As computer consultants, it’s our job and mission to make sure our clients are 100% satisfied when they walk out our offices. But it’s not easy when people aren’t familiar with the limitations of store-bought computers. By the time you finish this article, you’ll understand the lesson that we were trying to teach our client: “What comes out of the box is really just a starter kit.”

The typical computer package comes with a CPU unit, keyboard, mouse, and speaker set. It’s fine for some, but most people require full multimedia capabilities, a wide range of graphics tools, and accommodations for the various portables. These extras aren’t included with “what comes out of the box,” and the only way to get them is to accessorize.

Depending on what’s needed, accessorizing doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, you can get away with paying a small amount for extra software and hardware if these accessories are for children. If these accessories are work requirements or when they’re needed to produce works of quality, that’s when they can become rather expensive. And this applies to microphones, digital cameras, PDAs, scanners, video cams, and more.

Regardless of cost, accessories can become “necessities.” The best time to get them is when you buy a new computer. If you wait too long to get accessories, manufacturers might already develop new technologies that your computer won’t be able to accommodate. This is a typical problem experienced by those who want to use hardware designed for Windows Vista on a Windows XP or Windows 2000 machine.

So by now, you must understand how crucial accessorizing is and you’d probably get started.