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How to Purchase
a Personal Computer
AAt some point, perhaps while you are taking this course,
you may decide to buy a personal computer. The decision is
an important one and will require an investment of both
time and money. Like many buyers, you may have little computer
experience and find yourself unsure of how to proceed. You can get
started by talking to your friends, coworkers, and instructors about
their computers. What type of computers did they buy? Why? For
what purposes do they use their computers? You also should answer
the following three questions to help narrow your choices to a
specific computer type, before reading this guide. At the end of this
guide, you'll also find tips on purchasing PDAs, smart phones,
portable media players, and other personal mobile devices such as
handheld navigation devices and game consoles.
(a) desktop computer
(b) mobile computer
(notebook computer
or Tablet PC)
Do you want a desktop computer or mobile computer?
A desktop computer (Figure 37a) is designed as a stationary
device that sits on or below a desk or table in a location such as a
home, office, or dormitory room. A desktop computer must be
plugged in an electrical outlet to operate. A
mobile computer, such as a notebook computer
or Tablet PC (Figure 37b), is smaller than a
desktop computer, more portable, and has a
battery that allows you to operate it for a period
without an electrical outlet.
Desktop computers are a good option if you
work mostly in one place and have plenty of space
in your work area. Desktop computers generally
give you more performance for your money.
Increasingly, more corporations are buying
mobile computers to take advantage of their
portability to work while traveling and at home.
The past disadvantages of mobile computers,
such as lower processor speeds, poor-quality
monitors, weight, short battery life, and
significantly higher prices, have all but disappeared.
Today, hard drive speed, capacity, processor
speed, and graphics capability in notebook
computers are equal to, if not better than, desktop
computers.
If you are thinking of using a mobile computer
to take notes in class or in business meetings,
then consider a Tablet PC with handwriting and
drawing capabilities. Typically, note-taking
involves writing text notes and drawing charts,
Should I buy a desktop
or mobile computer or
personal mobile device?
For what
purposes will I use
the computer?
Should the computer
I buy be compatible
with the computers at
school or work?
FIGURE 37
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