When someone calls for electronics servicing, if it involves a TV or component not working, the first thing we ask is the age of the electronic item. Based on the age, we can sometimes troubleshoot over the phone to determine if the electronic device has completed its life cycle, and avoid a service call.

We researched to see if any studies have been done concerning today’s electronics life cycle & we did find a study done a year ago. Based on the fact it was done a year ago, and the fact that it appears that life cycles are declining (our own assumption), we suggest you knock off a year or two from what you see below. There has been no sign that electronics are lasting longer.

The survey in 2014 conducted by the Consumer Electronic Association explored consumer perceptions of product life cycles for several key categories of electronics including; flat panel televisions, digital cameras, DVD and Blu-ray players, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, cell phones and video game consoles.

Based on the 2014 survey which interviewed consumer perceptions as to when they felt their electronic device lasted, the expected life cycle for the following products is listed below in years & months. Keep in mind, they did not ask when the device’s technology no longer kept up with upgrades. For example…while a smartphone may physically last 4.6 years, due to the constant upgrades requiring more internal space & speed to operate efficiently, most people are forced to upgrade their smartphones before they actually break.

Flat panel TV…7.4 years
Digital camera…6.5 years
DVD player or recorder…6.0 years
Desktop computer…5.9 years
Blu-ray player…5.8 years
Video game console…5.7 years
Notebook, laptop or netbook computer…5.5 years
Tablet computer…5.1 years
Cell phone that is not a smartphone…4.7 years
Smartphone…4.6 years

Source: CEA Blog: The Life Expectancy of Electronics, By: Chris Ely 16 September 2014