Sunday, April 19, 2020

New Computer?

As to be expected the number 1 question I get asked most often is something in the veins of
      If I buy a new computer what should I look for?
Here is my reply, verbatim and as I have saved it as a template:
Hi xxx,
Thanks for asking.
It may be best to look for a new computer during sales events. For computers I recommend to look at or Both definitely have a MUCH larger selection than any brick-and-mortar store can possibly offer.
Any new computer IMHO should go through my Set-Up job to be safe and protected on the Internet and to be free of unwanted, unneeded and sometimes outright malicious programs.

Here are some of the important technical details to currently look for:
  • 8GB or more of RAM (main memory)
  • Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 Home
    (Pro is in some aspects more flexible than Home)
  • Buy only a computer(s) with a SSD! SSDs are MUCH faster than HDDs!
    Storage capacity of the SSD is okay if it is about three to four times of the
    amount of space currently used on your C: drive.
    Classic HDDs are in many cheap offers but it's clearly an outdated technology.
Currently I have the best experiences with computers from Dell and/or HP. And here are two warnings on what NOT to do:
  • Do NOT buy any additional warranties or similar!
  • Do NOT buy Microsoft Office!
    MS really sells you a subscription with yearly payments; good for MS but bad for you!
Feel free to call me at xxx-yyy-zzzz with any questions you may have.
That's it.
Stay safe.

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