Should You Upgrade or Replace Your Laptop? [Guide]

Recently, Intel corporation shared that a new pc or laptop can save up to 11 working hours a year per employee for your business. This can save your business cost around $5000/year and there can be a 27% surge in your employee productivity. In parallel, according to the ‘total cost of ownership studies’ by ComputerHope, a craved name in the computer help on the web, one should replace his/her laptop in every four years. I bet, these analyses are a bit more urbane than the real-life situations that we face every day.

Technically, it will be easier for us to decide the same if we disintegrate this decision into two parameters. Namely, qualitative and quantitative. The first parameter decides whether you should upgrade or replace your laptop. Simple yes or no. And, the second parameter tells you when to do that – the amount of time.

Now, if we break this down with a bunch of real issues that we face while handling our laptops, we will find that, basically, there are two real situations:

  • Your laptop is showing some performance issues
  • Particular hardware elements are not working

Let’s start with common performance issues.

Your laptop is heating or overheating during long working sessions

There may be many reasons for this issue. The internal cooling fans may not work. The exhaust ports may get jammed. The intake air grills may get jammed due to the formation of dust layers. The cooling compound/paste between the processor and the heat sink may get damaged. Your working place may choke the air intake ports due to its uneven surface.

Overheating is a common problem with laptops as modern laptops are packed with stronger CPUs that offer higher clock speed and the high-performance graphics cards also add its fair share of heat generation. Proper cleaning of the internal boards, cooling fans, air intake vents, and exhaust ports can solve the problem. Likewise, you can also use cooling pads for pulling out the extra heat from the inside. So, generally, if nothing is damaged or impaired, overall cleaning of your laptop is sure to solve this issue. Upgrading or replacement is not necessary.

Your Laptop is too slow or performing sluggishly

Factually, there are many reasons behind this hiccup too. Primarily, two pieces of hardware construct the overall processing speed of a laptop, namely, CPU and the physical memory or RAM. So, if a laptop is performing in a slushed speed there may be two reasons. Firstly, the CPU clock speed is not being able to deliver the processing edge that your heavy programs demanding. Secondly, you need more RAM to run your graphics-heavy games.


Now, you can replace or upgrade the existing memory sticks if your laptop’s motherboard allows you. If you are that lucky, then you don’t need to go for a brand new laptop with herculean sized RAM having high clock speed, CAS latency, and DDR.

The Processor

On the other hand, if you need to replace the processor, then it’s a big hurdle for you. The technical complexity in replacing a processor is steep enough for average laptop users. Moreover, the availability of the right processor, having the right clock speed and the number of cores, for a particular motherboard is like searching a needle in a haystack. So, when it comes to upgrading the processor you can bend your decision towards buying a new laptop if your budget supports the cause.

There are other ways to speed up your laptop.

There are other ways to brush up the processing speed of your laptop.

  • Check your HDD whether it’s almost occupied or not. If your HDD is more than 95% occupied, then memory processing can take more time and it can bottleneck the whole processing speed of your laptop.
  • Try to free up unnecessary memory files from HDD. Likewise, you can delete the cache memory of your web browsers.
  • Look for malware, if there’s any.
  • Defragment the memory files on your HDD.
  • Check your system health. The amount of memory is getting used, the number of CPU cores getting used and check the read-write percentage between the processor and the HDD.

The hard drive isn’t working or you need more storage.

This is a common incident. If your hard drive isn’t working then you need not go for a new laptop. Rather, look for a new HDD and replace the same. Added to this, if you need more storage, you can always buy an external hard drive. You can also run an HDD memory diagnostic tool

You want the latest OS

100% valid. Who doesn’t want? You need to look after a single point here. Is your laptop’s hardware configuration versatile enough to handle to newer OS or not? Although, most of the new laptops pack with the latest Windows OS. But, consider that, you have a laptop and you are running an older OS which is capable of running the newer OS. Then? Admittedly, there can be some hardware issues like the quantity of RAM which is upgradable. But, if your processor is failing you, then, it’s the time to replace your old laptop.

DVD Drive

Most of the modern laptops don’t come with DVD drive now. But, you can upgrade that too without going for a new laptop. Simply, buy a USB DVD drive which is quite common in the marketplace. Don’t miss another BluRay version of your favorite movies.


If your laptop’s display is broken or it’s visually dull, then you can opt for replacing the same. It’s inexpensive. But, availability is a major concern. But, replacing an entire laptop for the display problem is a kind of overshooting the problem. Stand-alone iPADs, android devices, and portable USB monitors(VGA & HDMI) are good options for this kind of situation.

Laptop battery/charging snags

As designed, a laptop battery is to run along with the device lifelong. But, the life of the laptop battery greatly depends on the quality of the power outlet and the working environment. Added to this, the power cable and the adaptor also get damaged for various reasons. And, authentic laptop batteries are available nowadays for a few bucks. So, if your laptop battery is glitchy or not working, simply change the same.

Last words

So, for laptop users, it’s always hard to decide whether and when they should go for an upgrade or replace their laptops with a brand new one. Factually, with laptops, it’s hard to reach and replace some hardware components when compared to their desktop counterparts. But, it’s not impossible either. Lastly, if you want to go for a new laptop, the reasons are unnecessary and you are welcome.

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