How you, or the lucky recipient on your list, will use the computer plays a huge role in what you need to buy. Users who will largely be reading email, checking social media, using Office software, etc. are considered light use and thus modest specs such as Intel Core i3 or i5 will be sufficient – and come with a modest price tag.
On the other hand, users who will be using their new computer for high-end video games, virtual reality, or lots of video editing will want a faster processor and enhanced graphics capabilities. Look for options such as Intel Core i7, NVIDIA graphics and 16GB or more of RAM.
With regard to storage, laptops are frequently using a solid state drive instead of hard disk, making them thinner, smaller, and faster. They’re also less prone to damage. Just like when you buy kids clothes or shoes – assume you’ll outgrow your storage needs quickly and buy more than you think you’ll need.
Laptop or Desktop
Laptops are super portable and lighter than ever before. Adding to the line of portable options are “2-in1s” that convert from tablet to laptop and back again. Either of these is great for professionals, students, and others on the go.
On the other hand, desktops can be a better choice for young children. They’re less expensive than laptops, and because they’re stationary, harder to break. Desktops of old had a monitor and separate tower unit. Today, most desktops are sold as “all in ones” which means the computer hardware is built into the back of the monitor and can fit almost anywhere in the home. Gamers, however, often still prefer the tower models because they’re modular and hardware such as video cards can be easily upgraded.
Buying a computer for Christmas isn’t as easy as picking one size fits all gloves off the rack, but it is a gift your loved ones will be thrilled to see under the tree.