How to Extend the Life of Your Computer

How to Extend the Life of Your Computer

While computers no longer cost an arm and a leg, and can easily be upgraded to maintain and extend its usefulness, most people still want to get the most use as possible out of their machines.

Lots of factors (battery life, quality of components installed, the way it’s used, etc.) play into determining the lifespan of a desktop or laptop computer; on average, PCs usually have about a four-year lifespan, while Mac says their machines will last about five years.

A question, though, does arise: when does a machine reach the end of its life? Some might say a machine is obsolete when it isn’t able to be used for the latest programs or software, while others won’t consider it “done for” until it can’t be used for anything.

In either case, if you want to squeeze every last moment – and the most efficient moments – out of your computer, there are some behaviors you can adopt to help make it last, and function well.

Keep it safe (from falling), clean and dry: Like any machine with many parts, some of them delicate, simply treating it carefully will extend its life. If it falls repeatedly, gets wet or dirty, its lifespan decreases considerably. (Note: Generally speaking, desktops last longer than laptops, primarily because they are less likely to be damaged or harmed in transit.)extend the life of computer


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