Which Computer Services Are Worth The Money?


Buying a computer can be a pain in the neck. You spend weeks doing research and looking through stores, and finally settle on the perfect one. If only the decision making ended there. Now everywhere you look there are different companies offering their services for your computer, and not only do you have to decide if you want them, you have to decide whether or not it is something you are actually willing to pay for. Many types of software are available online for free, but there is often an option to purchase a superior premium version. How then, are you supposed to know which one to buy? Will the free version work, or is it worth it to spend a bit more? Let’s take a look at a few of the most common paid services on offer for your computer, and decide which is better – spend or save?

Word Processor

Usually a basic feature of any computer, a good word processor is often seen as an essential purchase. However, many word processing services are now available for free online. The question is, are they as good as their paid alternatives? This one actually depends on your main objective in buying a computer. If you are a student using your laptop for college, you will probably find that online services to not provide the necessary features that software such as Microsoft Word or the Microsoft Office suite will offer. If you intend to write a lot, one of these is a necessity. On the other hand, you may find that it is already provided on your computer, if it utilizes certain versions of Windows, or you may not need a word processor at all. For everyone else however, there’s Word.

Verdict: Spend

Antivirus Software

Antivirus software is crucial to your computer. If you intend to spend any time online, the chances are you will be exposing your computer to any number of virus’. However, is it worth the money spent on protecting your computer? There are actually a number of free virus services available that do the trick just as well as any paid service. The key here is to do your research, because some “antivirus software” available online is no more than a virus itself.

Verdict: Save

PDF Readers

There are many PDF readers available online for free, most of which can be found online and downloaded to your PC. These will be sufficient in order to read and save any PDF files that you receive. However, if you are looking to go beyond just reading, you may want to look into upgrading to software that has more features. There are also paid versions available and with them you will be able to create, edit and combine PDF files, as well as convert PDF to Word and Word to PDF easily. If you require any of these services, it is worth spending the extra.

Verdict: Spend

Language Learning

Language learning programs have become somewhat of a craze in recent years, but they are a service that does not come cheap. The famous Rosetta Stone course can put you out over $300 for the full set. Is it worth it? Well, for a price like that, you are likely to be able to find a course at a college or with an instructor somewhere local. Many people have given it good reviews, but in all honesty it is probably not worth the hefty price tag.

Verdict: Save

Premium Music Streaming

In the past few years it seems as though there has been an explosion of online streaming sites for music. These sites offer unlimited music to users as long as they have an internet connection, and don’t mind commercials every few songs. You can see the appeal then, of a premium service that allows unlimited songs, streamed anywhere, from any device. With the smartphone revolution, more and more of these premium services are available. They include Spotify Premium, Deezer and Last.fm, each available as an alternative to downloading songs from iTunes or Amazon. Should you upgrade? It really depends on how often you listen to music. When it comes down to it however, unless you listen to music twenty-four hours a day, and you really don’t like your music library, it probably isn’t worth the monthly fee.

Verdict: Save

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