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Should You Upgrade or Replace Your Laptop?

By Marco Horn /  Tim Fisher

Deciding whether to upgrade or replace a laptop is a big decision, and it can be complicated to know when or even if you should. You need to consider if the labor is worth it — if it’s cheaper to replace or rebuild, and whether or not you actually need to do it.
The different components on a laptop are not as easy to replace as are the ones in a desktop computer, but it certainly is possible to upgrade a laptop if you have the patience and proper tools. That said, some of the suggestions below involve using external hardware to supplement for outdated, missing, or damaged internal components.

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Should I remove my laptop battery when plugged in to lengthen its life span?

Should I remove my laptop battery when plugged in to lengthen its life span?

By Jeandre de Beer

batteryMany users have their laptops plugged into the power outlet when working at the office.

Can you improve your battery life if you remove the battery when you are connected to the power outlet?

 

 

It’s one of those questions that have no right or wrong answer. For every answer out there, there are arguments for and against it.

I remove my laptop’s battery when I am connected to the power outlet and I only insert it when I am travelling.

It’s always better for batteries to discharge to about 20% before recharging them.

 

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