The most important factor when choosing new tech is finding something which suits your needs. But do you actually know what your needs are? Take replacing an old Laptop for example, there are literally thousands of options available, but when we examine the specifications closely, do you really need half of it?
Is your old laptop really finished?
One of the most common things I see with my customers is how frustratingly slow their laptops have become over time. This type of issue isn’t limited to just laptops though, desktop PCs and even smart phones can suffer after prolonged use. Thankfully, the problem is rarely hardware related, but more often than not caused by the numerous installed software programs, accumulated over a number of years.
If your laptop taking ages to load when you turn it on then it’s probably down to a virus or because of the sheer amount of programs trying to load with Windows, your computer is just overwhelmed. Remember, when you install anything, I-Tunes, Spotify, Steam, they all have default settings to start with Windows, when we don’t really need them to.
Buying a new laptop is a nuclear way of solving this issue, but surprisingly this is quite a popular option. Rarely do people consider spending some time uninstalling old programs or even a factory reset, which would completely solve the issue and essentially deliver you a brand new laptop, albeit a few years old.
What are the other benefits?
One added bonus to keeping your old laptop is repairs. If you somehow manage to break or crack your laptop screen then a replacement panel is typically cheaper than a modern counterpart. The same goes with fascias. If you drop your laptop and crack or break the casing, hinges or keyboard, replacement parts can be ordered and fitted relatively cheaply.
Consider upgrading some components
If you opt for a factory reset, then why not install some upgrades at the same time? The single biggest, noticeable performance boost you can get is to replace your old mechanical hard drive with a more modern Solid State Drive, or SSD for short.
These drives have no moving parts and are considerably faster. Your laptop will go from taking 20-30 seconds to load Windows to as little as around 5 seconds. Not only that, but programs will open and close faster, and your general desktop experience will be greatly enhanced. When you take into consideration that a 500GB drive can cost as little as £50, then it’s really a no brainer.
Couple an SSD with some extra RAM and you’ve got yourself something which would challenge most newer models.
So whats the best option?
The best option depends entirely on what you use your laptop for. If it’s for Word documents and a couple of spreadsheets for work, or so the kids can go on Facebook and do homework, then there’s not much point in getting a top of the range Core i7 model with all the bells and whistles. Similarly if you’re photo or video editing, then a £300 notebook will not suffice. That’s where people like me come in. I can offer you honest, impartial advice on what your best options are, based on your budget. I can look closely at the specifications and tell you what you do and don’t need as well as where you can save money and maximise performance. The best part? My advice is completely free.
Do you need help deciding on what option to go for? Is your old laptop in need of a refurb or upgrade?
If so, please get in contact with me.