How to Find the Right Computer to Become an eBay Power User
Whether you're an eBay buyer or seller, you need a computer that makes your eBay experience comfortable and enjoyable. Your computer should be fast enough, have enough memory capacity, and have all the tools you need to connect to eBay, make bids, and sell your items.
Look for a computer with a lot of memory. The more time you spend using your computer, the more stuff you want to save on your hard drive. A hard drive with at least 60 gigabytes (GB) of storage space should keep your computer happy, but you can get hard drives as big as 300GB and more. Try to buy the biggest hard drive you can afford because no matter how large your hard drive is, you’ll find a way to fill it up.
Make sure you have a top-quality dial-up modem. Even if you have a broadband connection, you should have a modem (usually built in to most computers) that can connect you over the phone lines on the off-chance that your high-speed service is down. A 56K (kilobytes-per-second) modem is standard equipment, especially if you plan on using a lot of digital images (photographs) to help sell your items.
Get a big screen. An LCD monitor that has at least a 17-inch screen can make a huge difference after several hours of rabid bidding or proofreading your auction item descriptions. Anything smaller and you’ll have a hard time actually seeing the listings and images.
Make sure the computer’s central processing unit (CPU) is fast. A CPU (also known as a “chip”) is your computer’s brain. It should be the fastest you can afford. You can always opt for the top-of-the-line, but even a slower 900 MHz (megahertz) processor could suffice. If you want lightning-fast speed, you have to move up to at least 3 GHz (gigahertz).
Get a CD-R/DVD-R drive. A disc burner is standard equipment. You use the drive to load new software programs into your computer from compact discs. You can also use the CDs or DVDs for your backups.
You must have a keyboard. No keyboard, no typing. The basic keyboard is fine. They do make funky ergonomic models that are split in the middle. But if the good old standard keyboard feels comfortable to you, stick with it.
You need a pointing device, usually a mouse. Some laptops come with touchpads or trackballs designed to do the same thing — give you a quick way to move the pointer around the screen so you can select options by clicking.