You need a new desktop. In the store, you see three different models that might work, but you don’t know how to decide on the best one for you (not the best one for the salesperson). These sets of quick and simple in-store performance tests will separate the winners from the posers, and lead you to a decision you can feel good about.
Note that these tests provide only part of the information that will go into your buying decision. They’re best used to choose from several devices that you’ve already determined have the features you seek.
Also remember that how many tests you’ll be able to do will vary from store to store. Depending on the outlet, you’ll find display PCs that are fully functioning and ready to use (and test), or you’ll find a room full of machines that are largely disabled or not turned on at all. Our advice is to shop in stores that allow for a hands-on buying decision.
Photograph by Robert Cardin