5 Tech Myths That Will Save You Money

Submitted Sun, 04/14/2013 - 11:59pm by Web Guy

5 Tech Myths That Will Save You Money

Premium Cables = Higher Quality Pictures


  • The chances are pretty good that you have entered an electronics department in search of an HDMI cable at one time or another only to be confronted with a vast number of options, brands, and prices.  The chances are even better that you found yourself consulting a sales associate whose primary objective was to sell you the most expensive cable available.  The truth is, when it comes to digital cables (HDMI, DVI), all of them are essentially the same.  Several tech studies have been conducted to investigate this myth, and the results seem overwhelmingly conclusive.  Audio analog cables seem to be the sole exception, and likely the cause of this particular myth.  Analog cables will cause a change in the quality of sound, however; unless you are extremely in tune with your sonic surroundings, many studies indicate that most people won’t notice the difference.


Refurbished Products Aren’t As Good As New Ones


  • Refurbished products typically receive bad credibility because many people associate the word “refurbished” with the words like, “used” or “broken.”  In fact, this is not the case; refurbished products can come from a variety of sources.  Often times, refurbished products are the result of a demo unit from a retailer, or an open box item that was returned by someone who chose not to keep it.  In other instances, a refurbished product is the result of a defect that was returned and fixed.  In any case, acquiring refurbished products can save you a ton of money on your tech purchases.  However, there are a few important things to remember:
    • Purchase “Factory Certified” refurbished products because they’re tested by the manufacturer directly.
    • Purchase refurbished products that include a reasonable warranty just incase you run into problems down the road.


Camera Megapixels Determine Quality of Camera


  • If you have ever been shopping for a camera, the odds are pretty good that you have spent more time counting megapixels then you have researching features specific to your needs.  Although the number of megapixels is important for users wishing to enlarge photos without losing digital quality, they do not determine the overall quality of the camera.  This is particularly true if you don’t plan to do any enlarging.  In fact, many people have argued that megapixels are not as important as having a quality camera lens and/or light sensor.  When making your next camera purchase, evaluate your needs and research a camera that offers features that best fit those needs; this will save you money in the long run.


You Should Discharge Your Laptop Battery Frequently to Prolong Its Life


  • Battery life is a major concern these days, and you have probably heard a whole list of tricks for keeping your battery operating at optimal performance levels.  However, this particular myth is actually the remnants of previous advice given for old nickel cadmium batteries that suffer from a memory effect no longer present in today’s modernized lithium batteries.  Lithium batteries only operate for so many cycles, the faster you burn through those cycles, the faster you burn through your cash.  Manufactures do recommend fully discharging your lithium battery occasionally, but not to prolong its life.  Most modern batteries can tell you how long you have until your battery dies.  This feature becomes incorrectly calibrated after several shallow discharges, so manufacturers recommend fully discharging your battery occasionally to make sure this reading stays accurate.


Unlimited Cell Phone Plans Offer the Greatest Savings


  • In today’s fast-paced environment, just about everyone is using a cell phone.  As a result, phone companies have implemented a variety of packages suited for a range of budgets.  Often times we hear words like, “unlimited” or “discounted,” and associate them with a good deal.  However, you may find yourself paying for an unlimited service when in reality you could get away with a cheaper plan.  Ask yourself: Do I regularly use my plan to its fullest extent, or could I reduce my plan and still get the same usage?  Experts recommend keeping a record of your phone use over a period of time and then comparing that usage to cheaper plans.  You could find yourself with extra money you never knew you had!