Things to Avoid when Buying Cheap Laptops
We all love finding a great bargain, but with cheap laptops its quite tricky to make sure you are getting value for your money. There are a number of things manufactures will do to try and keep their costs down which ultimately mean that you will get an inferior laptop. The following are their tricks revealed so you dont fall for their trap.
One of the most common tricks the manufacturers pull is to sell you old technology. As technology advances so quickly manufactures are often left with large stocks of old technology when new hardware is released. To prevent wastage, they will package this last generation hardware into their cheap line offering. The problem is that they don't price this old hardware low enough so you may think you are saving 20 or 30 pounds but in reality you are buying inferior hardware which have you known about you would have never bought. Finding out if a prospective laptop has old technology will require a bit of investigation. The easiest method is to look at the detailed specification and identify what chipset the laptop is using as any new generation of hardware will use a new chipset.
Slow hard drives are another technique that is used incredibly often. While they may boast high capacities of hard drive such as 500GBs or even 1 of more Terabytes, these hard drives may be operating at 5200rpm or lower. Try and look for 7200rpm hard drives as this will greatly help loading time of windows and programs as well as allow you to transfer data and install programs faster. This results in spending less time waiting for your laptop to process data, something that many of us find rather frustrating.
The standard warranty for a laptop is 1 year which is a legal requirement. However there are different types or warranties and with varying durations. The cheapest laptops will have the basic 1 year with what is called a return to base (RTB) warranty. This type of warranty makes you responsible for sending the laptop back to the manufacturer for repairs should it need it. This includes postage costs and sending a laptop may cost you anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds if you include insurance. Some manufactures will demand you send the laptop back to them to another country making the postage cost even more pricy. You can check where you might need to send your laptop for repairs on the manufacturers website before you buy it. If offered, buy a laptop with a on site warranty as this means that that will repair or replace the laptop at your home without requiring you to post the laptop anywhere.
As you can see there are quite a few pitfalls to look out for some of which can be quite technical. If you dont have the time or patience to investigate these points yourself you can rest assured that we do all the checks for you when we are researching our laptop recommendations.