How to make a laptop faster

Woman using laptop and holding a pen at kitchen table
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When you first bought your laptop a few years back, you couldn't believe how super-fast and responsive it was. And it's not like you've dropped it from a great height since, or poured the contents of your morning coffee all over its keyboard. But for some reason, it's dragging along at a snail's pace. Which means your work is taking longer and longer to complete. And that really sucks. 

So what's going on? Unfortunately over time, even the best laptops for graphic design or 3D modelling (ie, really great quality lappies) can slow down. Yet it's often not an issue with the hardware itself, but the stuff you've loaded on to it, either intentionally or by accidentally. 

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.