Shopping for a computer during Black Friday can be very overwhelming. It can be hard to tell if the deals are a good value for what you are getting. It's also important to think about the longevity of the device. These reasons are why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you get the most out of your purchase this Black Friday!
What Specifications should I look for in a Computer?
The best value in a new computer is with an i5 processor, 16gb of ram, and a SSD. We have found that this is the sweet spot for performance and price, a computer like this is around $700-900 (without discounts today). A computer with specifications like this will be able to last for many years and will be able handle all tasks thrown at it, as long as it's not gaming or other heavy software.
What Specs We Recommend:
- Solid State Hard-Drive if possible
- 8gb RAM Minimum (16gb is recommended)
- i5 Processor or i7 if within budget
- Storage size depends on user, we recommend no less than 250gb (with 512gb Preferred)
If you are buying a computer for gaming, then we recommend looking for a laptop with a Gtx 1050Ti,1060 MaxQ, or better. It is important to keep in mind that laptops are not as powerful as desktops for gaming. Most gaming laptops will be able to run games at fair graphics settings, but if you are looking strictly for gaming performance it is more cost effective to start looking at desktops.
Are the $150-$300 laptop deals worth it?
In almost all cases a laptop that can be purchased in the <$300 price range are very slow machines and will be obsolete in less than 2 years. These devices have low tier processors and will only be able to handle 1-2 tasks before becoming overwhelmed. The build quality is another factor of why these devices should be avoided, usually they are made with lower quality materials and will start to fall apart relatively soon.
Often times a cheap laptop will need more repairs/upgrades and before you know it you've spent $100+ upgrading a low tier laptop that is not worth the repair amount. If you are looking for a laptop that will last for a long time, we recommend that you don't look at the price but look at the specifications.