Cut Corners = What?

Cut Corners you say? Really? I suppose they work in some situations, but not all.

Specifically, I am talking about computers. Buying fully built computers, either Desktops or Laptops (Notebooks,netbooks, and ultrabooks can be included) from Television, or from the Big Box stores can lead to different results. One of these being, you end up with a really good computer that will last a long time. The second, not so much.

There is no real formula, or way to separate the good from the bad, without research. I have seen corners be cut, sacrifices be made in the manufacturing process, that do not lend assistance to keeping a computer around for any length of time. In the same breath, i have seen a few POS computers, last a really long time, when all odds were against them….. not often though.

Case in point, and this applies to laptops and desktops, but much more common with laptop computers that you can get for cheaper prices than they normally cost. Not all cheap prices, are bad buys. Some of those prices are legit items on sale, that are quality, and built to last a little longer.

To say it simply, the corners being cut, to offer these super low priced computers, are as follows. Solutions for cooling, upgrade paths ( slots for ram and expansion cards) are omitted or there but to a bare minimum. I did a live stream about this, and will link it below. Here are a few pictures of exactly what I am talking about. Left to right, An aluminum plate with a copper sticker, to replace what is normally a heatspreader, copper pipe, heat sink and fan. Missing RAM slot in the middle picture, and finally, a much much smaller aluminum plate, without copper sticker, to cool the processor of this laptop.

Next are some examples of some products that are built a little better (opinion based off of experience). Left to right, heat spreader with copper pipe connected to heat sink of aluminum fins for cooling. The same part again, with the fan included that moves the air to keep computer cool. And at right, two slots for RAM, making this particular laptop, easier and more cost effective to upgrade.

As said above, there is no sure fire way to tell, or formula to use, to make sure you are getting a quality built, no corners cut computer. The best method I have found that works, is research. Check YouTube, cnet, any online resource, or simply google the model of computer in question and look for teardowns, and reviews of the computer. If you are not sure, about doing research on computers, find a family member or friend that is able to help out. You could also stop by your local computer repair place and ask them. Again, no method is 100%, however research is by far the best method, to ending up with a computer, desktop or laptop, that has a few or no cut corners as possible.

Nicc Kennedy