Everyone has their “face palm moments” especially when they’re buying something expensive and/or complicated such as when buying a PC.
So before you buy a desktop or laptop PC, recognize the errors in the following actions:
- Buying a PC from a nearby store. This is not a good idea for several reasons. For one, you don’t get a lot of options to choose from. Then you get a spiel from a salesperson whose only motivation is to make a sale, and not to make sure you get the right PC at the right price. And in general, prices in retail stores are much higher than what you can get online.
- Prioritizing price or features over need. It can be very tempting to buy a discounted computer or a shiny new PC with all the latest hardware. But the problem is that you may end up with a computer than doesn’t match what you need.
You have to remember that a computer is a tool. So the first thing you need to do is to determine just what you need a computer for. Once you have a good grasp of what you need, you can then do some research on the spec you have to get to provide for that need. If you have two options that have what you require, you can choose the less expensive option.
Of course, your budget may not suffice for the kind of computer you need. If you want a computer to play all the latest FPS games and you don’t have the money for it yet, you have to keep on saving until you do. Don’t settle for a cheap PC that doesn’t give you the ability to play the games you actually want to play just because it’s the only one you can afford now.
- Reading only manufacturer ads. The copy you read on manufacturer websites do not give you the whole picture. You should read customer reviews as well. You can check out reputable tech sites and ecommerce sites like Amazon. These reviews will give you a much more objective assessment on the pros and cons of the product.
- Buying it because it looks nice. Not everyone knows about computer specs, so sometimes they base their buying decision on how impressive or cool a computer looks. Or they may even simply base their decision on a particular brand which they “know” is always great. Remember, it’s not always about how sleek the computer is. It’s about what it can do.
So take your time in shopping for a PC. Find out what specs and features you really need and then check reviews for your shortlisted choices. Take time to do your research because all your hard work will pay off in the end.