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Is a Ten Year Old Computer Worth Fixing?

A computer is a means to an end for most people, a gadget that gets things done swiftly and competently. It is only as good as what it can do for you. For others, a computer is a friend. Nostalgia and sentiment take precedence over any logical reasons they might have to use or dump it.

If your ten-year-old computer has a problem, it is only wise that you consider a few things before you decide to repair it or let it go.

Age of Computer

Ten years is a long time, but more than that, people handle gadgets differently. A ten-year-old computer that is well taken care of may be in an even better condition than a six-year old computer in rough hands.

The shape of the computer matters. Is the operating system updated or outdated? Is there any new technology you need that the computer is unable to handle? If a software upgrade is all your computer needs, then it might be a good idea to repair it and keep moving.

Price of Computer

Keeping sentimental attachments aside, the cost of fixing an old computer should be considered against the cost of getting a new one. Generally speaking, it is cheaper to fix a computer than to get a new one. However, if the cost of a repair is 50-70% of the cost of a new computer, then it may be wise to just invest in a new one.

If you belong to "team latest gadgets", then getting a new computer is the way to go, but if you don’t mind a computer that’s seen better days and reminds you of the person who got it for you, then get on "team fix it." Keep in mind that an old computer with one issue might need a repair, but a newer one with a litany of issues should probably get replaced.

Finally, of course, deciding to let go of a computer is not always a game of numbers. Do you like your computer as it is? Would you rather go through the inconvenience of repair even if buying a new one is a better financial move? Then by all means, go for what makes you productive.

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