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Tech Terms Explained

Not sure what it all means? This small guide will help bring you up to speed with some of the technical jargon you may encounter when looking for a device for your business.

 
     
         
    

What is a Processor?

The processor (CPU) is the brain of the computer which every program uses to carry out tasks. Whether you are running a word processor, game or browsing the web, all the programs you use are written in a language that only the processor can understand.

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For example, when you type a letter in a document, your keyboard inputs tells the processor which letter is pressed and which is translated into instructions for your word processor on what to show on the page.

Generally, the most expensive processors are ones that can do this faster or take on more tasks at once to help the computer run better.

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What is Memory?

RAM is also known as 'memory' and is a dedicated space that the computer uses to store programs that are currently open so the processor can talk to them faster.

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When you first turn on your computer, the first thing it does is load the operating system (Windows or Mac OS) into memory so that your PC can boot up. When you open your web browser or play a game, it also gets stored in the RAM too.

The more RAM you have in your computer, the more programs you can run at the same time without your computer slowing down.

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What is a Hard Disk Drive?

The Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is where all your data is stored including the operating system, programs and games as well as music, video and pictures. Everything is stored magnetically on a fast spinning disk, protected by a sealed metal case.

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Larger hard drives have more disks inside which allow them to store more information and each disk is divided into millions of tiny places where files are stored.

When you open a program or play a video, the hard drive remembers where it put it, finds where it is on the disk and transfers the file into RAM so your processor can work with it.

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Solid State Drive vs Hard Disk Drive

A Solid State Drive (SSD) stores files as digital information and therefore has no moving parts like a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) does. Because of this, it uses less power, is more durable against accidental bumps and is much faster to help make your computer perform better.

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Inside a HDD, in addition to the physical spinning magnetic disks, are a number of moving parts which work together to access your files. When you open a file, the disk spins and a tiny arm finds the exact place where your data is stored.

While most drives are quite fast at finding the file, it is still slower than an SSD. The advantage of HDD is that you can store more on them in terms of gigabytes and they are generally cheaper compared to SSDs. Solid State Drives can't be beaten when it comes to speed and pure performance, not to mentioned reliability.

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What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a way to wirelessly connect your notebook, tablet or phone to a network which, in most cases, then allows you to access the Internet. No matter where you are, if you are using Wi-Fi, you are connecting to someone's network whether at home, in the office or sitting in a cafe.

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When your device connects via Wi-Fi, it is talking to a nearby wireless modem or router which then gives you access to the internet. The closer you are to the router, the better quality and better speeds you can get from your Wi-Fi connection. However, things like solid walls and certain electronic devices can interfere with the signal strength as well.

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What is Integrated Graphics?

In order to display anything on your monitor, you will need a graphics processor (GPU). Unlike the main processor of your computer, the GPU only deals with graphics tasks like watching videos, looking at images and playing games.

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If a computer has 'integrated graphics' it simply means that the GPU is built into the main processor making it small. Integrated graphics is a business standard for most buyers and performs well for all but the most demanding graphics programs or latest high performance games. They can still easily handle watching videos, playing simple or old games and basic graphics tasks, but for anything too complicated, your computer will slow down as it needs to share memory to get the job done.

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What is Dedicated Graphics?

If you want to play the latest games or perform tasks like video and photo editing, you will need a more powerful graphics processor. These are typically known as 'dedicated graphics' which means that everything displayed on screen is handled by a more powerful processor with higher performance that has its own memory.

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When deciding which notebook to buy, check to see if the graphic processor is made by either AMD Radeon or NVIDIA. If so, you can rest assured that it the dedicated option and will be far superior to and more powerful than integrated graphics models.

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What is Screen Resolution?

All flat panel displays, whether a computer monitor, tablet, television or phone are made up of tiny dots, or pixels, which create the image you see. If you get really close to your computer screen, you can actually see them in action.

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The screen resolution is simply a measurement of how many pixels a screen is capable of displaying - the more it has, the better the image quality. For example, a HD resolution of 1366x768 is made up of 768 horizontal rows with 1366 pixels in each row. Similarly, when looking at a Full HD screen it has a resolution of 1920x1080.

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HD Vs Full HD Displays

When it comes to HD and Full HD displays, the only difference is the number of total pixels on the screen with Full HD having a whopping 2,073,600 of them. When trying to work out whether your screen is HD or Full HD, the best way is to look at the screen resolution.

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All displays that are 1920x1080 are Full HD 1080p while HD screens come in a variety of resolutions and are known as 720p. To see if your screen is HD have a look at the resolution and make sure it ends in 720 or above. Under 720 pixels is standard definition and not considered HD. An easy way to understand the difference between each type is that SD is good for DVD quality video, HD is good for digital TV broadcast quality and Full HD is Blu-Ray quality video.

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What is an active pen?

When using a pen with a touch screen device, there are two main types you can buy. An 'active pen' has electronic components inside it that improve the accuracy and sensitivity or, at times, include additional features that support finer details and more precise handwriting recognition.

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These types of pens have fine tips, more like a ball point pen, and are often used for more complex and precise tasks like taking notes, graphic design, drawing and anything that requires high precision. The other type of pen is the 'passive pen' which cheaper, has no electronic components, a larger rubber or foam tip and is best used only for basic screen navigation. Passive pens are like writing with a crayon or felt tip marker.

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