Laptops are a big investment, so most users want to keep them in working order for as long as possible. When your laptop does start giving you trouble, do you know what the most cost-effective solution will be? The guide below explains how to differentiate between the need for a laptop repair or replacement.
A Guide to Laptop Repairs Vs. Replacements
While repairs are typically the more affordable option, upgrades and parts replacements will still have a price. You need to determine if the costs are worth it.
If only one component is giving you trouble and fixing it will add years of life to your laptop, a quick repair would be the best solution. Some examples of worthwhile repairs include busted charging ports, hard drive failures, and Wi-Fi connectivity issues that do not resolve after wireless router and network troubleshooting.
Any issue that requires opening up your laptop and using special tools, or problems that you’re simply unsure how to solve, will need professional guidance. If you’ve had a laptop for less than two years, you should certainly shell out for a repair because it should last you a few more years.
You’ll be better off replacing your laptop if the cost to repair it is more than half the price of a brand new one. Additionally, if you have several serious hardware failures that need fixing at once, your laptop is likely on its way out.
A failing motherboard or main logic board, which contains the components that allow your laptop to function, is a pretty severe problem that may be too expensive and extensive to fix. If a virus or malware has infected your computer and you can’t find a way to uninstall it, you may need a new machine with better antivirus protection.
Signs your laptop are on its last legs include extremely slow startup and shutdown, old hardware that can’t keep up with operating system updates or the latest versions of applications, and attempts to upgrade your hardware, such as the CPU, resulting in incompatibility issues. It won’t be worth the effort to fix it now if more problems arise in the near future.
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