Often, the "cool" factor of a new gadget outweighs it's actual productivity benefit. When buying new tech, keep a clear mind by assigning dollar values to the product's features to see if it's worth the price tag.
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If you're trying to save money, you can do yourself a lot of good by asking yourself whether a product has features that actually help you get things done or whether its look and feel is its biggest draw. PC World explains a trick to getting past this blindfold:
Gadgets have a careful mix of specifications that are based on the use scenarios that the manufacturer has in mind for the target market. The manufacturer's use case might or might not match the way you will use the product. When choosing between competing products with different feature sets, try to assign dollar values to each feature, then decide which device will give you the most bang for the buck.
PC World also explains that you often have a choice between a less expensive product and one that's a bit more expensive and flashy. In the end, functionality is the thing that matters most: if one product has all the specs and features you need to be productive, you might be better off foregoing the cool factor and saving yourself some money. Hit the link for more tips on avoiding gadget lust, and when you do decide on a product, make sure you've sought out common troubleshooting problems before buying it.
Don't Be Blinded By 'Gadget Lust' [PC World]