“You get what you pay for,” so the saying goes. When it comes to consumer electronics, this quote seems to prove its validity consistently. Or does it?
Take laptops, for example. The top performers, most attractively designed, most popular models–these ones cost the most. The lower-priced options, meanwhile, are generally assumed by most consumers to be inferior in some way, outdated, or made with substandard materials and processes in a third world factory.
It is true for the most part that, as computer technology progresses rapidly and laptop distributors market aggressively; last year’s best selling models are now at the lower shelves with their price tags lower by a few hundred dollars than they used to be. This marketing system is employed to make way for the most recent, more attractive, more capable, and of course more expensive units.
However, this does not necessarily make the lower-priced units inferior, especially if technical aspects are not the only criteria used by a buyer to make purchase decisions. There are several good reasons why a cheaper laptop may be a better purchase.
If the purpose of the laptop purchase is taken into consideration, it usually becomes evident to consumers that they don’t always need to acquire the latest, most hyped, most expensive model available to have a productive computing experience.
Lower-priced laptops are practical choices for students since they don’t usually need expensive ones fitted with the fastest processors and the most memory. An average laptop capable of internet research, academic writing, and some entertainment is usually enough for a student.
Similar reasons for buying cheaper laptops can also be applied to businessmen or professionals whose jobs do not demand the use of resource intensive computer applications. Office workers and traveling salesmen, for example, whose use of computers mainly revolve around correspondence, records keeping, and similar tasks, don’t require the latest, priciest models as well.
Novice computer users are another group of consumers for whom inexpensive laptops might be a more reasonable option. Included in this group are young schoolchildren who are just starting out in the world of computing, and adults who, for a number of reasons, may have decided only recently to include computers in their work or personal routine.
Finally, a cheaper laptop is ideal for those who provide online content or offline creative work that does not demand great computing power. Writers, Bloggers, journalists, and similar types of individuals can usually fulfill the requirements of their tasks without the need to invest in expensive computers. Usually, even an old laptop with the most basic word or text processor will suffice so long as it can access the internet for research or communication.
If a laptop comes with a low price and is suited to a buyer’s purpose, there is no shame in preferring it to a newer, more expensive one. After all, that brand new, fast, and expensive model will surely be in the lower shelves next year with a lower price tag. One can easily go for it, then, if necessary.