We get this question a lot, Especially when folks purchase new computers…..“So…how long is this thing going to last?”
In our experience, on average, desktop computers last around five years before they need replaced. Laptop computers have an even shorter lifespan, mainly due to their portability and the way they’re built. It’s much harder to cool a laptop, and heat is the main enemy of electronics. Also, because you carry them around, they are much more susceptible to physical damage – getting dropped, leaving them in a frozen or way-too-hot car, etc. The lifespan is maybe three to four years on average for a laptop.
Older desktop and laptop computers are prone to slow performance, especially if their internal components can no longer keep up with the technological standards used to produce today’s software.
The most common hardware upgrade involves replacing the desktop graphics card and memory, hard drives, DVD or BlueRay drives, and other peripherals, such as adding an internal USB card (for additional USB ports). For laptops, you can replace the hard drive and add additional memory.
One thing to keep in mind: installing an upgrade an older desktop or laptop may not be enough to completely remedy its performance issues especially if it’s running a newer and more demanding software. For example, Quickbooks 2014 is never going to be fast on a 2007 computer. In this case, a total replacement would be a better approach.