Buying a computer, notebook or laptop?
Some of us rely on laptops. We need convenient access to our files wherever we go.
Often a tablet, even our smartphone, will be up to the task. In most cases, many of us will still need the luxury of a desktop computer with a bigger screen and seemingly boundless storage space on tap.
How do you make the most sensible decision when it comes to buying a new computer or replacing an old one? You need an eye to the future but we all know that technology moves in mysterious ways. And quickly. You don’t want to invest in technology that then sits idle while you wish you’d bought the one you passed up—eBay is bloated with the cast-offs that no longer serve the purpose intended.
At Red Centre Technology Partners, we’ve been at the coalface for 20 years providing practical and sensible IT solutions for the needs of people in remote locations, throughout NT as well as in Alice Springs, who cannot afford to fall behind in business.
Before you make your purchasing decision on a laptop, notebook, desktop, or any computer hardware, make a quick call to the team at Red Centre Technology Partners. We will be happy to steer you away from the lemons and provide you with some well-informed advice.
Our advice, of course, is always independent and focused purely on what will work best for your specific needs.
Computer Servicing & Support
At Red Centre Technology Partners, your after-sales worries are taken care of. We provide a one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need with your IT investment.
Our service and repair capability is the best you’ll find in Alice Springs and surrounds. We have 15 field service vehicles, fully equipped and ready to roll.
Our technicians are among the best in the business and we waste no time getting the job done for you… done right the first time.
Upgrading memory and storage is just scratching the surface. We make devices talk to each other. We create networks that work—including independent networks that allow your guests to surf the net, oblivious to you running your business securely at the same time, over the same network hardware.
We can make sure you can print, sync your calendar, access your data remotely, and store back-ups on meticulously maintained secure servers that will save your bacon if bad things happen.
Computer & Laptop Repairs
Virus Removal & Device Security
One of the most common computer/laptop repairs we come across is the removal of viruses and malware. If left unattended, these viruses can do some serious damage to your device, such as stealing valuable information and data stored on your hard drive. At RCTP, our friendly professionals are experienced in removing all viruses and malware. Using up-to-date software, we can also secure your device against future attacks and offer safeguarding advice to prevent an incident like this from happening again.
Our professionals have extensive experience in solving internet issues that may be affecting your devices. Whether it’s connection issues with your router, slow internet performance or streaming delays, our team members are skilled in getting to the root of the problem and will offer advice to prevent these issues from arising in the future. An example of a solution would include the installation of troubleshooting software, and we’re also very happy to show you how this works so you know what to look out for in the future.
Computer & Laptop Parts
At RCTP, we understand that sometimes, problems with your device can be cosmetic, rather than internal. Our technicians are happy to replace the parts of your device that are damaged, such as the screen, mousepad and keyboard. However, rest assured that we’re also skilled at replacing batteries and motherboards should your laptop or computer be experiencing power failures.
If your laptop or computer is running slowly, there could be a number of factors causing this, including a lack of storage space on your device. It’s also common for older models to run more slowly as software becomes out of date. If this is an issue that concerns your computer, the experts at RCTP can identify the root of the problem and fix it so that your laptop runs at lightning-fast speed again. Our professionals can also offer advice to customers on the common causes of slow speeds and how to prevent these.
Computer & Laptop FAQs
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUYING A COMPUTER?
Depending on your technology needs, we have a wide variety of stock available.
We would need to ask a few questions such as, will this PC be used for business purposes or for home use? Do you run high-performance software? These answers will help us guide you to the optimal product for you.
HOW DO I KEEP MY LAPTOP’S BATTERY IN GOOD HEALTH?
There are multiple settings we can assist you with to optimise your battery lifecycle.
Our technicians will be able to assist you with these settings to help your battery life last as long as possible.
SHOULD I GET MY LAPTOP REPAIRED OR BUY A NEW ONE?
If your laptop is malfunctioning or making strange noises it may be time to replace it.
WHAT DO I DO TO PREVENT VIRUSES AND MALWARE?
Vulnerabilities are inevitable and keeping up to date with the latest software will help ensure are protected from those exploits. Running up to date software and keeping your antivirus updated will help you with preventing someone from hacking your system.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN MY COMPUTER CRASHES?
A computer crashing can be devasting.
We specialise in data recovery and our technicians have a variety of tools to diagnose and repair your computer.
IS IT WORTH REPAIRING MY LAPTOP?
A repair is almost always cheaper than replacing a laptop, but if the cost is coming in at around 50-70% of the cost of buying a new one then perhaps consider the age and condition of the machine. Always get a free quote for the repair before making a decision.
HOW LONG DO LAPTOPS LAST?
Most experts will tell you the lifespan of a laptop is 3-5 years. You may be able to continue using it beyond that, but certain components may become less able to run advanced applications and support for some of the software may diminish or stop altogether.
IS IT CHEAPER TO REPLACE A HARD DRIVE OR BUY A NEW COMPUTER?
Generally speaking, it will cost you less to replace a hard drive than to buy an entirely new computer. However, it can still be a fairly costly thing to purchase, so you should consider whether an older machine might benefit from being completely replaced.
CAN A LAPTOP LAST 10 YEARS?
If you take good care of it, then yes, a laptop can last 10+ years. The battery is usually the first thing to go, but you can replace it at quite an affordable price. The biggest question is whether the operating system and security features will continue being supported, and whether the machine has the capability to run a newer operating system.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU NEED A NEW COMPUTER?
There are various signs that it may be time to get a new computer. Two important ones are that updating the hardware may start leading to compatibility issues, or that the security features for a newer operating system are not compatible with your hardware. Other things to look out for include:
- Computer fans getting noisy
- The hardware is starting to feel slow and clunky
- A replacement would be cheaper than a repair
- Application loading time has become slow
- You have expensive hardware repairs to make
- You can’t get the newest version of the operating system
- Startup/shutdown take a long time
WHAT ARE THE 3 TYPES OF BASIC COMPUTER MAINTENANCE?
- Uninstall programs you don’t use and delete junk files
- Keep the operating system up-to-date
- Update device drivers
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR LAPTOP IS DYING?
It may become very slow and even freeze, crash or send error messages regularly. This is an even bigger problem if the issues don’t go away with a reboot. You may also notice problems with your monitor, touch pad or flash drive. These are all signs that you may need someone to take a look at your laptop.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T USE YOUR LAPTOP FOR A LONG TIME?
The main problem will be the battery. You should charge it to around 80% then remove it from the laptop while storing, otherwise it could enter a deep discharge state and may need to be replaced. There is also a risk that the hard drive could develop faults if it is not used for a very long time.
HOW DO I KEEP MY LAPTOP IN GOOD CONDITION?
- Keep the screen and keyboard clean and protect them against impact damage.
- Use the laptop regularly and charge it, using battery saver and battery protection where possible.
- Use on a stable platform and optimise the hard disk regularly.
- Undertake regular maintenance like virus scans, updates and hard disk cleaning.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED OLD FOR A COMPUTER?
A computer that is more than 5 years old is considered an old computer by modern standards.
IS IT OK TO LEAVE YOUR COMPUTER ON 24/7?
There are some theories about computers that state it may lead to wear and tear damage if you leave them on 24/7, but this is refuted. Generally speaking, the main issue with doing so is the power consumption. If your computer doesn’t need to be on, then maybe turn it off – the planet and your wallet will thank you for it.