A Beginner Guide to Reading Computer Specifications-2020

Are you thinking of buying a new laptop, fixing your laptop, or just trying to know more about computers? The article will explain a beginner guide to reading computer specifications the majority of information you need to understand, without being too “technophobe.”

When you’re not a person deeply involved in technology, it can be quite challenging to find a purchase. Price variations vary enormously when the only factor you consider is the laptop-style, the keyboard, and design.

I won’t lie to you when I began to get interested in computers in general, I didn’t know about any of the terminologies and features that computers or laptops are offering currently.

Actually, I hardly knew the difference between cpus, and just knew that the processor were making the computer faster. So, if you are a person like me and want to know more details about computer specification you are in a right place.

On the other hand, If you presently have a laptop and are interested in upgrading, you should understand exactly what specs your computer already has. It will be helpful, because you’ll have an idea of what features to change and what to avoid. This would also save you some cash, as parts that already meet your needs are not being modified.

If you are an accounting professional or accounting major student, you may also like my another article on 10 Best Laptops For Accounting Students

Beginner Guide to Reading Computer Specifications | How to know the Specs of your Laptop

There are some key specifications about your computer you need to know, including:

  • Processor
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Graphics Card (GPU)
  • Power Supply

I’ll explain all of these terms below to help you to understand what they mean and their individual tasks on your laptop or computer.

To find your computer (for windows 10) full specification follow the instruction bellow-

  • Type “System Information” in the search box
  • Click on System Information App

After that you will get all information about your machine like the image bellow-

If you are a MAC user you need to follow given instruction to find your MAC system information-

  • Click on the ”Apple icon”
  • Then Click on ”About This Mac” 

After that, you will get the information about you MAC like the image bellow-

From this window you will be able to find your Mac model number, processor speed, storage, RAM and other main specifications. If you want to know more deep specification, just click on “System Report” button to get details about the laptop.

I know all of these are specs still leaves you puzzled, you may still not catch much. Don’t be worried, I’m here to help you. Now, I’m going to describe in details each and every terms in a simple way.   

Beginner Guide to Reading Computer Specifications

A processor/ CPU/ Central Processing Unit is the main chip behind your laptop or desktop computer performance or speed, that tells your device how to obey the software’s instructions of your machine and when you intend to purchase a computer this is what you must be aware of.

If your device works with a team, processor is act like a team leader which takes orders from management and pass to their team then tells how exactly execute them.

Now, let’s check what you should be aware of when you decide to buy a laptop:

  • Clock Speed

The processor speed of computers is measured in gigahertz (GHz). Usually today’s computers are powered by processors measured at GHz speeds like 3.5 GHz, 2.4 GHz, and so on. For Example, 1.0 GHz indicates the processor can perform 1 billion cycles per second. That means if you want greater processor output you need to buy a computer with higher Ghz rating.

Gigahertz speed isn’t the only consideration to choose your processing power. The number of “cores” in their design and the quantity of “threads” for processing cycles often differ substantially in the output of the chips.

  • Core

You can consider a core as a worker in a CPU, so if you want to complete a task faster you should need more workers.

There are two major CPU designs- Intel and AMD. Intel’s models include Atom, Core M and Core i3, i5, i7. Atom and Core M processors are powerful in power, but they are slower.




Beginner Guide to Reading Computer Specifications

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