Getting the latest iPhone, PlayStation or MacBook feels good for different reasons least of the bragging rights. New technology comes out at a rate that is hard to keep up without going broke. If you are in the market for the latest tech gear, there are some tips you could use so that you get the best and have the best value for money.
What do you need?
You should know what you need. There are many tech acronyms on the labels of tech gadgets. If you are looking for the latest laptop you will come across 4 GB RAM, Core i5, Retina display and so on. If you are not a techy, these abbreviations might be a bit confusing. Go to the market having in mind what you need. Is it a gaming laptop or an office laptop? If you need a gaming laptop, you will need a more powerful laptop. With this in mind, you can shop around.
Now that you know what you need, do research on the most appropriate product for your purpose. If it is a gaming laptop, draw up specifications of the laptop perhaps with the help of someone who knows what to look for. This might be 1 Terabyte Hard disk, 8 Gigabytes memory, 17-inch retina display and so on.
Go online and check out the different products on offer. There are numerous web vendors selling different products from different brands each with slick advertising. Go further and check out the reviews of the products from authoritative tech review sites.
What is your budget?
How much are you willing to spend? It is important that you have a budget. You could get carried away by slick advertising or cool features that you feel are must-have. The budget will help you balance what you need and what you wish for. Remember that vendors will want to squeeze the last dollar out of new tech features. The question would whether that extra inch in screen width is worth the extra $200.
What is last year’s tech?
Tech companies are very good in repackaging last year’s tech, adding one feature or two and presenting the product as a new revolutionary gadget. Before thinking that you have come across the best and greatest laptop, look at the laptops that were on the market in the last year.
If you already have the recent tech, look at what is on offer and consider whether you really need the new gadget if there is not much difference in the features.
Look for offers
There are many vendors willing to give generous discounts on new gadgets. Alternatively, wait for the hype to go down then make a cheaper purchase.