Is it worth it to repair a computer?

And please always ask for a free quote before deciding to skip a 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 much would a new laptop cost? Some say that if the repair cost is more than a third of the cost of a relatively new and comparable laptop, it's better to spend your money on the new equipment. Consumer Reports says that if the repair costs more than half the cost of a replacement machine, don't repair it. Computer repairs are often not worth it if the cost of repair exceeds the cost of a new one with a similar configuration.

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