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Written by Master Dao on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

How to Have a Great Computer Setup for Virtual Classes

You are excited to start Virtual Classes and you’re in need of some tech tips on your computer setup. This guide is for you!

The Computer - desktop / laptop / television / tablet / projector / cellphone

The first thing you will want to consider is what screen and computer you want to use. Certainly it will need to be compatible with the Virtual Meeting Software you want to use. Look up your software provider details to find out what kind of computer or devices it supports. Most common software will support Windows, Mac, and Android so you can train on almost any device.

Desktop Computer

The desktop computer will likely give you the most computing power and will be the fastest. Some Virtual Meeting Software will require a more advanced computer to handle higher resolution display and software extras such as filters and special effects. The great thing about the desktop computer is that you can connect it to different screen displays such as a projector, a second monitor, or television. Desktop computers also usually have a built-in Ethernet port, allowing you to use a network cable to plug directly into your network and get the fastest Internet connection and speeds possible. The main disadvantages of using a Desktop computer is that it is not easy to move it around and usually does not include a web camera and microphone so you’ll have to buy those separately.

Laptop Computer

Laptops that run Windows or Mac O/S will give you the same advantages as that of a Desktop Computer. The main advantages of a laptop is that you can place it anywhere you want and usually includes a built-in webcam and microphone. The main disadvantages are that the screen is not that large, and most laptops don’t provide an Ethernet port so you’ll have to connect via Wi-fi (which will still be more than fast enough if you have a good signal and connection) or purchase an Ethernet adapter.

Projector Computer

Some projectors have a computer built-in with its own operating system (or supports Android) with its own applications. Some are even travel size and can fit in your own pocket. It has disadvantages similar to that of a Tablet but in addition, projectors are not very bright unless you are shelling out premium dollars. You’d also have to consider getting a projector screen, mounting it, and positioning it somewhere in a dark area away from windows and sunlight.

Tablet

Tablets are very convenient because they don’t take up much space and you can place it anywhere you like. The webcam and microphone are pretty standard on a tablet. Just make sure you get a good holder for it that can be adjusted so you can place it in a more viewable position. The main disadvantages of the tablet is that the screen display is small, supports lower resolution (i.e. you can see less detail) and the Virtual Meeting Software may not have all the features of what the Desktop or Laptop version has. Tablet operating systems also support applications that can ‘cast’ your video to a television, projector, or display monitor.

Television

Modern televisions have their own operating system and some even support Android applications. They are like the Project Computer except the screen will have a clear and solid display even in a bright room.

Cellphone

Cellular Phones are really a last resort. The display is so small you cannot see many details. It does have many of the benefits of a table and some phones are so big they are almost like that of a Tablet. It’s also really inconvenient if someone calls or other notifications popup while you are training.

The Verdict

If you are not on a tight budget, a PC or Mac computer would be ideal. You can upgrade the display, webcam and microphone anytime, and the raw computing power will give you more versatility and performance.

If you don’t have room for a permanent setup, then a laptop or tablet would work well.

If convenience is important then a television or a projector would suit you.

If you’re on a tight budget, you can use your phone or cast it to a television for now.

Either way, it’s time to start training so go with what you can now and transition to a better solution later!

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