A laptop is likely an essential part of your home and work life, used for both educational and business endeavours as well during leisure time for entertainment and streaming films.
As a result, you’ll invest in a model suited to your needs and will probably do a lot of research before buying. When you choose refurbished laptops, you can often afford a higher spec model for less than buying new. Either way, you’ll always want them to work well and last for a few years so you get great value for money.
We’ve used our expertise to offer up seven top tips to help you increase the lifespan of your laptop, making it faster and easier to use, whilst maintaining the hardware for a great user experience.
Maintenance tips to make your laptop last longer
1. Treat it with care
Laptops are made to be portable and lightweight meaning they can also be fragile if they aren’t looked after with care. Avoid ‘wear and tear’, deeper marks and scratches, or even more serious issues like cracked screens by moving it around gently and not leaving it in hazardous places where it could be knocked off a counter or sat on.
This is one of the easiest ways to look after it and as you’ve invested the money, you have added incentive!
2. Clean it externally
Not just to keep it looking new, you should regularly clean the outside of your laptop to keep it working optimally. Dust and dirt will naturally build up around the vents and in the keys which can be removed using compressed air.
Removing dust is really important as the fans need to be kept as clean as possible to cool your laptop and prevent it overheating and reducing performance. You can also reduce the chance of overheating by keeping your laptop elevated during use and setting fan speeds for tasks that require intense processing.
3. Clean it internally
If you’re happy to and have the right tools, you can also clean your internal fans and heatsinks to help keep your machine cool. If you feel that it’s performance is struggling at any point, you can also hire IT professionals to complete a hardware clean for you. This is suggested if you aren’t sure how to de-lid or apply fresh thermal paste.
4. Keep your operating system up to date
When an operating system is updated, it is also upgraded and will be the most supported software for any ongoing bugs and fixes. Updating it means you may benefit from new features at the same time as keeping your machine more secure and safe.
This is true of both Windows and Apple updates as both companies aim to improve the running of their software with each update.
5. Protect it from malware
Updating your operating system is a good start, but you should also run regular antivirus and anti-malware scans using reputable anti-virus software. Having these running in the background can block attacks before they happen, saving you the hassle of having to remove a virus and protecting your data.
Not to be overlooked, your browser of choice should also be running the most up to date version so that it has all the latest security in place. Google Chrome for example updates to protect your internet browsing from new threats. You’re probably familiar with seeing warnings about malware detected online and Chrome will give you the choice to continue to the site or not.
6. Optimise your Storage
Reduce the work your hard drive has to do by clearing out junk files, removing unwanted applications and emptying your recycle bin files to clear up space. You can also defrag your drive to free up space. This process rearranges files on your machine so they can be accessed faster.
7. Take care of the battery
The battery is an essential part of your laptop’s hardware and does a lot of the work when it comes to running the machine. To increase the lifespan of your laptop’s battery there are a few things you can do:
- Keep it at a ‘normal’ temperature and don’t let it overheat or get too cold (room temperature is recommended)
- If storing for a few days or longer, leave the battery half charged rather than empty or fully charged
- Set your laptop to go to sleep after 15 mins of inactivity
- Don’t leave it plugged in on charge overnight or in sleep mode
- Install software to monitor your battery’s health
8. Upgrade your laptop’s hardware
If you’re happy with your laptop but feel its performance is deteriorating, it’s worth considering updating some of the hardware before shopping for a new model, especially if you’ve only had it a year or so. Performance can be affected by just one component, such as a degraded battery or broken fan, which can more often than not be easily and affordably replaced.
You can also invest in cases and protection to reduce the chance of your laptop getting marked and scratched, making it appealing to keep it for longer.
How long should a laptop last?
The average laptop lifespan for a mid-range model is typically three years, however it depends on how well you keep it and your usage. For example, if a laptop is used for several hours every day without fail, the battery is likely to deteriorate faster than if used for a couple of hours, a few days a week.
Three years is a good rule of thumb as tech also develops and you may naturally want a newer model with different specs. At this point, consider recycling your old model.
Find a long lasting refurbished laptop
Don’t hesitate to find your next laptop with us. By choosing a refurbished model you save money and help the environment by reducing landfill and reusing the core minerals required to manufacture computers, such as cobalt used to produce Lithium batteries.
We have a large range of refurbished laptops available from top brands Apple, Dell and HP, and if you can’t find it on our online store, get in touch and we’ll look to source it for you..