As we reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s safe to say that the old quarantine days brought many unprecedented changes to our lives, completely reshaping how we work, learn, and entertain ourselves on the daily.

We know not everyone keeps up with tech news like we do, but you don’t have to be an engineer to have noticed the dramatic worldwide adoption of new hardware – particularly related to work from home setups. However, as we move forward into a post-pandemic world, all that the tech we hastily acquired in 2020 is (or already has) come out of support and may be due for an upgrade. Let’s discuss why!

Hardware That Actually Suits Your Needs 

During the early days of the pandemic, the sudden shift to remote work, virtual learning, and increased home entertainment created a surge in demand for all forms of technology. This surge put pressure on the global supply chain, leading to shortages and delays. As a result, many people ended up purchasing hardware that either exceeded or fell short of their actual needs.

In some cases, many individuals had to opt for high-end devices with features and capabilities far beyond what they needed. Someone needing a basic laptop for remote work might have ended up with a gaming laptop or a high-performance workstation because those were the only options available at the time. While these devices certainly performed well, they often came with a hefty price tag and features that went largely unused.

On the flip side, many consumers had to settle for lower-spec devices due to limited availability of more suitable options. This led to frustrations as these underspecced devices struggled to keep up with the demands of modern software and multitasking. A student attending university might have purchased a low-end laptop that couldn’t handle the requirements of virtual classrooms, or a remote worker might have had to deal with a computer that lagged during video conferences.

Old Tech, New Risks

Security is always a top concern of ours, and it’s no surprise that outdated hardware can pose significant risks. Older devices may not support the latest security updates and patches, leaving you and your business vulnerable to cyber threats. That’s why we advocate for regular hardware upgrades. To keep potential breaches at bay, we recommend upgrading to newer hardware every few years. By doing so, you can take advantage of the latest security features, ensuring that your sensitive information remains protected and secure.

Staying Current So You Don’t Get Left Behind

As technology evolves, support for older hardware is also phased out. You might find that most of your COVID-era tech no longer receives software updates or is incompatible with the latest applications and peripherals – and this is because a lot of it is going out of support! Upgrading ensures that you stay current with the latest hardware and maintain compatibility with new software and devices.

Got a question about your current technology needs? We’d love to help! Drop us a line or send an email over at hello@pdx.net.