Repair or Replacing
When you first purchased your device whether a laptop, tablet or smartphone, I bet you loved it – for how cool and fun it looked and how efficient it performed. Then, somewhere down the line your device got less cool and fun and performance slowly deteriorated or worst case scenario – it broke! Now what?
With a broken or ‘no-fun-anymore’ device in hand, the question of whether to completely replace it by buying a new device or repairing it and fixing the issues come to mind. At this point, the only thing that can help you decide wisely is looking at this from a cost perspective. Is it easier and cheaper to buy a new one or is it easier and cheaper to repair the device and restore its old glory?
Now, here’s a guide to help you decide which course of action is best for your device.
First, how old is your device? If your device is older than 4 or 5 years, it is best to consider replacing it since you will most likely find out soon that you may not be able to catch up with the latest software or get updates used in newer laptops. Also, since laptops and other mobile devices take more wear and tear as compared to desktops, needed repair parts as a result of damages or defects in the future may not be easily available in the market.
Secondly, note that PC or Mac devices greatly differ in their repair costs. It is often cheaper to repair PC laptops. For Mac laptops, repair costs can be off the roof if you are out of warranty. This is partly because repair parts for Mac devices tend to be more expensive. However, irrespective of whether you have a PC or Mac device, always do a cost analysis for either options – whether to replace or repair. Find a local repair shop or invest in a diagnostic call to better ascertain the cost of repairs.
If your device is less than 4 years and repair costs are less than 40% of the device’s value, go for it – make the repairs. In the process, you can also upgrade your device’s memory and storage space.
Thirdly, if you are DIYer, target the following and decided best course of action based on your device’s issues and your finding.
- Memory issues – this is an easy to replace part and it is very crucial to your device’s performance and functionality. It is an easy fix and it is worth repairing.
- DC power jack issues - Sometimes the charging port where the power adapter connects gets damaged or gets loose from where it connects to the motherboard. This is usually inexpensive part but requires the removal of the base and or top enclosures of the laptop. If this is the issue, it is worth repairing it.
- Keyboard issues - You may have spills or broken and sticky keys. Keyboards are easy to fix and are often worth replacing them. If this is the issue, you may only require the removal of the top case.
- Hard drive issues. The hard drive can usually be removed and replaced without the need to take apart the entire laptop case. In the process of doing this, you can also upgrade your drive to a faster one with more storage space.
- LCD Screen issues – depending on the laptop model, this can be an easy to replace place. The price range for this part can be between $40 to $350 and more in some high-end laptops. Again, make sure the total repair cost including parts falls within the budget your set.
- Battery – if the issue if the battery, it is often easy to repair and it is worth the cost. Batteries aren’t that expensive and labor costs are pretty reasonable even when a paid professional is doing the repair work.
- Motherboard or System board issues – Laptop motherboards are generally one-piece unit for most laptops and any failure requires complete replacement of this part. The price for this part can range from $80 to $300 depending on the laptop’s model. It's usually a better idea to replace the device if the cost goes over 50% of the device’s value.
Alternatively, instead of replacing the motherboard and getting a new one, you can have if fixed by experts who are professional at component level repairs on motherboard and you can save a lot.
Some high-end gaming laptops aren’t easy to get rid-off. Avid gamers like to have their gaming laptops fixed at all cost. In the end though, no matter the device type or model, it is up to the user to decide the fate of their laptop or mobile device.
For our environment’s sake, we recommend you fix your device and donate while it is fully functional if you don’t like it or don’t want to use anymore or just donate it as it is and it can be fixed and be put to use. Whatever you do, try your best to keep it from ending up in the landfill and polluting our environment.