Are you thinking of becoming an entrepreneur or self-employed? Do you have any idea of the tools you will need to start your business? If so, there is a good chance that the computer will be part of the start-up costs associated with your project. Before making this crucial purchase, here are 5 questions to help you choose your work computer.
1. What is your budget for this purchase?
How much are you willing to invest in your new computer? Depending on your needs, you may prioritize certain purchases, whether it is a good processor or software necessary for your work. By keeping a cool head, you will avoid unpleasant surprises when you have to pay your bill, or you could also find a used computer.
Examples of affordable computers:
- HP Chromebook
- Toshiba Chromebook 2
(Chromebooks work under Chrome OS and not under Windows)
2. Are you a mobile worker?
Do you like working in cafés or coworking areas? If so, it is better to use a laptop rather than a desktop computer. Be sure to take into account the battery life of the main battery so that you are not completely dependent on the nearest power outlet.
Examples of laptops for mobile workers:
- Asus Chromebook Flip
- MacBook Pro
- Surface Pro 4
3. Do you write a lot?
Whether you write emails or reports, you want a comfortable keyboard with enough space to work your fingers. A netbook is not recommended if you intend to write for hours.
Examples of comfortable keyboards:
- Logitech Keyboard K120
- Corsair Raptor K30
- Razer Blackwidow Chroma
4. What software do you plan to use?
It is not necessary to have the most powerful computer if you plan to use only word processing software. On the other hand, if you are programming or working in the multimedia field, you expect a high-performance machine that will not let you down at the wrong time. One trick to ensuring you have the best possible configuration for your computer is to take a look at the system requirements for the software you plan to purchase. For example, in terms of RAM, Photoshop CC 2015 uses 2 GB of RAM, but recommends 8 GB for optimal use.
Examples of powerful computers:
- Mac Pro
- HP Z1 G2
- Asus G11CB
5. Will this computer only be used for work?
Be honest. If your future computer is not located in the workplace, you may use it for personal purposes. Are you a fan of video games? You will then need a good graphics card. In case you are thinking of constantly updating it, the desktop computer is ideal for easy replacement of parts.
Examples of computers that can be used for personal use:
- MSI Nightblade
- Alienware X51
- Razer Blade
There are of course other points to consider when buying your laptop: check if there is a numeric keyboard, the number of USB ports, the weight, the size of the screen, the original graphics card. For desktop computers, look at the basic configuration with ease of evolution (access to components such as graphics card, hard disk, RAM, etc.)