Let’s face it – computers have become an integral part of our lives. They’re everywhere so much so that without them this article wouldn’t even exist. Today when shopping for a computer, you will be spoilt for choice with several different models, configurations and prices to choose from. Shopping for a computer is no easy task especially for the less tech savvy with several tech jargon in the air, making mistakes rather inevitable.
Whether you’re looking to buy a budget computer or top of the line model, listed below are 5 common mistakes to avoid and by a computer that serves you well.
1. Buying a computer that doesn’t match your needs – if you think a computer is amazing based on the hyperbole surrounding it or simply because it looks good, you are taking the wrong route to computer shopping. It is however right to prioritize certain features both technical and aesthetics when buying a computer, but bottom line is buying one that will satisfy your needs. For example if your needs are basic such as internet browsing or some word processing, investing in a high spec model is not a viable decision.
2. Believing in a single number – when shopping for a computer, there are several numbers that are mentioned and a few that are disregarded. For example, many computer shoppers believe that an i7 processor is better than an i5 and although it is, there are several high quality i5 chips that will knock the socks of their i7 counterparts. So rather than simply focusing on high numbers, it is important to consider the components of the computer and other metrics such as clock speed, hyper threading and cache size.
3. Not knowing what your operating system includes – there are several operating systems to choose from, each with their own set of pros and cons. These include Microsoft Windows, Chrome OS and Linux, and each although may come across as being aesthetically different upon first glance, they do offer different functionality and better yet handle software differently.
Software that works well on your old operating system might be compatible with your new OS and in worse cases software for your new OS might not even be available. For example, Microsoft office will work its best when plugged in to a Windows OS computer, but will function differently when used on a Linux or MAC powered computer.
4. Ignoring missing details – as mentioned before it is wrong to simply favor high numbers when shopping for a computer because small numbers could mean the difference between buying a computer that’s right for your needs and budget and one that offers no real value. For example, if you’re a gaming enthusiast, buying a computer with no graphics card makes no sense. This not only does not serve your purpose of buying a computer to begin with, but will cost you a lot more when you decide to add components are a later time.
5. Thinking components can be added easily – continuing from the last point, adding components at a later point is a costly affair given that you will have to pay technician fees and then for the components as well. Another important point to note is that most computer warranties are voided as soon as you opt for third party technical help to open the computer and install new components.
Other aspects to take into account when buying a computer are software trial expiry dates and shopping around to get the best deal.