocessor when you don’t need more than a 1.0GHz microprocessor. The idea is to consider the kind of tasks you will be performing on the computer. The same thing is applicable to the memory of your computer. Go for exactly what you need.
What kind of storage do you need?
In fact, it is necessary to ask yourself if the computer will be used as a standalone unit or as a workstation connected to a network. If the latter is the case, then you need to consider nas storage. They are hard drives that are specially designed to be network attached storage (NAS) facilities. They come in different types and capacities. Some of them are SHR, Basic, Raid 1, and Raid 5/6. They are designed for different network situations and types. Choose the appropriate one for your network type.
Just like microprocessor and memory, hard drives with higher storage capacities are more expensive than the ones with a lower storage capacity. Purchase exactly what you need. You can upgrade it later it becomes necessary.
Mac Book Pro (Apple Laptop) is very expensive and sometimes priced at 4 or 5 times the cost of some other brands of laptop but it is very durable. Apple laptops hardly catch viruses and their parts don’t get faulty easily. So, you may use a Mac Book Pro for up to 5 years without spending a dime on it. On the other hand, other brands of laptop are not half as expensive as Mac Book but are not as durable as it is. The choice is up to you.
If you are not tech-savvy, chances are you are struggling to understand this whole article. Well, it is understandable. In that case, your best bet is to seek professional advice from an IT-inclined friend/colleague or contact an expert. He will be able to help you when he gets to know exactly what you will be using the computer for.