Is it better to buy a new laptop or repair?

If your laptop PC can be repaired for less than 50% of the cost of replacing it, it's probably OK to repair it if it's 1 to 2 years old. If your laptop is 3 years old or older, it's probably best to replace it, since you're more likely to have it replaced in a few years. Laptops simply wear out more than desktop computers, but I've seen some that have lasted 5 to 6 years. How old is your laptop? Consumer Reports says it's not worth spending money to repair a laptop that's five years old or older.

Laptops that are three or four years old are a disaster. In general, anything less than two years old is worth repairing. Usually, you shouldn't buy a completely new laptop just to update the operating system. While it's true that newer laptops come with the latest operating system, you can almost always install or upgrade to a new operating system on your existing hard drive without replacing anything.

When diagnosing problems with a laptop, it's always a good idea to analyze the cost of repairing versus replacing it before spending money on expensive repairs.

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