How to Tell if It’s Time to Upgrade Your Outdated Laptop to 5G

February 9, 2021

As the 5G network rolls out globally, the first 5G products began their launch throughout 2020. Along with phones and tablets, some new laptops come with 5G capability. You may wonder how essential 5G is for your computer and whether it’s worth upgrading an outdated computer to get 5G capability.

What does 5G capability mean for laptops?

Right now, it’s hard to appreciate what the 5G network means for internet speeds for work, gaming, and streaming. We’re moving into a new age of speed and accessibility similar to the switch from dial-up internet to broadband. Forecasted speeds will reach anywhere from ten to 100 times what they are today. Our internet will not only be faster but more accessible.

How do I know if I need a 5G laptop?

A 5G capable laptop is most appealing for those individuals who need to work anywhere. While you can tether your computer to your phone to access the internet, a 5G laptop means you can turn your computer on and have an instant connection to the internet. There’s no hassle of waiting for your computer and phone to recognize one another, and no need to run up your data usage on your phone plan.

You can streamline your workflow and take your “work anywhere” capability to the next level. But is 5G worth upgrading a laptop?

If your laptop has these symptoms, it may be ready to upgrade.

On average, laptops don’t last as long as desktops. Depending on the work you do on your computer, you’re facing spending around $1500 every three to five years to upgrade. There are outliers, however. The least expensive laptops won’t set you back more than $300, and for a top-of-the-line product, you’re looking at as much as $3000.

Given the expense of replacing a computer, you don’t want to do it any more than necessary. It’s understandable if you’ve been making do with a laptop that has a few quirks. Here are some signs it’s time to upgrade your computer:

Your hardware can’t support new software or the latest OS.

If your software is stalled in the past because your hardware can’t handle the latest upgrade, it’s time to upgrade. More than getting access to the latest programs and apps, it’s critical for your laptop’s security to keep your software current.

You can’t carry your laptop.

Technology keeps getting more streamline and lighter. If carrying your laptop puts a strain on your back, you’re probably long overdue for an upgrade.

It can’t run multiple programs.

Like it or not, we live in a fast-paced, high-demand culture that loves to multitask. If your computer freezes, slows down or just gives up when you ask it to do two things at once, an upgrade can change the way you work.

It’s slow to start and slow to load.

Most people just deal with a slow-starting computer that takes a while to boot and load applications. Besides slowing down your workflow, it’s also a sign that your computer is having trouble performing the tasks you ask it to do.

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