Signs It’s Time to Buy a New PC


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  • Noisy fans, outdated security, trouble with multitasking, and lengthy startup and shutdown times are all signs it is time for a new computer.
  • If you are buying a new one, expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $3,500, depending on how sophisticated the computer is.
  • Apple computers have a reputation for lasting longer.
  • This article is for business owners and IT specialists who are trying to determine whether to replace their computers and how much they can expect to pay for new ones.

When a computer begins to slow down or shows other signs that the end is near, it’s tempting to start searching online for a replacement. However, there is a lot to consider when you’re deciding whether to upgrade a PC, particularly in a business setting. The costs add up, especially when you’re adding multiple machines to a fleet, even a small one.

Questions like “how long do computers last?” and “what is the average laptop’s lifespan?” are usually top of mind when you weigh the pros and cons of buying new computers versus managing just a little bit longer before you take the financial plunge.

Here are answers to common questions about which operating system is best (Mac or PC), the lifespan of desktops and laptops, and 10 signs that it might be time to purchase new hardware.

Do Macs last longer than PCs?

There’s often vigorous debate as to whether Macs or Windows PCs last longer. The answer depends on the hardware and the configuration.

Macs have a reputation for lasting longer, and Apple offers a strong support and maintenance system. Microsoft has replicated Apple’s model to some degree with its Surface line, and other PC manufacturers – particularly those that sell to businesses – have made efforts to offer a comprehensive experience and ensure smooth upgrades as the hardware gets older. This can alleviate the burden of support for your IT department and the upgrade costs for your business.

Macs remain a good value, particularly for businesses, with the tight integration of hardware and software and Apple’s support ecosystem. [Read related article: Mac or PC: What Should Your Small Business Use?]

Key takeaway: Whether a Mac or PC will last longer for you depends on your computer’s hardware. That being…