How often do you purchase a new computer?

@34momma (13891)
United States
September 27, 2012 4:12pm CST
I have a dell laptop, and i really like it. but now the battery is doesn't work unless i keep it plugged in. Usually when that happens I just purchase a new laptop. About every 3 years. This time, I am going to purchase a new battery and upgrade the memory. It just seems like a better cheaper option. How often do you purchase a new computer?
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
27 Sep 12
Well, I personally, right now I have great financial difficulty. For this reason, right now I have to settle for a simple netbook Acer Aspire one D255. Initially I bought for emergency because last year I had a PC tower. When this, to me broke, I never managed to put away money to buy a new one. Anyway, I planned to buy a laptop with at least 4GB of RAM, for the year 2012.
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@ravisivan (14095)
• India
27 Sep 12
alberello How much your netbook cost you? I think it is working well. What do you think will be the cost of 4gb RAM laptop? let me also find out. If one has financial difficulty the best option is to manage with the existing one, getting it repaired and being more careful in its maintenance. I changed batteries for my laptop two times in the last five years. --afer 2-3 years it has to be changed.
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
28 Sep 12
I am learning that maintaining my current computer is much cheaper then buying a new one. so that's just what I plan on doing
• United States
28 Sep 12
I only purchase one when the one I have starts to crap out. I always make sure to back up my files too. You should get Carbonite or an external hard drive so you don't loose any files. Getting a new battery or brick will help keep your computer last longer.
@34momma (13891)
• United States
28 Sep 12
all of my very important docuements are all saved in my email. however, i do have an external hard drive. i am for sure getting a new battery and added some more memory
@cutygirl (576)
• India
27 Sep 12
I have purchased my computer only once. that is too of my brother I want to buy my own new laptop but currently financially not possible
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
28 Sep 12
they can be costly, however, they are a great investment. when you are able to get yourself one, you should
27 Sep 12
I have recently bought my second computer. I purchased a new one a few months ago after my last one started having problems, I had used it pretty much every day for the four years that I had owned it. I had a PC before that but that one was the first that I had actually bought for myself.
@34momma (13891)
• United States
28 Sep 12
i still have my desktop and plan on updating it for my duaghter to use.
@ravisivan (14095)
• India
27 Sep 12
regarding laptop -mine was bought in 2007 and I would have spent nearly 200$ for battery and also minor repairs. I have not upgraded the memory. Even with thf is for my purpose of word-- preparing papers and mylotting, watching youtube this is sufficient. I think if we have money we can change once in 6/7 years. otherwise we can change parts, repair and use upto 10 years.
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
28 Sep 12
i am with you my friend. it's so much cheaper to just update and maintain my current computer! good for you
@DoctorDidi (7024)
• India
29 Sep 12
I have been using this computer for almost 9 years, it was bought in December,2003. But it has become too slow and often causes problems. So I am going to change it very soon.
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@romzee (937)
• Philippines
29 Sep 12
Almost always, most of laptop batteries never last long. Definitely buying a new battery will save you a lot of money. I think if you're not into high graphics gaming or use programs that require to much memory, memory upgrade is not a necessity.
• Philippines
29 Sep 12
I purchase computer once every 2 years, but sometimes I only purchase a specific parts that requires an upgrade, this way I can save some money as well.
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@lovedude (4449)
• India
28 Sep 12
I do buy computer almost every year because my job asking me to do that.. lol.. :-) hmm but yeah its really good experience to buy something new from electronics part.
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@p1kef1sh (45696)
28 Sep 12
If your computer does all that you want it to then replacing the battery makes real sense. That way you'll get another year or twos use out of it. The thing with computers is that they are constantly being updated and we are conned into believing that we need to have the newest one. The truth is that for the majority of us So long as we can surf the net, word process and maybe run a spreadsheet we don't need anything terribly modern or exciting. I use my iPad almost to the exclusion of my other computer which I have had since 2007. I am an apple freak and so everything in this house is resolutely apple and I will not entertain the idea of Windows. That said, it was Bill Gates who said that one day we would buy the software but the hardware would be free. Well it's not free yet but actually if you compare prices hardware is not any more or less expensive than it has ever been. It is the software where the largest improvements have been made and the hardware has simply been tinkered with to keep pace.
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@Raine38 (11514)
• United States
28 Sep 12
I just bought a Mac, well actually I can't afford it so my husband gifted me one just this MArch for my birthday. I used to have a Sony Vaio which I've had since 2010. It's still actually working perfectly fine but I have to give it to my sister since I now have a new one. Prior to that, I purchased an HP laptop last 2009, so I guess it's like every 2 years for me. But you're right, this is kinda costly. If the price of the battery and memory upgrade is way way cheaper than buying a new one, then I will just have to do it your way.
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• Canada
29 Sep 12
Like cellphones and camera, I purchase a new one when the old one ceases to function. With laptops it's an average of two years, and four years for cellphones.