10 years ago we dreamed of the advanced technology of the future and all the possibilities. Little did we know that we’d be getting less, instead of more, when that future came. Following are the 5 reasons you were better off buying a computer 10 years ago.
#1 No Monitor
After browsing the entire selection of new computers at your local electronics store, you find a PC that meets your needs – and your wallet. You summon the salesperson and ask if they have the computer you want in stock. The salesperson looks puzzled and asks if you were just buying the computer or the computer with the monitor? “The whole thing, of course!” you explain. The sales guy starts flipping through the price cards and shows you a more expensive price; “This is the price of everything; that was the price of the computer by itself” he informs you. You feel like a contestant on “The Price is Right” – a contestant that just lost.
When you bought a new computer 10 years ago, you knew what you were getting and what you were spending without being confused. Buying a new computer with a monitor included was less expensive 10 years ago because they were bundled together to give you a better price.
#2 Microsoft Office is Not Preinstalled
10 years ago when you bought a new computer, the operating system came with Microsoft Office included. Without Microsoft Office, you can’t use popular programs like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, and will be forced to pay an extra $149.99 to do something as simple as type a paper.
#3 Expandable Drives
When you bought your new computer, you assumed that you had two DVD drives because you saw two DVD slots – unfortunately, that’s not the case. What was a second DVD or CD drive on a new computer 10 years ago is now an expandable drive. An expandable drive is a hollow slot on your computer for adding hardware later on. In theory, expandable drives give customers the option of adding the drive of their choice (DVD, CD, Lightscribe, or Blu-ray) instead of just having another DVD drive – in other words, you have to buy your own now.
#4 No Speakers
Speakers are a must have for new PC owner’s that own a set of ears. As with expandable drives; most new computers don’t come with external speakers and internal speakers no longer exist. Why is it that new PC owners are getting the “short end of the stick” when it comes to buying a new product? Would you buy a new car with extra room for adding an optional passenger seat; or with missing windshield wipers? Then why are we being forced to buy a new PC with missing parts?
#5 Restore Disks
Nowadays, if something goes wrong with your computer’s system, you’re stuck with a broken PC. 10 years ago, your computer came with a restore disk – a computer disk that took your PC back to its original state in the case of an emergency. I’m not sure if it were too expensive for computer manufacturer’s to pay for a simple disk or if they simply just stopped caring. If you want a restore disk with your new computer, you’ll have to pay to have one created or make one yourself.