Stan's Chrome-Plated Tech Tips
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
New and Improved
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And while we’re on the subject of things "new and improved," one of our most common customer questions is: should I repair my existing computer or simply get a new one?
I mean, who doesn’t love a new computer? I know there’s nothing I love more than some fresh new tech. It’s like when T-Pain sings about “feeling all good inside, feel like I just put brand new 24’s on a brand new ride,” well that’s how I feel when I’ve got shiny a new computer (or any piece of tech) in my hands. But when is it really time to buy that new computer?
Obviously, it depends a lot on what your expectations are as a user. But there are a number of signs to watch out for. Like if your computer runs noticeably slower and those restarts become more regular. You might notice the occasional "out of memory" message and your hard drive tops 90% full. Or you’re unable to run today’s latest software, even though your computer meets the minimum requirements. On their own, many of these issues can be resolved with a couple of simple upgrades, but combined, your system may not be worth saving.
Another big question to ask: is your computer still supported? For you Windows XP die-hards, your time is coming. Microsoft will soon stop supporting XP and if you want a system with regular updates and fixes, you’ll have to move on. For Mac lovers, Apple supports their systems for around 5 years. If your Mac is getting up there in age, you can take your chances, but if it’s in need of parts, you’re running the risk of them no longer be available should you need them.
On the other hand, getting that shiny new computer isn’t pain free either. You’ve still got to get your data, programs, and settings migrated over to the new machine and get it working with the internet, printer, and any other peripherals you may have.
Any way you slice it, whether you think it’s either time for “new” or “improved,” when it comes to technology, we can help. Ask us for a free evaluation anytime and don't hesitate to call us with your questions. We're here 7 days a week!