Most Common Mistakes When Buying a Computer
For most of us, computer and IT technology is purely a rocket science. Choosing on and purchasing a computer is definitely not an easy job. First of all, buying a computer or IT technology, in general, is definitely an investment, so you don’t want to make mistakes and spend your money on something that does not meet all your needs and requirements and does not make you happy to use and work with. In addition, all these parameters and features make the whole process of purchasing a computer even more intimidating and overwhelming.
Although there are many options that allow you to get professional recommendations and advice or simply help you make a wise choice and get assistance in the process of decision-making. Today we decided to offer even further help and share with you some of the most common mistakes people make when choosing on and buying a computer.
Not buying based on your needs
It is understandable that most of the people are tempted by the idea of buying this super modern and latest edition IT device, but does that mean that they really need the latest version, are they going to utilise all the features and, at the end of the day, will they be truly happy with the investment/usage ratio? Sometimes we doubt it! After all, if you are going to use your computer for mainly checking your e-mail, browsing social media and Google and do simple things, you really don’t need that super modern and super powerful computer and you are simply spending way too much money for something you are not going to use at its full potential. Media hype is another thing that may lead you to the tempting idea to buy something really well-advertised, without really needing it in your life.
Believing that numbers make something better
In general, most of us are willing to judge an IT device on its numeric features and parameters, which means that the idea of owning a computer with high numbers mentioned in its description is equal to investing your money wisely. You will be surprised, but higher numbers do not equal higher quality. If you are focusing on the number, you are probably ignoring a bunch of other features that are important and can help you make a better final decision and purchase.
Not understanding what operating system you are getting
Not understanding the world of computer operating systems is definitely not something you should feel guilty about. Just quick informative research on operating systems can make such a great difference and be your guide to making a better choice not only based on the hardware’s features. There are plenty of operating systems out there and all of them function differently. So you need to be aware of the fact which one of them suits your needs and is most user-friendly for you.
Assuming how a feature works without prior research
We are all guilty at some point of our lives for judging too quickly. We understand that investing your money into a new computer is very exciting, but taking your time to make a good research and at least briefly understand how all the features of your new computer are working, makes such a great difference for you. In fact, no matter what features come with the same names, they come also in different generations, different power requirements, have different effective ranges and even can behave differently. So don’t trust only in names, but research how the exact feature is working on the exact computer you are considering buying.
Assuming that a feature is included
Computers come in different shapes and forms. So assuming something without making research prior to buying it is simply like playing Russian roulette. Even most basic features like WiFi and CD room might not be included in your computer, make sure you are purchasing a device that provides you with everything you need.
Believing that upgrading your computer is an easy job
Considering the speed that new computer models, new software actualizations, new operating system updates and new concepts related to upgrading your IT device are arising with impressive speed. It is quite understandable that within a couple of years you might start feeling that your computer is simply a bit older and upgrading it would be a great idea. However, while hardware changes quickly, compatibility issues arise just as fast. Keep in mind that some components will never work as upgrades, some of the components you want to upgrade simply won’t match your hardware, etc.
Buying without testing
One of the best things that the current computers market is offering is the opportunity to try a product without buying it. In case you have the option to try the device before finally buying it, we highly recommend you to go for it. Sometimes you are getting a product with all the features and components you are in need of, but once you start using it, it turns out that this is not the right thing you are in need of, or you will enjoy in full potential. So, test and try without any hesitation!
Buying whatever is the cheapest
In case your computer demands are very minimal, you are probably considering the fact to invest as less as possible and buy the cheapest machine you can find on the market. However, this is not necessarily the best investment and the best solution to the situation. In general, older devices and older hardware wear out quicker and generally fail to meet the ever-increasing demands of new software. While a cheaper machine will probably last you for a few years, it is not guaranteed that there will be some easy and enjoyable years and an older machine can bring you a lot of headaches and stress.