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Information to Help Select the Right Computer For You

This section deals with researching information to properly select the right desktop or notebook computer system to match your needs. This will include selections of the best products, questionnaires and articles to help in the buying decision for personal computers or their components.
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Laptop PC Buyer's Guide
Buying guide that looks at all the various aspects of a laptop computer system to assist in selecting a laptop PC that best matches your needs.

Tablet PC Buyer's Guide
Buying guide from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at all the various aspects of a tablet PC to assist in selecting a laptop PC that best matches your needs.

Desktop PC Buyer's Guide
A product buying guide that examinations the specifications to consider when looking at purchasing your next desktop personal computer system from your About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

All-In-One PCs
A look at the all-in-one desktop computer system and its advantages and disadvantages when compared to desktop and notebook PCs.

Are Subsidized Computer Offers From ISPs and Cell Carriers Worth It?
Answer to a frequently asked question from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews site about if one should consider offers from an ISP or a cell phone carrier on discounted netbooks and computers.

Back to School Computer Guide
Article examining what to consider when purchasing a personal computer for a student before the school year starts from the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

Best Desktop I/O Cards
Dec 21 2009 - Today's desktop computers provide a wide range of peripheral ports for use with external devices. Older computers and some lower priced computers may lack certain interface ports. If you happen to have a device but not the right type of peripheral connector on your desktop PC, check out this list of some of the best I/O add-on cards for desktop PCs with either the PCI-Expre…

Best Laptop I/O Cards
Dec 21 2009 - Laptops have a limited amount of space for peripheral ports because of their small size. This often means they may not have enough or any of a particular type of port needed for your peripheral. If you are lucky enough to have a laptop with either a PCMCIA/CardBus or ExpressCard slot, you can add these ports to your PC with the right expansion card. Below are some of the be…

Computer Return and Exchange Policies
Article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that discusses how retailer and manufacturer return and exchange policies can have a major impact in your computer buying experience and should be considered before buying your next PC.

Computer Shopping At Costco
A look at pros and cons of computer shopping at the Costco warehouse retailer/

Desktop CD, DVD and Blu-ray Buyer's Guide
An article that looks at the specifications of CD, DVD and Blu-ray based drives in desktop PCs to better understand them before buying a new computer.

Guide to Desktop Hard Drives
An article that examines the specifications for desktop PC hard drives to better understand the differences in hard drives for making an informed computer purchase.

Desktop Memory Buyer's Guide
An article that takes a look at the specifications for memory in desktop computer systems to help make an informed purchasing decision.

Desktop Processor Buyer's Guide
An article that takes a look at the various desktop PC processors on the market and breaks them down into four categories for a better understanding when purchasing a new desktop PC.

Desktop Replacements
Article from the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide looking at the market for desktop replacement laptop computer systems and some of the issues regarding the selection of components when looking at laptops sold to this market.

Desktop Video Card Buyer's Guide
An article that looks at the specifications of video graphics inside desktop personal computers to make an informed purchasing decision.

Essential Software: Multimedia Applications
Article from the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that examines some of the multimedia applications that users may either get with the purchase of a new computer or wish to add onto a computer purchase.

Essential Software: Productuvity Software
Article that examines the basic types of productivity software that users need to consider when purchasing a new PC computer with links to additional resources on spreadsheet, presentation and word processing software.

Essential Software: Security Applications
Article that examines the basic types of security software that users need to consider when purchasing a new PC computer with links to additional resources on anti-virus, firewall and adware removal software.

Graduation Computers
Article from the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide with advice for those looking to purchase a desktop or notebook computer system for a graduating student.

How Fast Of A PC Do You Really Need?
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews that looks at the state of PC computing and how most consumers probably don't really need a very fast PC to meet their needs.

Laptop Battery Life Lies
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at the reasons why manufacturer battery life claims never equal real world usage and what users should be aware of when shopping for a laptop with long battery life.

Laptop Display And Graphics Guide
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at laptop graphics and displays to assist in the selection of a laptop computer system.

Laptop Drive Buyer's Guide
An article that looks at the various hard drives, CD, DVD and Blu-ray drives found in laptop PCs to help make an informed purchasing decision.

Laptop Memory Buyer's Guide
An article that looks at the memory specifications for laptop computers to give an informed decision on purchasing the right amount of memory for their computing tasks.

Guide To Laptop Networking Features
An article that looks at the different aspects of networking available in laptop computers to assist users when buying their next laptop PC.

Laptop Processor Buyer's Guide
An article that looks at how to determine if a CPU for a laptop PC matches what the computer will be used for.

Laptop Size And Weight Guide
An article that takes a look at the size and weight of laptop computers and what the basic dimensions are of the various classifications of laptops.

LCD Monitor Buyer's Guide
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that examines the various specifications listed with LCD computer monitors to make an informed comparison before purchasing a new computer monitor.

Less RAM Equals More Savings
Article that details how purchasing a new computer system with less memory installed plus some upgrade RAM can end up saving you some money.

Liquidation and Clearance Pricing Scams
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks into some of the practices of unscrupulous businesses selling liquidation or clearance computers that may not be the best deals for consumers.

Microsoft Vista
An article that looks at the features and problems that may be encountered with the release of Microsoft Vista and whether you should choose to use it or the previous XP operating system for your PC.

Netbooks vs. Tablet PCs
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks into the trend of netbook and tablet computers to see which one makes more sense for mobile computing.

PC Holiday Gift Guide
Selection of different guides to help in selecting a personal computer or related items for the holidays from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

Problems You May Have Getting a Computer Rebate
An article that looks into how the bankruptcy of Continental Promotions Group will impact rebates for computer products from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide. (

Refurbished Desktop and Laptop Computers
An article from the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide explaining the pitfalls and things to be aware of when considering the purchase of a low cost refurbished laptop or desktop personal computer system.

Rugged PCs
Article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks into the trend of rugged and semi-rugged PCs including what this means and how it may impact the consumer.

Save on Laptops, Desktops and Peripherals With Rebate Offers
Article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews guide that looks into the use of rebates when purchasing a laptop, desktop or computer peripherals as a means to help save money on the purchase.

Savings Money By Buying A Slightly Older PC
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide on how consumers can save money when buying a new desktop or laptop PC by looking at recently discontinued or replaced PCs without sacrificing much in terms of features or performance.

Should I Buy a Netbook Over a Laptop PC?
Answer to a frequently asked question at the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews site on whether or not to purchase a low cost netbook instead of a more expensive traditional laptop PC.

Tablet PC Connectivity Guide
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that takes a look at the various wireless networking features available on tablet PCs to help determine the best form of tablet PC to match your needs.

Tablet PC Display Guide
An article from the PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at how the display or screen of a tablet PC can make a huge impact on the experience and what to look for when consider buying a tablet PC.

Tablet PC Processor Guide
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at the various processor that can be found within Tablet PCs.

Tablet PC Size And Weight Guide
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that takes a look at how size and weight play an important role in deciding to buy a tablet PC.

Tablet PC Software Guide
An article that takes a look at how the software on tablet PCs play a critical role in their experience and how consumers should evaluate which tablet may best suit them.

Tablets vs Laptops
An article that examines the differences between tablet PCs and traditional laptops to help buyers figure out which one would best suit them for mobile computing.

Seven Ways To Save When Buying a PC
PCs may be more affordable now but there are always ways to find one for a bit less. Find out some tricks to get your next PC for less.

Top PC Shopping Mistakes
Some of the common mistakes that people making when shopping for or buying a personal computer system. Try to avoid some of these things that can trip you up in the pocket book or with your computers usage.

Ultra-Mobile PC
A brief look and commentary about the upcoming Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) devices from Microsoft and its partners from the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

Understanding CRT Monitor Specifications
An article that takes a close look at what the various CRT monitor specifications are to make it easier to evaluate a CRT monitor before purchasing.

Using Coupons to Get a Computer for Less
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at how the use of coupons can actually help one to get a new computer for less.

What are Netbooks?
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that takes a look at the trend of the new low cost netbook category of mobile computers and if they may be something you should consider for a PC.

What Computer Should I Buy?
A questionnaire designed to ask about attributes and planned usage of a new computer system to assist in provided an answer to the proper type of desktop or laptop PC and the recommended specifications.

What Is An Ultrabook?
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that takes a closer look at what it takes for a laptop to be deemed an Ultrabook.

Where to Buy a PC
Article discussing the advantages and disadvantages from the three common types of companies (retail, direct order and reseller) to purchase a new computer system written by your About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

White Box Notebooks
An article that looks at the ability to build custom notebook computers from white box components by the About PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

Why Windows 7 Slate Will Fail
An editorial from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide on why Windows 7 Slate tablet computers will likely fail.

Will Windows 7 Slate Succeed Or Fail?
Readers of About.com can share their opinion of Microsoft's latest attempt at tablet computer with the Windows 7 Slate. Will it succeed or will it fail and why?

Windows 8 Tablet Conundrum
A look at potential problems that Microsoft might be creating in its effort to bring out a unified Windows 8 operating system for tablets.

Worst PC Technology Of 2010
2010 will probably be remembered as the year of the Apple iPad. Beyond this, there wasn't a lot of hugely noteworthy advances in PC technology or products. There were some spectacular failures in terms of products and a number of missed opportunities when it comes with new technology. So, what do the reader's of About.com think were some of the...

Should You Buy A Touchscreen Based PC For Windows 8?
An article that looks into whether one should consider purchasing a new Windows 8 based computer with a touchscreen from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide.

Why Spend More For A PC
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that examines some of the reasons why you might want to spend a bit more than a standard budget tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Corporate vs. Consumer Computers
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that looks at the differences between corporate and consumer computer products and why consumers might want to look at a corporate class model instead of the consumer one.

What Is A Hybird or Convertible Laptop?
An article from the About.com PC Hardware / Reviews Guide that takes a look at the resurgence of hybrid and convertible laptops and what they are.

what-is-a-chromebook
A look at what exactly makes a Chromebook and how they differ from a traditional laptop personal computer or new mobile tablets.

Chrombeooks vs. Tablets
An article that looks at two very low cost computing platforms to help determine whether Chromebooks or tablets offer the better overall experience.

What Is A Steam Machine?
A brief look into what Valve's Steam Machine platform is and how it differs from traditional PC gaming systems.

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