It’s worth the cost?
Of course, in comparison with the desktop computers, laptops are not so simple to modernize and they seem to be more limited in this respect. When the reviewers describe a new laptop, they mention in the first place platform on which it is built, because it cannot be replaced at all. Nevertheless, there are some components in the laptop, which are possible to replace and, thereby, improve significantly its working capacity.
What can you replace on your own?
Replacement of the hard disk
The first thing that comes to mind is to replace in the best laptop for coding is the the hard disk replacement. It will increase its capacity even in the laptop of the middle segment. It, In turn, will save you from constant buying and carrying flash drives. Secondly, it will positively influence on the acceleration of laptop performance. As a rule, it is very easy to replace the hard drive. There is a special removable panel on the back cover of the laptop. Remove the screws that secure it and you get access to the hard drive. Be extremely careful with its replacing, because you need auxiliary elements for hard disk fixing. In addition, the thickness of the hard disk must be the same (even a millimeter matters). Apart from that, you need to take care of the software for your new hard drive.
Change of the batteries
Battery life is one of the most important characteristic for the laptop. In addition to such tricks as software optimization or adjustment of hardware parameters in the BIOS, it is possible to purchase a new high-capacity battery. The complexity arises not so from the battery installation (it is usually fixed by conventional “latches”), but with its acquisition. However, the popular laptop manufacturers usually produce extra batteries themselves, or have partners that manufacture compatible accessories. Nowadays, high-capacity batteries are available for many laptops models. However, even a new full-time battery can be significantly more effective than the old one.
Replacement of the graphic card
It is much more difficult than all previous changes, because it is necessary to take the laptop into pieces and of course, you will lose the laptop maintenance guarantee. Therefore, before replacement, you need to read and understand its work manual. It is desirable that you will get know the opinions of experienced users, who have replaced the graphic card before. There is also a less expensive alternative: expansion slots, where graphic card are connected via an expansion slot. Compared with these cards, integrated solutions do not give appreciable gains, and if necessary (for example, for energy saving) they cannot be easily taken off. In both cases, there is one more problem: the search of the components. Both usual and connected via expansion slots graphics card for laptops are not so easy to find. So, it makes sense to search pre-owned graphic cards of the disassembled due to damage of the display or mother board laptops.