Which Monitor Is Best for My Business Computer?

Now that you’ve made that hard decisions about the right hard disk, processor and RAM for your business laptop or desktop computer lets look at some of the issues to consider when selecting your computer monitor (screen).

When purchasing a laptop or desktop, there are many options when it comes to screen size. Laptop screen will start at 9 inches and go up to 17 inches. LCD monitor sizes start at 19 inches and go up to almost as big as you want!

The size of the screen in conjunction with the resolution configuration will determine how much information can be seen at once.

Which Monitor Is Best for My Business Computer?

A laptop with a 9 inch screen will give you portability and good battery life but a small viewing area. A laptop with a 17 inch screen will give you a good viewing area, but poor battery life and portability.

Most websites have been designed to be viewed at a resolution of 1024×768 pixels so if you are viewing it on a 9 inch laptop screen, you may need to scroll left and right as well as up and down to view the web page. This can be frustrating and needs to be considered if you are purchasing a laptop for frequent internet browsing.

The best priced monitors (bang for buck) are currently a 22 inch wide screen monitor. These will cost you around the $250 mark. They will allow you to run 2 applications side by side. Desktops and laptops can be run with 2 monitors (laptop screen plus one other). This is really handy for users that need multiple applications running at once as it enables you to spread out over a bigger “desktop” – we all need this!

To find out more about which monitor is best for you contact one of our experienced I.T. Consultants and stayed tuned for our tips on weight and portablity in next week’s article.…

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Knowing Your Computer: RAM Memory

Why do it yourself if you can pay someone else to do it? That’s the question a lot of people ask themselves about things they don’t know how, or want to do. A lot of money and time is spent every year by people who would rather have someone else deal with their computer woes, rather than just do it themselves.

If just a little time is taken to know the hardware that we use everyday, a lot of money and time could be saved so that if your computer needs to be upgraded or is damaged, you will already know what is wrong with it, rather than being at the mercy of someone else. Remember nothing beats knowing for yourself, because once you do, no one can pull the wool over your eyes.

Knowing Your Computer: RAM Memory

There are two types of memory used by your computer, HD or hard drive memory, and RAM or random access memory. The hard drive is like a big storage filing system. This is where every file on your computer is stored. The RAM is like your workspace area or desk.

It is used to store all the data you are currently working on. So as an example of how the two memories work with each other imaging this; if you open up a word document and a picture file, your computer looks for and takes the specific word file you’re searching for, from the big storage filing system or hard drive, and puts it on your workspace area or RAM.

The more RAM you have, the more things you can do at once. If you ask the computer to do more tasks than the RAM has space to handle, it will slow down your computer. Just like if you have more files on your desk than you have space, how efficient do you think you would be?

Your computer does have what is called “virtual RAM”, which is an allotted space on your hard drive that the computer uses for RAM purposes, but it is much slower than actual RAM. Think of allotting a space in your filing cabinet for files you are currently working on.

Every time you needed one of those files, you have to get up, go to the filing cabinet, get the file, use it, then go back, put it in the special place allotted for it in the filing cabinet, then …

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