As homes and classrooms return to their roles as places of learning, reliable computers are at the top of the list of essential school supplies.
What computer should you buy for attending virtual classes at home, note-taking, online research and writing assignments?
Do you go with a conventional laptop, a hybrid “convertible” device, or a tried-and-true desktop? Plus, you have to decide on an operating system, a brand and the computer’s minimum specifications or “specs.”
Even if you’re tech-savvy, it could all make your head spin.
Here’s what to consider.
Step 1: Assess your needs. How you plan on using your new computer should dictate what kind to buy.
If you only want a computer for light tasks — web browsing, reading email and checking social media — then you could go with modest specs, which should have a modest price, too.
On the other end of the spectrum, if