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Don't Skimp When Buying A Computer

November 2015 — Tip of the Month

I use my computer every day for work. So for me, it makes sense to get a high-end model. However, even if you don't use your computer as much as I do, it's probably not something you should skimp on.

We all have budgets, so I'm not saying everyone should go out and buy the most expensive computer available. However, you don't want to get lured into the low-end "bargains" either. Many cheap (laptops and desktops) have unreasonably slow processors. This can make even basic tasks such as opening applications and browsing the web seem tedious.

Additionally, the cheapest computers are typically lacking in areas that you you don't see right away in the machine specs. Examples include flimsy keyboards, low-quality screens, and loud fans. The lower you go in the price range, the more noticeable these things usually are.

Instead of just looking at the price when buying a new computer, make sure you investigate the quality and real-life speed of the machine. Customer reviews and system benchmarks are two good resources for this. You might not think you need a fast or high-end computer until you buy a cheap one.

- Per Christensson