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A Glossary for Computer and Tablet Shopping

By Nextrio on September 13th, 2013 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Are you looking to purchase a new computer or tablet for your office this fall? Before you go out and begin comparing products, prices, and features, brush-up on your hardware terminology with this helpful glossary: 

OS (Operating System): This is the software interface that you will use to interact with your new tablet or PC. It is also the platform the hardware will use to manage processes and store information. Some common examples of operating systems include Android, Windows, and Apple. 

RAM (Random Access Memory): This number indicates the amount of short-term memory a device has. RAM is measured in bytes and a device with more RAM may be able to run programs more quickly and seamlessly. 

MBs and GBs (Megabytes and Gigabytes): Bytes are units measuring data. A MB is equal to 1,000 bytes and a gigabyte is equal to 1,000 megabytes. Use these measurements to find out how much storage capability a device has. Remember that with the wide availability of cloud storage and external hard drives, you may not require a lot of hard drive disk space. Here’s a fun fact: When IBM released the first hard drive in excess of 1GB in 1980, the drive was about the size of a refrigerator and weighed 550 pounds! 

MHz (megahertz): Is a unit that measures how fast a computer processor runs. The more MhZ the device has, the greater its processing speed. With a high MHz count you will have the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and quickly! 

4G or 3G: For tablet users who are mostly on the go, 3G and 4G devices will give you greater connectivity when you are away from your standard Wi-Fi connection. A 4G tablet will provide the fastest connection speeds available and a 3G version will ensure that you can stay connected in most locations. Do you plan to use a tablet mostly in your home or your office, where a strong Wi-Fi signal is already available? If you are only using the tablet at home or the office, then you may not need a 4G or 3G capable model. 

Do you have questions about selecting the right hardware for your business? Leave your questions in the comments and we’ll be happy to respond. For more insights into streamlining your business IT with cloud solutions and managed IT services, contact Nextrio in Tucson at (520) 519-6301.