The following steps are essential in making buying decisions of computer:
Purpose of Buying:First of all customers have to answer the question “why will I buy the computer?” It is very important for a customer because it will give a clear instruction to the customer about the type of computer needed to be bought. If the customer needs to have a computer for both home and office use he has to buy a laptop or notebook computer. The purpose of buying will also shape the list of required hardware and software for his computer.
Considering the Budget:For any buying decision budget is a considerable issue. Customers have to consider the budget while selecting the hardware and software of his computer. The computer should meet the needs of the customers and the price should meet the customers’ budget. To suit the price with the budget customers can choose from the different brand.
Look for the Coupons: Now a days customer can find free coupons for receiving the discounts. For the free coupons for computer products customers can use the following options.
Coupon providing websites.
Collecting Information: Before making the actual buying decision customers need to collect the information about the parts of the computer. Online resources about computer can be very helpful here. Product review websites provide reviews written by customers from their own experience. A question can be also posted to seek suggestions in any ask and answer websites. Social communities ( FACEBOOK) can be a reliable source of information for customers. Article directories also provide buying guide for different products.
After collecting the information about the products customer should make a list of hardware and software including their brands which will meet his buying purposes possible with his budget. Mentionable many devices can be bought later so customer should focus on the products which will be good in long term considering his purpose of use the computer.
Following are some of the hardware customer need to know about before making the purchase decision:
Hardware:The parts of the computer which are tangible. Hardware provides the capability of the computer. So while choosing the hardware customers should not forget the purpose of buying the computer. Following are some of the computer hardware:
Motherboard: It is also known as main board which connects all parts of the computer. Customer need not more involvement in choosing a motherboard if he does not have any special use of the computer. But he can consider the budget while choosing the motherboard if the budget is limited. There have variety of motherboard from different manufacturers at different price.
CPU (Central Processing Unit): It is the brain of the computer and all systems are attached with it. It is responsible for the speed of the computer. A good processor can improve the capability of the computer and the efficiency of the computer as well.
Memory (RAM):This hardware holds the data currently working on. RAM is also responsible for efficiency of the computer. Selection of RAM is depends on the complexity of the tusk.
Hard Drive:It is the device which holds the information and data permanently. The capability of the hard drive is responsible for the speed of the computer. If the customer needs to store big stream of data he need to have big space in hard drive.
Graphics Card:It converts the information into visual mode to be displayed through the out put devices.
Monitor:Monitor is the device which enables signals to be presented visually. It helps the computer to be operated also. Monitors can be of different size and price.
Optical Device:It can read and write information on either CD or DVD. Optical devices may only able to read or write or both.
Removable Storage:These are the portable memory devices which enable the users to move the data from one computer to another computer or to use it on other devices. For example, USB thumb drivers, cameras, cell phones, external hard drives, electronic books, memory card etc.
Modem:It is needed to connect the computer with internet.
Barcode Reader:Known as Point of Sale POS) scanner also, is the hardware device which can read a barcode and print out details of the items coded. For example, super market barcode reader.
Gamepad:Also known as game paddle is an input device which gives comfortable control over gaming on computer.
Joystick:Allows an individual to easily move the object in gaming.
Headsets:It holds earphone and microphone together. If customer wants to use computer for talking or voice recording a headset is required. It can be also used to listen to any audio.
Keyboard:A board where a number of keys are set together, it is used to type on computer or to provide commands to operate the computer.
Mouse:Is a pointing device which helps to operate the computer.
Printer:Is used to print out the objects on papers.
Speakers: It is a output device which give output in a form of audio sound.
Following are some of the software customer need to know about before making the purchase decision:
Software:The intangible elements of a computer. Software can be classified into following types.
System Software: This software gives a platform to the users of the computer in order to operate the computer. A system software or operating system is essential to run a computer. Many types of operating systems are available with different versions.
Application Software:This software is used to perform special tusks. There are thousand of application software are available.
Utility Software:This software provides additional help to the operators and the system.
Choose a Computer Monitor
Monitor is an output device of computer which makes the information visible before the operator’s eyes. To choose a computer monitor following steps should be followed.
Firstly, you should select a size which will be suitable for your tusk and desk. A 17 inch monitor is better for internet browsing.
Check the text display of the monitor. It should be emphasized if you use the computer for office or internet browsing.
Check the angular view of the monitor. Color and images should not be changed with the change of angle you are looking at the monitor.
Visit to website you are familiar with and see the images to check the color accuracy of the monitor.
Check how sharply the monitor displays the black.
Choose a Mouse
As described earlier a mouse is a pointing device widely used to provide commands on the computer. Before choosing a mouse following tips can be considered.
Mouse should be of comfortable size
Corded mouse is typical, digital mouse is friendly to use, wireless mouse gives more control.
A scrolling wheel attached with the mouse can make the scrolling of the page easy.
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