Digital devices like your gaming laptop have essentially become extensions of us in this modern world. And there’s nothing quite as tragic the moment your gaming laptop gives up on you. How can you enjoy playing on your laptop if it’s not working really well? Let’s discuss how to take care of a gaming laptop.
And while it’s inevitable, there are a few things you can do to help maximize your laptop’s performance and prolong its lifespan by a good few years.
5 Tips On How To Take Care Of A Gaming Laptop
Here are tips on how to take care of a gaming laptop.
1. Clean Your Gaming Laptop On The Outside
Yes, you need to actually clean it. While it’s a no-brainer and like the simplest thing in the world, most people often skimp on this.
Gunk can get in your computer— dirt, dust, food crumbs, hair. And none of these are helpful but actually harmful to your laptop’s hardware.
So, regularly clean your laptop. Make sure to turn it off and unplug the power supply before you do anything.
Start with your laptop’s screen. This is the most fragile part, so be gentle in wiping and only use cleaning solutions or monitor wipes approved for electronics. If you’re using an anti-static spray, spray it onto microfiber clothing and clean the screen with that. Never, spray anything on the screen itself. Also, be mindful of any hard edges that could scratch the screen.
Next is to clean your keyboard. There are several ways to clean your keyboard. You can use an upholstery attachment on your vacuum and vacuum your keyboard in the lowest possible setting.
You can also use a cleaning toothbrush to remove bits out from between the keys. However, it may push dirt further under the keys and out of reach. Some people like to use a cleaning gel that you can stick and roll over your keyboard and capture dust, dirt, and debris hidden in between keys.
You can use isopropyl alcohol to clean the keys. Simply dip a cotton bud in alcohol and wipe the keys or you can use a microfiber cloth to cover more surfaces. Just make sure that the cloth is not too wet which allows moisture to get in the gaps between keys and other openings.
Lastly, you want to wipe the rest of your laptop. Close your laptop and wipe it from front to back with microfiber clothing. You can also use alcohol to wipe the surface. Once again, just make sure that it’s not too wet.
2. Clean The Insides Too
After cleaning the exterior of your gaming laptop, it’s time to clean the insides. And we’re not talking about the internal hardware of the laptop. Cleaning the internal hardware should be left to the professional.
We’re talking about cleaning your hard drive. Over time, your laptop will accumulate a lot of unnecessary files and data on the hard drive. This can overload your storage and cause your laptop to have sluggish performance.
So, take the time once a month to go through your hard drive and check the files there. As you check over the files, determine which can be saved for future reference and which can be trashed. Make sure to remove any duplicated or useless files from your hard drive. In addition, you want to remove any programs or software you don’t use.
To make it easier, you can use disk cleanup software that automatically finds duplicate files and unused programs for you.
A cleaner hard drive means a smoother running laptop.
3. Pay Attention To Battery Use
Gaming laptops are portable thanks to their battery. However, batteries will eventually die no matter what. That said, there are a few things that you can do to prolong its lifespan.
Most people forget or wait until their laptops are dead before plugging them in. This is bad for the battery. If possible, you should never drain the battery below 20%. This can help extend the life of your battery since using your laptop with a low charge can put a strain on the battery and significantly reduce its charging capacity.
In terms of a full charge, there was a time when users were advised to unplug laptops if the battery charge reaches 100%. This is because it can wear out the battery more quickly. Fortunately, modern devices are designed to stop charging at 100%. Thus, keeping them plugged in even at 100% won’t impact the lifespan of your battery.
Now, if you’re storing your laptop for an extended time, then consider discharging your battery and charging it up to 50% before putting it away.
Lastly, heat is not good for your batteries. While batteries degrade naturally, extreme heat exposure can cause batteries to degrade even faster by making the cells expand. So, you want to keep your fans clear and use them in a well-ventilated area.
4. Keep It Cool
Just like how keeping your laptop cool is beneficial for your battery, doing so is equally important to the rest of its components.
There’s a reason why data centers are kept uncomfortably chilly— overheating can reduce component life span.
The easiest way to keep your laptop cool is to make sure that the airflow is unobstructed. So, you shouldn’t use your laptop on a mattress or your lap since these limit airflow.
5. Invest In Useful Accessories
To better protect and maintain your gaming laptop, there are several accessories and tools that you can use.
For one, you can use a good cooling stand for your laptop. It’s like a pad but with fans blowing air to your laptop and keeping it cool.
To prevent debris and dust from entering your keyboard, you can use a keyboard cover or protector. These are ultra-thin silicone material that provides a full range of protection against dirt and liquid.
Since laptops are designed to be portable, you should also invest in a good laptop case that will protect your device while you’re on the go. Pick a bag with good padding for shock absorption and sturdy handles. Also, consider a bag with hardy and water-resistant fabric to keep your device dry and protected.
And there you have it!
If you want to keep your laptop running in tip-top shape, make sure to keep the above points in mind.
The better you care for and maintain your gaming laptop, the longer it should last, which not only saves you money on getting a new one but also ensures that you stay productive with less downtime because of computer problems.