Laptop computers have been around for about two decades now and in such a short time they have grown in popularity, functionality and even portability. One could even argue that laptop computers have racked up the same hype as classic cars. And just like classic cars, or any car, resale value is important.
In this article, I will explore signs to know when it’s time to trade your laptop in for a new one and how to still get that sweet deal on your old one. Let’s begin!
When your computer starts to slow down or exhibits some other signs then you know the end is near, it’s a little tempting to start searching for a quick replacement. However, there is a lot to evaluate when deciding on whether to upgrade your notebook.
Some questions come to mind when weighing the pros and cons of buying new laptops, including, “How long do laptops last?” and “What is the average laptop computer’s lifespan?” versus enduring just a bit longer before you take the plunge. Those two questions are arguably the most important questions you need answers to before you make any decision.
How Long Do Computers Last?
The lifespan of a computer is an important concern for consumers. For desktop computers, the answer is more complicated. This is mostly because desktops offer a tremendous ability to customize its components than laptops do. For most stationary computers, an average three-year lifespan should be anticipated.
However, in reality, most desktops survive anywhere from between five to eight years, depending on the components. Maintenance is also crucial, as dust is very troublesome for PC components. You should routinely upgrade your software and protect your machines from debris and dust.
What Is The Lifetime Of A Laptop?
The above applies to laptops. Most professionals rate a laptop’s lifespan to be somewhere between three and five years.
However, laptops may survive for much longer than that, but its functionality will be severely hampered as the components become less qualified of running certain advanced applications.
The main way to knowing if it is time to replace or sell a laptop is if its mode of use still matches up with its existing computing power. It is important to note that although some laptops can still run quite efficiently for longer than the standard five years, their capacity may be limited.
Laptops are also prone to more physical damage since they are being carried around and used outdoors. Check how you can protect your laptop from damage in this article.
When Is It Time To Resell Your Laptop?
When considering reselling your computer, these key signs are what you should look out for:
- Shut down and start up become slow
If your laptop takes long time to boot up or shut down, it could be a sign that your laptop computer is on its last legs.
- Your computer has multitasking problems
If your laptop has difficulty running multiple applications simultaneously, it might just be time for a new machine. When you can’t switch quickly between open applications, that’s a sign that your laptop is reaching resale period. An identical issue could occur when you are shuffling among multiple tabs in a web browser.
- Your operating system is out of date
You can’t access or enjoy the latest version of the operating system. Make sure to upgrade it if possible.
- Hardware repairs just aren’t worth it
Some repairs may be close to or surpass the cost of a new laptop, depending on the particular hardware components being changed. If this is the case, you’re only extending the unavoidable, and the smarter thing is to purchase a new device. 5 things to avoid when buying a new laptop are explained here.
- Starting applications take a long time
If applications take longer than normal to load on your old computer, it just might be time to trade it in. If you’re running the latest version of an application, your old hardware may be unable to keep up.
- It’s cheaper to replace than to repair
Repairing a laptop is usually the most cost-effective method, instead of buying new hardware. However, the continual repairs also mean lost money, so it’s especially important for you to think about additional support costs and lost productivity, compared to the cost of simply replacing your old laptop.
- Your laptop is clunky and it’s time for more nimble hardware
Laptops have been getting smaller and smaller. There are many laptops in the Windows and Mac line that won’t require you to carry around a behemoth of a machine. You may see some productivity gains if you feel like you can quickly open up your device, get a few tasks done, and move on to the next item on your list.
- Your laptop’s fans are getting noisy
More often than not, the first issue to signal an aging laptop’s looming demise is if the fan is operating loudly even when the laptop isn’t tackling intensive tasks. If you’re running the latest version of an application or an operating system, these could be maxing out the hardware component of your computer, causing it to run louder and warmer than usual. First thing to check is if the fan isn’t dirty and clogged up. If that’s the case try to clean it. If it’s clean and spins easily it might be a sign of an overheathing issue. Another part that will start making a noise before failing is a hard drive. Unfortunately newer solid state drives won’t make any sound.
- Your laptop’s security is out of date
If your laptop’s current hardware is incompatible with newer versions of an operating system, then it may be time to buy a new one. Check Windows and Mac compatibility to ensure the machines you use are eligible for updates. Also make sure to run good antivirus software.
- Upgrading your hardware leads to compatibility issues
Generally, upgrading your RAM or switching to a solid-state drive (SSD) is one of the first steps in improving a laptop’s computing power. However, upgrading the machine’s motherboard or the CPU is where you might run into compatibility issues.
Regular maintenance and replacing failing parts will extend your computer’s useful life. Proper charging cycles will make your battery last longer. But there will be time when you will be better off giving up on your old machine that costs too much to in proper order and look into buying a new laptop.