Laptop lifespan and how to make it longer

Updated: March 02, 2023
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Laptop lifespan and how to make it longer
by Oleksandr Kamennyi
Tech Expert & Writer
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Quality Control team

Are you a regular laptop user wondering how long your laptop will last? The answer to this question is quite simple: it all depends on you. How long the device will work is entirely influenced by the conditions in which it occurs. In this article, we will find out which elements fail more often than others and what you can do to prolong the service life.

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It's very hard to say how long the screen will last. Any negligent action, and that's it. It's only one step away from disaster. This element often suffers through the user's fault, and if the display is damaged, the operation is impossible for obvious reasons.


To prolong the life of the screen, it is important not to neglect the simple rules.

  1. Use a special carrying bag, even if you do not carry the device with you very often. It only takes one unfortunate incident to destroy an item. There is no telling if and when it will affect you.
  2. Do not leave the gadget unattended in a house with small children. It is definitely not a toy, but it is difficult to explain this to young children.
  3. Try not to allow the equipment to be at a height all the time. Careless movement and the subsequent fall can cause tremendous damage. And it can affect the screen and other internal elements, which will only complicate the course of the problem.
  4. Be careful about finding any small objects on the keyboard. If you forget about them, you can sharply close the lid and destroy the good condition of the matrix.
  5. Stop eating and drinking near your laptop. Liquid spills have devastating effects and lead to many problems, including short circuits. In this case, saving the device from certain death is extremely difficult.

It is very important to act professionally when confronted with this kind of trouble. Do not try to fix the problem on your own. Take your gadget to a trusted repair shop right away. Otherwise, you risk answering the question about the device's lifetime, focusing on your sad experience.

Cooling system

Cooling system

How long your laptop will serve also depends on the condition of the cooling system. Every owner should remember to perform preventive dusting and periodic thermal paste changes.

The frequency of the procedure is at least once a year. If your home or apartment is undergoing renovation work, you will need to contact specialists more frequently, about once every 6 months. The presence of pets is also a factor contributing to more frequent cleaning.

Another way to extend the life of your device is to purchase a special stand that serves as an additional cooling device. It helps the system do its job effectively.

Special stand serving as an additional cooling device

If you do not go to the master on time and forget about the procedure, the results will not be long in coming. The notebook will be very noisy and overheated. An increased operating temperature will break down the most important elements. The CPU and graphics processors will be severely affected. The motherboard will become unusable. Likely, the laptop will not last 4-5 years, and the repair will become so expensive that it will be much easier and more profitable to give the gadget for parts.



This component suffers from many factors.

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  • One of the main ones already mentioned above is overheating. Why does this happen? There are several explanations. In addition to the cooling system's inefficient operation or complete failure, the problem also occurs due to overclocking. Putting excessive loads on the gadget leads to damage to the soldered elements. They simply burn out. No hardware or software methods can be applied in any case.
  • Dust is the worst enemy of the proper operation of almost all components, including the board. If you don't want the life of your fixture to be astonishingly short, be sure to call for service.
  • Constant surges in voltage levels also pose a potential threat.
  • Drops, especially repeated ones, damage not only the most fragile component - the matrix, but the motherboard.
  • A separate story is the spilling of liquid, especially aggressive (tea, coffee, sweet soda) and in considerable quantity. This almost always leads to the complete cessation of normal operation due to oxidation of the contacts on the board. It is easier and cheaper to buy a new laptop.

Average figures: service life

  1. The hard drive lasts about 7 years.
  2. The processor lasts at least 10-15 years.
  3. The battery lasts 2 to 3 years.
  4. The laptop can generally work properly without breaking for about 10 years.

These figures are notional. The real figures depend on the frequency and care of use. You can increase the time, contact the masters, and adhere to the appropriate use rules. And one more nuance: you should not get carried away with self-repair. It is always better to entrust a serious matter to a specialist.

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