Almost everyone has a personal computer now. Whether you use your computer for business or to binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix (hey, we’re not here to judge) it’s important to get the right one for your needs. After all, computers don’t come cheap.

Here’s a list of the top computer uses, and suggestions for what kind of computer to purchase to fit your specific needs:

Entrepreneur: Mobility is one of the biggest needs when it comes to purchasing your computer. You’ll want to steer clear of desktops and opt for a portable laptop, convenient for your on-the-go lifestyle. Ultrabooks are a great option for you, as they’re usually light in weight and have the capacity to hold a high volume of data.

Leisure: If you’re just using your computer for simple needs and won’t be using a lot of programs, you can get away with a less expensive model. Opt for something with lower storage capacity. Large, high-quality screens can be a factor in your purchasing if you plan on watching a lot of video.

Freelancer: Like entrepreneurs, freelancers should choose something portable. Apple makes several models that are user-friendly and are perfect for cranking out work at the neighborhood coffeeshop (especially if you are dealing with tons of media). Your storage volume will depend on the amount of  programs you plan on using.

Business owner: If you work from home and manage a staff remotely, you can get most of your needs met from a laptop or desktop. Because managing a business entails a lot of tracking and correspondence, you’ll want something sturdy with a lot of storage capacity.

Once you nail down the right computer for your specific set of needs, make sure to maintain your desktop or laptop with pride. Also, most stores have trained technicians who can walk you through the purchasing process, ensuring you get the best one for your needs. Make sure to provide as much detail as possible when it comes time to purchase — how often you will be using your computer, what programs you plan on downloading, etc.


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