Choosing the best device for your family

The task of buying a computer or device has become an artf orm all on its own. Thanks to the astounding range and variety of options out there nowadays, it can feel a little daunting when it comes to making your final selection. And if you’re on the lookout for the perfect device that works for your whole family, it can get even tougher. We’ve made it a little easier, with this three-step checklist for you to use when picking the perfect machine to take home:

What’s in your budget?
We’ll start with the one element of your purchasing decision that’s probably most prevalent in your mind as you enter that shiny store or click across to your favourite online retailer. Here’s a big tip – stick to your budget. Set a limit amount before you even start shopping… or else you could end up thinking you’ll buy a PC but, instead you get pretty darn excited in store, and end up coming home with a phablet, gigantic flat screen television and an empty wallet. Stick to your limit.

Family machine

What’s it for?
Why are you buying this machine? Is it for general family use or because you want to replace computers you have at home already? Are you buying it for mom and dad, or is it for the kids to play on? Define your purpose for this machine before you start scouting around – that’ll make it a little easier to not get distracted by the wide range out there. If this device is meant to be for the littlest members of the family, take into account it’s usability and durability too. Remember too, that accessories like a solid case will be an essential too. If it’s destined to be an all-purpose family machine, you may not need a high-level powerhouse, but more of an entry-level all-rounder device.

What’s already at home?
You know that saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? This one can apply to this decision. If your home is run on Apple devices, stick to it – it’ll be easier to set things up and synchronise devices or plug in to an ecosystem that already exists. But if you’re feeling adventurous or needing to do a complete overhaul, then it’s cool to start thinking about busting out of a particular operating system or environment. Just don’t go in thinking that you’d like a trusty PC that’s plug and play, and then come home with a Raspberry Pi because you felt the urge to tinker.

Enjoy your shopping!


Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

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