3 Tech Things You Can Spend Less On

In the search for a lower budget, people often search for ways to reduce little expenditures. Sometimes, the corners we cut may end up costing more down the line. Here is a list of typical tech expenses that can be reduced without coming around to hurt your pocketbook later on:

Multi-Format Card Readers
Flash media and card readers are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately, some companies put a price tag on these that makes little to no actual sense. Why spend a premium on something that has no other purpose than reading the information on a card and delivering it via USB to your system? There are readers on the market that are available for a little as $10 USD that feature support for 74 different formats and include extra USB 2.0 ports for good measure.

Memory (RAM)
The funny thing about the RAM market is how incredibly diverse the pricing structure is. Brand names such as Corsair, Crucial, and Kingston have a solid reputation and high price points, but that doesn’t really mean they’re made with any better performing chips than the lower priced PNY, Patriot, or OEM brands. Often, off-brand RAM actually contains the exact same components made by the same manufacturer (Elpida, Infineon, Micron, etc.) and the only real difference is the packaging. Even if the off-brand memory goes bad a little faster than the big name brand, you’re likely still saving a significant amount in the long run.

HDMI Cables
If there is one market where people get absolutely ripped off and overcharged, it’s in multimedia cables.  HDMI cables are often overpriced and advertised with the average consumer’s lack of technical knowledge in mind. Digital signals are either on or off. There is no noticeable visual difference between a $200 cable and its $6 competition. All the gold plating and vacuum sealing in the world couldn’t magically improve the image coming out of a Blu-Ray player and in to a television sitting within feet of each other.

12 comments On 3 Tech Things You Can Spend Less On

  • easy stop listening to your podcasts youtube videos, and not moderating the live irc chat room that is not the best but still.

  • easy stop listening to your podcasts youtube videos, and not moderating the live irc chat room that is not the best but still.

  • Only one I agree on is the Multi-Card Reader. If you’re serious about your computer, good quality RAM is as critical as your processor choice. I refuse to skimp on memory in my system. So should everyone else. I don’t think everyone needs top of the line, but getting the cheap stuff is begging for problems. HDMI cables are also something you shouldn’t skimp out on. If you’re not seeing any difference, then you really don’t need a full HD tv to begin with. I know that spending a little bit extra on you AV cabling does make a difference. I’ve seen it every single time I’ve plugged in a DVD, console, whatever. I’m not saying spend top dollar, but again, buying the bargain basement is begging for trouble

  • Disagree on HDMI cables.

    All cables have a quality- of course they do.

    Having been through a day of testing of the Monster cable line- I know that there is a vast difference in cables. I opened sealed packs of these & other brands & tested both the picture quality & interference.

    You are wrong.

    Now, whether a person wishes to invest is another story.

  • Agreed. I really don’t see the point in commenting on beta software.

  • There’d better be a way to turn off having it show the details in the lock screen or else the privacy issues are rather severe (!)

  • While I mostly agree with the points made here, it feels a bit premature? I think commentary like this is important, and belongs in the hands of the Apple devs making changes to the beta every version. But to call notifications in iOS 5 a total mess, when it’s not officially done?

  • Is this something that would get fixed through updates to the apps themselves?

    It seems like on Android, app developers anticipate the notification bar and program it in, compared to developers of iOS who, til now have not had to worry about it.

  • I personally think this article serves a useful function. It is interesting to see the development of iOS and who know’s, maybe someone up there is paying attention.

  • Wait. Apple has put software that violates patents under a NDA?

    Well I suppose that is actually logical… Since you know… Google should sue the life out of Apple for these. God knows Apple would, and their patents are almost never valid.

    Maybe Apple thinks that if they mess up the notifications enough Google won’t care?

  • This is why you jailbreak and use tons of available tools.

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