The great thing about a laptop and what sets it apart from a desktop PC is of course the fact that it is portable. However this can also sometimes be the bad thing about a laptop, if it means that you end up damaging it when out and about; while they are portable they are not invulnerable, so it’s very important that you are cautious with them and this means taking a number of precautions and generally avoiding a variety of common threats to the humble laptop. Here are some things to consider.
Invest in a Good Bag
If you’re carrying your laptop around with you often then you need to make sure that you have something to carry it around in and to that end you should invest in a good bag whether that’s a dedicated laptop bag or a more general backpack or side satchel. Ensure that this is well padded and that it’s a good size for your laptop – the very best ones will be those that aren’t too big and that fit the laptop relatively snuggly so that they don’t move around too much inside.
Keep Things Separate
But then once you’ve done this you don’t want to then go ahead and stuff some wires in their complete with a socket plug. All this will do is scratch the surface of the laptop when it gets moved around and in worst case scenarios it can press against the top of the laptop and break the monitor. Avoid this by making sure that your bag has separate pockets and that you utilize these – and never stuff the bag too full.
Invest in a Protective Sleeve
No matter how good the bag you’ve got is, you still need a protective sleeve to prevent things inside the bag from scratching it – even the zip can be an enemy so this extra layer of protection is a very good idea.
Use a Jumper
If you want to be really safe then it won’t hurt to wrap a jumper around your laptop while it’s in the bag. This will protect it against all kinds of impacts and it will ultimately mean that if you forget and place it down heavily, you won’t need to worry about the laptop breaking.
Don’t Run Around
Even if your laptop is as snug as a bug in a rug, you don’t want to run about with it or swing your bag around as this can unseat the harddrive, try to keep it as still as possible at all times.
Double Check Surfaces
You need to be selective about which surfaces you use your laptop on. First of all, make sure that you don’t choose surfaces that are too small, or you will risk the laptop of course falling off. And at the same time be sure that you don’t put it on anything wet or sticky. Finally try to keep your laptop away from bedclothes and other insulating surfaces as this can cause it to overheat and that in turn can damage the vital aspects of your machine.
Stand Drinks Elsewhere
If you have a cup of tea or a glass of water then this doesn’t belong on your desk or on the table next to your laptop – it belongs on a separate table where you might have to reach for it, but where you at least know you’re not going to spill onto your machine.
James Wang is a blogger and an engineer providing IT support in melbourne. His work has helped make important changes in the field of technology. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?