How to keep your laptop healthy

  1. Hold and lift the computer by its base, not by its LCD display (the screen).
    If you lift it by the screen part alone, you could damage the display or the hinges attaching it to the base. The display is also easily scratched or damaged by direct pressure avoid placing pressure on it.
  2. Remove your power cord gently. Don’t tug.
    Tugging your power cord out from the power socket rather than putting your hand directly on the plug in the socket and pulling can break off the plug or damage the power socket. Also, if you have the power point near your feet, avoid constantly bumping into the plug or you could loosen it and eventually break it.
  3. Don’t expose your laptop to rapid temperature fluctuations.
    When bringing your laptop indoors during winter, don’t turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential for damage to the disk drive from condensation forming inside the machine. Don’t leave your laptop in a car. Not only do the insides of cars experience large temperature swings that could damage a laptop, but a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting target for a smash and grab thief.
  4. Have the unit cleaned once a year to remove internal dust.
    If dust accumulates, the system cannot cool itself correctly. Heat can destroy the motherboard. Keep your vents clear. Once a week, if not more, check your vents to make sure that they are not blocked by debris. The best way to clear out your vents is to use compressed air; cans of compressed air are available at computer and hardware stores.
  5. Always keep your laptop on a desk or table.
    Avoid the lap burn. If you are getting lap burn, it means that your laptop is not getting sufficient air flow which means your computer is running hotter than it should. Use your laptop on top of a desk, table or other surface to get better airflow and keep your lap cool. A lot of people will place their laptop in a pillow on their lap  don’t do this. This restricts airflow, blocks vents and leads to overheating.
  6. Unravel your power cord before using.
    The power cord or brick can tend to get hot. Always unravel the whole cord before plugging in and try to place on the floor or desk.