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Stretching out the refresh of PCs and notebooks can end up costing organizations more money over the long run than if they were to replace systems now that are three or more years old, said Robert Crooke, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Business Client Group, during a Webcast on the economic implications of refreshing PCs.

The economic dowturn has convinced a lot of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to put off PC and notebook refreshses to cut costs, but according to data from a Techaisle report, the average cost per year to maintain a three-year-old system is $500 (US), while the maintenance costs for a newer PC is only $125. According to Crooke, the return on investment for a new PC can be seen in less than one year.

"Theyre looking at making compromises in investments for security for their products. Or they’re worried about stretching out their budgets and avoiding refresh of their PC platforms," Crooke said. However, he said it’s more cost effective on the organization to purchase new PCs instead of stretching out the refresh cycle.

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