Technological decisions can be a brutally hard task, especially if you’re not a tech-savvy whiz kid. Sifting through the myriad of options for televisions, laptops, printers, cameras, and other gadgets is overwhelming and can come with a hefty price tag.
If you’re really struggling and have no idea where to start, here’s a simple guide help out when making decisions about buying goods – a guide that could save hours of trawling through different websites and potentially save money by preventing an ill-advised decision.
What do you need the product for?
A simple enough question, but often the sheer choice of consumer goods clouds judgment and the allure of new and exciting gadgets can lead to poor choices. Do you want a quick, efficient printer for numerous documents, or prefer quality prints for photos? Do you want a lightweight compact camera for on-the-go shots, or something for professional shooting?
How much are you willing to spend?
Set a maximum amount for the product you’re after. Additional aspects may up the price and you need to ask yourself honestly if you really need an enormous LCD TV, or just something to watch the evening news on, then create a budget and stick to it. A bit of research at leading technology shops can help with establishing a price guide and you can work on a budget from there. Keep in mind, you can buy things second hand or online, as well as renting the electronics if the initial cost is unaffordable.
Is this a long- or short-term investment?
If the product you’re after is something you’ll keep long-term, invest in a quality product, and consider extending warranty to cover the product long-term. However, if it’s a short-term need – perhaps a camera for a 6-week photography course, or a printer for a semester at college – consider equipment rental. Renting equipment is an easy, affordable option that gives you instant gratification without the hefty price tag. Other options are buying second hand equipment, although ensuring the quality of the product can be tricky.
Do you have a particular brand in mind?
Sticking to a brand you know is always tempting, but there’s no harm in exploring different options and talking to friends about which brands they use, and what benefits come with each brand. Price will obviously be a factor, but familiarity with a particular brand also cuts down on the time trying to figure out how the use the product.
Sarah Paige loves to keep on top of all the latest technology and hands out advice on electronics whenever she can. To try all the latest technology, Sarah recommends equipment rental. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?