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|The Best Computer on the Market:
If this heading gives the impression that I know which is the
best computer on the market, it is a false
There are many good computers on the market. Many
brands are well known and readily available at any of the
computer, office and discount stores. Many good ones are not
known and are mostly available from catalogs or at web based
stores. In addition to this there are many
are built by local companies. So how do you make an
choice when selecting a new computer?
Choices - To start with, there are two basic choices. About eighty five percent of the computers on the market today are PCs (Personal Computers) also known as IBM compatibles. The other fifteen percent are Apple computers also called Macs, which is short for Macintosh. The arguments regarding which of these two are the best can be lengthy and intense and, to my way of thinking, a waste of time. I suggest you purchase the one that best suits you regardless of what anyone else believes. I have always been a PC person so my choice is always clear. However, I know that Apple makes excellent computers and you won’t make a mistake purchasing one.
IBM Compatible PCs - Because my experience is with PCs, I will concentrate on them. I have worked on many different brands of PCs including, Packard Bell, Hewlett Packard, Dell, eMachine, Compaq, IBM Aptivas and others including computers that I built myself and some others built by local companies. For the most part, they have a lot in common.
Locally Built - Units built by local companies have the advantage of lacking proprietary components and software. This usually means easier and less expensive upgrades but they often lack good support because of the limited budgets of the manufacturers. This is not to say that all large manufacturers provide good support in spite of their larger budgets.
Technical Support - So what do you look for when buying a computer? Whether you are buying a new or refurbished unit, the first consideration should be technical support. Sooner or later any computer will give you problems. When that happens, the good technical support will make the important difference. For me the first step would be to check the manufacturer’s web site. Check the support that is available for older models. After all, it won’t be long before your computer will be an older model. What happens if you have to replace the hard drive on your computer? Will all the software drivers you need be available when your computer is two years old? A good manufacturer’s website will have the drivers you need for almost every model they have built.