We all want our computers and technology to last as long as possible before we replace them. Interestingly, the price of most technology has kept falling over the past 20 years as demand, mass production and manufacturing efficiencies develop.
A laptop that cost you $1500 ten years ago can be replaced for $1200 today and it will be many times faster and more powerful than the old one.
Nonetheless, if we can upgrade our computers and laptops to get better performance and extend their working lives, then that’s what most of us want.
Computer upgrades fall into several categories:
Operating Systems – if your computer is running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then it should be upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest version.
We can generally upgrade your computer operating system without you having to purchase it but Microsoft do have a habit of changing the rules without notice.
Traditional Hard Drives known as Hard Disk Drives (HDD) wear out over time and will cause your computer to slow down and lose performance.
If you don’t replace or upgrade your computer in time, your HDD could fail completely meaning a difficult and expensive data recovery process that may or may not be successful – depending on the extent of the damage.
The computer upgrade we recommend for a failing or slow HDD is to replace it with a Solid State Drive (SSD) which is very fast and would make your computer faster than the day you bought it.
We have fixed prices of $299, $399 and $499 depending on the size of SSD you chose. For more information, read the Hard Drive Upgrades Service Summary on this website.
RAM or Random Access Memory is the part of your computer that allows your computer to perform multiple tasks – read your email, write a document and browse the email at the same time.
Most computers can be upgraded to take more RAM.
A basic machine will have 4GB of RAM but most computers we sell have 8GB – some of the more powerful computers have 16Gb but 32 GB is possible if your computer handles videos, live streaming games or 3D images.
Other computer upgrades include bigger and better monitors and wireless keyboards and mouse.
There is always a conversation and a decision to be had around the viability of an upgrade verses replacing your computer. Laptops have a shorter lifespan than desktop computers and after a certain age we have to help you decide whether you should upgrade or replace your computer. Much like a car, there comes a time when expensive repairs aren’t worth the effort and so like your mechanic, talk to us and we’ll help you decide which are the best options for you.