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Key features to look out for in a computer

Your choice of PC will be influenced by what you intend to use it for. The following information gives some guidance on the key specifications you need to look for when considering your purchase.

Computer processor

The computer processor drives the performance and the general running of applications. Our current range of products features Intel or AMD computer processors. In general terms, the higher the reference number of the processor, the better your applications will look and perform.

See www.intel.com or www.amd.com for more information on these. (Argos is not responsible for the content of external sites.)

Random access memory (RAM)

All of our computers come with a minimum of 1GB RAM which is suitable for general everyday use. If you want to run numerous applications, you should look for 2GB of RAM or more. The higher the number of RAM, the more applications your PC will be able to run simultaneously.

Hard drive

The hard drive is the long-term data storage system. Most of our computers come with at least 160GB, which is sufficient for general use and storing some music, movies, digital photos, office applications and games. If you want to store a lot of data, look for 250GB or more. If you need even more memory, you can also purchase a range of portable hard drives and external hard drives.

Graphics

The graphics capability of your computer will determine the clarity and quality of the images that appear on the screen. If you want to play games or watch high definition content, then choose a machine with a dedicated graphics card from nVidia or ATI Radeon. The dedicated memory will ensure your games run faster, smoother and show additional details on the screen. The higher the reference number, the better your graphics card will perform.

CD/DVD drives

All of our CD/DVD drives will play and record all variants of CDs and DVDs (R/RW/ROM/+/-). A dual-layer burner will allow you to double your capacity onto a compatible disk and can usually fit 2-3 hours of DVD quality content. If you want high definition (HD) playback, look for Blu-ray™ drives. Lightscribe products will allow you to burn basic images or text directly onto the disk so you don't need to label them separately.

Connectivity

You need to ensure your computer has the correct ports for the devices that you want to plug in. Listed below are the different types of connectivity that are included in our current range of PCs.

ConnectivityUSB ports allow wired connections between your computer and numerous peripherals, such as printers and digital cameras. You can never have too many USB ports.

FireWire Ports are faster than USB ports, and are commonly found on digital cameras and camcorders, etc.

Ethernet Ports can be used to connect your PC to another computer, a local network, or an external router.

HDMI Ports allow you to transmit digital data from your PC to other compatible digital and audio devices, typically a television. This allows you to watch films and stream media through your laptop and onto your television screen.

Card readers will allow you to read data from a memory card on your PC.

Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices within a range of around 10 metres - great if you have a Bluetooth compatible printer, digital camera, mobile phone, keyboard or mouse.

Wi-Fi enabled products allow you to connect to the internet wirelessly, assuming you have an active internet connection and compatible device, such as a wireless router. All of our laptops and mini laptops are Wi-Fi enabled.

Networking
All of our computers come with built-in modems, allowing you to connect to the internet. If you’re interested in setting up a wireless home network, read our buying guide to wireless networking.

PC accessories

Argos has a wide range of PC accessories and software on which you can make great savings. Just click on the special offers tab when viewing your product to see all the great savings you can make.

PC accessories

Warranties

For added security and peace of mind, we offer competitive warranties on all computer purchases, which covers accidental damage for the first 12 months and adds 2 years of breakdown cover on top of the standard 12 month manufacturer’s breakdown warranty. This gives you a total of 3 years’ breakdown coverage (subject to terms and conditions).

See Breakdown cover for more details.

 

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