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Refresh That Old Laptop

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If you were the lucky recipient of a lightly used, new-to-you laptop this holiday season, we have some easy, inexpensive ways to improve an older laptop inside and out!

The biggest challenge with an older laptop is limited battery life. How do you keep an older system from dying soon after it’s unplugged? Well, most laptop batteries can be replaced.

Its typically an easy fix, check YouTube for a video tutorial do a search something like: “Replace [MAKE MODEL] battery”. Also you should look for your computer’s make and model on eBay.

There are some major exceptions to this however: tablets, Chromebooks and other ultra-thin systems, the battery could be fused to the motherboard in these cases.

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What about cosmetic damage?

Scratches and nicks can be easily covered, we recommend using an iBenzer Plastic Hard Case available for just $19. It comes in tons of different colors, make sure to search for your specific make and model on Amazon or Google. If you can’t find a made-to-fit case, you can choose vinyl decal stickers to cover imperfections.

What about scratches?

A headlight repair kit is your best bet. Get a hold of the Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer Kit, available for around $8. The product will reduce the appearance of surface screen scratches, and as a bonus, you’ll get a super shiny screen!

Charger cable on its last legs?

The MacBook power cord has little clips that constantly break, other laptop chargers also have small parts that are prone to breaking. It can make wrapping your cord a frustrating endeavor. The Quirky Powercurl Cable Organizer available for $13, is designed to prevent this. It gives extra protection for your cable, protects the weak spots where cable meets power adapter and lets you quick wrap & unravel for less cord hassle. It also has many different colors available.

What upgrade will make the biggest difference to the laptop?

Definitely investing in more RAM or a solid state hard drive will see the biggest improvement to your older laptop.

Check your laptop’s memory capacity by visiting crucial.com and use the Advisor Tool or System Scanner. The system scanner will check your system’s hardware and suggest compatible upgrades best on your laptop’s capabilities.

RAM allows you to run more applications simultaneously, the more you have the better. An SSD drive allows your system to access data stored on the hard drive faster.

Both will allow programs to load faster, decrease the likelihood of errors and crashes!

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