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Take the stress out of technology shopping with these seven tips.
Computer hardware is a significant investment for your business. Follow these seven tips to guide your purchasing decisions.
- Buy a recognised brand name or from a reputable dealer.
- Buy a complete system from one manufacturer, so there are no arguments about support if things go wrong.
- Get a next-business-day, three-year, on-site warranty.
- Don't cut corners when it comes to your comfort: spend extra on a good mouse and keyboard and a large, high-quality monitor.
- Be wary of cutting-edge technologies or new releases. They cost more and may have bugs that need to be worked out.
- Your needs will grow. You may only need a word processor now, but that is almost guaranteed to change within the life of your hardware.
- Don't buy cheaply and plan to upgrade. It is a much better investment to buy a quality system that will give you service for three-to-five years.