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1 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying New Tech

Gadget Life
Mistakes to Avoid When Buying New Tech

We’re all fans of new gadgets, but you shouldn’t let your love for shiny hardware overwhelm your common sense, there’s more to every purchase than a product name and price. Here are some common mistakes and easy fixes:

Not checking when an upgrade is due

You know there’s a new iPhone every September right? Not every smartphone or smart gadget runs on a schedule as fixed as Apple’s, but with a little bit of detective work on the web you should be able to get an idea of what’s coming down the line (the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be here at the end of February, if you’re interested).

How long something has been on the market for is usually a tell-tale sign giving some indication of when it might get replaced, and if you keep your ear to the ground on components news you’ll often get a heads up ahead of time.

Not checking compatibility

From something as simple as a phone case to something as sophisticated as a smart TV, you have to make at least a cursory check that your new gear is going to work with all your old gear, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for one of the most frustrating cases of buyer’s remorse that exists.

Fortunately, there aren’t too many occasions when this is going to trip you up, but be particularly careful if you’re using older hardware that you want to keep using with whatever new and shiny gadget you’re getting. Is your new projector going to work with your old laptop? If you’re switching platforms, whether desktop or mobile, are all the apps you need available on both? Can you get your data swapped over? Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Not doing your research

It’s 2018 and people are still walking into electronics stores to see what catches their eye rather than putting it some groundwork first. Breaking news: The products these stores are pushing the hardest aren’t necessarily the best buys for you.

That 65-inch 4K television set may look impressive in the mall, but is it going to fit in your living room? Have you checked? Is your couch far enough back to be able to appreciate it (but not so far back that the extra resolution gets lost)? Has it got enough HDMI ports to plug in all of your boxes and sticks?

It’s a good idea to have at least a basic knowledge of the specs you’re going to come across while you shop around, and which specs are most important to you. You’ll then be able to differentiate between the gear that’s cheap because its components are outdated and the gear that’s cheap because it’s a genuine bargain.

Not spending enough

We like a bargain as much as the next tech blog, but there’s a point of false economy you reach when the money you’re saving is cancelled out by having to upgrade your gear sooner. Sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit extra up front if it means your hardware’s going to last longer.

What that means in practice will depend on the gadget you’re getting; but, for example, it might be worth getting the smartphone with the extra on-board storage because you’re likely to fill it up faster than you expect. Or it might be worth opting for the faster CPU in your laptop configuration, because it’s going to still be running smoothly three or four years down the line from now.

Not shopping around

While we’re on the topic of value, the web has been making it so easy to compare prices for so long that it’s hard to remember the days when you had to traipse out to a store and pay the price being offered or turn around and go home again. “Guaranteed low prices” have now become so straightforward that a lot of us take them for granted, and may not even bother seeing if a lower price is available anywhere else.

It’s not just comparing different retail sites, it’s about watching prices over time, and there are so many extensions and tools that will do this for you. It pays to be aware of seasonal changes and the usual fluctuations. Taking time to compare prices may mean you miss out on the occasional stellar bargain due to your hesitance, but over the long run you’re going to be saving a lot more money if you’re careful in your comparisons.


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