Upgradeable laptops fail- impractical approaches in Computer System
The major reason for this failure is we love the concept of creating something, but we compromise on the quality and components that are to be integrated within. The designs that we choose and put in the upgraded laptops are not up-to-the-mark- we fail the upgraded laptops. There are infinite upgrades available for laptops, desktops, PCs, etc. Users wait for each component to be depleted of their energy as well as power competency, in order to upgrade them. Many of us take various computer system parts insignificant such as power supplies, cables, servers, etc.
There are many things’ users still do not understand about upgrading a laptop- first and foremost is their hesitation of which and from where to purchase new components, their compatibility, and the one thing that actually matters to them is the cost. They have a perception that it is better to get a new laptop than upgrade an existing one. According to them, buying a faster and newfangled CPU, motherboard, server, etc. is easier than updating or upgrading a laptop; thus, they keep using the same machine till it gives up and completely shuts down. In some cases, buying a new laptop is necessary; but the majority of the time, components are replaceable, and that quite easily by spending a lesser amount in comparison to getting a new one.
It is better to replace components such as a Solid-State Drive (SSD) with a new and faster version than buying a new laptop for something this trivial. If a shell of your CPU is in real bad shape, the panel is broken, or if the wirings are getting old and stiff; don’t sweat about it- simply, upgrade or replace them. Instead of buying a new or better one, upgrade the existing one that will do three things:
• Replacing components will save cost.
• It will minimize the resources used.
• Reduce the e-Waste foot printing from the world.
All of this is easy and pretty straightforward- issues arise when users, and especially beginners, do not follow through with the DIY guides that are available on the Internet, and 90% of them are quite detailed and good. There are a few reasons as to why the upgrades in a laptop fail:
• Compromise on Components: It is a common understanding that although upgrading a laptop is cheaper than buying a new one; it does not, however, do not mean that you can upgrade and revamp a laptop in mere few dollars. Upgrading is expensive, because the components are of good quality, according to the requirements and workings of the computer system, and the hardware is compatible with the infrastructure. You cannot make a cheap motherboard integrate flawlessly with a high-grade computer structure. Furthermore, the price depends on the laptop as well; Dell’s laptop is easier and fairly cheaper to upgrade than a Framework’s laptop due to the reason that components are easily accessible as a lot of people and retailers know which part is best suited with which model. Due to this, people simply opt for a new laptop rather than upgrading the existing one.
• Unrealistic approaches for laptops: The size and framework of the laptop matter a lot to a majority of people- they wish to have slim and tiny laptops; building such kind of a laptop is never cheap; these upgrades or the build fails. Upgrading thin laptops usually fails because the components are pricey as well as hard to acquire. You can achieve the compactness by soldering a memory as well as the SSD into the motherboard- but not every component can be soldered on it. So, the point of consideration is, thin and sleek laptops take more effort and cost than the average size and shape laptop does, as well as the cost is economical as well for average laptops.
• Upgrades fail because we fail them: Although, the majority of the people who try to build their laptops are successful; there are still many out there who trash each attempt. There are many computers manufacturing companies that, in the beginning, created laptop cases and kits to assist the rebuild, upgrades, DIY creations; the result was disastrous for almost each one of them. After a few years, there were towers of trashed and broken laptop kits, causing companies to lose more than earn. Users, whilst trying their hand in the manufacturing, blames companies rather than accepting the fact that they failed it (the manufacture). There was a survey that showed that Asus closed their computer kit units because customers returned the kit, they had broken in the process of upgrading with the retailers with the comments that the kit(s) was damaged. Just like many did, Asus gave up their concept in a mere few years.
• Preoccupied with the Style: Laptop upgrades fail because we are fixated on one style that has been stuck in our head. The important thing here to understand is that although laptops present a presentable appearance, this is a machine; not something to show in a pageant circuit. Upgrades are important because they boost the power as well as the performance of the machine. Users either leave their laptops the way they were for years or simply buy a newer one with an expensive one because that user was preoccupied with the style rather than the performance. Style does not matter to the professionals- for practical users the computational power, its efficiency, as well as the work throughput. But we all are aware of the fact that the better the design, the higher a computer sells. Delectably thin shapes, zero edgings, and beautiful colors influence buyers in a certain sense that “upgrade it afterward” has never been witnessed. In today’s era, a laptop is a special countenance of a user’s style. Style regrettably always outdoes functionalities, especially if it comes in vibrant colors.
• High-performance expectations: The majority of the time, upgrades are done to boost performance efficiency. Manufacturers keep in mind these details and create components that fit easily into the case. Single generation manufactures have their respected components- but to a limited extent. Technology evolves on a daily basis; a manufacturer, for example, Intel, can’t keep building components for their core i3 RAM forever. There will come a time and limit after which they will move towards the emerging technology and stop the manufacture of the previous generation. With the fast-paced evolution, the requirements and modules of a computer system change rapidly such as their thermal parts including fans and coolant agents, power supplies, memory, etc. A laptop framework that is built for the sole purpose of the chipset going into it is, at some point in the future, will outperform the one that is built to be common in nature. It is tested that a battery that is soldered into the motherboard or computer framework outperforms the one that is detached from the board. Many other such components give far better performance and consumption rates than those attached separately such as motherboards with integrated components that provide more storage space, bandwidth, power efficiency, etc. The reason is, the soldered-in components lack upgrades- users connect non compatible RAMs, SSDs, HDDs, and other performance enhancers into the motherboard that affects the system. With rigidly fixed components, users cannot put in wrong components, thus making the performance, if not better, not worse either.
• Litigious Users: In the majority of the cases, users have made the manufacturers stop building kits for upgrades due to the fact that they sued them numerous times for reasons they did. For example, when the computer manufacturer Alienware hard-pressed its magnificent plan to build a gaming laptop that shall provide upgrades through its socketed PC’s CPU which was upgradeable, with its custom-made GPUs, there was no way to avoid users not messing up their computer upgrades. An opposing vendor had gotten itself the victim of a participatory suit because the vendor showed futile effort in the production of a GPU upgrade for the gaming laptop that advertised it as a defining characteristic.
But there is a catch with their proposed upgrades by Alienware: they offer their upgrades and other things if and only if a user has acquired a low-quality laptop. They offer nothing and no upgrade for the gaming laptops, due to the fact that they might get sued for manufacturing not-so-good upgrades and bad mouth advertising from users who fail to successfully upgrade their laptops from the provided kits.
In a nutshell, it will be best to say that upgrades fail due to our negligence- it is not advisable to cross-integrate products with one another. If you are working with the Intel components, make sure all the upgrades are according to it. Doing the zigzag thing while upgrading laptops; the upgrade under no circumstances will materialize for you as you anticipated them to be. Even with this, there is a huge population that simply want nothing to do with upgrades; they shall opt for the best pricing, a sleek and reduced laptop with more efficiency as performance. This is the marketing tactic- sell what the user wants to get. Now, all the user wants is a fashionable laptop with boosted computer efficiency, better pricing, and of course upgrades (if deemed necessary) easy to plug in and plug out.