Repair versus Buying New

A question I often get asked is, “Why should I repair my computer when I could buy a new computer for $200?”.

Computers that cost $200 are made of cheap components; that is how they cut costs.  They wear out quickly and they break easily.  The technology in the computer is outdated already by the time you get it.  Instead of ending up slow over years, they start off slow.  You can expect computers with these components to last for maybe a year.

Instead of a $200 computer, Tech Lab recommends buying one that is more expensive but made of better materials.  If you spend $600-$800 on a computer, you can expect that computer to last for five to six years before it gets overtaken by better technology.

You also need to consider the time it takes to set up the new computer or the cost of purchasing programs for the new computer.  If you move your files, passwords, bookmarks, etc. to the new computer, that takes time and materials as well, and if you did not, that may be a time loss as well.

If you do the math on this, a new $200 computer every year will equal the actual cost in three years of a $600 computer and in four years of an $800 computer.  That does not count the cost of programs or setup time.  So you will have at least a $200-$400 cost savings in going with the more expensive computer.

If you are not sure what to look for in a new computer and would like advice, Tech Lab can help you find the right computer to meet your needs.  If you need help setting up your new computer, Tech Lab can set it up just the way you want it and move your files, passwords, bookmarks, etc. to the new computer also.  Contact us at 414-208-4682 or through the contact form on our website.