Laptops are just like any other electronic device that needs careful care and timely maintenance. Luckily a lot of the care needed can be performed at home or at the workplace, lessening the need for professional intervention. Laptops are part of our lives in these modern times, and some even cost well over $3000 Australian dollars, therefore, if not handle and maintained correctly, things can go wrong requiring the laptop to be repaired. All this makes the need for proper laptop maintenance activities essential.
A Mini Computer That Works on Your Lap = LapTop
As we all know that laptops are miniature desktop computers filled with electronic devices (such as CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card, power supply). Laptops just like any other electronic component can experience common small mishaps which often is the most damaging. Avoid drinking and eating when you are using a laptop device, and do not place food or drink nearby or on the same table as the laptop. Be thoughtful about liquid spills, and distance liquids away from laptops.
The entire world knows the harshness of Australian sun, protect the laptop from heat (never leave it inside a car parked in sunlight or during the summer months for example) and use protective sleeves and bags when transporting it from one place to another. Special laptop sleeves and laptop backpacks with extra foam and padding can protect against breakage, consider investing in one.
For the above reason, it is best to not carry a laptop in hand from one place to another, even in a workplace because that increases the chances of the laptop being dropped. Continually putting the laptop in sleep mode overtime not only affects battery life but also the overall longevity of the device. If you do need to work on a laptop for a long period of time, then consider to shut down the laptop to let the lithium batteries to cool down.
We Australians love our outdoors, that is why the portability of the laptop is no doubt one of its greatest advantages over a desktop computer, but that doesn’t mean it always needs to serve that purpose. If you are watching movies or TV series (like Home and Away for example 🙂 at home, make sure to plug it in to the power point to prevent it from strain or from fluctuations in power availability.
Remove Unused Computer Peripherals
Many people attach a smaller keyboard, speakers, printers, separate wireless mouse or other Computer Peripherals when using their laptop at home or at work, converting it more or less into a personal computer. This is a convenient way to use a laptop, however, keep in mind that the more computer peripherals are attached, the more strain is placed on the internals of the laptop. That means, if the attached external devices are not in use, detach them when not in use.
Clean Keyboard Is Key
The keyboard is a much-neglected part of a laptop. Research shows that laptop or computer keyboard keys are a breeding ground for germs. Use compressed air or a blow drier to rid the keyboard of crumbs and small debris and use a disinfectant wipe to wipe down the keys regularly. Crumbs and dust that build up around the keyboard can also cause problems in the unit cooling down which may lead to the dreaded fan noise problem.
A micro-fiber cloth can be used to catch small particles, dust off the computer screen or keyboard using a reusable micro-fiber cloth or a small brush with soft bristles. Note: never open the internals of a laptop to clean the keyboard as that can cause damage (and also void laptop warranty).
Repairing Laptops The Right Way
If you are facing problems with your laptop, or wanting to learn more about how to keep it performing at its best, contact The Electronic Fix for professional advice and affordable laptop repairs in Brisbane.