By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection
The season of the giving of gifts is just around the corner, well, at least the time to start looking is. Amazon.com is a good place to get a good starting point on electronics, and then don’t be ashamed to whip out an online price in a local store, they may well match it.
A good desktop computer that does basic computing should run in the $300-$500 range, some even with a monitor… all come with mouse and keyboard. Laptops are a bit more, in the range of $400-$600 but on sale can be had a bit less.
Locally, most will be Windows 10, but if you can find Windows 8.1 I would buy it and wait until later next year to upgrade for free to 10. Online you can still find 7, 8 and 8.1 which can all be upgraded until late next July.
Mac laptops start at $899 for the basic Mac Air, and although more expensive they do come with a lot of free software. Additionally, the newest OS El Capitain just came out, which is an upgrade of Yosemite.
Don’t forget to check out the Xbox and competitors, these gaming consoles vary in price but by Thanksgiving a price war will break out I’m sure. Tablets are another great gift option, coming in various sizes and shapes with all kinds of operating systems.
iPads still are the top sellers and will always bring the ooohs and aaahs but at $399 for the Mini and $499 for regular it can be a bit expensive for wee ones.
Amazon’s Fire tablets are less expensive (starting at $50) and can do much of what the iPad offers.
Whatever you are looking for, start early and you will have the shopping over and done with!
As always if you have questions or need help you can call or email me, Rent A Bob at 843.822.7794 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.