When should you buy a new computer?

Here at OAC Technology, we get asked this question a lot. If you view your computer as a status symbol, then you should get a new one every 6 months. For the rest of us, the answer is, “It depends.”

It depends on several factors, mostly having to do with how you use your computer, what problems or issues you’re experiencing with your current computer and what you expect from a new computer. A general rule of thumb is to replace it once every three to four years. But that’s an arbitrary number, so here are some questions that may help you decide whether or not to trade your old computer in for a new one:

  • How old is your current computer? Like we mentioned above, three to four years is a good rule of thumb.
  • Does your work require new or faster hardware? For example, if you’re using Adobe Photoshop on a computer with 1GB of RAM, it’s definitely time to upgrade.
  • Do you think your computer is slow? While this could be a cause for concern, there are ways to speed up an older computer.
  • Does your computer need a newer version of Windows in order to keep up with the rest of the office? If your company is still running Windows XP with Internet Explorer 6, it may be time to upgrade.

If two or three of those questions apply to you, then it may be time to get a new computer, especially when you compare the relatively low cost of purchasing a new computer with the potential for lost productivity on a slow computer.

If it is time to get a new computer, OAC Technology, a Minneapolis-based IT company, can help you navigate the endless options available and help you pick out the computer that’s right for your business’s needs. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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