How To Save Money When Buying A Laptop
Buying a laptop can be an expensive task, especially when you do not know what you’re paying for. What’s more, a laptop’s specs can be confusing for those with a less than techy mind, making the task of finding a new laptop all the more stressful. But it doesn’t have to be.
Whether you are fluent in RAM and processor families, or you don’t know your HHD from your SSD, there are many ways to save on laptops online. Read the following tips so that you can buy online and save when doing so.
Know your needed specifications
Not knowing what it is you are after in a laptop can make the buying experience much more stressful. Before you start browsing online, ask the following questions:
What is the laptop for? General use, web design or light workloads?
Do you need to work on the go?
Would you benefit for an HHD or an SSD?
Do you need a lengthy battery life?
Which operating system is needed? Window, Chrome, or Mac?
By answering these questions, you can rule out any unnecessary specs that could increase the price. For instance, a laptop with an SSD is usually more expensive than a laptop with an HHD. So, if you do not need an SSD, don’t pay for one.
Read up on specs
While you are researching what specs you need, it is the perfect opportunity to learn what these specs mean and do. For instance, a laptop’s RAM (Random Access Memory) is a physical hardware located inside a laptop or computer. RAM works as the laptop’s “working” memory so that the laptop can process more data and keep it working seamlessly. The higher the number associated with a laptop’s RAM, the quicker it will work. 8GB of RAM is the usual, but for gaming, you will want to go higher and not settle for anything lower than 16GB of RAM.
Use a coupon, or wait for a sale
Coupons and sales are a great way to save on laptops online. Usually, there are codes which you can apply on a specific website so that there is a percentage knocked off the price at checkout. For instance, you may find a coupon for Curry’s PC World and use it when you buy online.
Furthermore, you can always wait for a sale to appear. The likes of Curry’s PC World and other tech stores will have many sales throughout the year, but most specifically, the Boxing Day Sales are great when you want to buy online and save as much money as possible.
Predicting laptop sales isn’t always an easy task, but within the UK there are three times of the year when you can save on laptops online.
Back-to-school season (June to September)
Holiday season (September to December)
Spring (February to April)
You should also keep an eye out for any Black Friday sales which are becoming a commodity in the UK.
Buy a slightly older model
While you may want the most recent MacBook, it isn’t always advised. You shouldn’t overspend your money if you have no use for the extra features; try to overlook how sleek and new they look, and instead focus on older models that are just as good, just as beautiful looking, and, more importantly, cheaper.
The easiest way to save on laptops online is to go in knowing what it is you need from your laptop. There is no point in overspending for extras you won’t be using all too often. Once you know what it is you need, check the sales on reputable sites such as Curry’s PC World.