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

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