I have owned a laptop now for three and a half years. And not more than 24 hours has gone by without me using it. I’m on my third laptop now, not because the others died, but because I wanted to upgrade. From the three laptops I’ve been through, here are some tips I’ve compiled:
- You get what you pay for. Don’t expect to purchase a $300 eMachine and have it run superbly and not break down after a year or two of continual use. Sink at least $500 into a high quality laptop, and you’ll get plenty out of it.
- Don’t scrimp on display size and/or a number pad in order to save a few bucks. I did that, and within six months I was itching for an upgrade (and went ahead and got an upgrade)!
- Don’t order features you don’t need. Fingerprint readers and Blu-ray drives sound appealing, but do you really need that kind of security? And if you’re going to invest in Blu-ray discs, why on earth would you watch them on a measly 15″ or 17″ display?
- Purchase an extra battery.
- On the topic of batteries: choose an after-market one. They’re cheaper, and they work just as well!
- Keep it cool: don’t use your laptop directly on your lap or on cushioned or fabric covered surfaces for long periods of time. Invest in a cooling tray and use it!
- Keep your laptop safe and pristine in a laptop bag or a sleeve.
- Pick up a wireless mouse. The touch pad is nice, but you’ll tire of it quickly.
Are there any laptop tips you can think of to add to this list?