The Super Simple Guide to Buying Computers and Technology Devices
Published by: Leading Edge Computers
Posted In New Technology

Purchasing a new computer should be a relativelyeasy process; when you know how to research and
decipher the technology to understand what suits
your needs.

 

Our aim is to help simplify the sometimes
arduous task of navigating the complexities of
understanding new technologies and devices.

 

Our SIMPLE buying guide of devices, allows you to
understand what technology or device best fi ts your day to day requirements and lifestyle.
The experienced staff at Leading Edge Computers store are well equipped to assist you in
selecting the right computer or device for you. It couldn’t be more SIMPLE.

 

 

STUDENTS

Typically are broken into two categories, primary grades and secondary grades. Most primary grade students will require relatively basic devices with entry level processors such as Celeron and Pentium processors as the applications used by the student do not require much processing power. 

 

They will typically have 2 or 4 GB of RAM memory and around 500 GB of HDD storage capacity, many of the newer devices designed for students in this category will have a “FLIP” screen that can rotate 360 degrees on its hinges allowing the device/ computer to convert into a tablet.

 

These types of devices will typically have a touch screen allowing the user to operate the device without a keyboard in a more intuitive manner much the same as a touch phone. Operating Systems “OS” on these devices are usually Windows or Apple MAC based.

 

CHROMEBOOK/S

 

Designed to be used fi rst and foremost whilst connected to the internet, Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome OS, are optimised for Google’s apps and documents in the cloud, boast an extended and battery life and are perfect for students as the OS and applications cannot be accidently lost or deleted due to being on the cloud.

 

Other considerations for devices used by students are: Wi-Fi, while nearly all devices nowadays have Wi-Fi, it is important to note that devices used in schools are required to be equipped with dual band or as commonly referred to as AC Wi-Fi.

 

Chromebooks are also becoming more popular in the corporate environment for their ability to save information and applications directly to the cloud therefore minimising the potential loss of information. 

 

BUSINESS USE

 

Devices for business users place an emphasis on portability, durability, security and connectivity and to a lesser degree style. They are usually lighter, thinner, and more durable devices as they are mostly used in a portable capacity and usually have hard drive encryption technology as well as “biometric” fi ngerprint technology to protect against unauthorised use.

 

Business notebooks also come with a business “PRO” operating system that allow for advanced networking in corporate network environments.

 

2 IN 1 LAPTOP


Also commonly known as convertibles or detachable devices, the 2 in 1 can transform from a laptop into a touchscreen tablet. Detaching the keyboard on these devices allows for use in confined spaces such aeroplanes perfect for the regular traveller. 

 

There are also 360 degree hinged computers which allows the screen to flip around to convert into a tablet. These devices are smaller, thinner and lightweight with an extended battery life.

 

Designed for people on the move, who need a light device without sacrificing performance. These devices are extremely lightweight with many weighing less than 1kg.

 

TABLET 

Sizes range from 7 to 12.5 inches, they’re mobile, thin, light and touchscreen. With a combination of power and portability, they deliver in terms of efficiency
having a fast start up, being lightweight and easy to tuck away in your backpack or handbag. The display uses gestures with either finger or a pen stylus to replace
the keyboard and mouse.

 

HOME & GENERAL USE

This user group has access to pretty much all platforms, notebooks, All In One’s “AIO”, desktop, tablets, and detachable or 2 in1 devices.

 

The type of product selected is only limited by budget, space in some instances and performance requirements. Typically portability is not a big factor in the decision making process for people wanting a computer/device for home use as some of these types of computers and devices simply are not portable.

 

Performance, multimedia, screen quality and size as well as storage capacity are important factors for consideration. These users will want to run many applications for personal use, running households accessing the internet, entertainment.

 

In some instances these users will run several applications at the same time so processor performance, RAM and HDD “hard drive” storage capacity are important considerations.

 

Additionally styling for some of these devices is important to many, particularly in the All In One “AIO” category as they are seen as a furniture piece and need to be well styled. Depending on your requirements and applications any screen size from 10 inch to 32 inch and even larger are available.

 

LARGE SCREEN NOTEBOOKS

Large Screen notebooks are designed for people that want to replace their conventional desktop with something that is just as powerful, but significantly more space efficient and portable.

 

These notebooks have larger screens, 15.6 to 17.3 inch. These larger laptops have all the functionality of a desktop including large hard drives, high multimedia performance and gaming capabilities along with excellent processing power.

 

They are essentially a full featured computer in a laptop package, very popular for the holiday camper or people living in apartments who want or needs full functionality and power but simply don’t have the space.

The technology utilised in these devices allows for weight and size reduction without sacrificing performance.

 

AIO

If you do all of your work in one main or static location, it’s easy to understand the appeal of All-in-One PC’s, also known as AIO’s or all-in-one desktops.

Less or in some instances NO wires create a cleaner look making them very popular at reception and front of house applications due to the neat and clean look with excellent styling appeal.

Are also quick and easy to install because of the design of the AIO unit. 

 

GAMING

Gaming computers are designed for playing performance demanding video games. Due to the integration of common hardware components onto the motherboard the modern gaming computer is comparable to mainstream computers but with the addition of a performance-oriented video card.

 

Gaming computers are often associated with enthusiast computing and are built to achieve performance for actual gameplay.

 

Gaming PCs can be subdivided into low-end, mid-range, and high-end markets: with varying degrees of performance dictating cost. Because of the large variety of parts that can go into a
computer built to play video games, gaming computers are frequently custom-assembled, either by gaming and hardware enthusiasts or by companies that specialise in producing custom gaming machines.

 

Gaming machines will typically have at least 8GB of RAM with a solid-state drive (SSDs) boosting the speed of the computer, along with a monitor or display with a fast pixel response and a high
refresh rate.

While gaming computers are usually related with just gamers on line these computers are more than capable of running all other day to day application easily and are quite often found doubling up as the office workhorse as well.