How long should your computer last before you should seriously think about replacing it? In a nutshell, 3-5 years is the average lifespan of a computer BUT that strongly depends on what you use it for and the type of computer you have.
In general, computers are (unfortunately) designed to have a limited lifespan to the benefit of the manufacturers and other associated companies. A computer that was top-of-the-line when you bought it, won't likely be able to keep up with software development and demands in the future. The better the technology, the greater the demands on the computer. While you can often upgrade the components, eventually the computer just won't be able to keep up.
These factors are less likely to affect you if you are not one to use heavy software. For example, if you are a gamer or graphic designer your computer will require much more "hutspa" than someone who tends to just check emails and surf the internet here and there.
Also consider component life. Laptops are generally designed for their portability, which becomes useless once the battery ages and can hold charges for shorter and shorter periods. Fortunately, your battery can easily be replaced relatively cheaper than your entire laptop.
In the interest of the environment AND your wallet, we highly recommend replacing components before you throw the towel in on your entire system, but do keep in mind your system's lifespan once you have upgraded the majority of upgradable parts.
Still not sure what to do? We can help!
To speak to us about upgrading components or replacing your computer altogether come see us in-store at 1257 Marine Drive in North Vancouver or give us a call at 604-986-7680.
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