Either for leisure or work, we invested a lot in buying a laptop. It follows from this that you have to take care of it so that you can continue to enjoy its efficient performance and lengthen its years.
Don’t worry as keeping it safe and well-maintained won’t take a lot of effort. Join us here as we show you how through our beginner’s guide to laptop care.
So let’s start!
1) Clean your laptop regularly
Dust and dirt easily settle on it, particular the screen, keyboard, and trackpad, if left open for long periods. Make it a point to wash or alcohol your hands first (if dirty) before typing on it.
Once you’ve finished using it, it’s best to use a microfibre or soft cloth to clean it a bit before closing or housing it in its bag. Gently wipe the areas with dust and spots in a small circle manner.
2) Work in safe and ideal laptop conditions
You should avoid certain accidents that can occur. Keep food and drinks away to rule out the instance of crumbs and spills happening to your laptop.
In addition, work in a safe laptop condition—a place where it can breathe and won’t overheat. For this, just ensure that there’s plenty of space around the laptop to allow for air circulation.
Work in a neutral or cool environment and use the dehumidifier to reduce the room humidity. Also, place it on a sturdy table or laptop stand (the tool that adds height to your laptop) that you can trust.
3) Be careful when you plug in peripherals
Make sure to check the port size first before you insert any peripheral into it and do so gently. These include a USB flash drive, headphones, a mouse, and a charger.
This way, you can prevent damaging the port by fitting in an incompatible accessory. You can also prevent scratches to the external shell of your computer.
4) Carry and lift the computer by its base and side
Never ever lift a laptop by the screen. This puts pressure on the display screen and affects the hinges which attach the screen to the base.
If you plan to carry or relocate your open laptop, carry it securely by holding its sides with your two hands. Or better yet, close the laptop first, lift the lower edge with your fingers and support the upper edge with another hand, and carry it.
5) Shut down your computer when not in use
Many people don’t shut down their laptops and only leave them plugged in to charge. As a result, you may notice that the computer runs sluggishly or experiences some downtime.
Computers are like humans too—they need to rest to be at their 100% efficiency. So, we suggest shutting it down when not in use for more than 8 hours, or you can also put it on sleep mode to save energy while it is inactive for a short while.