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Quality is one of those elusive and difficult to define words, like a couple of others I attempt to tackle in this buyer's guide: "value" and "performance". It means anything and everything and nothing--it all depends on what you are counting and how you are measuring it. Like "value" and "performance", it is something every buyer wants, and every seller claims to have. How then, should a typical PC buyer tackle this difficult notion?
Like most buzzwords, the most important thing to keep in mind about quality is that you need to define and determine it for yourself, and largely ignore the claims made about it. Determine quality by assessing the characteristics and nature of the hardware and software in the system you buy. Augment by researching the products in which you have interest and looking for testimonials that indicate how those items have performed for others in the past.
There is no specific way to define quality: everyone has a different way of tackling this matter. What is high-quality for you depends entirely on what is important to you. Here are a few different aspects of quality to keep in mind. You have to decide which of these, if any, are important to you. And for most people, there may well be other critical issues I have not thought to mention here:
Quality, like many other key attributes of any product, is an exercise in tradeoffs. More quality usually costs more money, whether you are talking about PCs or automobiles or anything else: TANSTAAFL. But quality is also a matter of the pride of the company making the product, and that's not strictly a matter of how much money you throw at a problem.