The thing about electronics is that they have a finite lifespan. What was once a powerful laptop used for business or gaming is now sitting in a closet and collecting dust.
Perhaps the hardware wore out, or maybe the technology is too outdated for your machine to do anything useful.
Whatever the case, consumers are often left wondering what to do with an old laptop.
In this short guide, we’ll provide you with a few different ideas.
This option might seem a little too obvious.
If your laptop has a few broken parts – such as a damaged screen or a loose power connection – it is easy enough to to repair. In most cases, the cost of the repair will be less than buying a new laptop.
If you live in the Cleveland area, take a peek at our services page to see what we can do for you.
Give It One Job
If you’re wondering what to do with an old laptop that’s in otherwise perfect working condition, consider re-purposing it. In other words, give it just one simple task to do.
For instance, you could mount it to the wall and use it as a stationary calendar or photo frame. If you have a few broken keys, a battery that won’t hold a charge, or a damaged CD drive – it really won’t matter.
If you have a room in your house that doesn’t receive WiFi, you could turn your old laptop into a hotspot. Here is a guide on how to do that.
You could also use your laptop simply for its screen by connecting it to your desktop computer.
Use It for Parts
Removing and reusing laptop hardware can be rather tricky. This idea would be best applied by those more technically inclined.
For example, you could remove the hard drive from your old laptop, place it in an enclosure, and then use it as an external drive.
In some cases, you may also be able to salvage the CD drive, although finding an external enclosure for it may prove to be challenging.
Sell It for Cash
Computer repair stores, such as Target PC Inc here in Willoughby, Ohio, will often buy your laptops. We can use the parts, or sometimes even refurbish certain models for resale.
The answer to what to do with an old laptop is not to throw it away. Not only is that the equivalent of tossing money in the trash, but it is also not the environmentally responsible thing to do.
Instead, bring your old laptop into our showroom and we may be able to give you cash for it on the spot.
- Trying to figure out what to do with an old laptop you no longer use?
- Are you upgrading to a newer, more powerful laptop?
- Do you need extra cash to pay for an unexpected expense?
- Perhaps your laptop requires extensive repairs, and you simply cannot afford it?
Find more details on selling your laptop to Target PC Inc here.