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Buying A Computer For Christmas?

Posted in News by PC Renewed on December 12th 2019
Are you looking to buy a friend or family member a computer this Christmas? Have you considered choosing from refurbished computers instead of brand new ones? Bot only could you get a better cost to performance ratio, but with the money you could save, you could also buy them some new computer peripherals to go with their new computer, such as a mouse and keyboard.

Buying A Computer For Christmas? 3 Things To Consider

1.Desktop, Laptop, Tablet? What Type Of Computer Should You Get?

Computers come in all shapes and sizes, including the stationary yet powerful desktop computers, the supreme portability and freedom offered by tablet computers, and a middle-ground between the two with laptop computers. Each type of computer has their own advantages and disadvantages; as such none are innately superior over the other. In order to identify which is best suited to your needs or the needs of your friend/family member whom you’re gifting the computer to, you’ll have to consider the following.

Firstly, consider how they are going to be using the computer. If they’re looking for a computer to play the latest videogames, they’ll likely want a powerful computer or tablet, depending on the platform and type of games they’re interested in. For example, if they are interested in a powerful gaming computer so they can stay at home and enjoy the latest titles available on virtual storefronts such as Steam or Epic Games Store, then a desktop computer is the ideal choice. On the other hand, if they want to play games on the go, choosing titles available on the App Store, or Google Play store, a powerful tablet computer is the better choice.

So where does a laptop enter the above example? When might a laptop be the superior choice? In the above scenario for a gaming computer, the laptop is the ideal choice when somebody would like a powerful computer, which offers some portability. For example, a university student who wants to be able to take their gaming computer with them to and from their university accommodation.

The above scenario isn’t exclusive to the world of gaming, you could easily substitute playing videogames with leisure or business tasks such as music production, watching television and films using on demand services, using illustration software for graphic design, or a wide range of other activities.

2.What Specifications Do You Need?

Computers are made from a wide range of different components and materials, which affect how the computer runs. For example, due to their different specifications, some computers may run faster than other, have more memory, and have abilities others may not.

There are numerous different components inside a computer, including the CPU, which is the brain of the computer, generally speaking the more CPU cores a computer has the faster it is able to work. Other components include memory, and storage. Storage is usually either a hard drive or a solid state drive and this is where data is stored on the computer. Hard drives store data on a metal disc using a magnetic based system, whereas a SSD retains data using flash memory instead of a spinning disk. On the other hand, memory is the area in which computer data runs. Data is moved from storage, into memory so that it can be accessed. This memory is known as Random Access Memory (RAM), as such the more RAM your computer has, the faster it will be and as such, a computer with a large amount of RAM could run multiple programs at the same time without suffering issues such as lag.

More information about the different components found inside a computer can be learned by reading our blog titled, How Do Laptops Work?

3.Refurbished Or Second Hand?

Choosing a powerful computer can be expensive, and whilst it may be tempting to choose a less powerful computer to save money, it’s important not to compromise on specifications too much as you may find that in a few months to a year, the computer is no longer able to perform tasks in a reasonable amount of time. As such, alternative ways to save money such as refurbished or second hand computers become an attractive option. However, are refurbished or second hand computers safe?

Well firstly, it’s important to note the difference between refurbished computers and second hand computers. Used or second hand refers to a computer which has a previous owner; however a refurbished computer is different. With a refurbished computer from a reputable business, the device will be been tested to function correctly and if any faults existed, these will have been repaired. Additionally, if you choose a Grade A refurbished laptop from PC Renewed, you will receive a product that has been fully refurbished to be as close to new condition as possible; we will also re-print the keyboard. This level of security and peace of mind cannot be found with used computers. After all, there’s no way of knowing what malicious software may be hidden on a used computer, however with a refurbished computer from PC Renewed you can relax and enjoy peace of mind as we are both an Amazon Certified Refurbisher and a Genuine Microsoft Third Party Installer.

Find The Ideal Christmas Gift At A Great Price With Refurbished Computers From PC Renewed

Here at PC Renewed, we highly recommend purchasing refurbished computers and laptops. However, it is essential that you only purchase refurbished computers from a reputable and trustworthy business, such as an Amazon Certified Refurbisher. When you purchase from our online store, you can enjoy a One Year Warranty & 30 day no quibble returns policy alongside free UK delivery on all laptops and desktop computers.

If you would like to speak to us, please call 02476 422328, alternatively you can get in touch with our team by sending an email to sales@pcrenewed.co.uk. We will always try to endeavour to answer all questions in a speedy and efficient manner.


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