Is your laptop running extremely slow? Is it noisy or overheating? Does the battery drain too fast?
Most laptops last 3 to 5 years, although they can exceed this depending on usage requirements and the condition they have been kept in. At a certain point, the hardware will ultimately reach the end of its lifespan, causing the laptop to slow down.
If your laptop is experiencing these issues and is older than a few years, it may be time to look at getting it replaced.
With so many different types of laptops on the market, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. To help you with this important decision, we’ve put together three key considerations to take into account when replacing your laptop.
1. Features and Specifications
When looking for a new laptop, it is important to consider your performance requirements and weigh up if these have evolved since your last laptop purchase.
We’ve listed some of the most important features and specifications to look for below:
Operating system: The most popular operating systems are Windows, MacOS and Linux. You should select the work environment that best suits your preferences and needs.
Battery life: Depending how much time you spend away from the desk, it may be suitable to purchase a device with a long-lasting battery. In general, you should aim for at least 8 hours.
Display: If the display quality is important to you, it’s important to check the screen resolution on offer and check the specifications of the graphics card built into the motherboard.
Functionality: Some laptops offer 2-in-1 functionality, allowing the device to act as both a laptop and a touchscreen tablet. This provides flexible ways to work, and is worth considering if suited to your personal requirements.
CPU: The CPU (Core Processing Unit) is considered the ‘brain’ of the computer. The ideal CPU will provide fast speed and low power consumption. The performance of a CPU is based on its speed, number of cores and cache memory. If you need to run advanced software you will require a high-performing processor.
RAM: RAM (Random Access Memory) is essential for smooth performance when running multiple programs. RAM is measured in gigabytes, and more memory improves the overall performance of the device and its ability to run heavy software.
Storage space: You should consider how much storage you require so that you have room for all your programs and files. Greater storage capacity also helps the system run smoothly when performing actions in the background. The most popular choice is SSDs (solid state drives) which are generally faster compared to the standard HDDs (hard disk drives).
The value of the device will largely be determined by the capabilities of its features and specifications. You will need to aim for a device which can meet your performance requirements, but which is also within your budget.
Under $1000: If you only require a laptop for basic tasks such as surfing the web, checking emails and typing out documents, then a budget laptop might be all you need. These laptops will not be focused on speedy performance and will not necessarily come with extra features but are ideal for more casual computer users.
$1000-$1500: Spending a bit more money will see you gain some more premium options, with added features such as lightweight designs and better screen resolutions. These devices are aimed at more frequent computer users and can run most software with ease, making them a great choice for the average user.
$1500+: In the $1500+ price range, you’ll find laptops fitted with high-end components, providing exceptional performance and including a range of added features. These laptops are often used for 3D rendering, CAD or high document processing, due to their performance capabilities and advanced graphics. These laptops are ideal for users who need to run frequent and intensive computing tasks.
It is important to take into account the timeframe as some laptops may not be available or may take a certain amount of time to arrive.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw long delays in delivery due to global component shortages. Whilst this issue has since improved, it is still important to be aware of potential delays. In particular, customised orders may take longer compared to pre-assembled laptops which are ready to go.
To avoid any disappointment, it is best to look at delivery times and always check if items are in stock before ordering.
Plus – for every laptop we sell, we’re planting a tree in conjunction with Trillion Trees Australia.
Trillion Trees Australia selects and plants native species that support local ecosystems and wildlife, creating resilient habitats for the Australian climate. We are so proud to be part of this incredible initiative.
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