More often than not, people wonder into an electronics store and just buy a computer that looks nice. Not only is the biggest mistake you can make, it’s also a costly one as well. In addition, you’re going to be stuck with your decision for several years until it’s time to purchase another computer. If you’re going to be purchasing a computer, here are some tips to help you pick the perfect one.
1. Do Research
I cannot stress enough how important it is to do your homework before venturing into an electronics store and getting bombarded by salesmen with funny stories who only want you to buy the most expensive model out there. If you go to the store knowing what you like and what you can afford, you’ll have a much easier time picking a computer out. It will also help if you specify which company you like best, so you’ll narrow your search even more.
2. Determine Your Needs
If you’re only using your computer to type up documents and browse the Internet, you probably don’t need to spend $2000 on a Macbook or gaming computer. Unless you’re gaming or doing some serious video and picture editing, you can save yourself some money by getting a midrange computer.
Likewise, if you do plan on doing graphic intensive work, you might want to opt for a more powerful computer. Once you see what you need, you can get closer to a purchase.
3. Go to Store and Try Them
How do you know if you like or don’t like something if you don’t try it?
This may not work if you’re buying a computer online—in which case you’ll just have to make sure your decision is a definite yes—but going to the store and trying different computers out is the only way to know for sure if you like one of them.
This is especially important for laptops, because touchpads vary from laptop to laptop, and just because you enjoy one of them, doesn’t mean the others are just as good.
4. Ask Questions
Salesmen at electronics stores probably know a decent amount about computers, so they would be pretty good people to ask. But if you don’t feel like going in this direction, you could ask family or friends for their opinions on which computer to choose.
It might be a good idea to avoid asking your grandmother which computer you should get, but asking a younger crowd could definitely yield positive results.
Joe Petchonka has been a writer for over 5 years. He has written for websites, newspapers and automotive dealerships and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. Moreover, he has helped companies to develop professional material to assist them in achieving their goals