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Why is My Brand New Laptop So Slow?

Your old computer is beginning to slow down. So, you invest in a shiny new laptop. The clouds part and the sun shines down on this bright and lovely new device. Everything will be faster and easier. Only, from the first day, the new laptop is lagging. Why is it running so slow? One of these might be the reason.

Laptop Slow as a Snail
Laptop Slow as a Snail

#1 Not enough memory to multi-task

In many cases, the laptop doesn’t have enough RAM (Random Access Memory). RAM is the computer’s main memory. This helps your computer do more at once. Information from the operating system, application programs and data are kept here, when in use, for quicker processing.

RAM is like the computer’s short-term memory, while the hard drive is the long-term memory. Just as the human brain can’t hold everything in short-term memory, RAM can get overloaded too. When this happens on your laptop, the computer processor needs to go to the hard drive. This slows things down.

Laptop RAM Upgrade
Laptop RAM Upgrade

Resolution: You might see 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or more of RAM available. How much you need is going to depend on what you plan on doing with the computer. For a laptop with Windows 10, we recommend at least 8GB of RAM, but 16GB is more comfortable for a better experience.

Not all laptops will let you access the RAM. When you can, though, upgrading memory can be quick and affordable.

#2 Mechanical hard drive.

Often a single part is letting you down. With a less expensive computer, manufacturers skimp. While it’s less common these days, some laptops will come with a mechanical hard drive. You might think of this like a record player with a needle reading the vinyl album. Since something is moving to find data, the laptop runs slower than it would with a Solid State Drive (SSD), which has no moving parts.

Laptop 2.5" Mechanical Hard Disk Drive
Laptop 2.5" Mechanical Hard Disk Drive

Resolution: In many cases, a mechanical hard drive can be easily upgraded to an SSD. However, some super slim laptops have limited upgradability.

Depending on your laptop you may be able to run an NVMe Solid State Drive and keep your Hard Disk Drive for storage.

If your Laptop doesn't have an M.2 Slot for NVMe you would need to remove the SATA Hard Disk Drive and use a SATA Solid State Drive.

#3 Slow brains

Processors have made massive improvements through the years but one thing hasn't changed; consumers still continue to buy laptops with under powered CPUs or Processors. The Processor is the brain of the computer and dictates how fast a task can be performed. Many salesman will recommend an under powered computer to a shopper to make a sale rather than send them home with the recommendation of coming back when they have another $50 or $100 to put toward a new device. The CPU is a component in almost all laptops that cannot be upgrades as it is soldered to the system board and is one of the largest contributed factors for power usage and consumption. If you bought an under powered CPU like an Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon don't expect it to be blazing fast.

Laptop PC Processor affects computer speed
Specific Intel and AMD CPUs with lower clock speeds can affect device speed

#4 Bloatware.

Retailers like to tout all the bells and whistles that come with their laptops. So, when you turn on your laptop for the first time, you may notice there’s already a lot of software preloaded. Much of it you’ll probably never use. Maybe there are toolbars you don’t need, games you’ll never use, or stock widgets that you couldn’t care less about. These examples of bloatware slow down your computer.

The third-party applications are a revenue source for the manufacturer, but don’t always help you. Microsoft, for instance, sells a line of computers that come without any pre-installed third-party software. Computerworld reported those PCs “start up 104% faster, shut down 35% faster and have 28 minutes more battery life.”

Laptop Preloaded Bloatware
Laptop Preloaded Bloatware

Resolution: When you get a new laptop, check out the pre-installed software before you add your own. Determine what the existing software will do, and uninstall anything that you won’t want.

#5 System Updates

If your laptop is slow on the first startup, this may be due to system updates. For instance, a Windows 10 automatic update to bolster the security of the computer. You can’t do much about these, but look on the bright side, your laptop security is current!

#6 Overheating

Any laptop computer will warm up when the CPU is running hard to process requests, and you’ll sense the fan working hard trying to cool it down. As laptops have gotten thinner so have the the system cooling fans. When the fan blades are thinner they cannot move as much air. First off, get a cooling pad for your laptop as this helps quite a bit.

Additionally, avoid opening several programs at the same time especially those “heavy” apps like Photoshop, Premiere, etc. that demand more resources to run smoothly. Once again — less or no multitasking at all.

Let's Review

Improved speed is a main reason to invest in a new laptop. If you need assistance on choosing what Laptop Hardware will accomplish the tasks you need give us a call. If you're on a tight budget consider purchasing a refurbished laptop from a reputable distributor. We source our refurbished laptops from companies that offer a 1 Year Warranty which, unlike many Original Equipment Manufacturers don't have three pages of exclusions.

Either way don’t let a lagging laptop disrupt your productivity. We can help with a slow running laptop.

Instead of wasting valuable time waiting on a slow computer, give Bringing Your Tech to Life a leading computer repair business in Stokes County a call to Tune Up your computer or other device whether it has a few years on it or its brand new.


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