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    Repair or replace 5 year old Dell Studio laptop

    I have a 5 year old Dell Studio 1537 laptop. Like many Dell Studios the hinges and power switches have a very weak design and have failed. Consquently the laptop will not power up. All data is backed up so there are no issues on that front.

    I'm trying to figure out whether to repair or replace this machine. I can get replacement parts for about $160 and can repair the machine myself. However, the end result is a repaired 5 year old machine that does have some other issues. (For example it needs a new battery). I'm wondering if I would be better off purchasing a new laptop. I think the budget for an appropriate replacement machine would be about $800.

    I would like to know about other's opinions on how to deal with this situation.

    BTW, the machine is Core 2 Duo 6400 CPU, with 4GB main memory with a 800x1380 LED backlit screen. The hard drive is 250GB heavy duty 7200 RPM drive designed for laptops. One of the features I realy like is that is has an HDMI port. It came with MS Vista but I now use Windows 7 Home Premium.

    In addition to web surfing and document processing I do use it for web site development and have a PHP/Java and MySQL development environment on the machine.

    Looking forward to your responses. Thanks.

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    Then only basis I can see for making that decision is cost. If you can't stretch to $800 fix the existing, if you can get a new one. You may even be able to sell the old machine for $50.

    cheers, Paul

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    Even a base i-3 Haswell processor will out perform your current system and you should be able to get it for a lot less than $800. HTH
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    Keep shopping, if you haven't already, otherwise I think you would have come to some kind of decision.

    Personally, after 5 years I would have ditched that laptop a few years ago, but that's me.
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    Same, unless it's an Alienware gaming laptop or something overbuilt then that would still be contemporary, the wear and tear you're experiencing usually puts laptops out to pasture in about 3 years on average. I like the convenience of an HDMI port as well, Acer usually has a pretty good selection of laptops with those.

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