Nothing is more frustrating than having a computer that does not work properly. What’s even more annoying is trying to work with tech support over the phone to try and fix it. So, whether you are searching for a new computer because it broke or it’s just time to purchase a new gadget, here are some deals that you just can’t pass up.
Now before you dive into making a computer purchase, there are several things that need to be considered: the system function, why you’re buying, and the cost. To help you gauge the direction you start, you want to first look at your personal cell phone. If you have an iPhone, you may want to consider purchasing an iPad or a MacBook since all the systems are designed by the same manufacturer. Here’s why. Let’s say you get a phone call on your iPhone while you are working on your MacBook; the computer will detect the phone call and it will ring instead of your phone. At that point, you can decide to take the phone call through the MacBook, without even having to get up and look for your cell phone. In addition, information with applications on your cell phone will replicate onto your computer, such as your grocery list in the Notes application, etc. So, choosing the same system that your cell phone is already using will make your life a lot easier in the long run.
After identifying the system, you then want to start looking for the device that serves the reason why you’re buying in the first place. If you read a lot of books, you may want to consider getting a tablet or a thin computer to lighten your load while on the move. Or if you write a lot of articles, you may want to consider a computer with a decent screen size and a full keyboard for comfort. Creating a list of your needs and then searching for the device that contains it all will help you make a sound decision.
Lastly, come up with a realistic budget based on your needs. You may plan on spending only $200 on a new device, but based on all of your needs, the cheapest option may be $500. However, you can also re-evaluate your needs to significantly bring down the cost. You may find that having a lot of storage is not necessary to meet your needs, which can save you hundreds of dollars when it comes to computers. Either way, there are some great options out there that are sure to cover all of your necessities.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
When searching for a very functional device for work, school, or online gaming, Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a great option. This device is the perfect hybrid between a traditional computer and a tablet, with its detachable keyboard efficient use of the device. It’s under 3 pounds and its slim compact structure makes it easy to carry around. The keyboard response time is precise and it also contains a trackpad for easy navigation. The built-in kickstand is very sturdy and is not like a folio which deviates slightly when touched or manipulated. It has great performance when surfing the web or using multiple applications at the same time. And just like a traditional computer, it contains a USB 3.0 port, a headphones jack, a mini DisplayPort, a microSDXC port, and a surface power connection. The best deal for this device is to get a bundle since the keyboard and surface pen is sold separately. The Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD, 8GM RAM original price is: $1,059. But its currently on sale for $899.
Apple iPad 9.7 Version 6
If you are an artist or just love to draw, this product was definitely designed with you in mind. With features very similar to the iPad Pro, the Apple iPad 9.7 model is the same size as last year’s model, however, Apple equipped with their Apple Pencil. This gives you the ability to draw your own custom designs and write your own annotations while reading textbooks and other printed material. It now contains the A10 Fusion chip which improves the device’s graphics and performance while gaming and augmented reality. The camera is capable of providing 1080p HD videos and it also has a second front-facing camera for video phone calls and selfies. Weighing just over 1 pound it provides users with at least 10 hours or more of use. It has one 3.5 mm headphone jack, home button, volume button, sleep/wake/power button, Nano-SIM tray on cellular models, charging port, and built-in stereo speakers. The base price for a 32GB starts at $329 and with cellular, it’s only $459.
Samsung Chromebook Plus
For those individuals are not super tech savvy and like to keep things simple, this item may be perfect for you. The Samsung Chromebook Plus runs on Google Chrome and it also allows for you to download android applications in the Google Play Store. This device works great as a tablet or computer, with no lag or delay when using multiple applications. The battery gives you about 5 hours of continuous use, which is really good considering the multiple applications that would be running in the background. The keyboard has a built-in trackpad that rotates 360 degrees and the layout of the keys is slightly different. Therefore, you want to make sure that you carefully look into this particular difference before purchasing, especially if you do a lot of typing. It also comes with a with both front and rear cameras to take pictures and a stylus that conveniently stores directly into the side of the keyboard. There are 2 USB-C ports, a USB 3.0 port, charging port, 2 speakers, a LAN port, headphone port, and a MicroSD card port. The base price for the Intel Celeron 32GB eMMC model starts at $499.99.