Tips For Shopping For Electronics
Personal electronics are quickly finding their way into every aspect of our lives. From communicating to keeping track of our health to bringing music wherever we go, companies are constantly inventing and reinventing technology to improve our quality of life. Before buying the latest gear with the biggest price tag for your Christmas gifts, consider these tips for shopping and choosing the best electronics for you.
Know Your Speed
It's important to know the speed you'll need your tech to operate at so that you don't over or under buy when looking at the latest models. If you're an avid sports fan, you won't want your TV's picture lagging during each play. Make sure when looking at TV specs you pay attention to the refresh rate. Having a higher refresh rate will help make the most of your TV's image quality during fast-moving games. On the other hand, if you're watching regular TV, having a high refresh rate could give the image a surreal quality, making it look too smooth and realistic. This is called the Soap Opera Effect. If you like watching sports but hate the Soap Opera Effect, most TVs allow you to reduce the refresh rate so that your picture will look normal during regular programs, and then set to a high refresh rate for sports.
Know Your Needs
The key to saving money while buying technology is knowing what you need and use versus what's available. There are a lot of advanced gadgets available now, but if you're only going to use basic applications or software, you don't need to be looking at gaming computers with advanced graphics and processors. If you're going to use a computer to store photos, music or movies, consider tech with higher memory, or use flash drives or an external hard drive to store your files. As a bonus, you can use the flash drive or external hard drive to backup the files on your computer.
Know Your View
Even if you're not buying a camera, a lot of devices include built-in cameras now, so it's important to know what you'll be taking pictures of. Most smartphones include cameras on the front and rear, but not all cameras are created equal. While smartphone cameras are improving, their photos are usually ideal for sharing digitally. If you're looking to display your prints on more than just a computer screen, consider getting a separate camera. The cameras on smartphones usually have smaller light sensors, reducing quality, but you can still take beautiful photos using smartphones, just under more specific conditions than with a traditional camera.
Know Your Crew
Ask your friends for their opinions of their own devices. Use their opinions and your own research to get a rounded view of products and every aspect that may matter to you. Also, it may be easier to learn how to work your new gadget if you have friends that already own it. Some tablets, computers and smartphones even have their own messaging apps, although you can download your own, or stick to the traditional texting.
Know Your Digs
While considering new gadgets, make a list that includes what you want your gadget to do and not just what it needs to do. By having these lists, you can rule out any gadget that doesn't have everything you need, and you can figure out what would be the best deal that includes all the important extras. This will help eliminate over or under buying, letting you find the perfect fit without much back and forth. Don't forget to add your budget to this list and don't budge on it. Technology can get expensive quickly, and with companies advertising the newest, top-of-the-line equipment, making a decision can be overwhelming to your brain and your wallet.
Know Your Gigs
Streaming TV, movies and music is easier than ever, especially with so many available options. You can use your computer, streaming players, some Wi-Fi connected movie players, and even some TVs to bring shows and movies from the Internet right into your living room. If you're planning on streaming anything, it's important to know how much data it will use. Internet companies are starting to set limits to monthly usage, with additional fees being charged once you go over your limit. It's important to note higher quality video uses a lot more data than standard definition video. With new technological advances, we should eventually be able to compress large streaming files into smaller data amounts, but until then, it's important to know how much streaming your favorite TV show is actually costing you.
Technology is advancing at a fast pace. This means new and exciting gear for everyone to enjoy. The process of buying new devices doesn't have to be intimidating with the right preparation, a little research and a little self-evaluation.
It's not just electronics that are constantly being upgraded. Our selection of products is always changing to bring you new ways to make every day easier. From password keepers to kitchen utensils to pet carriers and everything else in between, here at The Lakeside Collection, we're always looking for new products just for you.