When it comes to replacing your current machine the question we often get asked is what should you buy?
First, what makes up a machine. The main things to look at are the processor, memory and hard drive.
The processor is the brain. The bit that does the work. These are either built by Intel or AMD, with Apple pursuing a different route entirely. Intel processors are Core i3, i5 and i7. AMD Ryzen processors follow a similar numbering.
i3 processors are fine for basic internet use, emailing and low level jobs. We normally recommend i5 processors as these give the . i7 processors are for high end jobs like graphics and video processing.
For memory we recommend 8gb. We would not go any lower then this on a Windows 10 machine. Often you find people have been offered a machine with half that memory. Windows 10 will use most of 4gb of memory for its own purposes and as a result the machine will run more slowly then it might be expected. There is nothing more disappointing to get your new machine up and running only to find it runs at the same slow speed as the one you are replacing.
The most important element to consider is the hard drive. This is the one area where things have developed significantly in the past couple of years. Rather than be tempted to go for the largest drive; it is better to make sure you buy a machine with a solid state drive (ssd) even if this is smaller in storage capacity.