How long do laptops last?


I often get asked ‘How long do laptops last?’.

If you’ve bought yourself or a loved one an up-to-date high specced laptop, but are wondering when it will give in? Read on!

Laptops are becoming increasingly popular with students, professionals, and other people on the go. One of the main reasons for their increasing popularity is that laptops have a larger screen size compared to cell phones or tablets. This makes it easier to see images, videos, and other content which may not be as easily visible on a smaller device.

The downside to this increase in screen size is that laptops can be large and heavy to carry around from one place to another. They also tend to have less battery life than cell phones or tablets do, because they have more hardware components such as a processor and motherboard that drain the battery faster. Despite these drawbacks, many people still love using laptops because they provide them with more power than smartphones or tablets can deliver….until they stop working, of course!

Worried how long your laptop will last?

When a laptop is purchased, it typically comes with a standard one-year warranty from the manufacturer, unless you have purchased an extended warranty. During this year, if any hardware defects occur within the computer itself, they will be repaired or replaced by the company who manufactured it free of charge. If an extended warranty was purchased at the time of purchase for additional years of protection beyond the first one, this would also cover problems that arise during those years as well.

Laptop manufacturers release new models every few months to increase sales and decrease the value of older machines. This can cause problems for people who just purchased a brand new computer only to see other ones come out soon after which are more powerful than theirs and have newer features that theirs doesn’t have. This is why buying an extended warranty is so important in protecting your laptop. Many retailers have promotions when you purchase a brand new laptop also come with an extended warranty for free. It’s worth looking into these offers to see what they are willing to give away when purchasing a brand new machine.

An extended warranty is the key!

How long do laptops last on average?

Consumers care about the longevity of their laptops. When they purchase a new laptop, they expect it to last for years without experiencing problems. However, this is rarely the case with all laptops. A survey found that 46% of consumers had experienced hardware or software problems within the first year of their laptop’s purchase. There are some simple ways to help prolong the life of your laptop and keep it running smoothly for years to come.

What brand of laptops lasts the longest?

Now that a tough question. But from our experience Lenovo, Asus and Toshiba laptops have fewer issues and lasts longer.

What are the common issues with laptop hardware one can generally expect with time?

The screens, keyboards, batteries, hinges, and drives are the most common parts of laptops where problems arise over time.


Screens become blurry or dim over time due to constant usage. This can be solved by decreasing screen brightness on the computer itself or buying an external monitor which has its built-in display.


Keys start sticking or they don’t respond at all even after they have been cleaned underneath them where dirt has caused them not to work properly anymore. Keep track of the specific keys that aren’t working while you are typing and try replacing them on your own.


The easiest way to prolong the battery life of a laptop is by simply decreasing the screen brightness of the computer. Another simple way to help boost the longevity of your laptop’s battery is to make sure that you fully charge it before turning off your computer for extended periods (longer than 2 hours).

After about three years of regular use, batteries are likely to lose their ability to hold a charge due to general wear and tear. Even though it may not be immediately necessary, replacing the battery will make sure that you can continue using your laptop without any disruptions. The average life span of laptop batteries is around six years as well, but their effectiveness will rapidly decrease after just five years. Therefore, you should have them replaced at least every five years regardless of how old they are.

Hard drive

Laptops with spinning hard drives usually last longer than ones that use solid-state drives (SSD) because they have moving parts that can easily break down. Having an external hard drive provides easy access to extra storage in case limits are reached, so there is no need to rely on one internal drive. If more space is still needed, back up important data so it can be deleted from the internal drive, and then wipe it clean to prevent any viruses or malware problems.

If your laptop is still working on a mechanical drive, probably best to upgrade it to an SSD as laptops running with an SSD generally produce less heat, apart from performance benefits.  Our laptop repair technician who can arrange a free quote.


Heat and lack of ventilation

Did you know that heat is probably the primary cause of most laptop failures? If a laptop is going to fail, it will usually give warning signs first. The hard drive and optical disc drives are the usual cause, but if a laptop is used for a long period then these components can easily overheat causing damage that you might not notice at first. There’s nothing worse than suffering from decreased performance or sudden shutdowns because your computer overheated due to poor ventilation.

A sub-optimal airflow inside their case leading to heat build-up around the processor and other hot components. This heat slowly damages internal components which can lead to system failures down the line so it’s important to keep your laptop safe from hot air.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your laptop cool, one quick tip is to turn off unused system fans when not needed. Putting a laptop in a closed or poorly ventilated place could cause overheating which may permanently damage certain components, especially the central processor unit (CPU) which has no room for extra cooling. Heat causes condensation inside the laptop which could drip and seep into the motherboard and permanently damage it.

Electrical surges

Electrical surges can also cause serious damage to your computer. They happen when current is running through a line that has too much voltage, usually due to damaged or faulty power lines, substations or transformers. We cannot count the number of times a customer has had his or her LAN port damaged owing to a lightning storm. It’s recommended that you unplug your equipment from any electrical sources if there is a lightning storm and continue using them only after the storm passes. If the power goes out completely, leave your device off until power returns as putting it back on may lead to an electric surge that destroys the internal hardware.

Preventive measures

The best thing you can do is back up your data on an external hard drive regularly so if anything happens to your computer, your information will remain safe. You should also make sure that everything that was stored in the internal hard drive is erased before giving the laptop away or selling it.

If those quick preventive measures don’t work, however, you should consider replacing some of your laptop parts such as cords and batteries as they lose their ability to hold a charge over time. Replacing the cord is especially important if your power source shows signs of damage, which include visible insulation problems or exposed wiring

When all these parts have been replaced, however, it’s recommended that you start thinking about upgrading your laptop to something newer. It’s not a necessity by any means, but it is inevitable that you will lose some of the performance and other features your laptop had when it was new.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...