Sunday 30 April 2017

Buying a new device? Here’s some expert advice

Christmas is fast approaching and you may be thinking about treating yourself to a new device for the new year so that you and your business can be more productive for 2017.

There are so many different things to consider when buying a device that it can be a very daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some of the key features that you should consider when buying a device to make it a much smoother task!

Business or Personal? What’s Your Use

Firstly, what will you be using the device for?  A huge factor that comes into play when choosing a device is whether it’s for personal or business use. But, it doesn’t stop there. If you are planning to use the laptop or device for business use, you then need to ask yourself if you’re going to be based in an office or if you will be out on the road.

It’s all about the RAM!

One of the key aspects to consider is the spec of the device. When thinking about your purchase, you really need to consider the minimum specification that you personally require.  For the average user, using a device for work purposes or productivity, the recommendation is a minimum of 4GBs of RAM but ideally 8GBs. The reason for this is to make sure that your device can cope with multitasking and switching between different tasks.  When working on several things at one time, more RAM helps to speed up the whole process and if you have a busy workload, 8GBs will really make that more efficient.  

Think About the Processor – Your Device’s Engine

The second thing to consider when buying a device, is the processor. This is essentially the engine behind your device. This is linked to speed and efficiency, like the RAM. As an example, a device with an intel i5 processor is very powerful. You will see a huge difference in terms of speed, when opening documents or just browsing the internet - everything you do will be a lot faster. Obviously, a lot of that depends on your broadband coverage as well, but assuming you have a good internet connection, you really will see a big difference.

Be storage savvy

The third item you must consider when buying a device is the storage. When choosing your device, you should consider where you will store your files, in the cloud or on your device. If storing on your device, you need to ensure there is good on-board storage, ideally up to 1 terabyte. But of course, you also have the option to extend your storage by combining cloud and device storage for the optimum experience in today’s cloud-first world.

A battery that doesn’t let you down.

Battery is also hugely important when choosing the right device for your needs. You should be aiming for a device with at least ten hours of battery life during heavy usage which will enable you to be more productive, particularly when you’re travelling. Typically, battery descriptions will pick one task to describe how long the battery should last. If the battery is described as 10 hours for running videos, you should get a longer usage if carrying out less demanding tasks.

What’s right for your needs?

Essentially, the most important thing is what’s ‘under the hood’ of your device. Make sure you get your processor right, have the appropriate amount of RAM and storage and then ensure your device comes with a long battery life. After that, it comes down to personal preference, aesthetics and brand. While it is important that you are happy with the look and feel of your device, it is also important to consider what you will use the device for. You need to consider if you will be mobile or if you will be office based - this will play a part in which device you choose in terms of weight and mobility.

One of the new categories that are now available are the 2 in 1 devices, that allow you to use your device as a laptop or a tablet. There are a couple of options in this category, some which will enable you to completely detach the keyboard from the device and others known as convertibles, which allow you to fold your device over, enabling you to use it as a tablet. These devices are extremely flexible and adapt to the user’s needs.

Finally, touch is another feature to consider. Touch is important if you are working in industries such as graphics, advertising or art and design. You may want to consider a device that comes with a stylus or at least, supports a stylus or pen.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune

All of this may seem to be a lot to consider and potentially expensive.  However, there are plenty of devices available in the market that support most of these specifications, starting from approximately €500.

If you do decide to treat yourself to a new device this Christmas, good luck!  Think about your requirements, RAM, processor, storage and battery and you’ll be sure to get the device that’s right for you. Happy shopping!

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