Sometimes it’s easy to convince ourselves that it’s time to buy a new laptop when we have the money and there’s a new laptop on the market that really catches our eye.
The problem is that you shouldn’t buy a laptop on a whim. If your current one is working perfectly, it runs all your programs without a hitch, and its features match your needs, then there’s no need to replace it. The longer you stick to your current laptop, the more value you get from it.
But there will also come a time when you really have to let go of your old computer and find a new one.
So how do you know that your laptop is no longer cutting it? One definite sign is when it keeps breaking down, and the cost of the repair is much more than what your laptop is really worth. It will make much more sense to put that money towards buying a new laptop instead.
Another clear indicator is that your needs and circumstances have changed, and you’re stuck with a laptop which you can’t upgrade to suit your current situation. Perhaps you’re a dedicated gamer, and the laptop you bought a few years ago was able to play all your favorite games. But now newer games are available and the problem is that your specs are not able to play them.
Or perhaps you only used your laptop to browse the Web, check your emails and edit documents. But now you need it to edit videos and your specs can’t support a proper video editing tool.
Or perhaps you travel a lot now and your current laptop is too heavy to lug around.
If any of these issues apply to your case, it would make sense to replace your laptop.
When Is the Right Time to Actually Buy One?
First you will need to take some time to choose the right laptop. That means you need to figure out your needs and budget so you can pick a laptop that fits those parameters.
Then you also need to know when is the right time to buy it. You don’t want to buy something if there’s a better one for the same price or a cheaper one with the same features coming out in a few weeks. But obviously you can’t wait too long, because that would defeat your purpose for actually buying a laptop.
If you’re an Apple fan, try to monitor when the latest Apple laptop will come out in the market so you can either buy that new model or buy an older model at a discount. If you’re a Windows or Intel fan, you can wait until Intel releases a new processor or buy during the discount season usually in mid or late summer, or during the holidays at the end of the year.
So to recap: you first have to find out if you really need a new laptop. Then take the time to choose the right replacement, and finally, buy when the price is right!