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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.


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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-made)...but, IMO, the dominant reason for replacement has little to do with functionality.

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 smile.gif.

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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.

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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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Posted 10 March 2017 - 06:13 PM

If you have a desktop, you should try to keep it asleep or hibernating as much as possible.  I like the program WinSleep which sleeps/hibernates your desktop based on usage and a time schedule.  sleeping also cuts down on dust inside the casing.



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Posted 11 March 2017 - 05:39 PM

Once laptops begin to feel patheitcally slow at the 5-7 year old point, usually a nuke and pave Linux install will breathe new life into them! :)



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:10 AM

Once laptops begin to feel patheitcally slow at the 5-7 year old point, usually a nuke and pave Linux install will breathe new life into them! :)

 

Hahaha that's true you can make a laptop from 10 years ago quite fast with Linux on it.

 

Avg life span depends on its design especially the cooling system, its the circuitry that really takes a toll because of temperature and you have parts failing overtime. High quality laptops can last more than 5 years, most mainstream cheap laptops maybe 3.



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 12:40 PM

Most of the life of any computer, as said by others, is determined by what you want it to do.  If your computer is doing what you want as quickly as you want then you're fine.

 

In a corporate environment they are replaced every three to four years.  Provided you take care of them they can last five to ten years.  If you're using a mechanical hard drive five years is really pushing its life span, especially if you're talking a laptop.

 

The real problem is that computers double in performance approximately every two years.  So, a computer bought two years ago is half as good as a new computer.  At four years it is one quarter as good as a new machine, and so on.

 

I'd stick with the PC over the Mac.  The main reason being price.  If you can't afford a PC, affording a Mac will be more difficult.  Macs are now under attack the same as PCs, so neither is actually safer than the other.  Another reason to stick with the PC is that any purchased programs would have to be repurchased for the Mac.  While some programs have a Mac version available it doesn't mean that it is the same as the PC version.

 

You can save yourself some money if you purchase a refurbished machine.  A lot of these machines are off lease corporate machines, like the HP EliteBook or Dell Precision lines.  They will be two to three years old and be a great replacement for your ten year old machine.  I picked up a refurbished HP Desktop for $175 so that I could use it to work on hard drives and not have to keep opening an closing my machine.  It came with a new mouse, keyboard, and Windows 10.  I still haven't booted it with the drive it came with but have used it to scan and format about a dozen drives.



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 09:49 AM

In all seriousness....

 

Ten years from a laptop? It has served you well! Time for a new one!



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:46 AM

In all seriousness....

 

Ten years from a laptop? It has served you well! Time for a new one!

 

I don't know so much.

 

I have an original Dell Inspiron, an 1100 from 2002. Yes, she's 15 years old.....but with sympathetic upgrading to newer technology as it's come onto the market, she now triple-boots 3 different releases of 'Puppy' Linux. (And she's built like a tank...)

 

She might 'only' have a P4, with 'only' 1.5 GB of DDR1 RAM (and an IDE/Pata SSD!).....but she still does everything I ask of her. Including running a number of Windows apps under WINE.....one of which is Photoshop CS2. Luckily, being semi-retired, I'm not in any hurry to get things done these days.

 

She gets a regular strip-down and clean-out of the cooling system/heatsink (since Dells of this era were notorious for having lousy 'thermal solutions') every 6 months or so, and the P4 gets a re-application of thermal paste once a year, whether it needs it or not. And the original, soldered-in, rechargeable CMOS battery was only replaced for the first time last year..!

 

She'll only be sent to the great scrapheap in the sky when she's no longer capable of being kept serviceable. I'm certainly no 'green warrior', but I utterly fail to see the point of adding to the world's waste & recycling problems if hardware still does what it was meant to do.

 

While she still works, why scrap her?

 

 

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Edited by Mike_Walsh, 28 March 2017 - 07:04 AM.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:01 AM

I have kept my own laptop for around 2-3 years it costed me 1300$ and it still going strong

 

Although please note that i have  a desktop that i mainly use.






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