Amnet

Text Size

Longer Laptop Life

So, you’ve purchased a new, top-of-the-line laptop from Dell. What are some practical steps that you can take to make sure that your laptop lasts and stays in tip-top shape? Here are 4 easy tips:

  1. Watch where you place it! – Within a laptop there are numerous sensitive hardware components that can easily be damaged if the system suffers any form of blunt force. So, don’t leave your laptop at a location where it can fall or where something can fall on it and cause it damage. Also, be mindful when you plug in your AC adapter to your laptop. Someone walking by can easily catch their feet on the laptop and pull it off your desk.
  2. Keep it clean! – As tempting as it is to eat and drink while working on your laptop, food particles and computer equipment are not a good combination. Sticky foods and drinks can gum up your keyboard and if spilled, can even get to the internal components of your laptop via vents. Dust and dirt are the enemies of any computer systems. Blow off the laptop with a can of compressed air every now and then to minimize heat buildup.
  3. Stay cool man! – Overheating computer components significantly reduce the life of computers. If you’re not using your laptop, shut it down and let it cool off. As tempting as it is to work in your bed at home, be very careful where you set your laptop. Not only can you cover the air vents of the laptop with blankets, but if you have that laptop on your lap and it’s not able to release adequate heat, you can cause serious bodily harm to your legs from a burn.
  4. Quit dancing around! – A laptop that is powered-on should generally be kept stationary. Moving a laptop around can cause the hard disk in the laptop to be damaged. There are always new components and types of laptops that are able to be moved. If you’re unsure if you have a laptop that has these components, it’s always the safest plan to power the system down before moving it or storing it.

If you’d like more tips on keeping your laptop in great shape, visit http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer.

Tags: Tech Tips

Comments  

Posted On
Nov 11, 2010
Posted By
Kesha
-1 Creative Director
Hey Stephen, in addition, I've always wondered about the following: Does leaving your laptop plugged in all the time affect battery life or overall usage of the laptop? My laptop is mostly stationary so it's usually plugged up. I do sleep it when it's not in use...your thoughts?
Posted On
Nov 11, 2010
Posted By
Stephen
-1 Technical Services Manager
Hi Kesha--
I did a bit of research for you and while there are many individuals who feel it does not real harm to the laptop leaving it plugged in, there are some things to keep in mind. Leaving the battery always plugged in can cause it to overheat and overcharge, two of the most common factors in premature failure. Of course, some batteries and laptops automatically turn off charging to prevent overcharge. It depends on your laptop. It is recommended to run on battery until about 40% (or less) charge remaining and then plug it in. Alternatively, you can completely remove the battery when using your laptop on AC power. When not using the laptop, store it in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area as hot environments can drastically reduce the lifetime of the battery. I hope that helps a little with your question.
Posted On
Nov 12, 2010
Posted By
Kesha
+1 Creative Director
Thanks so much Stephen for taking the time to do some research. These are great suggestions! Make it a great day!

LEAVE A REPLY

Security code
Refresh