Computers are a big-ticket purchase, which is why you want them to last for a long time. Unlike smartphones, which tend to be replaced every other release cycle or so, many people wait many years before buying a new computer. After all, computers are expensive and hardy machines.
Just like any machine, you need to take good care of your gaming laptop if you want it to last for a long time. It takes more than being careful to keep your computer in excellent shape. Ignoring regular maintenance, cleaning, and updates will only result in a device that gets more sluggish with time.
If you want to maximize your computer’s service life, here are a few maintenance tasks you must do monthly:
1. Delete old files
Whether you use your computer for gaming or work, the hard drive is probably full of files that you don’t need or use anymore. It could be old documents or photos you’ve already uploaded. Set aside an hour or so every month to go through your folders. As you check your files, save and organize data that you still need and delete the rest.
You can also use this time to back up your important files to an external drive. Some external drives have an auto-backup function you can use with dedicated software. Do this often, and you’ll never have to worry about data loss.
2. Clear the browser cache
Clearing the browser cache helps keep your computer fast and light. Every time you browse the Internet, all the photos, text, and other data get stored in the computer’s hard drive. Months of browsing can mean gigabytes worth of data taking up valuable space.
Regardless of the browser you use, clearing the cookies and caches only takes a few clicks. Please check the FAQ or help page of your preferred browser.
3. Clean the body and accessories
If you want your computer to work efficiently, you need to make sure the hardware is clean. Cleaning the mouse, keyboard, and ports keep dirt and grime from entering your computer and causing havoc. A USB port or keyboard that’s full of dust and dirt will eventually stop working.
Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean external surfaces such as the keyboard and screen. Do not spray liquids directly on the surface. Spray on the cloth instead and wring out any excess liquid first. Use compressed air to dislodge dust and dirt from the semi-exposed parts such as ports, mouse openings, and the underside of individual keys.
4. Keep food and liquids away
Do not, and I cannot stress this enough, eat or drink near your computer. And do not place an open container beside your laptop. I know that many of us eat and drink while using the computer, but one mistake can cause hundreds of dollars in damage. One spill is all it takes to destroy the internals of your computer.
Keep these things in mind, and you’ll be surprised at how much longer your computer will last with techregular maintenance and cleaning. Laptops are getting more expensive with each successive release cycle, so you need to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. Also, many parts aren’t recyclable, so extending the service life of your computer helps reduce your carbon footprint.