Computers have become such integral parts of our everyday lives we feel rather lost when one stops working and we are unable to access our data or perform daily functions we normally take for granted. When your computer breaks, you have the choice for either computer repair or to purchase a new one. While a new computer will invariably have some new features lacking on your old machine, those features may not be that exciting if your computer is only a couple of years old. Plus you will have the task of transferring all of your data from the old computer to the new one, which is part of the reason why it is so important to always back up your files.
Here are some things to consider when you deciding whether to repair or replace a broken computer:
- Is your computer still under warranty or can the warranty be extended? If your machine is still under the warranty, then you should have it repaired.
- Is it a desktop or laptop? Since desktop computers are much easier to access and replace parts, they can be upgraded for around ten years before it becomes a better choice to buy a new one. However, laptops tend to be more difficult to repair.
- What would be the cost of a new computer and what would the benefits be? Some experts argue that you should not spend over one third of the replacement price on repairing a computer, while others propose that the cut-off should be no more than half the price of the new one. You may also want to consider whether or not the new computer would provide any important new features not found on your old computer. For example, would it allow you to edit video or play online games?
- How old is the laptop? Many experts argue that a laptop over five years old is not worth repairing because the technology would have advanced so much during the period since it was manufactured. Laptops that are three to four years can be worth repairing, as long as the repair would not run you over half of the cost to buy a new laptop. Any laptop under two years is generally always worth repairing.
- How serious is the problem? Is it a hardware problem or a software problem? A failed hard drive can relatively inexpensive to replace, but a failed motherboard is another story. Both will wipe all of your data clean and require a new installation of Windows. If the problem is software related, for example your computer has been attacked by a virus, spyware or adware, then those issues are typically pretty easy for trained computer repair professionals to fix relatively quickly.
- How long will the repair extend the computer’s life? If the repair will allow you to get another year or two of use out of it, then it might be worth it to you to get it repaired. Be aware that just like cars, when one thing starts to break on a computer, it is usually not too long before something else breaks as well.
Our team of computer experts at BBS Computing can help you decide by assessing the damage and, for a limited time, giving you free in-store computer diagnostics. We perform repairs and upgrades on both desktop and laptop computers, as well as data and backup recovery. If you decide that you would prefer a new machine, we have you covered there too with a full line of high quality laptops and desktop models. If you live in the Irondequoit or Greece, New York areas and are experiencing the frustration of a malfunctioning computer, give us a call at BBS Computing and let us solve your computer problems.