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Tips for buying a computer

August 04, 2000

Tips for buying a computer



Tips on buying a computer from senior computer instructors:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Pick your software. Remember you just don't use a computer, you use the software running on the computer. Check to see what software has been pre-loaded on the computer.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Pick your hardware. Senior computer teachers recommend a computer with a Pentium central processing unit chip; at least 4, but preferably 8 to 16 GB (gigabytes) of hard drive memory (more memory needed when scanning, storing photos); 64 MB (megabytes) minimum and 128 MB of RAM (random access memory); floppy disc and CD ROM drivers; a 56-Kbps speed modem; a multimedia card for sound; and a 17-inch monitor.

A laser jet printer is recommended for quality black and white printing; a desk jets printer is recommended for color.

Prices vary depending on the sophistication of the computer. Carville Wright, computer teacher at Hagerstown Community College's Institute for Learning in Retirement, estimates a senior citizen can spend between $700 and $1,000 and meet most of their computer needs.

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