Computers: How Many Years Should They Last? by Musa Aykac
There was once a time when you would buy electronic devices and expect them to last for decades. When people bought a television or a radio, these items would last them forever. But times have changed, and a lot of people will now go so far as to replace their electronic devices every single year.
But in reality doing this is not an option for most of us, so we will want to get as much use as possible out of items such as computers. We really will want to get value for our money, because after all they are not cheap. It is very hard to put an exact figure on the life expectancy for a computer; it depends on so many factors.
On average, a computer will last for about three to five years, but there are many people who will have their computer for longer than this. How well the computer is looked after and the amount of use that it gets will determine how long it lasts. There are many people who don't bother to look after their computer at all, and these computers very rarely last longer than one year. If you want to get more than five years out of your computer then you are going to have to learn how to take care of it.
This means not only giving the keyboard and screen the occasional wipe with a cloth, but do a thorough clean. Make sure that you clear out your hard drive every so often by getting rid of any programs that you are not using, and you should also run a defrag every now and then. A good anti-virus software program is another way to ensure that you get longer life out of it, so make sure you buy one. There are also other practical things you can do like not having fluids anywhere near your computer – especially if you are a bit of a caffeine addict.