My Painful Journey Using an Old Notebook- Should You Upgrade Yours?
In my line of work as a technology industry analyst, I have had a lot of discussions recently about the current and future popularity of notebooks versus smartphones and tablets. While none of the three devices can replace any of the other right now, data does indicate that consumers are waiting a bit longer to replace their current PC. 100s of millions of PCs are still in active use using old operating systems, hardware and software which combines to deliver an historic experience. The biggest question consumers have is, “should I upgrade”? After doing some of my own contextual research, I can confidently say “it’s a good time to upgrade”, and I wanted to share my analysis with you. Simply put, if the experience doesn’t incrementally deliver consumer value, there is little need to upgrade to a new PC. Therefore, digging deeper into the differential experience between new and old is important. As someone who refreshes their PC every 6 months to perform contextual research, it’s been hard for me to personally relate to using a 4-5 year old PC. To gain a better insight into understanding what it’s like to use an old PC and if there’s value in an upgrade, I used a four year old PC for some basic tasks for around 10 days. I want to share my insights with you as I now believe I have a better handle on the “good enough” phenomenon and whether there is true merit to upgrading.