Deciding Whether to Have a Broken Laptop Repaired or Replaced With a Brand New Model is Not Easy
You may just use your laptop occasionally where it's not too important if it breaks down and cannot be repaired for several days. However, if you are a business user or need to contact people over the Internet everyday, then you probably will not want to be without a working laptop for more than a day or two. So whether a broken laptop is repaired or immediately replaced by a new unit may be related to the importance of using it everyday. I will consider which laptop repairs can usually be completed quickly and at an acceptable cost.
Almost any laptop fault can be repaired by an expert laptop repairer; however, some are very expensive or the replacement parts may not be available. The user should only consider a repair in these instances if the laptop has some special software installed or has a hardware item that may not operate with a new laptop. For example, laptops used to be supplied with a COM port, now most do not incorporate it. If you need to connect to this port, then a new laptop may not be of any use.
The following faults should be completed quickly and economically by a competent laptop repairer. To replace a single key or complete keyboard, the power supply, the ram chip, the internal power connector, the mouse pad, the DVD drive. Although, some manufacturers charge very high prices for all spares, for example, a mouse pad will usually cost less than $40; however, one manufacturer charges over $150 for their replacement. So unfortunately, what looks like an economical repair may end up costing more than the laptop is worth.
Some of the more expensive and often uneconomical repairs include, the motherboard, the case, the screen, the hard drive, etc. a good laptop repairer should be able to repair most laptop motherboard faults at an economic price provided the replacement parts are readily available.
Many users are only willing to use a laptop with the same version of Windows that they are used to. However, brand new laptops are provided with the newest operating system. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to obtain the older operating system, and then it may not install properly on a brand-new laptop that has been designed for the latest Windows.
Often, a laptop user will insist on having an old laptop repaired regardless of the cost and time scale involved, as they have large volumes of data and many programs installed on the defective unit. It can be a daunting task for the average laptop user to reinstall this data and configure it as before. The chances of lost emails and passwords can persuade the user to insist on a repair.
It is always a matter of personal preference, whether the user has a laptop repaired or opts for a brand-new unit. Many users become very attached to an old laptop as they know its peculiarities and do not want to change it.