Do you have a defective or broken laptop, smartphone, or any gadget but don’t know what to do with it? Don’t throw it away! Here are 4 things you can do with a defective gadget:
4. Upgrade it
Condition: It is an older model or a model with lower specifications.
What you could do: Upgrades are usually less costly than buying the latest unit of your gadget. Buying hardware that could easily be installed on your gadget such as a laptop saves you greatly on money and lessens your carbon footprint.
Tip: There are DIY tutorials on Youtube for upgrading your gadget. You can save yourself from installation services if you’re keen on details, have the proper equipment, and careful with your electronics.
3. Repair it
Condition: It is partially not working.
What you could do: Sometimes the screen isn’t working or the system isn’t turning on. Whatever the defect might be, a repair would usually do the trick. The damage might be hardware, software, or a combination of both. It’s helpful to let an expert diagnose the defect before you go DIY or buy the parts on your own.
Tip: Ask for a diagnosis and the charge for repairing your gadget on different repair shops, that way you could know the average price and the real score on why your gadget isn’t working. These consultations are usually free.
2. Use it in one way or another
Condition: Only one part is working or it isn’t working at all.
What you could do: You can take out the parts that are working and use it for that function (e.g. monitor of the laptop as an extra screen for your desktop pc). You can also use the body of the gadget or the sum of its part for a function it wasn’t originally used for like LifeHacker’s list for repurposing your old laptop. http://lifehacker.com/top-10-ways-to-repurpose-your-old-laptop-1522986846
Tip: Get creative. If no parts are working on your gadget, you can always use it as a decoration or as a container for other things. The sky is the limit on this one.
1. Pawn it
Condition: It is working or with a slight defect but you’re already using a newer model.
What you could do: Try pawning it on us for free. It’s easy.
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