Buying - What's a Good Brand?
Buying - What's a Good Brand?

Buying - What's a Good Brand?

This new blog post has been overdue. The last couple weeks I've been wondering what to write about, and now I've got it: what brand should you buy?

Far too often people pledge allegiance to a specific brand. For computer customers, some may swear by Dell why others think Dell manufactures trash. Some prefer Samsung for all their gadgets. And let's not forget Google.

Here's the scoop on the brand debate. No one brand is better than another. Part of the consumer electronics industry is having skilled salespeople in the field that are able to effectively and accurately find a product that will suite a customers' needs. If it really were just about brand, electronic sales wouldn't take nearly as much effort.

Hopefully you've read my previous post describing what the different specifications within a computer mean. If not click here to learn more about what is really important when buying a PC. Every computer is different. Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others have their own factories that they use to create their products. Some may use the same factories for the same things, yes, but that doesn't make one brand better than another.

Typically what people are referring to when they think a brand is better is product longevity. People want a product that lasts, no doubt, but people seem to think that a specific brand of computers will last longer on average than a different brand. This is unfortunately not true. As I said before, a lot of companies overlap in the factories they use for their parts and components, so it really has nothing to do with brand when you're talking about longevity.

Longevity can be achieved simply by looking for certain things when buying a PC. For example, an SSD is much less fragile than a mechanical drive that uses a needle/head to read data off a platter. One is physical, one is digital. Physical things experience wear and tear and can break more easily. Therefore, computers with mechanical drives may not last as long as computers with solid-state drives.

Another example is buying a spill resistant keyboard. Some keyboards on laptops are manufactured to have a seal that prevents water or other liquids from entering your computer. Chances are a laptop like that will last longer than one without that component, especially if you keep beverages near your laptop.

I personally have used HP, Dell, Samsung, and Lenovo products in the past, and they all served me well. I just make sure to do research and find a product that suites my needs rather than one that is of a certain brand or model. However, if you are really worried about longevity, it may be worth buying an extended service plan if available. That's a topic for another day though!