We’re committed to helping you repair your electronic devices instead of having to replace them. However, there comes a point where you inevitably need to upgrade to a new laptop or device. What do you do with your old one?
You can always recycle your old electronic devices (including laptops!) for free with us at The Lab. But if you’re looking for a more creative solution, here are a few of our favorite options.
Use It As An Additional Monitor
If you have a new desktop or laptop, you can use your old laptop as an external monitor. Having more than one monitor can be a great way to optimize your workflow and it’s easy to do whether you’re using a Mac or a PC.
Convert It Into A Game Server
If your old laptop still works, you can convert it into a server for online gaming. By creating your own gaming server, you and your friends can play multiplayer online games without having to connect to a server that is managed by the manufacturer of the game.
This can be an ideal solution if you have young gamers at home who should have more limited, protected access to online servers.
This is an easy switch, you just need to connect to the internet set your old laptop as the server before connecting it to your new laptop or desktop.
However, some laptops are too old to efficiently run gaming software, so this fix would only work with newer computers.
Use It As A Streaming Device
To do this, all you need is an HDMI cable to connect your laptop to the HDMI port on your TV. Your laptop can stream digital content directly to the TV, including websites that may not be supported by other streaming devices like a Roku.
Back Up Your Files
You can convert your old laptop into a storage device designed to host backups or image files. There are free software options available to do this, like TrueNAS Core that will give you detailed configuration and installation instructions.
Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot
This is a simple fix for an old laptop. It can be a great way to extend the wireless connectivity in your home if there are areas your router just doesn’t reach well.
If all you need to use your laptop for access to a web browser and cloud-based programs, this could be a great fix. Chromebooks run a simple operating system that doesn’t have things like driver management and constant system updates.