By Dan Gookin
CPU, Ghz, Mhz, DIMMS, RAM, ROM, AGP, ISA, PCI, USB, CRT, liquid crystal display, NIC, CCD, CIS, DP, Kbps. What do all of those acronyms suggest? Are you baffled via desktop expertise and know-how? Intimidated by way of computing device salespeople who grimace or grin should you say "gizmo?" paying for a working laptop or computer For Dummies 2005 variation offers the ABCs of shopping for a working laptop or computer. you do not have for you to speak tech; you simply need to be aware of what you will have and the way to get it. This advisor turns comparing the mind-boggling concepts right into a easy five-step strategy, entire with software program and worksheets that will help you decide a working laptop or computer only for you.
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They were called minicomputers and mainframes. Powerful things. ߜ The minitower is named that way because the original on-its-side PC was dubbed the tower model. Minitowers are more compact than full-size towers, and they lack much of the internal expansion room in larger models. ߜ Smaller desktop models are still available. They’re usually called smallfootprint computers. The footprint in this case is the amount of space the computer occupies on your desk. ߜ Small-footprint computers lack expandability options.
Now you know. But, what does it all mean? ߜ The iMac is about the most affordable computer, considering the technology you get for the price. Ditto the iBook Macintosh laptop. ߜ Most laptops cost two to three times as much as their desktop counterparts. The reason? Miniaturization. That huge miniaturizing computer in Utah costs a lot to rent. ߜ Most game consoles run about $150. ߜ Handheld computers and palmtops run from less than $100 for the daybook models to around $700 for the recent stuff.
5. Buy that computer! ” Bah! When you’re ready to buy, buy. ’Nuff said. I use these steps myself and have touted them for years. They work. Especially when you’re buying something high-ticket like a computer, you don’t want to make a simple mistake. ߜ If you haven’t already decided what a computer can do for you, flip through Chapter 16 to see what the little beasties are capable of. ߜ The software gets the work done. You buy hardware to support the software you have chosen. ߜ Service means getting the computer fixed.
Buying a Computer For Dummies, 2005 Edition by Dan Gookin