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Repair or Replace: What You Should Do with Your Broken Laptop

There’s no doubt that slow performance, viruses, and accidental hardware damage can make it incredibly difficult to get work done on your laptop. However, a broken laptop doesn’t necessarily mean you need to opt for an expensive replacement.

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions About Your Broken Computer

Consider the following questions to determine whether it’s time to replace your computer or if a simple laptop repair will suffice.

1. What’s wrong with the laptop?

First, determine what is causing your laptop issues. Some common problems, like broken laptop screens and battery issues, are apparent, while others like slow performance, motherboard issues, and hard drive troubles require an expert to pinpoint the problem.

By determining the issue behind your broken laptop, you can better understand the cost and time needed to repair your device.

2. Is the laptop under warranty? Do you have insurance on the computer?

If your broken computer is still under warranty or you have insurance on it, reach out to the manufacturer or insurance provider. It’s possible that the repair or a replacement will be covered under your policy.

3. What is the cost to repair your broken PC or MacBook?

One of the most important factors when considering repair versus replacement is cost. If your repair isn’t covered under warranty, request a quote at a local computer repair service like CPR Cell Phone Repair. With an estimate in hand, you can weigh the costs of repair versus replacement, keeping in mind what you paid for your laptop.

If you own a new MacBook, a majority of repairs are probably going to be less expensive than replacement; however, if you own a budget-friendly laptop like a Chromebook, the cost of a repair may be at least half of what the Chromebook is worth. In those circumstances, you need to ask yourself the following question.

4. Does the laptop have all of the functionality you need?

Finally, ask yourself if you really love your laptop and if it has all of the capabilities you need. With every new laptop release comes impressive new technologies, sleek new designs, and improved performance. If there’s a new, must-have feature, consider if upgrading is worth the cost.

Making the Decision: Repair or Replace Your Malfunctioning Laptop

Now that you’ve answered all of the above questions, you likely have an idea of whether you’ll replace or repair your broken laptop, which probably leads you to ask one of the following questions.

If you’ve chosen to replace your broken laptop….

broken laptop being repaired

If you’ve decided to move forward with replacing your old computer with a newer model, you’ll likely be wondering what to do with your old device. Rather than sending it to the landfill, recycle or donate the laptop. In some cases, you may even be able to sell the broken, old laptop online or to a repair store like CPR Cell Phone Repair. While you’re at CPR, be sure to ask about our data transfer and anti-virus software services. We can help you transfer data to your new device and set up anti-virus software to keep your computer running smoothly for years to come.

If you’ve chosen to repair your broken laptop….

If you’re going to go the repair route, you’ll now need to consider repair options. While you could order a DIY repair kit and perform an at-home repair, most people don’t feel comfortable taking on repairs themselves, especially when they don’t know the root of the problem.

Instead of a DIY repair, you might opt to send your laptop to the manufacturer for repair. Unfortunately, that leaves you without a computer for several days at the very least.

Alternatively, you might choose a local computer repair shop like CPR Cell Phone Repair. At CPR, we fix laptops by all of the most popular brands, including Apple, Asus, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Acer, and more. Whether you have a broken screen, malware, power supply issues, hard drive issues, or want to upgrade from an HDD to an SSD, CPR is your go-to computer repair service.

Because we’re local and have years of experience, you can rest assured that you won’t be without your computer for long. We work quickly to get your laptop fixed and back in your hands. Learn more or request a quote today by contacting your nearest CPR store.

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