The Lifespan of Your Computer
Technology has come a long way and it’s constantly evolving. One minute, you spend a ton of your budget on new computers for the office and the next minute, they’re running slow and need an upgrade. We’ve all been there with our computers, laptops, phones, tablets, etc. Why is this? Well, because everything is evolving constantly, updates on programs and software are a must. Longevity isn’t necessarily a word that’s commonly associated with computers. On average, a desktop computer will live at peak performance for 3-5 years. Though if you ask most I.T professionals and tech experts they will say 3.
A key rule to remember is your computer’s lifespan is over once it no longer meets your needs and upgrading is more expensive than simply buying a brand-new computer. Not unlike a car. The same rules apply. If your car is totaled or needs a bunch of new parts that cost more than the car itself is worth, you’re better off bringing home a new ride and save yourself more money in the long run.
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Computers are an investment. The worth of computers is dependent on how they are used and treated. Intended use is a big factor in deciding what type of computer to get initially and how much of your budget its worth. Older, outdated computers may still hang on okay for simple word processing and spreadsheets, but they won’t make the cut for the average small business in 2018.
Other factors included in the 3-year lifespan of your computer include upgrades, hardware, productivity, and security.
The old saying really is true; you get what you pay for. Some computers are just built better than others, so its import to do enough initial research on computers you’re interested in and read plenty of reviews from people who are using or have used the same computer for the same purposes you intend to use it for. Like I said, computers are an investment and not something you want to continue fixing for the next 3 years.
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The great thing about desktops over laptops, is that if internal parts do need to be replaced, you’ll have a much easier time. Whether it’s the RAM or a hard drive that needs replacing to help your computer speed back up or give you some more storage space, hardware upgrades like these can really help to extend the life of your computer. But after a few hardware replacements, you time will be better spent on a new computer that can service your needs more appropriately.
After a couple years, your computer will begin to slow down. With each new update, startup speed, opening programs, and other simple tasks begin to take much longer to complete than they used to. Do you spend 10 or 15 minutes each day waiting for your computer to boot up? That’s over an hour each week you’re losing due to a slow computer. The problem only continues the older the computer gets. Picture that time being reduced to just 30 seconds or less. You would receive a lot of your own time back to begin your day instead of staring at the screen, waiting for it to light up and load your desktop.
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Just as technology evolves, security does with it. Security is a growing concern as threats become more complex. Older computers don’t stand much of a chance against many security threats around today. Newer systems and programs are much more secure. And when you are running a business, security needs to be a priority. You don’t want to risk sensitive information at the hands of a 10-year-old desktop. Overall, a newer computer will have a better chance of protecting itself from harm while a computer over 3 years old, will require more work to clean out once it gets infected.
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