You might need a nerd if…

  • You’re excited about grabbing a new laptop, but when you get to the computer store the sheer scale of laptop selection choices feels overwhelming
  • You’re in the market for a new laptop, but need some advice on laptop selection
  • You don’t know what all the acronyms mean! What’s a CPU? What’s a RAM, and what has livestock got to do with laptop installation? And most importantly, what numbers are most important when you’re making choices about laptop selection? You’re looking for these and similar answers
  • You need to transfer your data from an old laptop to a new one, and you’re looking for a Sacramento tech to guide you through the laptop installation process
  • You have a new laptop and have tried laptop installation, but you’re encountering problems you don’t know how to resolve

Sacramento Laptop Selection Service

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The art and science of laptop selection

Let’s not sugarcoat this. Laptop selection can be complicated, detailed, and downright intimidating — especially if you haven’t done it before. Nerds On Call is here to help you make smart choices about laptop selection

Oh and get this: If you’re in or around Sacramento we can even have a fully trained and tech-savvy nerd accompany you to your local computer store! They’ll guide you through the pros and cons of each model and make the laptop selection process as easy and fun as possible. And this same nerd can then get you all set up for trouble-free computing with our full laptop installation service. 

For laptop selection help, give us a call at 1-800-919-6373 or fill out our contact form. Or if you want to tackle the art and science of laptop selection yourself, read on to get a good grounding in the kinds of features you’ll want to look for.

Your first laptop selection choice: Operating system

Now there’s a good chance you’re reading this already knowing what kind of OS you want to use. You may have a family member or friend all but demanding you make a laptop selection favoring their preferred OS!

If this is you, our advice is to make your own decision. Because honestly, each operating system has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. 

  • A Microsoft Windows-based machine is a good laptop selection if you like a bit more flexibility in how you configure your environment.
  • A Mac OS machine is a solid laptop selection if you’re looking for an intuitive interface, hassle-free laptop installation, and minimal maintenance.
  • Chrome OS is great if you’re on a tight budget and only need to perform basic tasks like word processing, spreadsheets, and web browsing. 

Most computer stores in Sacramento will have at least a few machines on display that use these operating systems. If we’re helping you with laptop selection, we’ll show you each of these operating environments in action. If you’re making a selection on your own, go in with an open mind and request a demo of each OS. 

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Processor choice

The next step in laptop selection is to think hard about performance. Your laptop’s processor (or CPU) acts as your laptop’s “brain.” CPUs are constantly improving, so instead of focusing on a specification, we advise getting a firm idea of how much you’ll pay for an entry-level, mid-level, and high-level CPU. A good rule of thumb we use for laptop selection is if in doubt, aim for mid-level. But you can always give us a call at 1-800-919-6373. We’ll be happy to have a chat about your laptop selection parameters and give you some nerdy pointers. (Nerdy Pointers sounds like the bespectacled cousin of Peaky Blinders – but we digress.) And remember, if you’re in Sacramento we can always accompany you to the store.  

What else? 

Your next laptop selection decisions really boil down to what you want to do, how much help you need with laptop installation, and — of course — your budget.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • RAM: Want more speed? Double down on your RAM (or Random Access Memory). But here’s a laptop selection tip: Always try to keep some balance between how much you spend on your RAM and your CPU. And you can usually upgrade your RAM later, as part of a future laptop installation.
  • Display: There’s always a trade-off between ease of use and portability here. A laptop selection with a larger screen will make computing easier. But choosing a laptop with a smaller screen is a great choice for portability. Unlike other hardware (which can be upgraded in a later laptop installation) you’re pretty much stuck with your monitor screen, so spend some time to be sure it’s something you’ll be comfortable with.  
  • Hard drive: Hard drive choice is substantially easier these days because you can always have a tech help you with a hard drive laptop installation if you run out of space down the line. If you’re in Sacramento, we can complete an upgrade or repair for you in the comfort of your own home! Unless you have lots of files you need to store, we recommend choosing something middle of the road — somewhere between 1 and 2 terabytes is ample. 

Nerds on Call can help with laptop selection and laptop installation

If you need help with laptop selection or laptop installation and upgrades, Nerds On Call can help you save time, money, and frustration. We can even meet you at your local Sacramento computer store to help you decide. Call us at 1-800-919-6373 for help.  

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Questions nerds often hear about Sacramento Laptop Selection & Installation

Which is really better? Mac or Windows PC?

The best OS is the one you enjoy using. It’s a good idea to try a few kinds of OS as part of the laptop selection process. 

I have a fixed budget. Will you help me find a computer I can afford?

We certainly can. We won’t try to up-sell you on every laptop installation upgrade money can buy. We’ll listen to what you need and help you choose something that best fits your budget.

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Common Terms

Operating Systems

Operating System (OS) is the primary software that runs on a computer. It acts as an intermediary between the computer’s hardware and the software applications that run on it, providing the necessary services and resources for them to function properly. Examples of operating systems include Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.


MacBooks are run by Apple’s macOS operating system and are often used by professionals and creative individuals for tasks such as graphic design, video editing, and software development.