Between desktops, laptops and tablets, there are more choices than ever for buying a personal computer. If you’re giving one as a gift, here’s some tips on figuring out which is the right one to buy.
Laptop computers come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to know how the device is going to be used. If the computer is being taken on the go, you want to look for something that won’t break your back carrying it around.
I’ve said it before, but the MacBook Air is still the best option for a lightweight yet powerful laptop. Its steeper price tag is definitely worth its weight. If you’re a Windows user, an Ultrabook like the Asus Zenbook has comparable specs and will also save you a couple hundred dollars.
If you’re just looking to replace your old desktop, a $600 midrange laptop will take up less space and be just as powerful.
For surfing the web, sending emails and editing family photos, a computer like this one is all you’ll need.
If you don’t need to take your computer with you and are looking for more power, there are plenty of formidable desktop PCs to choose from. Keep in mind that when you buy a desktop, you’ll also need a nice monitor to go with it.
You don’t need to worry too much about geek speak and tech specs, but there are a few things to look for. Look for a processor that’s marketed as dual-core—most computers using Intel’s i5 or i7 chips will provide you with all of the speed you need. The second most important thing to look out for is the amount of RAM. If you don’t want your computer to grind to a halt after opening a few programs, make sure the computer you’re buying has at least 4GB of RAM.
Here are some computers I’ve picked out that are sure to last you for years to come: