'I Need a New Laptop' -- Back to School Myth?

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As college students prepare to head back to school, parents are likely to hear an all too common complaint: “My computer is too slow. I need a new laptop!” What makes better sense, in most cases, is a little routine maintenance and perhaps some additional RAM memory.

My computer is too slow. I need a new laptop!

As college students prepare to head back to school, parents are likely to hear an all too common complaint: “My computer is too slow. I need a new laptop!” After all, Dell, Best Buy, Circuit City and others are pushing hard on the theme in their weekly ads. What makes better sense, in most cases, is a little routine maintenance and perhaps some additional RAM memory.

Prices are coming down on laptops, driven by the lower costs in the LCD market, but parents may want to do a quick math assignment—upgrade or replace—rather than immediately giving in to the pleas for an entirely new system. This back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, but there’s still plenty of time to make a solid decision before most students need to pack up for school. And in many cases, you’ll end up saving hundreds of dollars while still getting excellent computer performance.

CEO Brian Way of online retailer 4 All Memory helps to answer this question for thousands of customers each week who are concerned about poor PC or laptop performance. ”If you see your mouse pointer turn into an hourglass for significant periods of time, if you hear your hard drive working, or if your computer seems to work more slowly than you expect, the reason is probably insufficient memory. When the memory is full, your system transfers data to the hard drive. This is called swapping. Since the hard drive is considerably slower than the memory, your system seems slower altogether.” What parents may not realize is that installing upgrade memory is something virtually anyone can do at home in just minutes. For most first-timers, the Memory Installation Guide on the company website does just the trick, providing simple, step-by-step instructions along with photos and line drawings that give you—or your college student—confidence.

Not only is upgrading the RAM memory in an older computer smart, but even new PC buyers can save by seeking out specialty retailers. Instead of buying additional memory from Dell or HP at the time of purchase, more and more consumers are turning to companies like 4 All Memory for additional RAM even when they buy new, avoiding the high mark-up on memory modules and other accessories from the computer manufacturers and large retailers.

About 4 All Memory

4 All Memory is a St. Louis-based computer accessories online retailer. In addition to computer memory, you can also find memory for digital cameras, printers, and MP3 players, as well as hard drives and other upgrades. For more information, please visit 4allmemory.com.

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