Reasons to Upgrade Your Laptop (That Go Beyond a Performance Upgrade)

seeprime

TS Guru
I do gaming laptops for the portability and power. So not gonna be upgrading this beast on a whim just because it's a few years old :p
I'm hoping Thunderbolt will become standard on just about all laptops so that anyone can plug in an external graphics card, in a box of course, and instantly upgrade.
 

seeprime

TS Guru
I had a laptop with an i5-6300HQ and a 960m until about a year ago. Ran Watch Dogs 2 and got a message that my GPU was below the minimum requirements, so I figured it was time for a new laptop. I now have one with an i7 and gtx 1060 max-q. It is still only a computer with a 4-core CPU. I could make use of an 8 or more core CPU on a laptop, but when they become available and the prices come down.
This is why we need to push laptop OEM's to incorporate Thunderbolt into every machine that has a Ryzen or Core chip onboard. Instant expandablity, making any machine a gaming PC or workstation, would be great.
 

Puiu

TS Evangelist
3-4 years is my upgrade cycle for a laptop (as long as it doesn't fail completely).
 

seeprime

TS Guru
3-4 years is my upgrade cycle for a laptop (as long as it doesn't fail completely).
That used to be mine also. Now with SSD's the machines last longer, and run a bit cooler. In my opinion businesses should upgrade no farther out than every four years.
 

Capsaicin

TS Rookie
“For most, 4K on a 13- to 15-inch screen is overkill and mostly unnecessary“

It’s that insanity that keep giant ugly pixel 1080p monitors still being sold after 4k was introduced a half decade ago. It’s mind boggling how people can look at their smartphones with 300+ dpi and then look at a 23” 1080p monitor all day. When I got my 4k 15” laptop it was like getting glasses for the first time. I could finally see DETAIL in everything! I wish manufacturers would STOP shipping 1080p anything. Fat pixels are gross.
 

mbk34

TS Member
Oddly, I can't think of any reason to upgrade my main laptop. I have a HP Envy 13" that's a couple of years old but it's 2 core i5 seems to handle everything I throw at it, there's a low power GPU (an MX 150) if I want to play games and the battery will happily last all day. Most of all it just makes me smile every time I open it up as it's a lovely looking thing. Obviously if you want to edit video files or play the latest games then you need something better or, more likely, a decent PC.

I can see improvements in my ultra portable surface go, micro bezels and a longer battery life would be nice, but I can't see myself spending more cash. Anyway, once they get ancient I tend to just convert them to Linux which, if the hardware is compatible, tends to give them a new lease of life.
 

jobeard

TS Ambassador
Hmm; laptop implies portability and imo that demands connectivity.
Bluetooth, Wired and Wifi networking, OPTICAL cd/rw, USB

The laptop is frequently the device of choice for making presentation, so get several USB ports
 

poohbear

TS Evangelist
Still rocking my Asus Zenbook with 4th gen Haswell from 2014. I upgraded the HDD to an SSD and it's a night and day difference. For office work, email, and internet browsing there's really no need to upgrade.

However, recently saw that new Acer Swift 5 with 10th Gen Ice Lake, 12 hours battery life, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD, Wifi 6, touch screen, and weighing only 990 grams @ ~$900 is looking mighty tempting. I'll prolly upgrade to that beauty on a Black Friday sale this year (2020).