Laptops are a popular choice when it comes to home computers; they’re simple to operate, and because they’re lightweight, small and easy to pack up, they are wonderfully portable. A laptop doesn’t limit you when compared to a computer – many have several ports for external hard drives, thumb drives and even for a wireless mouse or keyboard. To keep your laptop running in tip top shape for as long as possible, it helps to keep a few key items in mind. Laptops can be more expensive than a computer to repair, so the more careful you are with it, the longer you can keep your hard earned money in your pocket!
- We enjoy laptops because they can be taken anywhere. The battery life even allows you to operate them cable free for extended periods of time. Because of this, laptops sometimes end up places where they shouldn’t be, and can suffer quick battery burn out. If you’re someone who loves to watch movies in bed, for example, a laptop can seem like the answer to your prayers, but putting a laptop on your bed covers can actually inhibit the cooling fan inside and allow your battery to overheat. Always place your laptop on a hard surface.
- Food and drink in the vicinity of your computer is just bad news. For kids it’s especially important to limit food or liquid around electronics, but even when it comes to adults, accidents can happen. If you just can’t see giving up using your laptop at your favourite coffee shop, take precaution; have napkins on hand and be sure to place your drink in a location where spills are unlikely. With regards to food, crumbs can easily make your keys stick and make typing a hassle. It’s best to enjoy snacks away from your keyboard and keep things clean.
- To avoid dropping accidents, use your laptop on a flat, hard surface when working whenever possible. If you’re typing for extended periods, set your desk up as you would with any other type of computer; keeping an ergonomic workspace in mind will save you aches and pains that are easily avoided.
- Be sure that you protect your laptop when travelling. It can be tempting to simply tuck your equipment into a carry on, but your computer will be far safer if you use a case that is made to protect it. There are a variety of options on the market, whether you’re looking for a backpack, shoulder bag, or carrying case; just be sure it’s well padded and is roomy enough for all of your accessories.
- Keep it clean! Even if you’re diligent with regards to food and drink around your keyboard, dust and debris will still manage to make its way in. Invest in a can of compressed air to blow out anything that might be tucked into the keys. Turn off your PC, use the compressed air, and give the whole works a wipe with a soft (microfiber is nice) cleaning cloth.