Are You Losing Anything by Buying a Cheaper Computer?

This is a Guest Article by Chris White who is currently working with Dell

Cheap laptops get a bad rap because people automatically assume that you only get good quality when you spend a lot of money. A cheap laptop can be the perfect tool in the right situation and can help out people who need a computer but have a small budget.

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The question that people have when they go for a cheaper computer is whether or not they are making the right choice. There are pros and cons to going with a cheaper computer that you should be aware of before you make your final choice.

Warranty

One of the biggest misconceptions about buying a cheap laptop computer is that you will not get the same level of warranty service. The truth is that almost every computer comes with at least a one year warranty that includes parts and labor. If you stick with a major manufacturer, then you can probably find a certified service center close to you. If that is the case, then you are really not losing out on anything with the warranty when you buy a cheaper computer.

Accessories

When you configure your own computer, you can decide which accessories are included with your system. People will often save money on their computer by choosing less expensive accessories or making the decision to leave certain accessories out completely.

It all comes down to preference. Would you rather save money or have the bigger sound system on your computer? Most people are happy with basic computer speakers and do not need the $200 subwoofer to enjoy their cheap computer.

Integrated Functions

Many computer manufacturers are able to keep their pricing down by offering computers that have integrated functions on the motherboard. This means that the functions such as sound and video are built into the motherboard. If you ever want to upgrade the sound or video, you can just disable the onboard functions and put in expansion cards.

Because most cheap computers come with at least one expansion slot, the idea of saving money by using integrated functions is a good idea. The only thing you have to remember is that if your functions are going to be built into the motherboard, then you need to have at least 1GB of system memory to help the system run smoothly.

Since system memory is much less expensive than a separate video and audio card, this option is a great way to save money without losing functionality.

Upgrades are Your Friend

Remember that almost anything on a computer can be upgraded. If you save money by buying a cheap computer now, you can always enhance your computer later with upgrades using internal and external components.

Buying a cheap computer does not mean that you have to do without functionality or reliability. When you buy from a reputable manufacturer, then you can utilize cost-saving features that will allow you to get the computer you want without paying a whole lot of money that you probably do not have.


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