No one ever wants to think about buying a new computer. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the things you love. Your favorite pair of jeans from 1998, your old textbooks from college, your beloved stuffed animals that you maybe still sleep with but would never admit out loud. (Wait, did we say that out loud?) It’s okay to hold on to the past when it comes to sentimental items. But when it comes to your computer, you have to keep up with the times. If you’re not sure whether or not it is time to upgrade your computer, then chances are you are way past due. There are usually signs when you need to update or replace a computer. If your system is running slower than usual, your battery can’t hold power or you hear a weird buzzing sound, that’s your device sending you a SOS message. It’s time to call for help.
But when does that usually happen? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. In other words, how you use your computer and how much you invested in your device in the first place matter. You have to look at your situation and pay attention to the signs. Here are 10 signs that it’s time to kiss your old laptop or desktop goodbye and invest in a new computer.
1. Your Computer Doesn’t Have Wi-fi
First of all, if you are still using a computer that can only connect to the Internet through actual wires, then there is something really wrong with this picture. It’s 2016, where everything is done wirelessly. Get a computer that can keep up with the times. And welcome to the world of modern technology, it’s nice to have you here!
2. It Emits a Weird Buzz and Isn’t Functioning Properly
It’s time to start thinking about buying a computer if you hear weird noises from your computer, if your monitor crashes a lot, if things run painfully sloooooooow, or if it gets extremely hot then something is not right. It doesn’t take a technology genius to figure that out. Face the facts, your computer is on its last leg and you need to upgrade to a new model.
3. The Battery Holds a Charge for 10 Minutes at Best
The average laptop should hold a charge for 10 hours. If you find yourself plugging your computer in to recharge every 10 minutes, then it might be time to buy a new computer. We know how much you’ll miss relying on your power cord, but it’s time to embrace a battery that actually works.
4. It Takes Forever to Boot
If you can eat your entire breakfast, with a second serving of coffee, and when you’re done your computer still has not loaded, then it probably never will. A top-of-the-line laptop should start in just six seconds.
5. Your Laptop Weighs More than Your 3 Year Old Child
Our first laptop was huge, was impossible to carry around and barely fit on our desk. It weighed more than a small child, and while bigger is sometimes better, not so much when it comes to your computer. These days the average laptop weighs only six pounds. If you feel like you’re lifting weights every time you pick up your computer, get a new computer and maybe a gym membership.
6. There are Irreplaceable Parts
Computers get damaged and need to be fixed, that happens all the time. But if your computer cannot be fixed because the parts you need to replace or repair are out of production, then that’s a pretty obvious wake-up call. If the parts don’t exist then the computer shouldn’t either. GET A NEW COMPUTER!
7. Your Computer Won’t Run the Software You Need
If your software isn’t working then you probably need to upgrade to a newer version. Problem is, if you’re working on an old (aka outdated) computer, then you won’t be able to install the newest version of the software you need. Eventually that software program won’t be supported and you’ll be stuck between a broken computer and a hard place.
8. If Some of the Pieces Are Falling Off.
If your computer is missing keys, has cracked hinges and a chip or two off the corner then you should strongly consider getting a new one. Sure, it might still work when you need it to, but consider the impression you are making. Especially if you use your computer for business, you should take as much pride in your computer’s exterior as you do your own appearance.
9. You Have had Your Desktop or Laptop for More Than 5 Years.
While experts are hesitant to put a firm number on how long a computer should last, the general guideline is that your computer should last for at least two years and after five years you might want to replace it. That doesn’t mean that after five years your computer is toast, but after five years have passed you should feel no guilt if you’re ready for a upgrade.
10. When Your Time is up, Remember to Recycle
If you thought recycling was just for bottles and cans, you’re wrong. Computers can be recycled as well. First, check to see if it is in salvageable condition. You may be able to donate it to a school or local charity that can refurbish it for other use. If it’s beyond help, check for a municipal recycling program.