Everywhere, you can hear all kinds of tech myths. You might read about it on the Internet, or from retailers who are trying to sell big unwanted product out of their stores. This strategy can sometimes be harmless. Other times, it can also cost you precious money and make you regret why you got persuaded to buy that product in the first place. So before you lose that hard-earned money, check out these technology myths to educate yourself.

1. Open-source software is not as good as commercial software

When you are evaluating what software to use for your work or projects, don’t disregard the power of open-source software. Most of the time, they’re as competent — sometimes even better, than the commercial ones. Most software companies want to convince you that their product is greater than the rest and the open-source alternative simply can’t compete to what they can offer. This can be true, but not all the time. For popular open-source software like Android, the more people collaborate and work on it, the better is the product, and most of all it’s free.

2. The greater megapixel your camera has, the better is its performance and quality


In reality, it takes more than the pixels to produce a great picture. But, sadly to hear, retailers are using the term megapixel as the main selling points for their cameras and smartphones. A photo produced by a 2.1 MP camera is good enough to use as wallpaper while a 4 MP photo can qualify for a 16 x 20 inches print. For a simple point and shoot camera, 8 MP is more than sufficient.

3. Factory assembled PCs sold in store is always better than cheap self-assembled ones


Don’t look down yet and laugh at your friend’s $700 computer that he built himself, thinking that it can never compete with the $1,500 PC you bought from Best Buy. Why? Because, there’s a big chance that his $700 PC might be better than yours — hardware specification, functionality, and performance-wise. In most cases, computers sold in stores come in generic specs and configuration for the mass market. You won’t be able to get a customized PC to do the heavy-duty work, unless you’re willing to break the bank. Also, the Windows OS installed on these computers usually comes with tons of crapware that can further slow down its performance.

Meanwhile, building your own PC gives you the freedom to compare the various hardware and get the one that best suits your needs, and of course, is within your budget. You also have the option to choose your preferred OS — Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X, those that doesn’t come with trashy programs.

4. You should get the most expensive anti-virus program to fully protect your PC

If you’ve already purchased a security suite that cost you around $100+ or even more, here’s a sad news for you — you can get some of the best antivirus software out there for free. That’s right — it doesn’t mean when it’s free, it won’t be able to live up to its purpose. Most antivirus software, either free or paid, can do a good job in detecting viruses, spyware, and malware. The only possible point of failure is the user, yes…you. If you have the habit of clicking any link, without checking the source first, even the most expensive anti-virus software will not be able to protect your PC from being infected or attacked.

5. The bigger the monitor, the clearer the image

This is also not true — it all depends on the screen resolution. If you are planning to get a 30-inch or bigger monitor, with a minimum resolution of 2048 x 1152 (better still, 2560 x 2048), then you’re good to go. However, if you’re going to deal with the 1920 x 1080 resolution for a 27-inch monitor, you will get pixelated images instead of clear images (where each pixel is stretched to cover more screen space). When you are getting a monitor, you have to look beyond the screen size.

6. It’s a must to buy insurance (or extended warranty) for your electronic device


Oftentimes, when a consumer buys a computer, mobile phone, or any electronic device, the retailer will often offer you with an insurance or extended warranty. But is it really necessary to get one? For a small item that can get obsolete really fast, we don’t think so. Think of all the money that will be put to waste for all those warranties that you never get to utilize and the probability that you need a repair outside of the warranty period. Realizing this, buying warranties or insurance isn’t actually a worthy deal after all.

However, for big and expensive items that would cost a hand and leg to repair, and those that you will expect to be using for several years, you will consider getting an extended warranty for those. Other than those, just leave them as they are.

7. Expensive HDMI cables will surely provide better video quality


Have you ever seen a cheap $3 HDMI cable selling in Amazon and then find the same exact one selling in another store for a ridiculous amount of $2000? Buyers would think that a more expensive cable can give them a better quality, justifying the outrageous difference in price. In the real world, the $3 cable will work just fine without any noticeable difference in quality when compared with its expensive version.

Just to remind you, those tech myths mentioned are definitely not conclusive. There are other tons of technology myths out there that will cost you money. To avoid being a victim, better to think and do some research first before letting go of that cold cash for the bigger and more expensive products.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 9:41:26 PM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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