Maximise Your Laptops
A laptop is a high-cost investment and important tool which you would want to keep in tip-top condition always and maximise its lifespan so you do not have to purchase a new one every once in a while which would be very expensive. At the same time, you would not want to compromise your own well-being for convenience.
- Take a break every 30 minutes to 1 hour and allow your body to relax.
- You can do simple stretching exercises to reduce strain and change positions frequently.
- The finger fan is a good exercise for the fingers and wrist whereby you spread your fingers of both hands apart while keeping your wrist straight. Hold for 3 seconds, then repeat.
2. Use Laptops Ergonomically
- Use an external mouse and ergonomicErgonomics is the science of designing equipment in such a way that it fits the operator's body and reduces chances of fatigue, discomfort and injury. keyboard instead of the touchpad or inbuilt keyboard, if possible.
- Purchase lighter laptops so that less pressure is exerted on your laps.
- Place the laptop on a table 27 to 28.5 inches high whenever possible for maximum ergonomic comfort.
- Avoid using a 30-inch or higher table.
3. Take Care
- Use a laptop bag or carrying case of the correct size which can provide adequate padding for your laptop.
- Use a cooling fan to prevent overheating.
- Close the idle programs to reduce the stress on batteries
- Always ensure your hands are clean and do not consume food or liquids near your laptop in case of short circuits or stains.
- Do not expose your laptop to fluctuating temperatures especially those exceptionally high or low.
- Avoid touching your LCD screen and always close it lightly while keeping a constant lookout for sharp objects (eg. pencils) that could scratch or cut your screen.
- Never pick your laptop by its screen because you will risk dropping it or damaging the hinges.
- Use an anti-virus program to protect your laptop from strange email attachments and popups.
4. Keep In View
- Always keep your laptop with you and do not leave it unattended anywhere, unless in your own home.
- In school or at office, you should keep your laptop in a secure place and lock it up at the end of the day.
5. Protect Your Data
- Password all your sensitive data so that only you have access to reproduce and modify the information.
- Always back up your data in external disks or thumbdrives to offer yourself a lifeline should you lose your laptop and records.
- Limit the data kept on your laptop to only necessary recent information and store the rest in your back up drive in case it gets stolen.
- At the same time, protect your external drive by keeping it at home if you do not require it otherwise.