The Right-Click GUIDE TO BUYING A NEW COMPUTER
At Right-Click we supply the very best quality laptop and desktop computers from leading brands including HP, Dell & Lenovo and Acer. We can provide practical advice to help you select the best computer for home, work or play. We can provide you with a wide range of options to meet your requirements and budget.
Do you need a home or business computer?
Which operating system (OS) do you want to select?
Laptop screen - size and weight?
What kind of processor do you need?
What hard drive size do you need to store your documents and files?
Do you need additional RAM memory?
1. Do you need a home or business grade computer?
A consumer laptop or desktop is made for the ‘average’ consumer for light use, surfing the internet, creating documents, watching movies and storing photos. A business laptop, however is generally of higher build quality, more reliable, and robust. As business laptops have much better processors (i5 or i7), they are much faster at multitasking for more complex graphics work. Business Laptops generally have Windows 10 Pro installed, and home users have ‘Window 10 Home version.
2. Do you need Windows Home or Pro?
Microsoft Windows 10 comes in two versions: Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. Windows 10 Pro simply has more sophisticated connectivity and privacy tools such as Domain Join, Group Policy Management, BitLocker, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE), Assigned Access 8.1, Remote Desktop, Client Hyper-V, and Direct Access. If you are a business customer, you will not be able to encrypt your device on Windows 10 Home, so it's always best to buy the Pro version.
3. Weight & Screen Size on a Laptop
If you are buying a laptop and travel frequently for work then the weight of your laptop may be a big factor in your choice of computer. Laptops can range from 2lbs to 9lbs. It's worth noting that a very light, high specification laptop will cost significantly more. Remember, the smaller the laptop, the less likely you are to have a dedicated numeric keypad include – always handy for spreadsheets and accounts!
4. The Processor
The most important factor when choosing a computer is the processor (your laptop's processor is like its brain) as most other elements can be upgraded. The processor works in combination with system memory, and its power determines the complexity of software you can run, how many programs you can have open at the same time, and how fast those programs will run. Most laptops feature an Intel® or AMD processor. Your choice of processor will depend on how you plan to use your computer.
i7 / AMD Ryzen 7 Processors: A popular choice for "power users" like architects, gamers, graphic designers, photographers and video editors. Great for multitasking and high-demand multimedia creation for projects in 3D or high definition
Core i7 / AMD Rysen 5 Processors: These mid-grade processors are powerful enough for most computing tasks and multitasking well so you can stream movies. Surf the internet and send emails simultaneously. Perfect for business/office use.
Core i3 / AMD Ryzen 3 Processors: The entry-level processors are great for everyday email, internet and productivity tasks. It’s also fine for common activities like listening to music. Ideal for home use.
Pentium & Celeron Processors: We don’t sell or recommend value-priced laptops which have the Intel's Pentium® and Celeron® processor, as their speed and multitasking capabilities are limited.
5. Hard Drives (Storage)
Storage refers to the amount of space you have on your computer - to store software, and documents, software, and movies. Traditional hard disk drives offer larger storage capacities but add to a laptop's weight and thickness while generating heat and noise.
We recommend solid-state drives (also known as SSDs or flash storage) which are much lighter, faster, cooler and quieter than hard drives — but they're also much more expensive per GB, so typically provide less storage space. Some laptops feature a hybrid drive, which combines a hard drive with a solid-state drive for the benefits of both. We recommend a minimum of a 250GB SSD, (only chose 120GB SSD if you store most/all of your files in the cloud). In most cases, we can easily upgrade traditional hard drives to an SSD drive in both new and existing computers.
6. RAM (Random-access memory)
RAM is important because it helps your processor tackle multiple tasks at once. A minimum of 2GB is essential for basic computing, but 8GB or more is recommended if you're into graphics, advanced photo or video editing. Most laptops have 4GB–8GB pre-installed, and some have up to 64GB. If you think you might need more memory later, make sure to choose a model that lets you expand the RAM ( you will need to have this checked before you purchase). At Right-Click we can easily upgrade RAM for you on a new or existing computer.