“Who says buying a Laptop is a tough job? I just did it and I am quite happy with what I have.” You must have heard these lines from every person who has ever purchased a laptop. Initially the laptop will seem nice because it is all swanky and new. But as time passes, the issues will begin to surface. It’s not because the laptop itself is bad, but maybe it is not suited to your specific needs. Before you buy a laptop, you should seriously consider analyzing your requirements and most importantly your budget.
The budget does not only include the cost of the laptop you should keep a reserve for software, upgrades, accessories and regular maintenance. These are key requisites that need to be analyzed before purchasing a laptop. Without timely upgrades and proper maintenance, you run the risk of lowering the operational life of your laptop. So think wisely before making any investment. Check out the following mistakes that buyers make while purchasing laptops. It’s time to stop making these mistakes and ensuring that you get the total worth out of your investments.
Mistake #1: More RAM is Definitely Better
It seems that laptop manufacturers have a huge affinity towards RAMs. And why shouldn’t they have a liking. RAMs are quantifiable and cheap to produce. This is what manufacturers use for increasing their profit margin. People do not understand that 4 GB RAM memory, as per current requirements is more than sufficient. There may be some exceptions, like in the case of hardcore gamers who play graphic enriched games or people in the animation industry who need additional RAM support for managing their production work. But anything more than 4 GB for the average user is money wasted on avoidable luxuries.
Mistake #2: Size Does Not Matter
When it comes to laptops – Size Does Matter! This is not a cliché line from the Godzilla movie. For laptops, the word “BIG” generally means a bigger screen size. This increased display area provides a better viewing experience and expansive interface. Moreover, the increased size also means better accommodation of the keyboard and track-pad. When you opt for any laptop that is less than 13”, then you end up getting a minuscule system that not only reduces your viewing experience but also compels you to work in a cramped space. The small ultrabook variants may be a good choice for those who travel frequently and do not have much work on the laptop. But for the average user, getting a bigger laptop could prove to the best decision.
Mistake #3: Why Should I Try It Before Buying?
Who said that buying laptops without testing is a good idea? You should not even buy a pencil without checking it first. Most big brands like Apple have test units on display where you can fiddle around and thoroughly check out the workings of each model as this is what helps you to understand the differences between them. This also allows you to identify the perfect model that not only suits your budget but it also suits your personal usage style. People are often under the misconception that they should only visit a store when they want to make a purchase. But visiting a store will give you valuable insight for making your purchase decision. So head over to a store or simply check out the laptop model if your friends have it, and then make the decision.
Mistake #4: Always Go for the Highest Possible Resolution
Manufacturers need to sell their stuff. So it is but obvious that they will present their specs in an enticing manner. While it may seem rather tempting to go for laptops with the highest resolution, this may not always be the best option. Laptops have yet to master properly scaling anything over 200 pixels per inch. Moreover, the picture presented in these cases is relatively small because operating systems render these graphics in terms of pixels which is the most relevant metrics for using actual dimensions. The problem with increased pixels on the screen is that they reduce the size of all the elements on the screen, such as fonts, icons, cursors, etc.
Mistake #5: Port Options? Not Important!
Need a card reader for transferring data to and from your memory cards? Or maybe you need more USB port options to connect more peripherals to the laptop. Conventional laptops of yesteryears had three USB ports, an Ethernet, and an audio jack with a variety of other ports. This was considered as the standard configuration of ports for a laptop device. However, the utlrabook trend has caught on with manufacturers where the number of ports has decreased and the emphasis now is being given to wireless connectivity and a less but multipurpose ports.
Mistake #6: I Better Buy Extended Warranty.
Don’t be fooled by the charming smile of the sales executives at the electronics store. It is their job to sell you everything. But it is you who need to decide which purchases are actually required and are justified. Extended warranty is good only if you are a frequent traveler or have high exposure to damage inducing environments. In these scenarios, there is a considerable possibility of theft or damage to the device. But these are rare exceptions. Chances of new laptops breaking and malfunctioning during the extended warranty period are highly rare and even if such damages do occur, then paying out of your pocket would still prove to be a cheaper option. So in simple terms- DON’T GET AN EXTENDED WARRANTY!
Mistake #7: It’s OK to Compromise with a Convertible
I guess the advent of convertibles commenced with the introduction of the Windows 8 operating system. Even though convertibles such as Windows Surface Pro 3 have been introduced in the market, they have not been able to cut it yet. A device that functions as a tablet and a laptop will take some time to generate a hold in the market. When you purchase one of these convertibles, you expect to get the best of both worlds, when in fact, the functionalities are so messed up that you end up getting the worst of both. The reason – even though the devices may serve the functions of both classes of devices, but they are not able to match the individual performance standards of either. If you search the market for performance stats, no hybrid system has been able to deliver a mind blowing user experience and this is where the problem starts to occur. So, stick to laptops until you are pretty sure that getting a convertible is the last thing that you need in this life.
Mistake #8: Go For the Cheapest Model
Getting the cheapest laptop model may not be the best idea. Not only will it be missing some features that you desire, but it probably has less longevity. Remember – your laptop should primarily fulfil your basic requirements. If you want to run multiple applications simultaneously for multitasking, then a dual core processor (which is a cheap option), will just not deliver the expected performance. Why do you want to compromise on the performance for saving a little cash? Instead save up enough funds so that you get just what you need. To get yourself started, make a list of your requirements and then analyze it with the spec sheet. This should give you a good idea about the costs required and the possible variants which could give you options on costs as well.
A Final Word
Buying a laptop is not as easy as it seems. The level of competition among brands and the rapidly paced IT development has further made a lot of variants available in the market. Before you make any decision, make sure that you evaluate all the factors in the market and you identify all of your needs before you arrive at any conclusion. I guess by now you should be aware of the mistakes that you should avoid. So happy buying!