Laptop computers are so common and well-used and loved these days, and we expect them to work hard for us. The only thing is, laptops are robust, but they are not unbreakable. A laptop is an investment, and it pays to take care of it.
To help keep your laptop as a reliable tool, I have some simple tips to protect your investment in everyday use.
- Keep food and drink away from your laptop and always have clean hands when using your laptop.
- Close the lid gently and holding from the middle. Closing the lid using only one side causes pressure on the hinge and can cause the screen to bend and snap. And always hold and lift the computer by its base, not by its screen for the same reason.
- Allow the battery to run down completely every few weeks and then recharge to a full charge. This helps to extend the battery life. If you’ve not done this with your laptop before, repeat the process two or three times before instigating a regular schedule.
- Plug accessory devices into their proper slots. Always look at the symbols on the laptop carefully before inserting devices. Jamming a phone line into an Ethernet port or vice versa could damage the sockets, making it impossible to use them again.
- Check to see if labels are affixed securely to CDs or DVDs before inserting into your laptop computer.
- Don’t expose your laptop to rapid temperature fluctuations. When you bring your laptop indoors during winter, don’t turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential for damage to the disc drive from condensation forming inside the machine.
- Don’t leave your laptop in the car. Not only does the inside of your car experience large temperature swings that could damage a laptop, but a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting target for a smash and grab thief.
- Make sure you always transport your laptop in a suitable bag. Many breaks happen because of laptops being dropped or bumped. A bag greatly reduces the risk of damage.
- Avoid bumping your computer, especially when it’s turned on, because you could damage the internal disc drive.
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