Everyone needs a computer in the modern world. Even with everything phones can do these days. A personal computer is essential for typing; you can use it to watch movies or browse the web; it can also be a place to store documents and pictures. 

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But with all the choices out there, how do you choose? 

#1: Think about how much screen you need. If you’re going to be using your computer for traveling, you may not need or want such a large screen; perhaps something 11 or 10 inches (or smaller) will do. On the other hand, if you have trouble seeing, or your computer will be used for gaming and/or watching movies, you might prefer a larger, 14 or 15 inch screen. Consider how much screen you’ll need instead of paying for extra screen that you don’t need. 

#2: Think about how much memory you need. These days, a lot of things can be stored on a data cloud, meaning that you won’t have to store them on your computer. However, there may be a reason why you would still want a computer with a decent amount of memory (such as storing private material that you don’t want on a data cloud for whatever reason). That said, consider how much memory you actually need your computer to have, so you’re not overpaying. 

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#3: Consider what type of OS you prefer. By now you’ve probably heard that there are two types of computer users: Mac people and Windows people. Take the opportunity to try out Windows and Mac operating systems, no matter how set you are on what you’ve been using. You never know if a new way of looking at the world will jive with you more, or have functions you can’t live without. If you can’t get your hands on the OS to try it out, read some reviews and compare. 

#4: Think about how much stuff you do at once. If you tend to one thing at a time, you won’t need so much RAM or processing power on your new laptop. By contrast, if you’re doing lots of things at once or using programs that require a lot of “brain power” you’ll need a device with more RAM (otherwise your new computer won’t function so smoothly).
Between the RAM, memory, screen, and OS, there are a lot of things to think about when selecting a new computer.