We all love our laptops, really, they are an integral part of our daily lives. Whether you use it for work or school, watch Netflix or research online for that shoe you are thinking of buying. But, when it comes to laptops playing up, lagging behind for page loads, or just too slow making you day dream while waiting for Microsoft Word program to save your document. We can’t say “She’ll Be Right Mate” because if anything, laptops that is not performing the way you want, is not going to change.
But there is the dilemma because it is a fine line to decide whether to update your unit, replace it, or simply to get it repaired and call it a day. Below are some insights that can help you decide as repairs can very often be just what the doctor ordered, and you can save your hard earned dollars for a more sensible investment later down the road.
Identify the Exact Problem
Although not a pleasant experience, computer devices not working correctly (or shutting down in the instance of dreadful Blue Screen of Death), the first step is to identify what the problem is. It may be the case that the problem is minor such as lack of battery longevity, hard-drive issues, software or driver conflicts, or the laptop heating up. In many cases of system shut down or blackout, it may be that Windows OS or an equivalent operating system simply needs to be reinstalled, which is not an overly expensive process.
Troubleshooting minor problems can be helpful and may lead you to reconsider your decision of getting a replacement laptop especially if your current laptop has a couple of years’ worth of service still left in it. If you cannot troubleshoot a problem yourself, contact The Electronic Fix for professional advice and laptop computer services in Brisbane Australia, our highly experienced technician may be able to figure out the problem over the phone (07) 3613 0029
Old or New Laptop? What’s the Cost$
Once you have figured out the core problem and have an estimate of what it would cost to fix, you can reconsider your budget and see what works for you. In some cases, the problem may be too costly to fix, a good starting point to decision making of this kind is to calculate (is the repair cost more than one-third of what it would take to purchase a new unit?). In that case, you should probably consider buying a new laptop.
Other factors such as a better webcam and more advanced features are definitely important to consider, especially if your hobbies or work revolves around a more technologically savvy outcome. If your needs are more basic, you might consider holding on to your current laptop if it is still working (even though not as you would expect).
Reselling a Laptop
All laptops cannot be sold, while some have decent resale value (usually the high-end and premium laptops to begin with). Determine how old your laptop or computer model is and do some research on its resale value. You can also place advertisement on Gumtree for laptops for sale or on other websites like eBay to see the response.
The money from reselling (if it is considerable) can be used to fund your new laptop computer purchase. However, if your laptop is really really old, it is unlikely it will sell for reasonable $$’s if at all. We encourage that laptops under the 3 Year mark should definitely be repaired, while laptops older than 5 years may be let go according to the damage or repair costs.
Please do keep in mind that we at The Electronic Fix laptop services in Brisbane encourage our valued clients to donate unwanted laptops (perhaps local school or to community causes) so that other Aussies may still make use of your unwanted laptop. This also will be the right thing to do for our cherished environment as most computer components require specific ways for recycling.
Electronic manufacturers are known to provide free (or paid) extended warranty in many cases, although one does need to ask for it specifically. Check to find out what warranties your laptop comes under because warranty if applicable can take a lot off your overall repair cost so it is worth looking into.