Laptop Memory Shopping: What You Should Know First

Laptop Memory Shopping: What You Should Know First
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014

Anyone considering upgrading her or his laptop memory should first read the following story detailing my shopping experience.

Sloooooow... I Needed a Memory Upgrade

I don’t consider myself a multimedia professional who needs the most powerful and fastest notebook on the block. However, I have a nasty habit of working on many tasks at once and the applications that run them tend to demand a lot of RAM. I did not want to get a new computer but knew that a laptop memory upgrade was the cheapest and fastest way to get my computer to stop dragging its feet when asked to perform.

My first instinct was to go to the manufacturer’s site to figure out what laptop memory brand and model I needed for the upgrade. That information was very easy to locate and the manufacturer was kind enough to include the purchasing link.

Smart as I am (or thought that I was), I know that these manufacturer’s seem to think that we customers are stupid enough to purchase from their sites without doing some shopping around comparing prices and extra bonuses. I started my laptop memory shopping and my journey led me to the online auction giant, eBay.

Memory From Other Manufacturers

Within a few searches, I had located laptop memory that was way cheaper than the manufacturer’s retail price. Very quickly, I completed the purchase forms (I never bid at eBay as I am too impatient) and had to find something to occupy my mind for three days while the order shipped.

The afternoon the courier guy dropped of my laptop memory modules, he was shocked at the way I snatched the package out his hands and promptly slammed the door in his face… All I could think of was how within a few minutes, I would be able to run so many applications all at once without any glitch.

Carefully, I followed the laptop memory upgrade section from the notebook’s manual that I had never consulted before, as I am a “try first then read the manual or if you fail” kind of guy.

The laptop memory installation was a surprisingly fast and trouble-free procedure that even my friend’s eight year old could do it. I was so excited and rebooting my computer seemed so looonnnggg. It actually was faster due to the fact that the memory was doing what it had promised to do.

Everything Worked!

Everything happened as expected. Things ran faster and smoother. I could multi-task and the computer could keep up. No dragging feet, the computer seemed on stereoids!

And then, It Crashed

And then…. bam! Out the blue, the laptop just crashed. It was the first time ever it happened and naturally I suspected the laptop memory that I had just purchased. I figured that I had installed it the wrong way or something.

I re-installed it and within minutes the laptop computer would crash on me again. I am not a rocket scientist but I figured that buying a cheapo RAM from an obscure manufacturer had gotten me into this mess. By trying to save money, I had actually wasted a lot because I had to order new modules plus shipping and so on.

I was so embarrassed and when my friends asked me if my laptop was faster from the memory upgrade, I lied to them that I had not received my package yet. Thank goodness, they have other things that preoccupy their lives so they promptly forgot about it.

Moral: Buy Memory that Meets The Specification

Moral of the story? Cough up the money and purchase the laptop memory as precisely suggested by the manufacturer and buy from them as they’ll give you a refund if you experience trouble or incompatibility problems.

Those useless laptop memory modules are sitting on my desk and whenever I make a purchase, I remind myself not to go cheap. Thank goodness, it was only a couple of hundred bucks. Imagine if it was in the thousands?

I conclude with this famous quote: “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself”. The ball is in your court…


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