How Long to Keep Your Laptop: Do You Feel Lucky?

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On the plus side, that new

Erin Brenner

On the plus side, that new computer for your freelance business could be a deductible business expense. Check with your tax accountant!

Posted on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:19am

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better computer = longer life

Adrienne Montgomerie

Limping along with half-functioning tools is never advisable, I agree. Professionals deserve tools that help, not hinder.

Buying better tools may mean a lifespan far beyond 3 years. That can mean better value, in the long run.

Buying the best tools you can afford is a solid plan. As with most things, I have found that quality costs but that the tools last much longer.

My computer may have cost a few thousand dollars, but it has kept up with all software and OS upgrades over the past 7 years and its specs are still equal to or better than the entry-level machines available today.

So, as with any advice: your mileage may vary.

Posted on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 7:19am

Keeping computers

Anonymous

Most of us don't need a lot of the bells and whistles that make computers either expensive or obsolete too soon, but what you need, of course, depends on what you do.

I keep my computers (Macs) for anywhere from five to 10 years; I may be the person from CEL who said one of mine is seven years old. They can usually be upgraded/updated several times before they need to be replaced, and I've never had one actually completely fail - just run out of memory or no longer be upgradable. I currently have three - an iMac for my home office, a MacBook Air for travel and doing stuff in rooms other than my office, and a MacBook Pro as an emergency backup (I got the Air after my husband spilled soda on the Pro and it started having problems with the battery not holding a charge. It works fine when the power adapter is plugged in, just not on its own).

I've never gotten a computer for only "three figures," so I try to keep enough cash or credit in hand for emergency replacement, just in case.

Posted on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 8:54pm

Re: Keeping computers

Ruth@writerruth.com

Argh, I forgot I have to login for my comments not to be posted as "Anonymous." So here's mine again, with attribution:

Most of us don't need a lot of the bells and whistles that make computers either expensive or obsolete too soon, but what you need, of course, depends on what you do.

I keep my computers (Macs) for anywhere from five to 10 years; I may be the person from CEL who said one of mine is seven years old. They can usually be upgraded/updated several times before they need to be replaced, and I've never had one actually completely fail - just run out of memory or no longer be upgradable. I currently have three - an iMac for my home office, a MacBook Air for travel and doing stuff in rooms other than my office, and a MacBook Pro as an emergency backup (I got the Air after my husband spilled soda on the Pro and it started having problems with the battery not holding a charge. It works fine when the power adapter is plugged in, just not on its own).

I've never gotten a computer for only "three figures," so I try to keep enough cash or credit in hand for emergency replacement, just in case.

Ruth "I can write about anything!"® Thaler-Carter
www.writerruth.com

Posted on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 9:04pm

Laptop parts UK

Anonymous

If you want to repair the laptop with perfection, you will have to find the best laptop parts that can be fitted properly, without causing any compatibility issues.

Posted on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:34pm

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