When buying a monitor, you need to make sure that your computer`s graphics card supports the desired resolution (most modern graphics cards can support up to 4K). You should also make sure that your computer and monitor are compatible in terms of connectivity (HDMI, DisplayPort or DVI/VGA). Chrome OS doesn`t have as many features as a Mac with macOS. Chromebooks also don`t have the customizable options offered by a PC running Microsoft Windows. Because of this, Chromebooks tend to be less powerful and more affordable. But they are also often recommended for schools and students. External hard drives: the simplest type of solution. The data can be accessed by connecting the external hard drive to the computer. Usually the cheapest and simplest solution. Make sure you have encryption software that password-protects your external hard drives to protect your files from theft. Western Digital, a leading hard drive manufacturer, offers free encryption software for its hard drives. Few external hard drives are available with multiple built-in drives, allowing you to configure redundant storage options. When students, faculty, and staff are looking for new PCs, they often turn to IT for advice.

While IT doesn`t sell computers to users for personal use, we can give you some basic ideas to consider when buying. If you are looking for computer suppliers, we offer links to specific hardware providers that have special prices for UWSP students and staff. Sometimes called memory, but not to be confused with RAM, this specification tells you how much space you have to store information on your computer. Although storage space is also measured in GB, it is different from RAM. As the average storage capacity of laptops increases, laptop storage is measured in terabytes (TB or 1,000 GB). Although most people tend to use the cloud to store information and documents, storage space internally or on the device is still essential. Storage on the device is especially important if you don`t have access to the internet. We recommend a laptop with at least 256GB of storage.

An all-in-one is a monitor that integrates the components of a computer. Many are touchscreen. While they can be convenient space-savers, they are usually more expensive than a comparable desktop or laptop. They are also difficult to update. You cannot replace the monitor without replacing almost the entire device. Because they are sized as economically as possible, components are less accessible or inaccessible. This can be a problem if you want to upgrade to a larger hard drive or install more RAM. In addition, your connectivity ports are usually limited.

Some don`t have a port that allows you to connect to an additional monitor. This number, also known as memory (RAM), is usually measured in gigabytes (GB). For example, a computer may have 4 GB of RAM. RAM is a temporary area where your computer processes and executes commands. The more RAM, the more data your laptop can process at a higher speed. We recommend buying a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM. The speed of your computer`s CPU usually measures the speed of the computer: the faster it is, the better. Processor speed is typically measured in “clock speed,” measured in megahertz (MHz; one million cycles per second) or gigahertz (GHz; one billion cycles per second, equivalent to 1,000 MHz). The more cycles per second a processor can perform, the more operations it can perform. 2 GHz is good; 2.4 GHz is better. Law firms typically use a combination of laptops and desktops to handle day-to-day tasks.

Desktops are commonly used in the office, and laptops offer the flexibility of use inside and outside the office – a feature desired by lawyers who sometimes work remotely or need computing capabilities while meeting clients outside the office. However, with many types of laptops and desktops, the question is regularly asked: “What desktops or laptops should I buy for my business?” It`s easy for a tech purchase like this to feel overwhelming. Depending on the size of the law firm, the costs of acquiring computers can quickly add up. Nowadays, most computers have USB ports, but make sure they have at least one USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 offers much faster transfer speeds. Transferring multiple video resolution files can take several hours via standard USB ports or several minutes via USB 3.0 ports. Tablets are attracting growing interest in the classroom and are an innovative way to take notes. In conjunction with a keyboard, tablets that meet the above requirements are sometimes even used as a laptop replacement. The new tablets come with Windows, iOS or Android operating systems. The features and number of programs available depend on the choice of operating system and hardware of the device.

Contact your academic advisor if you are not sure if you need a tablet in your field of study. Microsoft OneNote software for tablets is available for free through the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching for Windows tablets program. We recommend computer models that have at least an EPEAT Silver rating (preferably EPEAT Gold). These computers meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications and are designed for easy recycling. Learn more about the Electronic Environmental Product Assessment Tool (EPEAT). The best scanners include software that gives you small file sizes with high-quality images in your scans. If you have the wrong software in your scanner, you can scan a 20-page document and the file size is 10MB, which is usually too large to send via email. Scanning large documents of 80 to 100 pages can result in file sizes so large that computers may have difficulty opening them and cause your PDF viewer to crash.

So stick with reputable companies for your desktop scanners. First, select your equipment and accessories. Next, make a list of the connection types required for each connection type and select a docking station with all the ports you need. If your laptop connects via USB 3.0, consider the plug-in USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station. For a USB-C connection, consider the Hiearcool USB-C dock. And for Thunderbolt 3, consider the Kensington SD5300t. Below are the minimum system requirements. For specific recommendations, please contact one of our engineers from the PerfectLaw® network.

With that in mind, we recommend looking at a Mac or PC first. However, if you can`t find the model that`s right for you, are on a tight budget, or generally don`t run too many apps at once, a Chromebook can be a useful alternative. Some storage solutions provide integrated solutions for connecting your storage device to the Internet and security connection protocols for remote access to that data. Typical office productivity tasks require at least 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. At 8GB, you should be able to use your word processor, juggle 5+ Internet browser windows, and switch between a few PDFs, all at once, without encountering lag. But while it`s not uncommon to jump between a bunch of large files (think long contracts, discovery documents, exhibits, court records, etc.) while keeping 10+ browser windows open at once, 16GB of RAM is highly recommended. Anything over 16GB is probably a waste of money, even for fairly aggressive office applications. Memory.

Memory (RAM) is short-term memory that your computer uses to run all the programs that you are actively using.

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