There are some things in life that you can afford to spend a bit more on, and computers are one of them. Sales figures over the last 5-6 years show that people are spending an average of $600 on their new laptops. This means that some people spend more, but some spend less.
For under $600, you’re much more limited on what you can get. Machines such as Chromebooks, low-end Ultrabooks and multimedia laptops tend to fall in this category. While they are certainly adequate for basic computer tasks, they are just that.
Here are three reasons why you might want to spend more on your laptop, particularly if you need it for specific tasks such as high-end gaming or editing photos.
One of the first things to consider is the durability of the machine. Paying more for a durable product rewards you again and again. First, it will have a longer lifespan. It defeats the purpose to spend less on a gaming laptop when you have to purchase another one a couple of years later.
Second, a well-built system is going to be faster, simpler and more enjoyable to use. Rather than being frustrated with your computer at every turn, a better system is going to deliver improved efficiency, gaming and entertainment. When you consider how many hours you spend on your computer, it doesn’t sound too bad to shell out a few more dollars for something that will last.
It’s estimated that the average user spends about 450 hours on their laptop over three years for leisure activities alone. However, lower end computers have some of the worst displays, and contrast and viewing angles are severely compromised.
The only way to get a better display is to spend more – but it’s so worth it. 1080p should be the minimum standard you accept. At Velocity Micro, we don’t go any lower than a 1080p display on our laptops.
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Manufacturers will often cut battery life to sell a machine at a lower cost. Batteries are expensive, so companies aren’t going to put in a great battery and then sell the system at an economical price.
Plus, it’s easy for battery life to look good when manufacturers are setting them at around 3 or 4 hours. Unfortunately, that’s 3 or 4 hours of your computer sitting idle, not you working on it and running programs. You can expect about half this time when the system is working hard.
For a great selection of quality workstations, laptops and PCs, shop with Velocity Micro. While you might spend slightly more than with the big box stores, the durability, efficiency and entertainment value that is packed into our systems is incomparable!