Should I Upgrade My Laptop or Buy a New One?

March 10th, 2021

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“We used to have boxes of photos in our closets. Now, it’s just old computers. ‘Heh, there’s our wedding computer.’” 

-Jim Gaffigan

Modern laptop commercials would have you believe that your current laptop is a laggy, unsecured bandwidth hog in need of replacement. Oddly enough, like a car, laptop computers are no more than a collection of components. And like cars, they’re likely upgradeable. 

Let’s look at what parts of your laptop you can upgrade to give you a few more years before forking over hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a new model.  

When to Replace Your Hard Drive

Sadly, hard drives are not immortal. Because many have physically spinning components, they may wear out — leaving your data lost forever. If your computer is slowing down, routinely freezing up, or throws up warnings about corrupted data and bad sectors, it may be time to replace the hard drive. Computer repair professionals can help you safely transfer data to another hard drive for safekeeping. 

When to Upgrade Your RAM

If your laptop is running slower than usual, it may be time for a RAM upgrade. Still, this isn’t always the case. If your computer has 16GB of RAM or more and your computer is still running slow, there may be other reasons for the drop in speed. Still, if your RAM is below this level and you’re needing your computer to process memory-intensive commands (gaming, audio/visual editing, etc.), a good boost of RAM may be a relatively inexpensive shot in the arm. 

When to Replace or Upgrade Your Battery

Batteries are one of the components of your laptop (or mobile device) that degrade over time. No battery holds the same charge as it did years later. If your laptop doesn’t seem to be able to remain off of the charger very long, instead of ditching it for a totally new system, a simple battery upgrade may be just the ticket. And lucky for you, many laptop models don’t even require any tools to replace a laptop battery. 

When to Replace Your Laptop Keyboard or Trackpad

We all have that friend with the ancient laptop who can’t type certain letters or symbols. But there’s no reason to put up with that. Many laptops are designed to allow for interchangeable keyboards by computer repair professionals. In many instances, a keyboard can be successfully switched out and extend the life of the laptop for many more years. Still, before this is done, an external keyboard should be tried with your laptop to ensure that the issue is, indeed, your keyboard. Motherboard issues can present themselves much like laptop keyboard malfunctions. 

In Conclusion

Before you ditch your laptop and shell out some major coin for a brand new model, it’s worth having it looked over by a computer repair professional. In many instances, annoying glitches may be due to replaceable or upgradeable components. At best, you may be looking at a few inexpensive repairs. At worse, if it’s not repairable, the computer technician will be able to give you some pointers on what devices may best fit your needs and budget — saving you time and money in the future. 

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Office 365 vs Office 2019 – Which is Best For You?

March 10th, 2021

Why have separate Microsoft service offerings? 

Whether your company’s office software is a bit outdated, you’re looking to expand, or you’re becoming increasingly remote, there are several different options to choose from — even just from Microsoft! But which one is best for you and your team? 

What is Microsoft Office 365? 

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based suite of Office products. For a monthly rate per user, your team has just about every Microsoft Office product at your fingertips — from anywhere. The subscription fee includes ongoing support as well as perpetual upgrades — ensuring that your team always has the latest and greatest tools from Microsoft. 

Who is best served by a Microsoft Office 365 subscription? 

So many different businesses are turning to monthly subscription services for their tools and programs. For those who prefer to pay a monthly fee and have their Microsoft products one less thing to worry about, Office 365 is a great option. The system is also preferred by many larger teams that have many member systems to manage. Office 365 is also the favorite among companies with larger, remote-based staff members due to its inclusion of Microsoft Teams — a live chat/call/instant messaging service. Also, Microsoft’s OneDrive online storage system is a very handy way to store and transfer large files between team members.

What is Microsoft Office 2019? 

Unlike Office 365’s subscription-based model, Microsoft Office 2019 is a one-time purchase per user. This single transaction per team member includes a suite of Microsoft Office products as recent as 2019. Depending on whether you opt for the Home or Business versions, this package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 

Who is best served by Office 2019? 

For individual users or smaller teams who don’t necessarily have to have cutting-edge office software tools to get the job done, a one-time purchase of Microsoft Office 2019 will likely fit the bill nicely. For these smaller companies or departments, having one less monthly expense to manage is convenient and the savings over a couple of years will make upgrading a fairly easy process — that is, when they feel that an upgrade is warranted. 

Still on the fence between Office 365 and Office 2019?

For a more in-depth discussion, vCIO Jason Spivy recently sat down to speak with JD Young Technology’s Business Solutions Academy about both services. You can watch the video and read the full transcript of that conversation on the Resource Center of JD Young Technologies.

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