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    A few years back, I bought a small cheap laptop as backup in case my PC either would need repaired or if I needed to leave my room but still stay connected.

    That laptop was bought refurbished since it was only a backup machine. It no longer holds a charge and I’m kind of nervous about not having a backup to my PC, but in the several years I had that laptop, I swear I can count the total number uses in just one hand.

    With such little use, do you all feel it doesn’t justify a replacement, or is it better safe than sorry?
     
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    We backup everything to the cloud.
     
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    I was referring to browsing, video conferencing and generally staying connected. I back up my data on external HDD’s.
     
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    There's a lot you're leaving out here:

    1. "Not holding a charge" isn't important unless your power goes out or you want to use it somewhere that has no power. Does it work fine if it's plugged in?

    2. When you say "a backup", do you mean "a second machine in case my first one dies", or do you mean backing up your storage (files, documents, whatever)? For a backup, you can use a cloud backup, or just get a 2.5" $100 external USB drive and back up locally. (Most OSs come with a backup program built in.)

    3. If you like the notebook, and what it to "hold a charge", then just replace the battery. It's usually super easy to do this, but some computers (Macs, I think) are harder. Either way, if you can't do it yourself, you can probably find someone / some place locally that will do it for you. Start by googling for the brand + model number + "battery". You can learn a bit about how it works.

    I only replace a computer if it's unable to do its job any longer. As long as it works and isn't holding me back from getting stuff done, I am happy to keep using it. It helps to reduce "e waste" (the term used for mostly-non-recyclable electronic stuff).
     
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    My laptop is a backup to my PC in case I need to get online and unable to use my PC for whatever reason at the time. That’s all… Just an alternative means to stay connected with a full internet browser.

    I could just replace the battery, but I’m not sure it could keep up with the modern internet. It’s pretty old. It only has a dual-core CPU with 8GB of memory. My cell phone has better resources than that. LOL.

    But my question is, since I barely got any use out of it, do you think my concern for a backup machine is mooted?
     
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    #6 3DIY-4HER, Jul 8, 2024
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    If the battery has lost its charge forever, the tech is probably worth replacing.

    I have switched from desktop to 2nd hand laptops with an extra monitor, love it.

    Laptops are small, fast, affordable, replaceable, portable, silent and power-efficient.
    Laptops have a built-in UPS battery, display, keyboard, mouse, "speakers", usb hub.

    If the laptop can't run Windows 11 you are probably out of (security) updates (soon).

    If you are just browsing you could use a phone as a PC.
     
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    Yeah, it’s not Windows 11 compatible. It’s old. I barely got any use out of it though… So it’s probably not worth replacing. I don’t think literally a few times of use justifies a few hundred dollars.
     
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    If you need a machine to do your job and it would be a problem if you couldn't be online because your main machine was down then it might be worth getting a newer backup machine. If you can live without the computer for a few days while waiting on "repairs" then I wouldn't worry about it. I'm in boat #1, though if I had to I could just drive into the office and use a machine there, but I prefer to avoid the office so I have "extra" machines at home. Desktop is my work machine, the laptop is for the whatever, whenever, wherever I want to use a machine not tied to my desk.
    To help with the battery issue keep it plugged in or use it once a week. I had test machines that I never plugged in that the batteries are toast, but the machines I left plugged in all the time have been fine and the batteries are like new, this does vary with vendor battery maintenance practices.
     
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    If it's just for meetings, email and web browsing, have you considered just getting an Android tablet. You can get one for a like $300.
    Samsung - Galaxy Tab A9+ 11" 128GB - Wi-Fi - Graphite

    Or you could get a ChromeBook

    Samsung - Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 12.4" LED 2-in-1 Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Celeron- 4GB Memory -Intel UHD Graphics- 128GB - Silver

    Or you could buy a used PC on Facebook or CraigsList for less than $300.


    Lastly, you could try to replace the battery of your laptop. That might not be cheaper though.

    Me? I'd find some other used PC, You can get the dirt cheap.

     
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    Yeah, I think I'll just replace the battery and then just throw it out when it goes "Bust" and probably not replace it.
     
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