Should I repair or buy a new laptop?

We use our laptops every day for everything from business tasks, school assignments, gaming, graphics, and entertainment. But like anything, laptops have a lifespan, and knowing when to ditch your old laptop and buy a new one versus getting it repaired can be confusing. Here, at Geeks on Site, we encourage you to think about several factors to determine whether your computer or laptop should stay or go.

  • Age
    A laptop's optimal performance is seen in its first 3-5 years of usage. A laptop older than 5 years (in most cases) is outdated which makes maintaining security a challenge – putting your computer at risk for viruses and malware commonly found in outdated systems. If your computer falls near the 5-year age range and its functionality has decreased significantly it may be time for a new laptop.
  • Upgradeability
    The next thing to consider is whether your current device can be upgraded. If your computer has a viable upgrade path then it may be worth exploring upgrading as an option. Many system productivity issues such as speed and compatibility can be remedied by doing a factory reset or reinstall, upgrading your memory (RAM), or switching out a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for a Solid-State Drive (SSD). The right upgrades can make it function like new for another year or two.
  • Cost
    Cost is a major component in the decision to repair your laptop or replace it. The most important thing to do is get a quote for the repairs. Most laptop repairs cost on average $300, whereas the cost of a new laptop can start at $500. If the cost to repair your laptop is 50-70% of the cost of a new laptop, it’s best to purchase new to get the best return on investment for your laptop.
  • Preference
    Do you enjoy the feel and design of your current laptop? Are you a person that enjoys having the newest devices? Whether to fix your laptop or purchase a new one is also determined by personal preference. If you like the look and feel of your current laptop, it would be worth it for you to consider options to upgrade via repairs. However, if you’d like to avoid the hassle of having to repair a computer in another year or two and prefer the reliability and functionality of a new laptop, then replacement may be the way to go.

Computers have become an intricate part of our daily lives. Deciding whether to keep your old laptop or part ways with it may take some thought. Determine its age, get a quote on repairs or upgrades, measure the worth of new versus old, and consider your personal preference. After you’ve done your research, you’ll be able to decide what works best for you. If you need repairs or would like assistance in purchasing a new computer, Geeks on Site can help – contact us today!

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