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Taking Care Of Your New Laptop

Updated on October 29, 2009

Ok, so you just got that new laptop...

Now it time to take care of it! All too often I see my clients buy a new laptop and in just a few months they manage to damage it (physically or via software corruption). In this hub I'm going to tell you what you should be doing to protect your laptop from accidental physical harm.

Get a sleeve or a bag...

This may seam obvious to almost anyone, however I always see people walking around with laptops that are not in any kind of bag or sleeve.

That's a really bad idea. Not only can your laptop get scratched (which of course looks ugly) but you can really damage it if you accidentally drop it or get caught in the rain.

Bags and sleeves come in all sizes and materials. A little about those bags and sleeves...

Laptop bags look like a back pack. They hold your laptop, power supply and lots of other items. This is what I typically use because I just have a ton of stuff to carry around.

Laptop sleeves are made from neoprene and snuggly fit the laptop protecting it from scratches, minor bumps and minor amounts of liquid.

Btw, nothing is going in that sleeve but the laptop and maybe a few pieces of paper. Keep that in mind. Sleeves are great for those who don't want to carry a big bulky bag.

Hard surfaces are your friend...

One of the quickest ways to kill your laptop is to leave it on a soft surface (like a bed) for prolonged periods of time. Laptops vent a lot of heat through the bottom, sides and back. When your laptop sits on a soft surface heat builds up inside the laptop. This heat build up can prematurely age hardware components or quickly (in a matter of minutes or hours) destroy them!

Speaking of heat...

So many people destroy their laptops by closing the lid and then leaving it in a hot car all day. Normally when you close a laptop lid the laptop goes to sleep and heat isn't an issue...however...if the laptop fails to go to sleep when the lid is closed, placed inside a bag and then in a hot car it will generate enormous amounts of heat that get's trapped inside the bag and re-amplified.

Some laptops are programed to power off at certain temps, some are not...some fail to do what they are supposed to do. Be very careful about putting your laptop in your care, make sure it's off (or sleeping).

Liquid = death...

Yup, it's the #1 way to permanently ruin your laptop. Unless you have an all out super duper warranty your laptop will be a large "paper weight" if you spill anything on it.  Just keep all liquids far away from your laptop and try not to bring it out in the rain (even in a bag or sleeve).

Pay for a GREAT warranty!

Many people hate when the guy at the store says "for just a few bucks more you can bring the laptop back for complete hardware service and/or replacement for 4 years"...stop wondering if it's worth it and just do it. Unless you know how to repair hardware in your laptop or you're flat out rich (and love to spend money) get the best warranty you can buy.

Why?

Laptops tend to have hardware problems right after the first year.  The last thing you want to do is to buy a really expensive part, pay for really expensive labor and on top of it all...send your laptop away for up to a month!  You can avoid all that with a top notch warranty.  Free parts and free service that comes to your house or office to fix your laptop.

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      Tonya 

      8 years ago

      Just found out one of my customer bangs his fist down on his computer to force the cd-rom drive to open. Most of the time it won't open on it's own. Well, it's a desktop, not a laptop, but just thought about how people treat their computers. I told him that it needed to be replaced or at the very least let me show him how to open it with a paper clip if he didn't want to buy another drive.

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      mrizos 

      8 years ago from St. Louis

      @J-ART - thanks man, that's what it's all about. Just common sense.

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      J-ART 

      8 years ago from Florida, United States

      Good hub.

      Lots of common sense here, I like it!

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