Even the best computers have limited life spans. While repairs often resolve many performance issues, there will come a day when getting a new or used MacBook® might be a more cost-effective choice. The guide below discusses a few of the problems older devices face to help you pick the best solution.
How to Know When to Repair vs. Replace a Laptop
1. Slow Performance
Over time, a laptop’s memory fills up, leading to slower performance. Upgrading the random access memory (RAM) and the central processing unit (CPU) might speed up the device, but these expenses are sometimes equivalent to the cost of used MacBooks.
If your device takes several minutes to boot up, or if running more than one application freezes the screen, it might be time to replace the computer.
2. Noticeable Heat
While running, laptops generate heat because of the friction between the moving parts inside. The heat can cause the internal temperature sensor to slow down the processor for safety, reducing performance. With more stored information to deal with, the laptop has to work harder to carry out tasks, creating even more heat.
Fans are built into the housing to keep the device cool, whirring away as needed to prevent damage. However, the blades can draw in dust and dirt over time, becoming less effective. Take your computer in for an evaluation to decide whether repairs are cost-effective.
3. Inefficient Batteries
Every electronic device’s battery loses capacity with age, needing more frequent recharging. Eventually, the battery can wear down so much that the device has to remain plugged to stay on.
Most laptop models accept replacement batteries, but since these are often expensive, they’re only worth it for newer devices with power problems. Keeping the device plugged in while you work might resolve the issue. However, the main purpose of a laptop is portability, so it might be time for an upgrade.
Whether you need computer repairs or a replacement, turn to Experimax Northeast Orlando in Florida. They stock the latest Apple® products, including new and used MacBook and iMac® computers. They also offer comprehensive computer repair services to improve the functionality of your current device. Visit them online to find out more about their products, or call (407) 802-4663 to discuss your needs.