One important factor when consumers are considering buying a computer is whether they want a desktop, laptop, Chromebook or tablet, according to Consumer Reports. Features such as a DVD drive and built-in camera is another important aspect to look at when purchasing a computer. Customers should also consider how much memory they will need and the operating system they want, as there are differences between the Windows and Apple operating systems.
Other features, such as a touchscreen, sound system, the battery life and the type of ports needed should also be factored in. Having long battery life allows the computer to be on for extended periods of time without needing to be charged. The type of ports, such as USB and Ethernet, are important for data transfer or Internet capabilities, notes Consumer Reports.