I received a request from a client and her husband for advice on how to buy a new computer. Her husband’s office had just received a special offer from Dell, and they wanted to take advantage of it. She didn’t know if she should purchase a laptop or a tablet.
My client was kind enough to allow me to share with you the recommendations I put together for her and her husband. You might not be in the market specifically for a Dell, but the more general criteria that follows for what to consider when you buy a new computer will be helpful no matter which brand you prefer.
“Here’s my roundup of computer purchase information to consider.
Dell doesn’t have tablets. They have what they call 2-in-1 laptops because it’s a laptop with a screen that folds backwards and acts like a tablet.
Based on your needs, anything in the $329 – $429 should do.
If you want plenty of storage for movies, books and photos, look in the $449-$599 range.
If you’re more interested in a laptop, look at these selections. The first one at $799 will be more than enough for your needs.
If you need more details about buying a new computer, here’s some info to think about….
Processing power – People who enjoy gaming or working with photo and video software choose laptops because they’re more powerful. If you’re only checking email, doing some internet browsing or watching a movie here and there, a tablet will be sufficient.
Screen size – Tablets are smaller and not as easy to see as laptops.
Keyboard size – Laptops provide full keyboard space. You’ll want at least a 10” for easier viewing and typing.
Storage size – Laptops offer more storage space (movies, documents, photos), but there are work-arounds for tablets. (See below)
Operating system – A Dell laptop will have Windows. Tablets offer Windows, Apple or Android. All have pros and cons. With Apple specifically, you’re limited to only Apple-approved apps (but you’d be used to this because you have an iPhone).
Battery life – If you want to use this on the road, include battery life comparison when choosing. Most tablets should last 8 hours minimum. Laptops should last at least three.
RAM – laptop – recommended 8 GB or more
This article has a great explanation of how much RAM you need.
RAM – tablet – recommended 2 GB or more, quad-core processor
This article explains processing speeds in tablets.
Hard Drive Storage
HDD – 1 TB for storing photos, movies to watch while traveling (without streaming, like on an airplane or if there’s no Wifi)
SSD – 256 GB minimum
This article has a complete explanation about hard drive storage for laptops.
Tablets: minimum 16 GB
Laptops or Devices
This article gives tips on how to have more storage on the road if your device doesn’t have room.
Here’s a little Apple vs Android tablets comparison.
During our session Tuesday, I can walk you through this and answer any questions.”
As I mentioned, these recommendations are based on her specific needs, but the general information about computers and tablets can give you a springboard to use in your particular search.
Happy computer shopping!