Home computing

What type of computer is right for you?

Home computers are a standard fixture everywhere. They are so ubiquitous we even cart them about in our pockets (yes, your smartphone is a computer too). There’s so much choice when it comes to buying one it can be a bit overwhelming. In this blog, we’re going to look at desktop machines and what to look out for.

Desktop PCs

Why should you choose a desktop? Desktop PCs in most cases have higher specifications and better performance than laptops of a similar price.  Their superior power means you’ll get faster media streaming, processor-intensive tasks like video editing will be easier and the higher storage capacities mean you’ll be able to store more files. You have your choice of monitor, so you can go as big or small as you like and if you spend a lot of time on your machine, you’ll definitely notice the difference when using a separate keyboard and mouse. Over a period of time, you’ll thank your lucky stars for a separate keyboard and mouse.

 

Budget Desktops

These are usually low specification machines that use less powerful components. For most users that might only browse the web, watch Netflix and use their machine for social media this will be more than powerful enough for your needs. You’ll be able to pick up a machine for these purposes very cheaply.

 

Workstations

These are designed for office and workgroup use and as such are generally more powerful and with a higher spec than budget machines. These are designed for networking and productivity. They will cost more than budget machines but will offer more power for heavier computing tasks.

 

Nettops

Nettops are low cost andspace-savingg alternative to standard desktop PCs. They are small enough to be hidden behind a monitor or on a corner of your desk. They are generally lower spec machines with limited memory and storage capacity. They are usually used as a second computer or for basic tasks like checking email, word processing or streaming video.

 

A popular use for this type of machine is using it hooked up to a television and for use as a Personal Video Recorder. Using the right software, you will be able to use it to record, pause and playback TV programmes.

 

All in ones

All in one machines combine a monitor with the computer itself with no separate unit. This type of machine has existed since the original Apple Macintosh 128k, which launched in the 1980s. This type of machine is easy to set up, are stylish and convenient and save massively on desk space. The Apple iMac is probably the best known of this type of machine. These are generally powerful enough to use for intensive computing tasks and are a choice for many graphics professionals.

 

Gaming machines

Gaming machines tend to be very high spec with an emphasis on high-quality graphics processing. They are hugely powerful to deal with the very intensive processing required for gaming. They are generally high spec and as such cost more than standard PCs.