2 – What are the Benefits of Upgrading Your Notebook Computer?
Let’s be honest, except for a very few, very expensive portable computers, laptops were never designed to be as powerful and versatile as a desktop computer. So-called “desktop replacement" notebook computers are expensive, heavy, and rarely achieve the same power as a desktop.
Some people used to working on a powerful desktop computer are disappointed by the slower, sluggish response times of a notebook. What a laptop lacks in power, it gains in portability and so lies the criterion by which a laptop computer should be judged. Portability, not power, is the purpose of a notebook.
Unless you shell out big bucks, your laptop will never compete power-wise with a desktop computer so it may be your expectations that need to change, not the components in your computer. If your laptop computer seems slower than it used to be there are some things you can do. First, consider some regular maintenance. In particular, defrag the hard drive and you may be surprised at how much faster your notebook computer seems. Laptop hard drives are notorious bottlenecks.
Second, remove unused programs and do some housecleaning to removing the clutter from your notebook computer. Even consider a complete reinstall of the operating system if it has been a long time since the last install. Windows users in particular should consider a complete reinstall every couple of years because the Windows Registry gets bloated, old drivers leave behind footprints of their existence, and undetected corrupted files and memory leaks result in slower performance.
Finally, consider whether you are trying to do too much with your laptop computer. Perhaps you really don’t need the portability you thought you needed when you bought your notebook. Many consumers like the freedom a laptop offers only to find that the smaller screen, keyboard, hard drive, etc. just doesn’t offer the ease-of-use of a desktop. Before you upgrade your laptop, ask yourself what perceptible changes the upgrade will realistically offer you.