Upgradable electronics are capable of accepting additional or replacement hardware components to extend their functionality and lifespan. Highly upgradable electronics include such items as desktop computers, where in it is very simple to upgrade memory DIMMS, swap out hard drives, or otherwise improve the machine. Laptops are less upgradable as many of the components (such as the GPU) are integrated right into the machine and cannot be exchanged for a better model. On the opposite end of the spectrum are items like MP3 players and smart phones where there is no expectation in the consumer that the device will be upgradable in any fashion (and they are prepared to purchase a new unit when theirs is obsolete).
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 07/23/13