Technology moves quickly these days and it can be hard, not to mention expensive, for consumers to keep up with the latest trends. However, there are ways in which consumers can save themselves money. For example, by taking advantage of laptop trade in services, individuals can generate cash from their old devices that they can then put towards their new ones.

Also, there are some bargains out there for people to bag up. Writing on PC Advisor recently, Andrew Harrison offered some tips to cash-strapped consumers seeking the best deals. In a general world of advice, the expert remarked: “Buying a budget laptop inevitably means compromising somewhere. But if you must go cheap, just make sure the compromises won’t make you rue your choice too soon after purchase.”

According to the writer, unless people go for “real bottom-dollar shelf fillers”, the one area where they are less likely to notice the difference is “surprisingly” in programme performance. However, there are many other ways in which individuals can be “sold short” when buying cheap laptops, Mr Harrison suggested.

One key area that buyers should focus on is design. About this, he said: “Laptops are much more personal than desktops, and typically owned and used by one person. They cannot avoid becoming as much a statement about you as the clothes you wear.

Consumers should also be aware of the materials that laptops are made from. Cheaper laptops are nearly always made of plastic and some manufacturers disguise their use of inferior materials by spraying their devices to look like metal.

People should also focus on build quality. The expert remarked: “Look how well the chassis has been put together. Check along the seams for air gaps, and see how well joined is the lid to the deck, for instance. Keyboards and trackpads are common cut-back components, leaving you with soggy typing or skittish mice pointers from low-grade capacitive touchpads.

In addition, buyers should think carefully about battery life, he noted. Manufacturers tend to skimp when it comes to batteries in cheaper models because these are still relatively expensive. People who want to use their laptops when they are out and about and who may frequently not have access to power supplies should bear this in mind.

Another point for people to consider is connectivity. Budget laptops can be “shackled with the most basic of 802.11n capabilities”, the writer pointed out.

As long as consumers bear issues like this in mind and know what it is they want to prioritise in their laptops, they should succeed in finding products that they are happy with and that fall within their budgets. Also, by taking advantage of trade in laptop services, they can generate extra cash to help them fund their purchases. This may enable them to go for slightly higher-spec models.

Trading in their old laptops like this also means they will not keep hold of devices they no longer use. Many people across the UK and in other countries around the world have draws full of redundant technology that is simply gathering dust and taking up space.