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The Right Time to Retire your Computer

You’ve probably noticed your computer getting slower, or even louder, over time. While some change in speed isn't cause for concern, you may have started to think about replacing your device. There are a few ways to tell when it’s time to replace your computer before you get that final blue screen of death, and we’ll go over them here as well as what your options are for replacement devices.

 

First, the general rule of thumb is that you should replace a laptop every three or four years. Desktops last a little bit longer, but not significantly. Unfortunately, computers aren’t built to last a lifetime. While it may be tempting to continue carrying around the same laptop you’ve had since college, it’s probably time to invest in a new device that can do more, work faster, and even look sleeker.

 

Second, when you can't update your system, it’s time for a new device. As your computer ages, it becomes less compatible with new or updated operating systems. This makes your device vulnerable to threats and could cause a lot of stress if something were to become damaged or lost. It's best to stay up to date with your operating system updates, and that requires having a machine that can run these updates.

 

Third, if your computer is overheating often there is probably damage happening internally. Hot computers will start to run more slowly, and the heating can cause damage to the internal hardware of your device. This will shorten the lifespan of your computer and can lead to irreparable damage and data loss. It is important to make sure your machine is cooling properly and not getting overheated.

 

So, now you know the signs that it's time to replace your computer. But what are you supposed to consider when deciding which computer to buy?

 

  1. Budget
    Cost will always factor into your purchasing decisions, so knowing what options are available in your price range is an essential part of acquiring new technology. You also need to consider what the upfront cost is versus the cost you could acquire down the line if you purchase a device that will need updates or repairs soon.

 

  1. Work needs
    Not all devices are created equal, and some computers will be better suited to your work needs than others. For instance, you may need larger data storage or better display quality. It is better to buy for your needs now instead of using a device that is cheaper but less appropriate for the work you need to do.

 

Purchasing new computers can be stressful. The time and cost involved in making a last-minute purchase only makes it more difficult. Consider creating a device policy for your organization to help you make these decisions and budget for them appropriately. Whatever way you decide to handle new device purchasing, you must think seriously about your needs when it comes to technology. Almost every aspect of modern business involves using a computer, so it makes sense to invest the appropriate time, cost, and consideration when purchasing technology. Ask your peers and tech professionals what they are doing, research your options, and don't wait until the last minute when you need to purchase new technology.

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