Although smartphones and tablets are ruling the roost, a laptop is still an essential piece of technology for all professionals and students alike. Mobile devices cannot handle tasks such as documentation, video editing and spreadsheets and thus the laptop plays an important role in our work and college life.
While most of us are careful with its usage, a lot of people are carefree when it comes to laptop maintenance and end up buying new computers, sooner than expected. Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your laptop in a pristine condition for as long as possible.
Place the laptop on a stable and smooth surface
Using the lap for your laptop isn't generally the best idea. Always try to place your laptop on a gentle and stable surface. This allows for a better airflow, as the vents are generally located on the bottom of the laptop, in most models. Blocking these air passages, by keeping the laptop on an uneven surface, can lead to heating issues that gradually decrease the overall performance and efficiency of the laptop, making you upgrade sooner than needed.
Properly shut down the computer in frequent intervals
Most of the users whose laptop is the primary medium for completing work can relate to the fact that they tend to keep it on sleep mode, more often than not. This is because shutting down all processes and then switching them on every time spoils the fun of having a portable computer, in the first place. This is not the correct approach though; shutting down the computer at least once in every 3-4 days will boost the performance of the laptop. It helps clear cache, install software updates and improve short-term memory efficiency.
Unplug your laptop charger when not needed
A lot of us have bulky and powerful laptops that can be used only when kept on desks. Acting as desktop replacements, these laptops have poor battery life and we tend to keep the charger plugged in whenever we work. This process, however convenient, spoils the overall battery life of the device and replacements are required more often. We recommend unplugging the charger once in every 2-3 days so that the internal battery can get the workout that it so desperately needs, and is actually made for.
Safeguard your PC from thieves
If you are using your laptop for work purposes, chances are that you have a significant amount of sensitive data, data that can cause losses if accessed by someone else, in your computer. In a situation where your laptop is stolen, turning to the police authorities is the last resort you have. But with locating software installed beforehand, even the police might have issues finding the exact coordinates of your stolen or misplaced device.
To avoid access to other users, the most basic thing you can do is set up a tough password that cannot be easily cracked. Also, you can encrypt certain files so that decoding them is almost impossible for the thieves. Also, do not leave your laptop unattended in public places, anyway that goes without saying.
Keep all important files backed up
For all your sensitive, important and work-related files, keep a backup, whether physical or virtual. In fact, keep repeating backups as frequently as possible. Getting external hard drives or even cloud storage is extremely affordable in 2016 and the cost per GB has never been cheaper. So, do yourself a big favor, store all the information that you want into trusted online services or offline devices and live tension-free.
Cleanse your laptop regularly
Dust build-up is a big issue in computer hardware and one that can lead to jamming or non-functioning of various parts in the laptop. Cleaning your computer thoroughly, at least once a year is the right step towards its longevity. You can use items like a vacuum cleaner, cotton swabs or even compressed air to extract the dust that is stuck in the nooks and crannies of your laptop. Going a step further, you can also get a yearly repair maintenance check done by your nearest electronic store. This helps clear any issues in the internal mechanism of the laptop.
Install genuine software and update it regularly
Almost 80% of the computer users in India tend to pirate software due to affordability issues. This leads to bugs in the user interface and thus creates a need to change the computer in frequent upgrade cycles. Therefore, the pro tip here would to always prefer genuine software. Even if the short-term cost, it will affect the long-term usage of your laptop. Also, keep updating it regularly to allow for additions in the applications, which might lead to better battery and processor performance.
Protect your laptop with a sturdy bag or case
With most of the laptops in the market having a metal frame or a glossy finish, a single dent or nick can destroy the looks of the sleek computer. To prevent this from happening, use sturdy and comfortable laptop bags, preferably ones that have some sort of padding. This helps in transporting your laptop easily and also helps prevent theft of any kind.