Buying a new or second-hand laptop is an exciting journey to embark on, but ensuring you spend your hard-earned money on the right one isn’t quite as easy as it may seem. To avoid a costly lesson learnt, consider these ten mistakes to avoid when you buy your next laptop.
- Purchasing the cheapest new laptop on the market, or the cheapest second-hand laptop on Gumtree. There are some great budget-friendly laptops out there, and cheap isn’t always bad, but don’t assume that the cheapest laptop will have all the functionality you are looking for.
- Purchasing the most expensive laptop. Usually, the more expensive the better, but you may be paying for extra functions and accessories that you really don’t need.
- Purchasing the latest tech. If you are obsessed with having the latest and greatest, you will end up spending more money then you need to. Laptops should last at least a few years if well taken care of.
- Ignoring compatibility. Not all laptops come equipped with the ports you will need, so make sure you check that out before you buy. If you don’t and the laptop you choose doesn’t have what you need, you may need to purchase adapters for some extra cash.
- Choosing the highest screen resolution. Unless you are getting a very large laptop, the highest resolution is not needed, so why pay for it?
- Not taking one for a test drive. Do not purchase anything without giving it a try, first. If you are purchasing new, try out the different features to see how they work. If you are purchasing off someone on Gumtree, do not transfer any funds before seeing it in person.
- Thinking size doesn’t matter. Larger screens may have better resolution, but if you are one to travel often, a large laptop will decrease portability.