Upgrading a laptop computer is not as simple of a task as upgrading a desktop computer. Several models of laptops do not offer upgrades on many components that originally came with the computer. Still, you can do some things to customize your laptop to fit your needs once you have purchased it.
Below is a guide on what you can and cannot upgrade on the typical laptop:
Practically every laptop allows for upgrades in its RAM memory. Sometimes, you can do this yourself by opening a compartment underneath the laptop and replacing the memory card with a newer one that has more storage space. When you add a new memory card, you typically need to purchase it from the company which manufactured the laptop to make sure the new components are compatible with your existing laptop.
Most laptop manufacturers can offer upgrades in speed and performance for older models. This sort of upgrade requires sending the laptop back to the manufacturer, so they can replace the processor with a faster one. Upgrading a processor can be cost prohibitive. It is wise to check the pricing of an upgrade and compare it against the cost of buying a new laptop. If the upgrade offers little savings, it my be wise just to replace your old laptop.
- Video card.
Newer high-performance laptops feature functions which allow for an upgrade of the video card that came with it. The same is not true for older laptops. The video cards in those models do not allow for an upgrade and replacing them with a newer one is your only option.
- Hard disk drive.
Some models make it simple to change out your current hard disk for one with larger storage capacity. External hard drives are worth considering too, since they typically allow a laptop to operate at a higher capacity than internal ones.