How to Enhance Your Laptop Experience

By: Kay Brenner

Desktop computers are made to be sturdy, reliable, but they occupy a lot of space, and, plus, you cannot take them with you when on a business trip or a vacation. On the other hand, a laptop does all that and even more. A laptop is light - compared to your desktop computer - , its performances are good and you can use it wherever you want. However, there are situations when the laptop can prove to be not so handy.

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.

Battery Life: More Juice

There are certain advantages of having a personal computer at home. One of them is that you can keep them plugged during usage, which means that you do not have to worry about batteries. With laptops, things are exactly the other way around. Battery life is an issue, but we can learn you how to prolong its life, in order to get more from your laptop when you are outside and away from any outlet.

The laptop screen is the biggest consumer that drains the life out of the battery. So, in case that you do not need a bright screen in order to complete your work, reduce the light and the configuration to the lowest values. This way, you will have more juice in the laptop battery and it will work more than just 6 hours.

Making Backups

No matter how sturdy a laptop can look on the outside, you should know that the components inside are delicate enough that a hard knock can inflict serious damage. From all of them, the one that you must be most protective of is the hard drive, the component where all your data is stored. What you need as an assurance is a serious backup. Make a habit out of saving your files and documents from the laptop onto CD-R's, DVD's and thumb drives. This way, any possible damage will be minimized.

Guard Your Laptop

Always take care when connecting to an open wireless network. Install a robust firewall, like ZoneAlarm, and make sure that you set its security settings high to get the best protection. Folder sharing on an open network is just asking for trouble, so make sure you turn this setting and others like it off.

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.

Stay Away from the Heat

Laptops can get hot after a few hours of usage and can get very uncomfortable if its sitting on your lap. They sell laptop sleeves that'll keep the heat away from your skin. If anything, get an old shirt and place it under so your skin isn't in direct contact with the escaping heat.

Desktop PCs take up desk space, and even with flat LCDs quickly replacing all CRT monitors, flat screens still take up precious desktop space. The portability and compactness of laptops make them so convenient; follow the tips above to make your laptop experience more enjoyable.

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Kay Brenner is a PC Health Check expert who restores slow PCs, saving you time and money wrestling with a slow PC. To learn how to avoid computer problems, download a free PC Fix

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