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4 Brilliant Things to Do with an Old Computer That Still Works

With the continued release of high-tech smartphones like the iPhone X, it makes sense that worldwide shipments of traditional PCs continue to record at 0.0% year-on-year growth .

After all, people are constantly on-the-go, want to be able to stay in contact with friends, family, and co-workers at all times, and don’t want to lug around large devices if they can help it.

Do you have an outdated computer sitting at home that still works but that you rarely touch?

If you do, you’re not the only one.

But if it still works, what exactly are you to do with your old laptop that still works?

If you aren’t sure what to do with your old (but still working) computer, keep reading to find out some unique uses for that old piece of hardware.

1. Make a Digital Photoframe

If the screen on your computer is still in good condition, and the hard drive and DVD/CD drive are working, consider making a cheap digital photoframe out of it.

If you take advantage of your home’s wireless connection, you can essentially place your old computer anywhere you like and stream your favorite photos for everyone to see when they come by and visit. Easily use apps like Flickr Slideshow or Picasa to get all set up.

2. Create an External Hard Drive

If only parts of your computer are working, you may be able to salvage some of the internal parts and create an external hard drive for the new computer you’re likely to buy at some point.

All you have to do is invest in a USB caddy, making sure it’s the right format and has the right connector for your particular model. And there you have it, more hard drive than you know what to do with!

3. Trade It In

Let’s say you have an old Apple laptop, that’s still working, but doesn’t have all the cool new features the newest models have. You could always give in and sell your MacBook Pro for some cash and re-invest it in a new laptop that better suits your needs.

Using reliable companies like Gadget Salvation to trade in old computers is a great way to get the most value for old hardware that can be used on new and better models. They make it easy to find your model, let you ship your computer for free, and get you cash in hand fast.

4. Recycle It

E-waste is on the rise as technological advancements abound and people strive to have the latest and greatest of every device possible.

If you’re looking to get a newer model, and the computer you have is still working (even though you don’t want it), recycle it instead. You can give it away to a friend or family member, offer it to your local FreeCycle.org group, or go more official and donate it to a cause such as Computers with Causes.

And that’s just the beginning. There’s no reason to let your old laptop go to waste. So, make the most of your working hardware and so something cool, lucrative, or just plain nice with it.