A mid-range to top-spec laptop requires significant investment, which is why we expect it to last longer. These laptops are not something most of us can afford to replace every year. The average lifespan of a laptop is around 4-5 years, but if you take proper care, you can extend its lifespan further. Here are some tips and suggestions that can help make your laptop last longer.
Keep it cool: Heat is the number one enemy of electronic devices such as laptops. Make sure you have a program that can display your laptop’s CPU and GPU temperature on the screen. If your laptop heats up, you need to find the program or process that’s causing the problem and close it.
Have adequate RAM: If your laptop does not have adequate RAM, it is likely to heat up your computer and slow it down. Most laptops are equipped with additional RAM slots, so you can easily add more RAM.
Handle with care: This appears to be a no-brainer, but still we tend to get careless sometimes. Laptops are fragile devices and its components can easily loosen if handled in a rough manner. The way you place your laptop, how you pick it up and carry it will all contribute to how long your laptop lasts.
Invest in a surge protector: Your laptop’s charging cable probably comes with an inbuilt fuse, but still it’s better to use a surge protector. High voltage can fry your laptop’s electronics even if it hits it for just a few milliseconds.
Protect the slots: Make sure you handle the slots such as USB, AUX, charging socket, HDMI, card reader, etc. in a gentle manner. Don’t push or pull too hard and never twist the accessories when using these slots. If the slots are damaged, your laptop’s usability will be affected.
Protect from dust: Dust is another laptop killer. When not in use, make sure your laptop is kept covered. If possible, you also need to clean the CPU cooling fans and vents every 1 or 2 years. If you can’t do it on your own, get it serviced from a company-certified service center.
Install updates: Make sure you have latest updates installed on your laptop. This will ensure smooth functioning and also reduce the risk of malicious software codes and scripts. It’s also good to have a proper anti-virus program installed on your system.
When you extend the life of electronic devices, you also contribute to the cause of environment conservation. Humans are currently generating voluminous amounts of e-waste and only a small percentage is recycled. This is why it makes sense to take proper care of our electronic devices and make them last longer.