Dangers of Buying Cheap Devices

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The temptation to save money when buying devices (computers, laptops, tablets, etc) is understandable. In most cases, the most expensive options are not necessary, but that doesn’t mean the cheapest either. Unfortunately, cheap devices — much like a free lunch — often come with a catch, so it’s important to do your research (and talk with your Technology Partner) before buying.

For this blog, cheap can refer to hardware price, removing services/features, or other aspects to cut the overall cost.

4 Risks of Buying Cheap

Cheap technology = low-quality parts

Technology priced significantly lower than other options means the device is made with cheaper plastics, metals, and electronic parts. Typically, they will be mass-produced without proper quality control. Compromising the quality of the technology to save money will impact your business in various ways, including the longevity of the device. You saved money on the first purchase, yet you have to replace it more frequently multiplying that cost over time.

ADDITIONAL READING >> How long do computers last? 

Inexpensive hardware = limited use for businesses

Buying inexpensive hardware, such as non-business devices, adds another concern. The hardware may lack components or features to be compatible with other aspects of your business. It might not be compatible with your line-of-business software, or won’t support a VPN connection for your remote team. Workarounds are an option, but all that does is add cost, complexity, and failure points. Business-grade devices are business-grade for a reason!

Know what you need before you buy >>

Poorly made tech = compromised security

Cheaper technology will tend to be poorly made, hence the cheaper price. That also means it has greater potential for weak security measures, whether flawed software, or encryption. Another quality compromise is the inability for business-grade security features, such as two-factor authentication, anti-virus, or monitoring capability.

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Buying cheap = costing you service and support

The sticker price might seem more affordable initially, but you are sacrificing longevity, quality, security, and functionality. Consider the lifetime maintenance and business expectations before buying based on the cheaper price. A cheap laptop will cost you more once you’ve replaced individual hardware, placed continual support requests, or replaced the device entirely after a short period.

Why Do Businesses Need Technology Lifecycle Management?

Don’t Buy High or Low – Buy Quality

Your Technology Partner is meant to advise you; that is the benefit of partnering with them. If they aren’t, or you don’t trust their recommendations then it is time to work with one that does. It is not your job to know the best technology for your needs. That is why you work with a Technology Partner.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE >> Before You Buy – Call First

One Call. One Team. One Goal – Helping Your Business Grow

Source: https://www.gratasoftware.com/3-reasons-why-using-cheap-technology-is-bad/#:~:text=Cheap%20Technology%20%3D%20Low%20Quality%20Parts&text=These%20products%20are%20often%20mass,limited%20usability%2C%20and%20reduced%20reliability.

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