Laptops have useful lifespans of around three to five years. Even though they may still be operational after five years, newer software programs are constantly released with newer hardware requirements. Owners can perform maintenance and upgrade their laptops to extend their usefulness.
If treated with care, a laptop can reach up to five years, function without problems and run programs with negligible lag. But no matter how powerful the laptop currently is, it may not be able to properly handle new software that requires more resources. Some hardware components of the laptop, such as the processor and graphics card, are typically not upgradeable. Owners may need to buy a replacement if these components outlast their usefulness.