I am still using my first laptop – like ever in my entire life. This one I bought with my own money over 10 years ago. I am a gadget girl and I care for my gadgets very seriously. How did I make my old laptop last that long? Read below.
Add warranty – Yes, they might cost an extra hundred or so but something is bound to happen especially when you carry your laptop around for work. Use that warranty to its maximum capacity. You paid for it! That one-year or three-year warranty could help a lot with the little things like an annoying keyboard tick or a shattered screen (knock on wood).
Buy protection – A protective case for your laptop is a good way to make it last longer. I remember dropping my laptop on concrete and almost having a heart attack. Thank goodness the case was on it! There are many case designs nowadays to make your laptop extra sturdy and pretty at the same time. Screen protection is a good one to buy too. Also, if you have kids maybe try waterproof protection.
Change your battery – After three or so years, you may notice your battery starting to die. You’ll have no choice but to keep it on power and plugged in. It’s a natural deterioration and thankfully, easy to fix. Buying a new battery is a much cheaper solution than purchasing a whole new laptop. There are plenty of sites for batteries today and A1 Battery Pro is a good place to start. They carry heaps of battery replacements to suit any number of different devices. A warning about old Apple laptops – the Apple store don’t have replacement batteries for ‘vintage’ computers so purchasing through a specialty retailer is the way to go.
Add extra brainpower – When my laptop started lugging, I went to a shop and bought extra power. I bought an extra 2Ghz, which increased my laptop’s speed to 4Ghz. After that, I bought extra storage increasing it to 500GB. With laptops like Mac, know that the store won’t sell you these extras. I had to find another shop that would let me upgrade my storage and Ghz according to my needs. It pays to shop around.
Over the last 10 years, I’ve spent $600 to help my laptop last longer. Not bad, not bad at all. Increase your laptop’s life span with these tips. It will not only save you money but also lessen the electronic trash of the world.
Disclosure: This is in collaboration with A1 Battery Pro.