7 Cheap Tech Products That Aren’t Worth the Money

Day-old sushi, watered down gas, half-price heart surgery. Some bargains aren’t a good deal at any price. When you’re shopping for gadgets or tech services, it often pays to spend a little more or delay a purchase rather than wasting money on something that will make your life more difficult–no matter how cheap the “bargain.” How do you know whether that $80 tablet in the weekly circular is a steal or you’re being stolen from? Check out our list of 7 cheap tech products that aren’t worth the money.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. ivanmmj Says:

    With some shopping around, you can definitely find a decent $300 laptop with i3, etc but it requires research and patience. As far as the SSD size, that issue only applies if you’re using Windows. I added a small 30gb msata SSD to my laptop and was able to install a full Linux distribution including every single app I could want and still have over 20gb left. I left the internal hard drive installed as the home directory to store my pictures and videos. Other than that, I agree 100% with the rest of your list.

  2. hkapp Says:

    Yeah, I considered Republic Wireless, for a moment. Then I found Ting. It too uses the Sprint network, but the whole network. With Google Voice and GrooveIP you have free calling and texting in WiFi zones. And you pay as you go for the minutes/texts/data that you do use. My wife and I together pay less than $35/month.

  3. Jaime Says:

    Mostly agree, but the new Nokia 521, which can be found for >$130 with no contract is a nice little phone for the price. Yeah, some corners were cut (5-meg camera, no 2nd front-facing camera, and no flash) to keep the price down, but it is incredible snappy, you get offline GPS, free music streaming and offline, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi calling, and a very good sounding phone. It may not be a phone for a gamer or power phone junkie, but work great for the average user.

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