View Full Version : how often do you buy a laptop?

09-21-2009, 10:20 PM
last time i bought a laptop was Aug 2006. I still have the laptop and it works fine but i just want another just because:D. It has 80gb hard drive but I want at least 320 on my next one. I don't want to get a Mac because I personally thing they rip off the customer on the HARDWARE price. ok but the one reason why I would buy one is to dual boot snow and 7. I would be killing two birds with one stone.

so what about you guys? do you go through your laptops quick or hold on to them for years?

09-22-2009, 12:09 AM
I'm going on 2 years with my current one (HP NC8430). Will probably end up using it for about another year.

09-22-2009, 12:16 AM
3 in the past 5 years. one died, one is a 12" that i run linux on, and the most recent is a 10" netbook. needed a tiny computer with lots of battery life for school.

09-22-2009, 9:45 AM
I go through them every other year or so. My current one has a SSD (solid state drive) in it and all I can say is GET ONE on your next setup. It is incredibly fast, incredibly cool & quiet. Mine is a Dell lattitude and is rock solid.

09-22-2009, 9:50 AM
One is going 5 years and bought one recently.

09-22-2009, 11:03 AM
i buy another one when I break my current one, been buying slightly used lately instead of new, I average to one a year,

09-22-2009, 11:07 AM
I replace it every 2 years.

09-22-2009, 11:42 AM
every two years, but reformat back to factory settings every six months to keep it fresh....alt-f11 an acer owners best friend

09-22-2009, 11:50 AM
I usually buy a top-of-the-line Mac laptop, then sell it in about 18 months.

I can usually get about 80% of what I paid for it. Then I just roll that into the cost of a new top-end Mac laptop. Works out to a couple hundred a year to have new equipment all the time. It's like a lease. Macs retain their value really well.


09-22-2009, 12:10 PM
I will be having a Dell 10V being delivered today to my house. I bought it for my wife and will be the first new computer in 5 years.

09-22-2009, 12:30 PM
About every 2 years is the average. It also depends on what you do. If all you do is send email and upload pictures then 4 to 5 years is good enough. I know of some IT guys who "refresh" their technology every 12 months.

09-22-2009, 4:55 PM
all three of mine are 8-5-3 years old.

09-22-2009, 5:03 PM
I go through them every other year or so. My current one has a SSD (solid state drive) in it and all I can say is GET ONE on your next setup. It is incredibly fast, incredibly cool & quiet. Mine is a Dell lattitude and is rock solid.

SSD would be cool but damn those prices. Price is high on SSD and capacity is not that high

09-22-2009, 5:05 PM
2 years and normally replace due to it breaking

My screen is starting to act up this week so I think I'm going to start looking

Technical Ted
09-22-2009, 5:06 PM
In the last 10 years, the longest I've had a laptop is 3 years and the shortest is 2 years. Current laptop is 11 months old.

09-23-2009, 10:39 AM
im ususally every 2 or 3 years, i just made 2 years with this one but i bought a little netbook last month for taking to the coffee shop - awesome little machine for $250.

09-23-2009, 10:53 AM
My laptops last a long time. My last purchase was a Dell 700m whenever it first came out. The hinges broke a year ago so I thought it was going in the trash but I bought an LCD frame for it off Ebay for $35 and made it good as new.
I was given a Lenvo x61 last year and love it. I don't plan on replacing it for a very long time.

09-23-2009, 11:32 AM
only as needed. And my last one (2000) is now my daughters mobile DVD player. Current is a SZ 440N Vaio (about 2 years old). Love the size and its actually pretty powerful, but only standard battery and the battery life sucks.

a new 320 GB HD will only run you about $60-$70, so if that is your only complaint, just put in a new hard drive!

09-23-2009, 11:55 AM
My thinkpad is going strong 5 years now.... its built like a tank!!

09-27-2009, 2:52 PM
I have had my laptop for almost 5 years. I got it for my high school graduation. It is a HP pavilion ze4900. It does a good job. Only has an 80 gb hard drive though. I have taken it all around for work and now I have it with me for my training in the Army. A ton of the guys here bought fancy new laptops. They make fun of mine but it always works and does everything I need it to do. I thought about buying a new one but I am trying to save money for when I have kids here pretty soon.

09-27-2009, 4:01 PM
my dell is 6 years old. its great for surfing the internet but worthless for anything more demanding. The hardware is just too outdated. I'm surprised its lasted this long though. I'll most likely be replacing it in the next couple of years if it lasts that long. Its technology is past outdated.

09-30-2009, 7:38 AM
I'd say every 3-4 years. I like to stick to a laptop until it feels ancient haha plus it's hard to think about buying a new laptop when I'm always checking the marketplace hehe