If your laptop allows, it is possible to make some easy modifications to the factory specifications when it comes to hardware. The first is by simply adding additional memory, or RAM, to boost performance when running applications and programs. Most laptops will come with 4 to 8GB of RAM, which for most people is plenty enough, but if you find yourself using multiple programs that are RAM intensive, adding more memory can alleviate the slow performance.
Additionally, upgrading your stock Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to a Solid State Drive (SSD) can drastically improve your laptop speed, since SSD’s have no moving mechanical parts and are often more compact. The trade-off being, though, that they can be pricey, especially as you move into larger storage sizes. If you value the improved speeds and increased longevity of your laptop’s usefulness, then upgrading these components is a must.