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I will shortly need a new laptop. Been very happy with this one since 2015, and would be happy to continue for another year or two - but the battery is basically not charging anymore (can't replace the battery ), I'm experiencing one two many performance issues (upgrading is more expensive than purchasing new ) and I'm finally running out of space optimisation (again, SSD extremely hard to upgrade ).

It's depressing that 6 years is considered a long life time for a laptop .

But the really annoying and frustrating reality is that our amazingly powerful economy makes it depressingly difficult for me to buy what I want.

I want a high quality, modular and easy to repair and upgrade laptop - with the mix of power, lightness and battery life that fits with my lifestyle. I would willingly pay for the pleasure. I do not need the bleeding edge chips, form factor or gimmicky marketing video. I will actually pay more to bypass that nonsense and focus on what I really need. I really, really want the energy and materials in my laptop to not add to climate change or ruining the environment that I love to spend time in. And I especially want to be confident that my money is not funding things like conflict and child slavery [1].

Maybe the Framework laptop [2] will one day be the answer I am looking for.

In the meantime I am stuck with compromising either on the limited market for 'refurbished' laptops, or buying new and convincing myself that another six years justifies it.

People in my life describing shopping as a pleasurable experience. I find it difficult to describe how depressing it is for me.


About the author

Barry O'Kane

Barry is the founder of HappyPorch. With 20 years in the web development industry as a programmer and agency owner, he has a preternatural ability to decipher the systems and processes code that holds many teams back from achieving their goals. Partners say Barry gets to the root of issues quickly and makes it downright easy to deliver good work.    

While he's unbelievably grounded, it's not uncommon to find him sailing through the trees as he paraglides his way round the world.