Computer Hardware Primer

For most of us, the computers we use at home last far longer than they used to. Once upon a time, we used to replace computers every 3 years or so. Today, we have computers that are still operating even after a decade. That sounds great...until you need to buy a new computer. With technological advances flying at us at warp speed, trying to buy a computer these days is daunting.

Summer is the best time to buy technology. New processors and memory components are released during Q1, and by now prices are leveling off. Additionally, every top-tier brand and every retailer are competing for your "Back to School" dollars. That presents an opportunity that you may wish to seize upon. 

While technology shoots into the future, many mainstream retailers have made computer shopping less intimidating by hiding details. For example, many will say things like "This PC comes with a genuine Intel Core i5 processor."  What does that mean?  "Buy this Apple, it is powered by the M1!"  Huh?  "This rig comes with 8, 12, 16, or 32 gigabytes of RAM!" What speed is that RAM? Can I add more RAM? "We've got drives! Floppies, CDs, DVDs, HDDs, SSD, NVMes! Collect them all!" 

Our webmaster, Andy Skurna, will present a quick primer on the major components of the most popular computing form factors (laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, mini computers, PC on a stick). What should you look for? What should you avoid? What details should you insist on knowing? 

 

  • July 27, 2022 at 6:00pm – 9pm
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
  • Andy Skurna

Will you come?

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  • Andy Skurna
    published this page in Home 2022-07-26 11:42:23 -0400