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What is the average lifespan of a PC laptop?


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#1 Scary Carey

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:40 PM

I purchased my laptop, a Hewlett-Packard Special Edition, in the fall of 2007 for the purposes of having a means of conducting academic and personal writing, and also for surfing the Net. It's served me well these past four years, with the exceptions of a problem last summer which required some major software work done on it by a friend of a friend. Perhaps that's similar to the problem I'm having currently with random audio ads popping up (addressed in another forum on viruses and spyware).

Though I'm not at this time able to afford to buy a new one, I've started to wonder just how much more I should expect from this machine. How long do laptops typically last, provided they're taken care of? And since I'm also considering switching to a Mac (since I've heard they don't have the problems with viruses that PC's have), I wanted to get some advice on the real differences between the two computers in order to have a better sense of what would serve me best. I will eventually be returning to school and will need something primarily for the aforementioned purposes, so I need a hefty memory and hard drive space. I may also need something that is ideal for creating short films and putting on presentations.

So, Mac or PC and why? :huh:

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:24 PM

1. The average life-span is typically 6-7 years or more. Depending on what your OS you have support for it vary. Now the average hardware will advance to the point of certain age that you need to upgrade. You can keep your laptop in good condition is will last you 10+ years. I know this because I work in a tech center that has 04' years computers that get recycle into the system (re deployment) to various labs and etc

All you can do in a laptop is more memory and a hard drive that is the basic thing to upgrade and the battery (if you ever lose charges)

2. Steve Jobs wanted to make a Mac simple to operated to general public and that why you get Ipod and Iphone, Ipads so familiar because it just works. Currently a mac is more expensive because it easier to the user and they work

A Mac is easier to operated and have less viruses/no virus because mac is not very widely use so hackers try to program virus to attack more windows users than mac users
A mac has different type of file system that can cause some programs not to work like windows computer so you need to be careful if you use a windows program that has no cross-platform program to a mac.


Hope that helps

Edited by coxchris, 22 July 2012 - 02:27 PM.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

My opinion of how long do computers last it comes down to two factors.

1. Does the computer still do everything you need done?
2. Is it still working or does it need repair? If it meets condition one and is economical to repair.

If both one and two are met then it doesn't need replacing.

There are plenty of old computers out there that still do the job so they do not get replaced.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:43 AM

5-6 years is average lifespan of a PC laptop.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:49 PM

Well...I think it depends on the user...except in the case of netbooks (which I consider to be the equivalent of throw-away Internet-access vehicles).

Quite often...there is nothing wrong with a computer that a change of user would not cure...the machine is capable of performing for an extended period of time in the hands of an owner who does the things that should be done...to take care of a system.

I agree that systems are not replaced because they are no longer functional...but that train that develops technology will make them "obsolete" as opposed to "non-functional". When the user desires a more current system (for whatever reason), the system is replaced (in an era of system prices that have been on a downward spiral for many years now). It's given that a certain number of systems are replaced due to mechanical failure (like anything else man-mande)...but, IMO, the dominant reason for replacement has little to do with funtionality.

I think of the analogy we use for autos...3-4 year useful life (by the financial records) but capable of being used far longer by those of us not interested in purchasing new cars when the auto makers tell us to do so.

Fortunately, computers are much cheaper and the technology really evolves. Users would be better served by replacing computer systems and O/Ses more frequently than we do our autos :).

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:19 PM

I have to agree with Louis, My 20+ years old car can run at any speed limit around here with no problems. Its been paid for, for many many years. It just passed inspection, meaning 2 more years before I have to worry about that again. Oh yes it uses real Sealed beam headlights, cheap to replace.

It keeps getting run into here in the parking lot. Why should I go buy a new car? This one starts every day (Knock Wood I'm not jinxing Myself). My maintenance costs are $200 or $300 a year on the average. This year I spent $180 so far, Inspection fee, wipers, Oil change, Fix rattle in exhaust and something else I do not recall what it was.

Computers on the other hand the newer ones can do things a lot faster than the old ones. So I keep them updated more.

SSD boot drives on all. USB3 card in my 1st gen I7, Only buying USB3 Externals or External cases. SO much faster. Fast tier on the Internet.

Oldest computer in the house, still in use is a 200Mhz with Win98. Used all the time. It does the job it was built for just as fast as a I7 would. No Internet or Antivirus on it, Not needed.

Oldest unused computer parts in the House. 20Mb Seagate St225 hard drive, Bernoulli Box drive and controller card. 80286 Motherboard. And a complete working Model 4P luggable with dual floppies. CP/M OS and Wordstar for it as well as TRSDOS.

Bottom line a computer is only to old when it can't do the job or is not economical to fix anymore.

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