How To Know The Right Time To Upgrade Or Replace Laptop?
Life is all about evolution. The only constant factor is change. It happens everywhere around us. Day, night, seasons, clothing, humans etc. everything transforms or undergoes alteration over a period of time. Technology is one such element which follows this nature's law obediently. Technology literally evolves on daily basis. In such a scenario, one of its offspring, the laptop, finds it difficult to keep up with the pace of constant revision.
Therefore, laptop users need to move on with the times. However, the million dollar question is how do you know the right time and secondly which strategy should you adopt; upgrade or replace? To find the correct option you need to answer the following questions.
Does your laptop take ages to boot, open windows and applications? Yes! Then you need to initiate some quick actions. De-fragment the hard disk. Scattered files typically slow down the machine. If de-fragmenting doesn't solve your problem the next area you need to analyse is the RAM or Random Access Memory. These are long strips of electronic board carrying several memory chips. They are cheap and will most likely improve the performance of your laptop. Moreover, you can easily replace them yourself.
RAM functions as a temporary storage area for your files and also powers applications. A significant increase in RAM will boost the speed of your laptop and you will see a remarkable change in its efficiency.
Software and OS compatibility issue
If you are a power user you need to replace your laptop every few years. There are no two ways about it. For example, video editors, graphic designers, music arrangers use memory hogging and complex software which squeeze out every bit of processing power from the laptop. Secondly, most of these applications change frequently, offering its users newer features as the technology evolves. While some may be compatible with your existing laptop’s configuration or operating system there may be others which demand enhanced metrics and latest OS. In such a scenario your only option would be to go in for a new machine.
You can also tweak or upgrade some of the components such as RAM, hard disk to fulfil certain system requirements or preconditions. However, the fact of the matter is these changes won't last long and somewhere down your professional life you will need to switch your laptop.
Gamers and movie watchers are yet another breed of users who need to replace their machines frequently because newer games and HD technology demands faster machines and sturdy OS.
A friend in need is a friend indeed
Does your laptop offer significant battery time or does it conk off just when you are about to present an important video footage? In case your laptop is behaving like a mistress, blowing hot and cold, pun intended, it is time to change the battery. Now, this issue is really simple to fix and needs just a quick replacement. Switching batteries is one of easiest tasks which even a kid can accomplish.
Operating System typically lets you know about the condition of your battery. Make sure you read these warnings before replacing your powerhouse. For all you know the issue might not be related to your battery at all.
Remember, a laptop battery ages with use and due to array of factors such as heat, perpetual charging and draining which in the long run will reduce its power retention capacity.
Dime a dozen reasons
Sometimes even a single enhancement in a software or operating system is good enough to replace your laptop. Yes, it happens once in a while. A typical example would be a photographer who shoots picture in RAW format only to find he/she cannot import the same in an older image editing software. However, the newer version does. This single factor then forces the user to change the entire laptop because the newer version is not compatible with the older machine.
To cut the long story short you need not replace a laptop for ornamental or cosmetic features such as a speedier CD drive, coloured body, fancy keyboard or a mouse. However, a better CPU, enhanced RAM and graphics and latest OS should be your reasons to go in for a new machine.
This guest post is written by Sanjay Motiani. He is a blogger for Silicon Group. He Likes to write about various technologies ongoing related to Computers, Laptops and workstation on rent Hardware.