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Why old technology needs to be replaced

by | Nov 2, 2020


When your device begins to run slowly or freeze, it might be time to replace it. Perhaps the battery no longer holds a charge, or you can no longer make software updates on your smartphone model. Technology only lasts so long before a user needs to upgrade to a better, more efficient device. On average, laptops are expected to have a lifespan between three and five years while a desktop computer can last anywhere from three to eight years. Your smartphone has a life expectancy of two years, while some tablets can last for several years.

That may not seem like a long time for a device that costs a significant amount of money!

While some enjoy staying up to date with the latest technology and getting ahold of the latest smartphone, others wonder why electronic devices must be replaced so often. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why laptops, computers, smartphones, and other technology need to be replaced regularly.

How often should old technology be replaced?

Your warranty is up

Each device and electronics company have different policies, but warranties on laptops and desktops usually last from one to three years and cover repairs to any defective hardware. Once that warranty period is up, your coverage ends, which can mean expensive repairs for you if your keyboard or monitor suddenly stops working. You can usually buy extended warranties if you think it’s necessary to protect your device.

Your device isn’t secure

Older devices pose security risks to their users. As electronic companies release new devices, they update their software and applications to support newer systems and may leave older devices behind in the process. Without regular updates to the software, like security patches or fixes for bugs, these older devices can become vulnerable to attacks from cybercriminals and malware, putting both your device and your personal information at risk.

A buffering tablet may indicate old technology.


You have a need for more speed

With older hardware and aging systems, your device may not run as quickly as you would like it to. Hearing the fans run loudly on your computer might indicate that it isn’t processing very efficiently, which can harm your productivity or just make your device more frustrating to use. Sometimes applications may not work well together or simultaneously, which means you may need a device with better processing power.

Your accessories no longer work

While your computer may work just fine, some accessories aren’t made to last and most are not universal. As connectors, adaptors, and ports all change with advances in technology, you may not be able to find the tools you need if your mouse, keyboard, or charger break, rendering your device useless.

Woman checks the charging cable for her laptop.

Your battery keeps dying

With modern designs and features, like water-resistance, smartphone batteries cannot be removed and replaced. When they wear out or stop working effectively, the entire smartphone needs to be replaced. While this is often frustrating, it is a byproduct of the sleek and functional designs of smartphones. For some other devices like laptops and tablets, you can replace the battery if it begins to wear out.

Last words

With significant security risks and expensive repair costs, obsolete hardware, and the inherent frustration of a slow or ineffective electronic device, there are plenty of good reasons to look at replacing older devices. If you decide to sunset your device and get something newer, make sure to clean your data from your device. And remember to always recycle or donate your old electronics (including your modem) to avoid creating e-waste in your community.

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Kirsten Queen


Kirsten Queen is the Senior Content Marketing Manager for CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber. Since she started writing professionally, Kirsten has dabbled in nonprofit grant writing and communications, social media marketing, and now writes content about life with technology. In her free time, Kirsten likes to cook, garden, and hike in the mountains of Colorado. Her name rhymes with first, not cheer.