Owning a laptop makes our lives easier, almost everyone relies on a laptop to get things done digitally from students, salespeople, entrepreneurs, etc. the convenience of not being tied to your desks boost productivity.
Laptops are more expensive than a desktop, that’s why you need to protect your investment. A powerful laptop can serve you much better, so it’s important to prolong its lifespan to save yourself from spending too much money.
The problem with most users is that they don’t know how to take care and maximize their laptop performance, you are probably abusing your laptop in a way you may not even be aware of.
As much as protecting your security in computer systems, protecting your hardware could also be as important. Your laptop goes everywhere with you so take time to take care of it, here are some laptop maintenance tips.
Make A Backup And Restore Point
A full system backup is the first step in a computer recovery plan. Using an external hard drive to backup is pretty logical and it’s very easy to do so.
Creating a restore point could become very handy in times that your laptop faces some system problems like a corrupted update due to unexpected shutdown while updating, you could simply use restore point to go back from the previous build where everything is working just fine.
Use Battery Correctly
Laptop batteries will eventually die, but you can do something to prolong its lifespan. Keeping your battery plugged in while using it could kill your battery faster, most laptop batteries are made of lithium-polymer and each cell in lithium-polymer is charged to a specific voltage, the higher the voltage level the more damage it could get.
We recommend charging your battery around 80 percent before unplugging it and using it to 40 percent before charging again, this could prolong your battery by four times. Also, heat is your battery’s greatest enemy, it could degrade your battery faster, so keep your fans clean, don’t put your laptop where the air can’t circulate through the fans.
Shutting Down Properly
You should shut down your laptop every night, or every time you won’t use it anymore. It only takes a couple of minutes and it could greatly help your device to last and run more efficiently, especially for Windows running laptops, the patch happens when you shut down your machine.
Also, avoid “cold booting” or shutting down your laptop by holding down the power button until it shuts off, it stresses your hardware and software and could take its toll in the long term usage. It only takes a minute or so to shut down your laptop properly using the operating system’s shut down option.
Uninstall Unwanted Programs
Take time to canvas your system for unwanted programs that you may not be using, your laptop has some bloatware and they can impact your laptop’s performance. Detecting bloatware is easy, just close the applications that are running, open the task manager, and see how many applications that you don’t recognize that are eating up system resources.
But be careful when deleting such apps, others may essential system processes. If you have doubts about deleting any apps, you can use system cleaners there are many free out there. Keep in mind, for the best result you need to uninstall bloatware manually, just do it right.
Keep Your System Updated
You may find it annoying but systems updates are essential in protecting your laptop from certain security risks, it also patches bugs and other system problems.
If updating seems a nuisance for you, you can skip updates once in a while but make sure to set aside some time to run all necessary updates.
Keep Antivirus Updated
Your antivirus protects your laptop from threats, so make sure to update it. Every day new threats are on the rise, your updated antivirus could detect new threats and deal with them.
Updating your antivirus could also help it perform scans faster and stops it from detecting false positives.
Use The Right Bag
A laptop’s portable design allows us to carry it everywhere we go, so it’s important to find a good bag. A bag with good padding for shock absorption and well-built handles to ensure that the bag won’t fall off your hands or accidentally dropping it while carrying it on your back.
You should know what kind of bag that suits you best for you, either backpack or sling bag. The most important factor is that it is cushioned and shockproof to protect your laptop in the event of an accident.
Avoid Eating While Using Your Laptop
I’m pretty sure there are many people who are guilty of this, as we work or binge-watching movies, eating is part of it for most people.
But eating in front of your laptop could cause serious damage to your laptop’s keyboard, a crumb or water drip could fall into a keyboard that would lead to damage in the hardware components.
Your laptop will not last forever but with proper handling and maintenance, it could serve you much longer. These tips could help you do that, are you doing any of these tips?
Let us know in the comment section. Also, when the time comes to get rid of your e-waste, please be responsible.