Which computer is the best?

This week we are going to tackle the question of “What is the best computer?” The best computer comes down to a lot of different things.

Each computer is built up of processors, memory, hard drives and other components. So, many people believe we can figure out which is the best computer simple by looking at the specifications. That may be true, but not always.

So, let’s consider the processors. Let’s take the Intel series of processors with the i5 and i7 processors as an example. In general, i5 processors are dual-core and they are going to be slower than an i7 which is a quad-core. But, some of the i5 processors have quad-cores, while some of the i7’s only have dual-cores. So, sometimes, the i5 is actually going to out perform the i7.

Does that mean you simply look at the specs, figure out how many cores and what speed they are, and stated “Well, this is a quad-core, 2.8 Ghz, Intel i7 processor, therefore it’s faster”? That system may be faster, but it isn’t necessarily best.

So, what really defines best when we are talking about a computer? Best is what is going to meet the needs of the consumer and those needs shoulebe met at the lowest possible cost.

Consider the example of my children: They have a need to have a computer for school. We have bought both of them Chromebooks. Now, Chromebooks are low-end and relatively inexpensive. They have slow processors and solid state hard drives. These things are really made for getting onto the internet and do everything remotely in the cloud. Now, this works great for them because they can get one and browse YouTube, go to Facebook, play games online, and even get to G Suite which provides them with the ability to do word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. All of that comes in a laptop that costs between $150 to $200. That works best for us because it is cheapest, it meets the needs, and the kids are happy.

Let’s consider my own laptop, though. I have a much more expensive laptop because I use a MacBook Pro. I needed the extra processing power to do video editing and all the other things that I do. It has a high-end graphics cards in there, a solid state hard drive, an i7 quad-core processor, so there are lots of different specs here. It is best for me, because it meets my needs as a consumer.

So, when we ask “What’s the best computer” it really does come down to the features it provides, can it do the utility you want it to do, and do it at a lower price.

What computers are you guys using? What kind of things do you need it to do? Are you just using the web and word processing, or are you a gamer? What is your need for a computer? These are the type of questions you need to ask your customers and yourself when you are helping them buy a computer. This allows you to figure out what is “best” for them!

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Jason Dion, CISSP No. 349867, is a Adjunct Instructor at Liberty University’s College of Engineering and Computational Science and Anne Arundel Community College’s Department of Computing Technologies with multiple information technology professional certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA), Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE), Digital Media Collector (DMC), Security+, Network+, A+, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library v3. With networking experience dating back to 1992, Jason has been a network engineer for the United States Navy Southern Command, served as the Deputy Director of the Theater Network Operations Center Middle East, and the Information Systems Officer for Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. Jason holds a Master’s of Science degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance from University of Maryland University College, a Master’s of Arts and Religion in Pastoral Counseling, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resources Management from New School University. He lives in the greater Washington D.C./Baltimore, Maryland area with his wife and two children.