â€˜Back-to-schoolâ€™ gadget shopping seems very difficult for parents and students provided galore options in promotional offers, types of items, specifications and market trend. You may get recommendation or information from friends, but hands-on experience is necessary to judge usability of a back to school gadget. However, if you cannot possibly lay your hands on every possible gadget, you may take following points under consideration to make be able to narrow down on the right kind of gadgets for students.
The gadget must be â€˜future-proofâ€™
If you are making investments in an electronic gadget, it is imperative to see whether the gadget will still be in demand in coming future. Outdated gadgets will not be able to support future technological advancements, future formats of audio or video files. Hence you need to narrow down on products that tech gadgets that would be compatible to upcoming hardware devices, software upgrades to be able to play and supported files.
Watch the market
Before you jump with joy with the news of discounts, price slashing, and other types of promotional tricks, you need to weigh pros and cons of the gadgets. You need to check out manufacturersâ€™ product plans and roadmaps that will help you predict what is going to launch and when. You can simply Google upcoming gadget launch, new products, upgrades in existing gadgets etc. You can also check out at online product reviews, news and press releases etc.
â€˜Specsâ€™ or specifications and hidden costs
When you are clear about what kind of gadget you are going to buy and about technical specifications. You need to be clear about the â€˜PUBâ€™ that stands for â€˜Processorâ€™, â€˜Usabilityâ€™ and your â€˜Budgetâ€™. Make a checklist of specifications you must need otherwise you might get trapped by promotional ploys of sales people at gadget shop.
Along with above mentioned factors, you should also look for hidden costs, availability of antivirus, warranty and post sales customer service.