Make your laptop last
When your laptop starts taking what seems like forever to start up – but then its battery plummets immediately – you probably just throw up your hands in frustration, thinking that that’s just the way of the technology world. But there are actually plenty of ways you can make your machine last longer – by avoiding these common laptop practices that can cause it to die before its time.
You take ‘lap’top literally
Just because it’s called a laptop doesn’t mean you should set it on your lap. In fact, putting it there too often could cut the computer’s lifespan short. “The processor is the brain of the computer, and it gets really, really hot, and it needs to vent this heat somewhere,” explains Aaron Schoeffler, director of operations for Computer Repair Doctor. “Oftentimes, the fan is located on the bottom of the laptop, where there’s a little ventilation.” But if that vent is covered by your pants or a blanket, your laptop could overheat, or dust might start to settle inside. Compressed air can sometimes move the dust around enough to bring the laptop back to tip-top shape, but it could also end up with internal damage that requires professional help.
You always have a million tabs open
For the most part, your laptop can probably handle your habit of keeping a ton of tabs open at once. But if it isn’t well ventilated, making it work hard to keep all those pages going could cause extra stress. “The more your processor is having to work, the more heat it’s going to generate, and ultimately that does shorten the lifespan,” says Trey Eiland, managing partner at computer support service 5Q Partners.
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