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What are some desirable computer attributes?

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Some desirable computer attributes include compactness, making the computer suitable for users with limited space, low price, particularly for computers intended only for media playback and Web browsing, and the inclusion of additional connection ports such as HDMI and USB 3.0. For laptops, desirable attributes include light weight, sleek design and the presence of an optical drive for users who consume media from CDs and DVDs.

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All-in-one computers typically feature a case housing the necessary components attached to the back of the screen, making them visually appealing and easy to set up. However, their compactness normally results in featuring components that are underpowered relative to those in standard desktop computers. Additionally, most models don’t let users upgrade or replace components, which limits customizability. For storage, the most desirable attribute is the inclusion of solid-state drives that use flash memory, resulting in better performance relative to regular hard drives. The downside of these drives is that they’re usually more expensive and feature lower storage capacity.

For users with limited budget and those who don’t plan to use computers for gaming and media editing, which requires powerful processors, a price range of $400 to $500, as of 2015, is a sweet spot. The price of gaming computer can go over $1,000, but they typically include high-end quad- and octa-core processors, dedicated graphics cards and fast storage drives, which enable users to play games in resolutions higher than 1080p.

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