Long live the laptop — How to look after one

August 28 2013

IN last month’s Downend Voice we looked at buying a new laptop or desktop PC. Desktop machines tend not to get broken that often (we probably get 10 - 15% of jobs being desktops) but laptops are a whole different story. So you’ve bought a brand new laptop but how should you look after it to make sure it lasts you a long time. Here are five tips for a long laptop life

IN last month’s Downend Voice we looked at buying a new laptop or desktop PC. Desktop machines tend not to get broken that often (we probably get 10 - 15% of jobs being desktops) but laptops are a whole different story. So you’ve bought a brand new laptop but how should you look after it to make sure it lasts you a long time. Here are five tips for a long laptop life.

Don’t eat or drink whilst working on your laptop

It’s tempting to eat and work but crumbs from food can easily become lodged between the keyboard keys and this is where they can encourage germs and damage circuity. It’s even more tempting to drink around your laptop but liquid and electronics do not mix! 

Protect the screen

Replacing a laptop screen can be costly (usually around £85) so just take care to make sure that there is nothing resting on your laptop when you close the lid and don’t ever pick the laptop up by the screen or top lid.

Keep it ventilated

Laptops are much more vulnerable to overheating than desktop machines. Always make sure that none of the grills around the laptop are covered when it is on. Yes, that means you the people who use their laptops in bed. Duvets and laptops are not a good combination! Also try to clean out the fans at least once a year to remove any dust and debris that gets sucked in.

Switch it off now and again

We know that it is tempting to leave your laptop running indefinitely just in case you need it but do remember to switch it off if you are not using it or even if you are transporting it around, especially if it has a more traditional Hard Drive rather than a Solid State Drive. Traditional Hard Drives may be damaged by being carried whilst switched on.

Get a (decent)  laptop case

Still carrying your £1000 laptop around in a carrier bag? You may laugh but we see a lot of expensive equipment turning up in carrier bags! It is good to invest in a sturdy and well-fitting laptop case or bag, especially if you intend to travel with it a lot. Our top tip when it comes to this is to try and find a case or bag that has a separate compartment for the power adaptor. Nothing scratches the lid of a laptop like the pins of a plug! If you can’t find one you like with a suitable compartment then consider wrapping your power adaptor in a protective cloth when you transport it.