(See also the “don’t forget list” when buying a new desktop")

[This list was writen in in 2016 and is well overdue for a rewrite]

This is a short list consider it a work in progress.

Starting questions:
  • Screen size?
  • Size/weight
  • Are you sure you don’t want a 2-in-1 or convertible Windows tablet/slate/PC?
  • 8GB memory or more
  • SSD hard drive (unless you have a reason not to)
  • USB3 if you’re looking to use a docking station
  • What’s the battery life?
  • Do you want touchscreen?
  • Do you need a DVD/Blu-ray drive?
  • Do you need a physical network cable socket, or is just Wi-Fi OK?
  • SSD hard drive for speed or traditional drive for capacity? (or 2 hard drives for both)
  • Does it come standard with onsite warranty so you don’t need to send away for weeks if it breaks?
  • What monitor connector do you need? (for your external monitor, projector or other)
  • Does it come with Windows Pro version? Do you need that?
  • What about a [universal] docking station
  • External mouse, wireless? Bluetooth?
  • Antivirus software
  • MS office (home and business edition?)
  • External Monitor, keyboard and mouse for ergonomic desktop use (plus a monitor stand or 2)
  • Do you need an extra power pack?
  • Carry bag for protection
Finally, setup:

Although you certainly can set things up yourself decisions like using OneDrive as the default save location, logging on with a local account vs a domain account vs a Microsoft account vs a domain account with a Microsoft account attached might require some good advice and assistance to have a good experience from the start.

For example it’s a good idea to remove unnecessary “crapware” software that the manufacturer got paid to put on there and installing a full set of standard software products like PDF tools (without getting tricked into installing something that will be unhelpful), and common windows store apps etc.

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