Buying Technology This Christmas

Christmas TechChristmas will soon be here. The latest devices and gadgets are hitting store shelves just in time to keep up with the rush. Social media, blogs, magazines, television screens and the web are brimming with advertisements and reviews of the latest technology you can buy.

Before you rush out to buy the gadgets you’ve been waiting all year for, consider a few important questions before handing over your hard-earned cash.

What Problem Do I Need Solved?

First, you must ask what problem you are trying to solve with a new piece of technology. The most important thing to consider is how adopting your new device will improve on what you had before.

Also remember that it is all not work and in some cases, a sleek new gadget or device for fun and play is ideal.

When you’ve answered this question, you should consider whether there is other tech or competing devices out there that can perform even better.

Is Being an Early Adopter Good?

Early adopters are people that can’t wait for new tech to be released, they wait in line on release day and pride themselves on having the latest gadgets as soon as they hit the shelves. If you recognise yourself in this description you are likely to snap up the latest devices the day (or very soon after) they are released. This eager anticipation, however, is not always the ideal way to get the best deals or the best gadgets.

Companies often rely on new product hype to give sales an early boost. Waiting a short time for the marketing and hype to subside, can save a lot of money.

As the honeymoon period dies down and initial sales fall, companies often mark down their prices to keep their devices attractive and sales high. As newer, competing devices get released, companies also cut prices to maintain strong sales figures. For the budget smart consumer this is an opportunity for a bargain. A device good enough to buy on launch day is well worth waiting for (especially at a cheaper price!).

Have You Read The Reviews?

With all the information available on the internet we have access to seemingly unlimited amounts of information at our fingertips. Often weeks before a product is released, reviews are written and posted to various websites across the web.

One of the best things you can do when considering a new device is to watch and read a wide variety of product reviews. It also pays to be cautious of reviews that are particularly glowing or too downbeat as they may be a paid for review by the manufacturer. Keep an eye out for middle of the road reviews that fairly weigh the pros and cons of each device.

Have I Found the Best Deal?

There are many ways to keep an eye out to make sure you get the best price on the device. If you can, monitor prices over time to see how they rise and fall to find the best time to purchase.

When purchasing online, many sites include a box to add a coupon code when you are ready to buy. It sometimes pays to jump over to Google and search the website name and ‘coupon’ or ‘voucher’ to see if you can find the coupon code. A quick search can save you as much as 10, 15, or 20 per cent on some purchases.

Sometimes companies send out offers to appeal to groups they want to market to. A companies Facebook page may get different offers or vouchers than its Twitter followers or newsletter for example.

It can pay to search around for offers and vouchers to get money off before you checkout. A quick 5 minutes search can potentially save you a huge amounts of cash.

Speak with a Friend or Colleague

Do you know of someone who has a good grasp on technology? If so ask them about what you are about to buy and what their thoughts are of it. They may even know of a another website or shop to purchase the item from that offers a better price and / or service.

Purchase in Confidence

If you have asked yourself these questions, done all your research, and found the answers you are looking for then you may well be ready to buy.

You can now do so with the confidence that you have done all your research and you are getting the best deal and gadget for your money.

If you are still confused then let us know and we can help take the stress out of purchasing new technology: Give DP Computing a ring on 08 8326 4364 or support@dpcomputing.com.au .

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Shopping for a New Computer?

New computer

It can be overwhelming when shopping for a new computer! Choosing the right computer comes with so many options and questions abound. Helpful sales people offer RAM as it were a side of fries, measuring CPU’s in terms of the amount of ‘cores’ they have, and the specs of the various machines look like a foreign language.

What we do is first ask what the computer will be used for and try not to include tricky language that only makes sense to other computer geeks, we simply find out what you do on your computer and then recommend systems that suite.

Then comes the real fun.

Once you’ve got that new machine out of the box, you have entered another world again:

  • Which cord goes where?
  • It doesn’t work like your old one!
  • Why is it doing that?
  • How to put my programs back on?
  • Does it come with security already loaded?
  • How do I get all my data copied across?

If you’ve had your old computer for a few years, you know you’re in for a bit of inconvenience, as you now have to install all your programs, alter the settings to match your needs and then copy across all the data – as well as learning all the ins and outs of the new system. We can assist you through this transition period and make it all so much easier by helping to:

1) Transferring your old files for you.

One thing most people forget is how to get information off your old computer and onto your new one. If your old computer is not working then things become really hard. Our technicians can either copy across all the data or turn the old hard drive into an external drive for you.

2) Set up your email.

It is no secret that setting up email can cause headaches even for a tech person. Getting the settings perfect can sometimes be a bit of trial and error. The most common problem we see is email that can receive, but not send. It is a frustrating problem, especially when you’re sending important emails. We can set your email up successfully, copy across you old emails, contacts, calendars and tasks and ensure that it both sends and receives email.

3) Save your website favorites.

All those favorites and bookmarks you’ve made and carefully sorted (or not) are important. You may even have different collections of favorites in different browsers and the last thing you want to do is go find those webpages again. We can transfer your old favorites and put them onto your new computer, making your browser experience look and feel exactly as it did before, only faster.

4) Set up your software.

Software nowadays doesn’t come on a CD. While that’s forward thinking and reducing waste, don’t you miss having a disk you could install from and the license keys listed on the back? We can help you re-download your programs and set up the licenses good as new. As technicians, we can also make sure the new software is optimized, updated and working well. While we’re doing that, we make sure your anti-virus is up-to-date and you are as secure as possible against threats.

5) Connect extra devices

Sometimes it is a matter of knowing what cord goes where or getting the right adapter, but sometimes new devices can present software driver problems. Printers, webcams, game controllers, etc all have unique drivers that need to be installed before they work properly. Windows 10 is great at picking most of these up automatically, but if they are not playing nice or your new computer is suddenly missing the correct plug, we can help get you connected again.

We can install your new computer, transfer data and setup your new computer in no time. Call us today at 08 8326 4364 or support@dpcomputing.com.au to arrange a time.