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How To Compare Computers?
With hundreds of computers in the market, ranging from the branded to the custom built machines, one of the questions we are asked often is how to compare computers? Our answer is simple, compare the computers based on their specs and not on their looks. Marketers will show you computers that have big screens, can play movies, have cutting edge software and are available in a range of colors, but you should choose the computer based on what you will do with it. For instance, a graphic card may make a big difference to someone who is an artist, but not to someone else who is looking for computational functionality.Some of the features to look out for before buying a computer are:
CPU. The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the core of the computer and runs the operating system as well as all other applications on the computer. CPUs are manufactured by either Intel or AMD, with Intel being the more expensive. With multi-core processors being the norm nowadays, choose between dual core or quad core CPU depending on what you are going to use the computer for. For usual functions like web-surfing, playing music, e-mailing and social media sifting, a dual core will do while functions like hardcore gaming and video editing will require an advanced multi-core CPU.
Memory. Depending on the data that you will load on your computer, the RAM capacity should be decided. Most branded computers come with a specific memory limit like 4GB, 8GB, etc and you can make a choice based on what you need. If your computer will store a lot of proprietary data, it is better to go with a larger RAM capacity even if the core speed is not very high.
Display. The size of the screen as well as its resolution, anti-glare properties and LED backlighting should all play a role in your decision making. The screen resolution will determine the clarity of the images while the lED displays will determine the battery life. Touchscreen displays are a new feature in modern laptops and you may want to consider one of those.
Battery Life. The longer the battery life of your computer, the better it is. But don’t assume that what the manufacturer says is the absolute life, because that is usually measured under optimal conditions. If all other features are similar, go for the machine that has a higher battery life.
Some other factors like top speed (the speed at which calculations are made by the computer), internet connectivity and storage may also play a role while comparing one brand of computers against the other. It pays to choose the one that will suit your needs rather than buying the latest one.