The global Covid 19 pandemic caused many businesses to quickly rush and set up work from home capability. Did you have to suddenly adjust to a remote working team? As a result, it may have proven to be an expensive operation for your business. With that in mind, you might be planning on saving the pennies this year. An easy way to save money is to avoid buying new devices. Am I right? Below we will explore why this may not be the right answer and we will explore the 7 signs that suggest you need a new computer.
Although you certainly don’t need to update your devices every time a new model is released, sometimes it makes sense to invest in new PCs or laptops rather than trying to get another year out of them.
There are lots of things that you can do to look after your devices to keep them going for as long as possible and we certainly do advocate that. But sometimes, it just works out cheaper in the long run and makes more sense to make the investment and buy new devices.
So how do you know whether to repair or replace? We’ve highlighted 7 red flags for you to consider below.
This first flag can be extremely frustrating! When you’re ready to work, the last thing you need is to wait for what feels like a lifetime for your computer to wake up! When start-up and shut down are slow, you’re likely to have issues with other functions being slow too.
There are, however, other causes for this, so don’t jump to conclusions too quickly. Sometimes, when you have too much happening on your computer, it can start to run more slowly. It’s always a good idea to check with your IT support partner to find out the true cause.
When your device is struggling to do a few things at once, it could mean it’s on the way out. If it’s difficult to go between tabs in browsers or applications, then your computer may need to be replaced. The problem is usually with the level of computer memory.
It is vital to keep your operating device updated. There are a number of downsides to running old software and if your device can no longer update, it may be time to upgrade.
Don’t neglect this basic precaution! If you can’t update the security on your operating system, you are leaving your business vulnerable to potential threats. Your security should be constantly evolving and updating in order to keep you protected from the latest risks.
If you can hear the fans running on your device when you have just started working on it, this may be a sign that your device is nearing the end. There can be other reasons as to why your fans are running, but generally if your device is over-heating at simple tasks it’s time to start shopping.
It can be useful to upgrade some of your hardware. Unfortunately, sometimes this can lead to some problems with compatibility in an older device. This is something your IT support partner will be able to advise you on.
Sometimes, it’s just more cost efficient to buy a new device rather than putting extra money into a dying device.
With these red flags, it’s always a good idea to consult your IT support partner before making any big decisions. Your partner will be able to go over your requirements and offer recommendations based on your circumstances, taking into account your budget.
If you don’t have a trusted IT support partner, we would love to help! Feel free to get in touch so we can chat. If you would like to read our full guide on whether to repair or replace your computer, download our free PDF guide.