These days, we cannot imagine running a modern business without a computer and a good internet connection. This may be either a desktop or laptop computer, but it is essential for running both basic tasks and more demanding ones. However, unfortunately, over time, computer wear out or cannot cope with changing technology and need to be replaced.

In order for your business to make a profit, it’s important to keep the computer running at peak performance.

How long do PC last on average?

Most computers survive five to eight years, depending on the upgrading components. Maintenance is also critical, as dust is very problematic for PC components. Owners should routinely upgrade software and keep the machines free from excessive dust and debris.

What is the average lifespan of a laptop/notebook?

The same concerns apply to laptops. Most experts estimate a laptop’s lifespan to be three to five years. It may survive longer than that, but its utility will be limited as the components become less capable of running advanced applications.

Here are 7 signs you need a new computer.

1. Windows OS below 10 & 11 must be upgraded.

2. Applications take a long time to load.

Applications may take longer than usual to load on an old computer. If you’re running the latest version of an application, old hardware may not be able to keep up.

3. Your computer’s fans are getting noisy.

Often, the first issue to signal an ageing computer’s impending demise is the fan running loudly even when it’s not doing intensive computing tasks.

4. Upgrading peripherals leads to compatibility issues – graphics card.

Typically, upgrading RAM and switching to a solid-state drive are among the first steps in boosting a computer’s power. However, upgrading the motherboard or the CPU is where you could run into compatibility issues.

5. You don’t have the latest version of the operating system.

Regularly update Windows and Mac computers to the latest version of the operating system. Each one comes with security and operational improvements, bug fixes, and other tweaks intended to benefit the whole ecosystem. Your current PC may not work.

6. Startup and shutdown are slow.

If your desktop or notebook takes an extraordinary amount of time to boot up or shut down, it could be an indication that your computer is on its last legs.

7. It would be cheaper to replace than to repair.

Repair is usually a more cost-effective method than buying new hardware. However, the downtime from continual repairs also means lost money, so business owners need to think about continual support costs, as well as lost productivity, compared to the cost of simply replacing an old machine.

Getting started with a new computer is not as simple as turning it on – it has to be configured with the settings you need to succeed. Our IT department can install the necessary software and security tools, transfer old files, and customize the settings before distributing them to your employees for you.

Call Greg, Ronan or Paul for the latest information: (01) 846 4200

Ps. Be sure the old machines are properly wiped of any information – sensitive and non-sensitive alike – before they are recycled or repurposed.