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Enjoy Your Laptop Even More

Jul 19, 2008
Laptops designers thought about mobility when they invented these space saving computers, but there is also something more to them. The image of laptops became similar with an image of a successful businessman or a cool writer that can take their laptops anywhere and dabble in stocks or write on blogs anytime they desire to do so. Anyways, there are some downsides to this modern gadget.

It is true, you can take your laptop with you whenever you travel, or just for a quick trip in the park outside the house. But keep in mind that the life of a laptop battery is on the short side, so if you find yourself in the situation of recharging it, without an outlet nearby, you cannot do much about it. Another downside is that, due to the small size of these computers, they are easy to steal, so keeping an eye on your gadget is highly recommended. Despite these disadvantages, you still have ways to enhance your laptop experience and we are about to show you how.

Tip: Prolong the Battery Life

Desktop computers still have several advantages over laptops, one of them being that desktop computers don't run out of battery life after 6 or so hours. Unfortunately, using your laptop long enough will result in a much needed recharging, which becomes an impossibility when you're on the road and there's not an outlet in sight.

Your laptop screen is the biggest energy consumer from all the components. So, in order to save some battery juice, just reduce the configuration of the screen as much as you can, and you will be able to enjoy your laptop for a longer period of time than usual.

Backup, Backup, Backup!

Portability is the greatest feature of laptops, but these gadgets are also more fragile than your desk computer at home. A little mistake and your precious laptop crashes on the sidewalk, when you least expect it. Oh, no! What a disaster! Even when nothing seems to have happened on the outside, always check the status of your hard drive, after an episode like this one. While you can buy another hard drive or send the laptop into service, your data, that was stored on that hard drive, is lost forever. Avoid these nuisances by saving it often on USB portable drives or CD-R and DVD.

Hire a Watchdog

Sharing your files over the Internet is far from being a good idea, if you are interested into keeping your laptop as safe as possible. With a laptop at hand, you can connect to wireless networks, and this can become a gateway for viruses and spywares, in case you do not have installed a reliable firewall, like ZoneAlarm.

Because of the compact size of laptops, they're really easy to steal, so always know your laptop's whereabouts. Encrypting your laptop's hard drive can give you peace of mind; if your laptop gets stolen, as least the files residing on your hard drive are encrypted and cannot easily be viewed or accessed.

Fend Off the Heat

Another thing about laptops that can become quite annoying is that they tend to heat up after just a few hours. It is not at all pleasant to keep a hot item on your knees while outside is summer, so, if you did not buy special laptop sleeves, find any piece of clothing that can keep the heat from the laptop off your body.

The comfort factor is hard to take from laptops. No matter how fast desktop computers change in order to become more flexible, they still have a lot ahead if they want to catch laptops from behind. Even with an LCD screen, there is no way for a desktop computer to occupy less space than a laptop. By applying some of the suggestions above, you will have more reasons to enjoy your laptop as you should.
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Kay Brenner is a Computer tool expert who restores slow PCs, saving you from the hassles of struggling with a slow PC. To reclaim your dream machine you first bought, download a free PC Health Check
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