With the emergence of new freelance writing job opportunities, I have strongly considered purchasing a new laptop. After all, a freelance writer’s number one tool is his or her computer. The netbook I currently use was purchased on Black Friday in 2009 for less than $200. This was a steal at the time, but it has become out of date within a few years (as all technology does). It has a 10.1” screen, a small keyboard, a cramped scroll pad and only 1 GB of memory. This can make my new gig difficult at times, so it’s time for a change.
I began to look for new options, but soon found out that I would have to spend at least $300 for a new computer, plus at least $100 for the proper programs. I started to look for alternative options. Could I upgrade it without buying anything new?
How I Upgraded
I knew my computer wouldn’t be sufficient without a number of upgrades. I came up with the following solutions:
- My future mother in law gave me a 20” TV she wasn’t using, I purchased a connecter cable from Best Buy for $17
- I bought a used USB keyboard from the Goodwill store for $5
- My brother gave me a USB wireless mouse he was no longer using
- I bought a 2 GB stick of memory at Best Buy for $35
In the end, I spent $57 to upgrade my current laptop and avoid buying a new one. Before I upgraded, my laptop wasn’t good enough. Now it is more than enough. The new screen is massive and allows me to view the screen without straining my vision. The new keyboard relieved the pain in my wrists and increased my efficiency. The mouse made it easier to navigate through various programs. And the new memory stick made the system run smoothly and effectively without slowing down.
I think these upgrades were worth more than the $57 they cost. A couple of items were free, but sometimes all you have to do is look/ask around. Are you thinking about buying new technology? Could you upgrade your current setup?
Is Your Device Technologically Out of Date?
My search for a new computer stopped as soon as I found that my current one runs just fine. I could make the necessary upgrades for far cheaper than buying new. Technology moves at a breakneck speed. The electronic item you purchased a few weeks ago may not even be the newest model anymore, but this doesn’t mean you have to rush back to the store.
What I learned through this experience is that discarding “obsolete” products for the newest ones can be a vicious cycle. At times, items can get too old and be difficult to update, but you should always do some research before buying new. Your old item may be a few upgrades away from being like-new again. All you have to do is take a bit of time to breathe new life into it.