Whether you use a laptop for business or pleasure, if you don’t look after it properly, it could easily get damaged. Here’s what you need to know.

Avoid dusty environments

If a laptop is exposed to dust, it can block its fans, making it work less efficiently. Avoid placing your laptop on a bed, sofa or wooden floors, where dust can accumulate.

Use the correct charger

The wrong charger may not have a compatible voltage or pin size, and even if it looks the same, can cause problems for your laptop.

Treat it with kid gloves when charging

Be careful when charging your laptop so that it doesn’t damage or knock the charger, jack, or laptop itself. Be especially wary of charging your laptop when placed on your knee.

Place it on a solid surface

A laptop placed on a solid surface is less likely to get dropped, reducing the risk of damage. Even if the laptop appears fine, sometimes the damage may be internal and may affect the functioning of the hard drive over time. Always carry the laptop carefully in a carrier case, and always turn it off. It’s less likely to get damaged if it’s switched off, particularly if it gets dropped. The hard drive can suffer shock when switched on and dropped.

Keep liquids away

If your laptop gets wet or you spill something onto it, pull the power cord out straightaway – don’t worry about shutting it down properly. Turn it upside down immediately and unclip the battery.  DO NOT plug in the battery or power lead and immediately contact your laptop experts Absolutely PC for guidance.

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Don’t leave a pen on the keyboard

Keep pens away from your laptop, in case you accidentally close the lid without removing them. A pen left on the keyboard of a laptop when the lid is closed quickly may inadvertently crack the screen.

Don’t damage yourself

Be careful how you use your laptop so you don’t injure yourself. A laptop riser is useful to ensure you’re using it ergonomically. Avoid placing the laptop on your knee for long periods of time, and don’t risk injury or damage by allowing your laptop to overheat.