Did you stand in line on Black Friday for a computer or other high tech deal? Did you complete all of your holiday high tech shopping? It isn’t enough to just know the word, “computer”, to make a smart computer purchase.
Everything that you purchase today has different degrees of quality. Computers and other high tech equipment are no different. Approach a computer purchase like an engineering task. No, you don’t have to be an engineer but you need to carefully consider your purchase.
A few “mature” women clients have impressed me with their questions to understand computers. I can never resist the temptation to find out what they did during their working career. Many times the answer is, “I was just a stay at home mom …”. “There is no such thing as JUST a stay at home mom…” Domestic engineer is a pretty good title. Think of all the things that a mom has to do to keep the family running.
What are your requirements? How do you expect to use the computer? It is pretty obvious that a desktop computer is not going to satisfy your requirements if you plan on using the computer on your lap. Are you going to play any games or do any applications that require advanced graphics processing? Have you checked out the reviews for your purchase? A majority of bad reviews usually will indicate some trends that should steer you to a better vendor.
Have you noticed the consolidation that has happened to big box stores. There are only a few places left to purchase electronics. Some people are going to the store to touch and feel products without making a purchase. They order the product from a discount online supplier. If this practice continues, it will only be a matter of time before there are no stores.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that all computers are equal. The cheapest computer that you can find is not the same as the most expensive computer. Is a price premium justified by the features? Do you need some of the features that demand a high price?
A low advertised price may not be your price for your purchase. Have you considered the “extras”? Retailers will work to sell you an additional warranty. Is the normal 1 year warranty enough for you? Should you purchase an extended warranty? Consider the warranty provider. Will the warranty be there when and if you need it? Check the fine print!
Your computer purchase should be tailored to you. Everyone’s computer requirements are not the same. Carefully consider your requirements before you purchase a computer. Make sure that your purchase it right for you.