By Shadoe Huard

May 6th 2011


The next time you go out and purchase a computer, instead of endlessly comparing specs between models, ask yourself these questions instead to help you decide.

- Who will be using this computer? How computer savy are these people?

- Where is this computer going to be used?

- Will you need to carry this computer? If so, in what, and with what?

- What will you be doing with this computer? Try to be specific. What software might be required to accomplish these things?

- Will you be needing new accessories(or using old ones)? If so, is this computer suited to the use of those accesories? Do you want to reduce the number of accesories your using with this computer?

- How long do you plan on owning this particular computer?

- How much storage do you figure you’ll need, over the lifespan of this computer?

- How often do you purchase computers? How many computers do you plan on using simultaneously? (Do you really need this computer?)

- How comfortable do you feel performing repairs and upgrades yourself?

- Is this a computer that pleases you aesthetically?

- Does this computer fit into your particular lifestyle and your workflow?

I could probably add some more and I’m sure some of you might have your own questions.  The point is, purchasing computers based solely on comparing their specs isn’t as useful as it used to be*.  The gap in performance between all computers has narrowed and most of the software people use doesn’t require a huge amount of computing prowess.

People who actually need the most powerful rigs already know who they are, and aren’t looking at anything else but the high end of the market.  Purchasing the best computer you could afford made sense 10 years ago, when your computer became obsolete and underpowered almost the minute your bought it.

Alot of customers purchasing computers today still shop in that mindset and end up getting something they don’t need, that they will never use fully and, quite possibly, something they won’t be able to handle.

Posted at 12:22pm and tagged with: mac, pc, shopping, questions, two column,.

May 4th 2011

Re: What Would You Buy First?   

Great idea for an experiment over at the Brooks Review, asking us in what order we’d purchase the apps we already use if we had to start over from scratch. I’m more than happy to oblige with mine:

1. Mobile Me (Technically a service, but it’s the first thing I arrange on every new computer and iOS device I purchase and I use it each day.)

2. Mars Edit

3. Dropbox

4. Windows 7 (I use it , with bootcamp, like I would an app)

5. Adobe LIghtroom

6. Photomatix Pro

7. Photoshop

8. BB Edit

9. iWork (1.iWork 2.Keynote 3.Numbers)

10. Disk Warrior

11. Daisy Disk

12. Aperture

13. Facetime

Also, honorary mention to both Transmission and Handbrake.  Althought technically free, they would be right up there at the top of the list.

Fun, simple little thought experiement, you should give it a try.

Posted at 10:31am and tagged with: apple,, mac, pc, windows, photoshop, dropbox, mars edit, apps,.