Questions We Get Asked #1: What kind of computer should I buy?

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Byte Squad technicians do everything they can to save your computer from the IT landfill. We know that it's not always possible to keep that ten year old Mac running like it did in 2010, or that PC from taking 10 minutes to boot to the desktop...but we make every effort, and we will tell you when it is time to break out the pocket book for a new system that fits your current and future needs.

When that time comes, we often get asked for advice on what to purchase. Knowing that everyone who uses a computer, does so in their own unique way. Simply put, there is no one blanket answer to the question. In an effort to understand our clients' needs, we ask these questions:

  1. How long have you used your current computer? Is that the normal span of time you like to own a computer and keep it serviceable?

  2. Are you either a PC or a Mac person? We've worked with both!

  3. What is your budget? It makes no sense to look at a system that does not match the amount of money you are hoping to spend.

  4. Who is the computer for? You alone, or for multiple people in your household? Will children be using the computer?

  5. Will you be traveling with the computer, or working mostly in a home office setting?

  6. What type of work do you do on your computer now? Might you want to do something else with the computer you are going to buy that you haven't been able to do on your aging system? Are you going to simply browse the internet with it and write an occasional letter in an email, or....are you looking to game or work with photos or video?

  7. Do you currently store all of your data on your computer? Or, do you have all of your valuable data on the cloud? (OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox). How much data do you have on your current computer? If not backed to the cloud, would you like assistance doing so?

  8. Do you have any models you've been looking at prior to asking us for advice?

  9. Would you consider a factory-conditioned refurb to save money and potentially make your money go farther?

With all of these questions answered, we can provide our expert advice to guide you to the best solution for your current and future needs. There are many varieties of computers out there for purchase either at local big box retailers or online direct from the manufacturer. We do not subscribe to any one brand or model...and seek to help you find the perfect fit for you and your unique needs.

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