The decision to replace your computer can be a difficult one.  You spend so much time with your computer that it can feel safe to stick with what you have and aside from that, you will save money….or will you?  Here are 6 reasons why replacing your computer can be good for your mental, financial and cybersecurity health.

  1. Performance Improvement: There can be nothing more frustrating than waiting for your computer to do something when you have 1000 somethings to do. Upgrading to newer computers can significantly enhance overall system performance, enabling faster processing speeds, smoother multitasking, and improved productivity for employees.
  2. Enhanced Security Features: Security threats are ever evolving and new protections are released every day to help protect you from threat actors trying to cripple your organization. Newer computer models often come equipped with advanced security features and technologies, such as biometric authentication, secure boot processes, and built-in encryption, providing better protection against cyber threats and data breaches. Some older operating systems that are out of support with no new security patches being released are prime targets for hackers.
  3. Software Compatibility: As software applications and operating systems continue to evolve, older computers may struggle to run the latest programs efficiently. Upgrading to newer computers ensures compatibility with the latest software releases, enabling SMBs to leverage new features and functionalities.
  4. Reduced Maintenance Costs: Did you ever notice that the older your computer gets, the more times you have to call IT to fix something on it? Older computers are more prone to hardware failures and performance issues, leading to increased maintenance and repair costs over time. By replacing aging computers with newer models, SMBs can reduce downtime and minimize ongoing maintenance expenses.
  5. Energy Efficiency: If you are concerned about the environment, replacing your computer can be your small part in saving the world. Newer computers are often more energy-efficient than older models, consuming less power during operation and contributing to cost savings on electricity bills. Upgrading to energy-efficient computers can also align with sustainability goals and environmental initiatives.
  6. Future-Proofing Investments: It feels awful to be left behind and not replacing your computer can lead to this. Investing in newer computers ensures that SMBs stay ahead of technological advancements and industry trends, positioning them for future growth and scalability. By proactively replacing outdated hardware, SMBs can avoid potential obsolescence and maintain a competitive edge in the market.

Generally, we recommend that endpoint computers be replaced every 3 years.  This cycle allows you to stay ahead of technology while not breaking the bank.  Best practice is to create a replacement cycle for a third of your computers each year so you don’t have the cost and disruption all at once.