Computers

With so many different types, makes and varieties of Computers on the market, some useful points to consider are:

  • How much are you able to spend on a new Computer
  • What would you like to use the Computer for?
  • Does the computer come as a value saver pack (inc TFT Monitor, Printer, Camera, etc.)
  • What elements of the PC are upgradeable?
  • Is there a specific type of Operating System you would like to use (this may be extra)
  • What type of applications are pre-installed
  • What after sales service/guarantees are included

If the PC is being used to access the internet or have networking options installed, it is very important that thought is given to the purchasing of security products like anti-virus software and Firewall's products. Recent information suggests that an internet attack on your PC can take place every 15mins!

As a guide to help you when working out what type of PC to purchase, the following information may be useful.

  • For about 400, you should be able to purchase a very reasonable entry level PC with the ability to do most of the functions that a family environment might require. But a low entry level Computer may be limited in some of it's functionality
  • For about 700, you should be able to purchase a good quality PC with the ability to play modern games, etc.
  • For a higher specification PC you may find you need to pay more than 900, but you should find that it will be able to utilise more complex graphics, smoother running of some applications/games, and generally run faster than lower specification PC's.

The above info is only a guide to help you when thinking about the purchasing of a new Computer. If you feel that you would like further information/support, please contact us on the link below.

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Laptops

When looking to purchase a new Laptop it is important to consider the following points:

  • What would you like to use the Laptop for?
  • Is it going to be used as a mobile device or primarily as a 'space saving' option?
  • The specification of the laptop may be high, but is it too heavy?
  • What elements of the Laptop are upgradeable
  • Is there a specific type of Operating System you would like to use (this may be extra)
  • What type of applications are pre-installed
  • What after sales service/guarantees are included

As per our suggested advice for purchasing a Computer, thought should be given to the security of the unit and the cost of purchasing anti-virus software, etc. With a laptop being a mobile device, you may also wish to consider more practical security options such as a suitable carry case, locks, etc.

Laptops range incredible in price, a low entry level laptop can be purchased for around 400 but may be limited in some of its functionality. On the other end of the range you will find that you can get some very high quality specification laptops equal or greater to that of standard desktop PC's, but these can prove expensive. In addition to looking at the internal specification of the laptop, we suggest that you also take time to look at the size, weight, and design of the model ensuring it meets your requirements.

We hope this information is of use to you when considering the purchase of a new Laptop, but if you feel that you would like further information/support, please contact us on the link below.

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Printers

When looking to purchase a printer it is important to consider the following points:

  • The initial cost of the unit
  • Cost of the consumables (i.e. printer cartridges)
  • Time/Noise for printing
  • Specification of the printer (ppm - pages per minute)
  • What type of printing will it be used for?
  • Does it include memory card reading or Camera connection option?
  • Most appropriate printer for your needs (i.e. Laser, Inkjet, Photo)

These may be considered as obvious questions, but there is no point in spending unnecessary money on the best model if you are not going to use all the benefits that the specific model has.

It is also worth being aware that some models are more energy efficient and use their inks particularly well, therefore, working out to give a much better cpp (cost per page).

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Scanners

When looking to purchase a scanner it is important to consider the following points:

  • The scanning speed of the unit
  • Resolution ranges of the scanner
  • Type of scanning unit desktop/film
  • Scanning software included with scanner
  • OCR (Optical Character Recognition) included

There are a wide range of scanner models available with some models including the ability to scan negatives. These models are normally more expensive than the standard models, but there is no point in spending unnecessary money on the best model if you are not going to use all the benefits of this type of scanner

The make of the scanner can prove important when it comes to the type of software provided by the manufactures. Some of the best known brands come with some great, easy to use application software with the ability to allow you to program hot buttons on the scanner.

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Cameras

When looking to purchase a Camera it is important to consider the following points:

  • Resolution settings of the camera
  • The functionality of the camera
  • Zoom options (optical/digital)
  • Memory card size/format used
  • Power options included (i.e. rechargeable battery, disposable's)
  • Connectivity to PC (i.e. Docking unit/Cable)

There are a huge range of digital cameras currently on the market. Some models possess very complex functionality, so it is extremely important that thought is given as to what type of photography the camera will be used for. It is worth noting that the higher the resolution of the camera the better the photo will be, however, it will also mean the larger each file will be when stored.

The size and weight of cameras is also a good consideration point, along with whether batteries supplied are rechargeable. For most purposes a 4.0 mega pixel camera is sufficient to produce a reasonable quality print at A4 size.

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