Someone was asking recently how to make choices amongst options for complex products they had little current experience with. I think this was @kensanata though I can't find the toot in question.
Specifically, the issue was making sense of a bunch of online reviews of dubious origin, reputation, expertise, and validity. In this case a piece of musical equipment if I recall.
I'd meant to reply at the time, my advice remains:
One recommendation comes from my years in Linux advocacy, and the perrenial question, "what distro should I use?"
Otherwise, finding an inexpensive-but-not-bottom-of-the-barrel option as your first experience is useful.
Borrow / lend / lease is a great way to get familiarity. As are hands-on educational / training / testing sessions. (There are reasons vendors often support these.)
If you don't have local experts, find discussions or trade publications, ignore tha ads, and see what the practitioners talk about in their own equipment. If you can find a "how I got started" discussion, look to that, as beginner and expert needs do differ. Early experiences are often a mix of nostalgia and frustration with equipment or tool limitations, so there's that going for you.
(Way back in the day I was looking through a tech magazine packed with Iomega adverts, though the technical credits lauded magneto-optical drives. The latter were spendy, but didn't suffer the click-of-death issues of the advertised crap. Pay attention to what's used, not what's shilled.)
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