Because a laptop is such a small, convenient machine – mobile, compact, and light – it’s easy to forget that it’s a complex piece of equipment that should be treated with the utmost care.
When your laptop is open, always move it or lift it by the base. Bearing the weight of the computer by the screen puts strain on the hinges, and direct pressure on the screen will damage it.
Never try to remove a plug from a power socket by pulling on the power cord. Besides the risk of breaking the cord away from the plug, there’s also a chance of damaging the power socket.
Always close your laptop gently, holding the lid in the middle or on both sides. If the lid is pulled down from one side, a lot of strain is put on that hinge, which will bend and eventually snap.
Take a moment to check the keyboard before closing the laptop. Make sure that nothing has been left on it, such as a pencil, paperclip, eraser, earphones etc, which could damage the screen. Along these same lines, don’t put anything heavy on top of your closed laptop; the weight will push the screen onto the keyboard, and the contact could damage the screen.
When your laptop is plugged in, be aware of the power cord. If you trip on it, the computer could be pulled off the desk, or the cord could be broken away from the plug, causing damage to your equipment and creating the risk of electric shock.
Packed away in its bag or in another small space, your laptop should be disconnected from the charger as severe strain can be put on the socket and internal damage caused.
When you turn on your laptop, just give a thought to its temperature. Has it been stored at a low or high temperature?
With a rapid rise in temperature – for example, if your laptop is brought indoors from a cold car in wintertime and is immediately turned on – condensation will form inside, which can cause damage to the hard disk drive. So, if your machine is very cold, allow it to warm up to room temperature before turning it on.
On the other hand, if your laptop has been stored in a very warm environment – for example, it might have been left in a conservatory, exposed to direct sunlight – it could heat up to a dangerously high temperature. If your laptop is hot, let it cool down to room temperature before turning it on.
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