Probably the most popular
question that we field from our friends and family is, "What computer
should I buy?" Below are some links of popular computer manufacturers
and resellers. Keep in mind several things: 1) The guts are the
most important factor; 2) The second most important factor is warranty
and service; 3) Know what you NEED before you buy and don't pay
for things you don't need or want; 4) The lowest priced computers
aren't usually the best buy because their technology won't last
long...you'll spend more money in the long run updating it and
sooner than later replacing it; 5) Determine what you WILL do with
the computer and what you MIGHT do with the computer...there's
nothing worse than saving $100 on a feature only to wish later
that you had it.
Dell is probably the most popular computer manufacturer today.
By popular, I don't
mean they're the best or the highest rated. I simply mean people
know about Dell and a lot of people think it's "cool" to
own one (thanks mostly to the now defunct "Dell Dude").
They are consistently well-rated by numerous entities, but they
that they've passed the peak of their success. Their downfall,
if indeed that is to happen, began when they started outsourcing
their support to other countries (like India). Now, when a customer
calls for support, they are likely to experience an international
phone call (with skips, quarks, and delays) speaking to a support-person
who may or may not have great mastery of the English language.
There's nothing more frustrating than continually asking "What
color wire did you say not to unplug?" For
Web Renown, we no longer own any Dell products. They've either
died (including an Axim handheld that went kaput less than a week
after the 1-year warranty expired) or been Ebay-ed. Nonetheless,
they are still producing good products at
and are worth
considering for your computer needs. Click
here for some incredible deals on Dell computers.
Gateway is another reputable computer manufacturer, but has not
had the marketing success that Dell has. So while it may not be
as "cool" to own
a Gateway, we at Web Renown work entirely on Gateway computers.
fact, we have one Gateway that is more than eight (yes, 8)
years old and still works as well as it did the day it arrived.
keyboard, mouse, processor, hard drive (although we did add another)
all work, and we can still call and get support on it (they offered
lifetime support back then). So we believe in Gateway and highly
commend them to you. Oh yes, and the rare occasion when we have
had to call tech support, the call is not international and the
language skills of the techs are usually pretty good! By the way,
the 8+ year-old computer is on the network and does work, but we
can't say that we do much on it anymore. It's mainly a trophy to
show all our Dell friends.
The Mac line of computers was once the design community's best-kept
the success of Apple's Ipod and with the ongoing security risks
of the Windows operating system, more people are opting for a Mac
over the mainline Windows PCs. We can personally speak for the
Mac G5 (liquid-cooled
with dual 2.5 Ghz processors), that Macintosh makes an incredible
If you are considering a unit for video editing,
look closely at the G5.
For the budget-conscious buyer, you may want to take a look at
the new Mac