How long can I expect my laptop to last?


When you go out to buy hardware today, it’s easy to expect that your purchase could last you for several years. And while buying at the right time could see you land a tremendous deal that lasts you for many years, buying at the wrong time could see you waste a lot of money on something not very good. By modern standards, though, working out what is and is not good can be pretty tough work indeed. So, let’s take into account the idea that you have gone out and bought a laptop for work.

How long can you expect your laptop to last? Let’s take a look and try to ascertain whether or not a laptop that you have bought is going to be worthwhile.

The average lifespan of a laptop is three to five years

While many business owners might not like to hear it, but a laptop should last you around three to five years. That might not seem very long, but you need to think about how much you can get done on a laptop versus the cost. If you can get productive on that laptop and get more work done, then it could help you to earn far more than it actually costs you in the first place.

That’s why we recommend you always look to make a laptop or PC upgrade every 3-5 years. Sometimes, you don’t need to get rid of the hardware. An upgrade or some essential components can be enough to keep the laptop forming to a high enough standard in the long-term, so keep that in mind.

Generally, though, we recommend that you don’t expect more than 3-5 years from a modern laptop. If you do get longer than this, expect diminishing returns to kick in with regards to performance. Most of the time, you’ll start to notice that newer software cannot run on the laptop and that, as the days go by, even basic functions can begin to seize up and slow down.

Restoring functionality to an old laptop

Of course, if your budget is short then there are some things that you could do. For example, we recommend you book-in for a laptop tune-up service. We can then take a look at the laptop, determine what the issues are, and work around said issues. Most of the time, this can involve freeing up valuable HDD space, getting rid of space-eating apps, and finding ways to reduce memory usage at key times.

More often than not, though, by the five-year margin, a laptop might very much be on the verge of withering and failing. That’s why you should look to go about restoring functionality to an old laptop first and foremost before placing a new order. Once the issue can be worked out, you can then work out whether or not you wish to go for a laptop upgrade or simply invest in a whole new laptop replacement long-term.