So, you have recently gotten yourself a new laptop and want to keep it ticking over for many years to come. This is a smart move, especially if it was an expensive buy.
Like most pieces of tech, there are some accessories that you should invest in to keep the laptop functional and working as well as it can. One of these is the much-needed laptop case, which could be a briefcase if you want to be a bit posh, to carry the laptop around when you’re out and about. And, if you are someone who uses their laptop for several hours a day every day, you’ll need to invest in a screen and keyboard duster, to keep the device free from debris. This is essential to protect the device against potential damage.
But then it comes to the lesser-known things of owning a laptop and keeping it working. Many people assume that you can simply shove your closed laptop into a rucksack, and it will be fine. Or, that if you drop it, there’ll be no harm done. Generally, it’s best to avoid doing such things, so you don’t have an unexpected bill when you need to get the laptop repaired, or buy a new one!
So, without further ado, here’s some of the do’s and don’ts to follow when you own a laptop, that will certainly save you a bit of money and stress. First, the do’s.
Do Get It Tuned Up
If you have owned your Lenovo laptop for over 12 months, you’ll need to get it tuned up to keep it working correctly. This will mean ensuring that all the programs that you have on the laptop are still needed, that the antivirus software is up to date and working, and of course, that all the saved files on the laptop aren’t causing it to run slowly.
A tune-up also involves looking after the hardware too. Be sure to give the inside of the laptop (if you can take it apart safely!) a thorough dusting. This will remove unseen debris like crumbs, hair, and dust that may be causing the laptop to run slowly or become overheated.
Do Keep It Cool
Anyone who’s had a laptop on their lap on a warm summer’s day can attest to how hot these machines can get. And if you want yours to last as long as possible, you may need to look into cooling it. This can be done via a laptop cooling pad, a fan turned on next to the laptop, or simply keeping it elevated on a stand when you’re using it. All of these will allow the built-in vents to release heat and keep the battery cool.
Ironically, one of the best ways to ensure that your laptop stays cool is to use it when it’s placed on a firm surface, like a table or a desk, and not placed on your lap!
Do Shut It Off When It’s Not Being Used
Many people think that you can simply leave a laptop on in the background if you’re not using it. While this isn’t harmful on occasion, if you do it regularly, it can cause the battery to become overworked, meaning it will make it harder to retain a charge. So, if you’re taking a break from your laptop for a few hours, put it into sleep mode or just shut it down.
Do Hoover It
Yes, you read that correctly! There are many laptop hoovers you can buy which can suck up the crumbs and debris from around your keyboard and the screen. You can even get a mini-Henry Hoover to clean your laptop with! This should be done at least once a week and, as mentioned before, you should give it a deep clean every 12 months unless urgently needed.
Now onto the don’ts of laptop ownership.
Don’t Pick It Up By The Screen
You may be thinking what’s the harm in picking up the laptop by its screen? Well, in simple terms, it isn’t designed to be picked up that way! When you do, you are putting a lot of stress on the weakest part of the laptop, which is the hinge. Many laptop repair shops report that this is one of the first issues to occur with laptops that aren’t well-cared for, and hinge replacement isn’t cheap! So, always pick it up by the body and not the screen.
Don’t Drop It
OK, sometimes accidents happen that can’t be avoided, but as a rule, you should avoid regularly dropping, throwing, or sliding your laptop onto the floor or other hard surfaces. This can cause issues with the hardware, such as dents, and of course, it can also cause cracks in the screen. Not great, and not fun to replace! Rough handling can also cause the internal parts of the laptop to come loose, which can lead to file corruption. So, carry it gently and make sure you’re holding it correctly.
Don’t Do Too Many Updates At Once
This is more to do with the RAM, CPU, and other parts of the laptop becoming overworked and shutting down. If you are doing multiple updates and also installing a load of new programs at the same time, the machine is going to overheat and shut down very quickly. If you’re aiming to add new programs, do so gradually and make sure there is adequate room for them without causing the machine to lag.
Don’t Put A Switched-on Laptop In Your Bag
This is a major cause of overheating and is often done by college students who are eager to get out of a lecture. If you’re in a hurry, take a moment to shut down the computer properly. It can be tempting to put it into sleep mode, but the battery, processor, and hard drive will all still be running. In a bag, there’s nowhere for the heat to go, leading to a hot laptop. So, always ensure the laptop is turned off before putting it in a carry case or bag.