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So, you have had your laptop for a few years, and it is starting to frustrate you as it seems to be slowing down daily.


The challenge with laptops is that you cannot upgrade the processor. Upgrading the processor means you need to buy a new laptop, and that is expensive.


The good news is that in most cases you don’t need to buy a new laptop if your laptop is less than 5 years old.


Let’s look at your options from a lowest to a highest cost perspective:


  1. Software optimisation – Follow the following 14 step action plan on the steps to take to enhance the performance of your laptop or computer from a software perspective:
    • Even though you can follow the steps yourself, some of these tasks are quite intimidating. If in doubt rather let the experts resolve the issues for you. Please feel free to contact our ComputerSmart Tech-on-Call service on 076 094 8744, we can assist you remotely or on site.


  1. Memory (RAM) upgrade: Ram is the quick on demand storage you Central Processor (CPU) use when processing data. If you don’t have enough you will experience your laptop as being slow.

The biggest benefit of upgrading your RAM is better multi-tasking, it allows your laptop to do more things at the same time.

The price of RAM has drastically reduced in the last few years, but there is still a lot of debate on how much RAM is enough. The table below can be used as a guideline to help you decide how much RAM you need:

Click here to contact our laptop specialists for expert advice and a free quotation.*Maximum physical memory (RAM) readable by Windows for X86 / 32-bit installations is 4GB.


  1. Replace your Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD).
    The advantage to replacing your HDD with an SSD is that it is many times faster than HDDs that depends on mechanical access. The gain in access speed translate in an overall snappier and more responsive feel to your laptop or computer.

In benchmark tests it has been proven that it can enhance the performance score of laptops with 50% and more. Reference:

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The costly alternative:


Replace your laptop. As a last resort you can consider replacing your laptop, here you have the following options:

    • Trade in your laptop for an upgrade – this may result in a significant saving on your purchase.
    • Buy a refurbished laptop with 1-year money back guarantee – our quality refurbished laptops offer great value for money of between 50% and 70% saving on equivalent new laptop prices.
    • Buy a new laptop – we also sell new laptops and can advise you on the appropriate specifications for your needs.

We supply all major brands of laptops and offer free shipping nation-wide.


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