Are you getting ready to upgrade your laptop? Do you want a new camera so that you can take up photography in your free time? These purchases come with hefty price tags, and you’ll want to make sure that you get the best product for what you need before hoisting out your wallet.
A great place to start when looking for a new tech gadget is to identify which features are most important for you. What features do you need to enjoy your new phone/camera/laptop/etc.? If you use your computer while you travel, then you might need to find a lightweight laptop. Or, you might use your computer for photo editing or for viewing large documents. Then you might be looking for specific screen dimensions.
Once you have a general idea of what you need from your new gadget, go to the masses to find the best product to fit your needs. If you don’t already have a specific brand or product in mind, you might start by heading to Google and typing something like “best camera for travel” or “best laptop for photo editing.” In just the first page, you’ll see reviews and lists from great sites like CNET, Tech Radar, Digital Trends, and Consumer Reports.
These websites are a good place to start your search because the writers of these articles are experts in the field and offer the best features (subjectively) of each product. This makes it easy to see a wide range of products with the key features already identified. Scroll through some of these aggregated lists and make a list of your own.
This makes it easy to hop to other sites and read more in-depth about the products that you found most relevant to your search. Consumer reviews help to give insight beyond the basic features and can help you to understand how real people are interacting with the gadget that you’re interested in.
While there are countless consumer review sites to choose from (you can easily find these with a simple Google search), online shopping sites like Amazon have great review sections of their own. Many times, you will find reviews from different consumers too, ranging from amateur tech lovers to professionals in their respective field.
A word to the wise though, take the reviews that you read with a grain of salt. Although consumer reviews can be great for giving you a better picture of how the device operates and more about the best (and worst) features, many reviews you see will be either entirely positive or entirely negative.
Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’re seeing a lot of 1-star reviews and don’t immediately trust every 5-star review either. Instead, read what the customers are saying and decide for yourself how their experience might impact your own if you buy the same product. If you’re reading a review from a professional photographer, his own complaints might not match your own expectations for the same product.
There’s a practically unlimited amount of information online about every electronic you can imagine, from cell phones to cameras to gaming devices. Just remember that each person has his own idea of what makes the perfect gadget, and you should be looking for the one that’s best for YOU.