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Is an upgrade necessary?

To upgrade or not to upgrade, this is the question.

As newer models of computers, smart phones, game consoles and other computing devices become available, many people want to know if and when their existing ones should be replaced. 

Marketers have done a good job of convincing us that having the latest and greatest is always in our best interest. But is it?

Not necessarily.

Unfortunately, there isn't a simple yes or no answer to this question. The answer is relative, as it really depends on your specific needs, requirements and circumstances more than anything.

There are many factors to consider when determining if and when you should upgrade.

Newer more up-to-date computing devices will certainly offer better overall performance, security and capabilities over earlier predecessors; however, there are some instances of older technology offering better task specific performance in certain situations. 

In such instances, upgrading to the newer technology would result in a performance deficit. And if performing such a task was most important to you, then upgrading would not be advisable, in spite of the overall performance gains.

When trying to determine if you should upgrade, start by making a list of all the things you use your device for or would like to use it for. Prioritize which tasks and features are most important to you and which ones you can live without.

Once completed, make a note of any tasks or features that your current system is unable to perform, or unable to do so to your satisfaction. 

Your next step is to asses any task or feature capabilities issues that you've noted. The functionality and performance of older systems can often be improved significantly by tweaking the settings and ensuring the most current driver and software updates are in place.

Perhaps the biggest limiting factor for most of us in deciding to upgrade depends on our budgets and what we can afford. The frequency cycle of newer device availability has increased, with considerably less time lapsing between newer more improved versions of computing devices.

The cost of having the latest and greatest has become considerably more expensive.

It's also worth mentioning that this higher turn over has also resulted in a faster depreciation cycle as well. Early adopters pay a heavy premium up front and lose considerably more in the depreciation cycle.

It has been my experience that most people do not need to upgrade their systems to meet their current needs and expectations, but can do so by making some adjustments and updates to their system at a fraction of the cost; thereby, extending the useful life of their devices.

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About the Author

Trevor Sharp is a computer-support specialist, and has been helping people with computing issues for more than 25 years.

Trevor lives in Kelowna with his wife and five kids, and owns and operates a mobile computer business providing on-site tech support for home and business customers.

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