When it comes to a lagging PC, TechRadar Pro readers place the most blame squarely on their internet connectivity, ahead of their computer or handset’s actual hardware not being up to scratch.
This revelation comes from a computing survey we ran last month, which asked the question: What do you tend to blame if your PC starts to lag? Followed by the same question probing what’s blamed in the case of smartphones.
With PCs experiencing lag, the most popular area to pin the blame on was the machine’s internet connection, which was cited by 29.8% of respondents.
Internet woes came in ahead of blaming the actual PC’s hardware itself, which was in second place but a long way behind on 18.3%.
In third position was the operating system, with 15.8% of readers most likely to blame the OS for any poor performance issues. Hardware didn’t come much ahead of software, in other words, but both were considerably behind net connectivity.
Looking to other software aside from the OS, coming fourth was security or antivirus apps which picked up 10.6% in our poll. And narrowly behind that was the web browser on 10% exactly.
The rest of the blame game results were as follows, from sixth place onwards: other software (i.e. utilities) was on 4.7%, followed by productivity apps on 3.8%, then content creation apps and games which were tied for last place on 3.5%.
Last place, of course, being a good thing in this case.