It is a common belief that laptops should be replaced every three years and that their useful life rarely extends beyond four years the most. However, laptops can become a sentimental possession because they are used every day and perhaps you’ve got yours as a birthday gift, for that and for other reasons, it makes perfect sense to take precautionary steps for maximum longevity.
Many Aussies may also want to increase the useful life of their laptops just because of financial reasons, or because they want to limit consumerism and the creation of e-waste in the environment. Especially when all the news informs us Australians to be conscious about our environmental footprint particularly regarding the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef in north-east coast of Australia.
Buying a laptop from one of the top brands such as Apple Mac or Asus even high end built Acer definitely helps with longevity but only to a certain degree. If you aren’t treating the laptop with the recommended care tips, you will not get much use from it regardless of its price or brand. Also, higher-end and more premium laptops do generally manage up to five years usage, although for some dedicated users, they can even pull up to seven years or more.
Schedule File Cleanups
The longer you own and use a certain laptop the more data, junk, and malware it can and will accumulate. Schedule anti-virus and anti-spyware cleanups and scans at least once a month and every now and then do a thorough inventory of the data stored inside the laptop and that includes software, apps, extensions, and such that are no longer relevant to you. By clearing software you don’t need anymore you will also free up space-saving you from having to invest in getting larger Hard Disk Drive or more RAM installed.
If you are willing to invest getting your laptop more RAM, or new SSD which does have many benefits namely that it speeds up operations substantially allowing you to work more efficiently and also download files faster and easily. Regardless of internal storage your laptop device possesses, always try to maintain an external hard drive for big data files like video files, or Bali holiday photos from previous years, and try to backup to the cloud so that your laptop is not strained. Furthermore, stored data files can also get corrupted if malware gets through.
Basic Care Tips for Your Laptop Computer
No laptop (not even a state-of-the-art model like DellAlienware Area 51) is going to survive prolonged misuse or hot temperatures we have here in Brisbane Australia. Employ the following tips in your daily use and you can easily prolong the useful life of your laptop.
Avoid exposing the laptop to heat as much and as far as possible. Do not leave any electronic devices (including mobile phones, tablets, laptops) in direct sunlight (such as by a window or in a car) and also manage the temperature in the room where you use your laptop the most. Consider purchasing a laptop cooler stand to use on your desk to make sure the laptop is not continually heating up, especially if you are using your laptop for work or gaming. Remember that when a laptop gets a couple of years old it can less efficiently cool itself down. We can breathe new life and astonishing speed upgrades at affordable rates. Simply talk to your trusted laptop experts ‘The Electronic Fix’ in Australia Brisbane
Be wary of leaving it near children or pets, as curiosity in this case can break the laptop, whenever possible shut the laptop’s lid and put it on a shelf or desk beyond reach.
Avoid eating or drinking around the laptop as it can get crumbs in and there is also a danger of liquid spillage. Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to clean out the dirt at least once a week, and use disinfectant wipes gently to wipe it down to remove dust.
If the laptop is on sleep mode avoid using a cover or a laptop sleeve as it will still be giving off electronic current and could heat up the laptop further. Also, avoid repeatedly charging it. Wait for it to go to a low enough level, and then charge to full capacity before unplugging.
Most laptop and computer device users do not realise that occasional checkups and cleaning the device can increase its life exponentially. Dust build up over time is one of the main causes of laptop failures due to short circuiting the sensitive electronic circuits used inside laptop computers. Having said this, if you are not technically inclined to work with internals of a laptop or tablet devices, we strongly encourage you to not attempt maintenance and cleaning laptop internals on your own. Instead, inquire about our laptop maintenance service in Brisbane which for an affordable fee, you can make sure that your device works at its best performance.
The Electronic Fix we are always ready to answer all questions our valued customers in Brisbane have regarding laptops and computers. Simply contact us with all your laptop related inquiries.