Student Guide: Protecting Your New MacBook

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You’re now experiencing your first days at University or your first couple of days back after the summer holidays; whatever the case may be, after all the fun dies down, you will need to buckle down and focus on your studies. One essential tool is your new laptop, which will be your trusted sidekick for the duration of your course. With this in mind, it’s vital that you protect your laptop as much as possible to ensure that it lasts; there’s nothing worse than a laptop melt-down when you have a major deadline creeping up.

Screen Protectors

One area that people tend to forget when it comes to protecting their laptops is the screen. Yes– the screen is generally safeguarded from damage when the device is closed and being moved but accidents can happen, this could be anything from knocking it off a desk or dropping it while the laptop is open. Being one of the most vital parts of your laptop system, should your display get damaged or scratched in any way, you may end up needing to attach an external monitor to the system– completely defeating the point of owning a laptop in the first place. Not to mention being susceptible to dust and dirty fingerprints, your laptop screen has to put up with a lot; the least you can do is to protect it. Whether you’re accident prone or the most cautious person in the world, a laptop screen protector should be on your list.

 

Laptop Cases

Because you will be moving your laptop between your classrooms, libraries and student room, a high-quality laptop case should be considered. This will help to protect the hardware should you accidentally drop it when moving from place to place, or should something be dropped onto the system itself. A good laptop case can be identified if it has thicker padding and handy pockets for USB sticks, cords and external hard drives. You may even consider getting a case that has a lock on it for extra security.

 

Get Warranty and Insurance

We think we’ve made it pretty clear that accidents can happen, and none-more-so than at university. Check the warranty to see what is covered and for how long to ensure your system has continual protection for all possible scenarios. It’s almost a given that those who fail to get a good insurance policy are the ones who end up losing their laptop and all their files a week before a deadline. If you got your MacBook with us, or are considering buying one with us, be sure to check out our Extended Warranty Cover to benefit from a wealth of services.

 

No Liquids by the Laptop

It goes without saying that one of the biggest cause of laptop failure is water damage, and that is why we would highly recommend having no liquids by your laptop. We would suggest keeping your drinks in your bag, or even consider purchasing a non-drip water bottle; this way you can avoid crying over spilt milk, water, energy drink etc. (excuse the pun).

 In the instances of liquid on the laptop, users must act quickly, as time is of the essence. Turn your laptop off and unplug it from the mains, remove the battery immediately after a forced shutdown. The sad truth is that your laptop at this point may be out of commission for a few days and may need a serious repair. Again, just avoid having any liquids near the laptop.

 

External Hard drives

Sometimes an issue can derive on the system itself or within the software. To avoid disappointment when you cannot retrieve your files saved on the computer, be sure to always back up your data on an external hard drive so that it can be put back onto the laptop in these types of emergencies.

 

Overheating

Overheating can be a common issue and one that can be caused by numerous factors including the age of the laptop or via overuse (which is inevitable at university). In order to avoid your laptop overheating, try the following tips:

-Check and clean the fans when required. A laptop fan that is working properly will release hot air from the vents. If you are unable to feel little or no air from your system, then the chances are that dust has gathered around the fan or that a more serious problem has occurred. Clean the fans and re-examine to see if the issue still persists.

 -Elevate the laptop so that the vents are not covered as this will allow the air to circulate. You may even consider a lap desk if you like to work with the laptop on your lap to help improve the ventilation and keep both your laptop and your lap cool.

-Remember that intense software processes make your laptop work harder, and this can result in overheating, especially over prolonged periods. Consider taking regular breaks, not only for yourself but for your laptop’s sake. Also, you may want to install software that helps your laptop such as FlashBlock that makes sure flash videos are only turned on when required.

-Lastly, keep your laptop out of the heat as much as possible. You may be inclined to go and work out in the sun during the warmer seasons, but just remember that your laptop will not want to deal with this for very long.

 

Security and Passwords

Always have the latest anti-virus software on your laptop to protect you from threats. Additionally, ensure you have strong passwords for both your laptop and all your relevant apps to ensure that you protect your hardware and data.

Whether you want to buy a refurbished MacBook Air or Pro, or may already have one of these models, making sure you protect your system from all possible, damaging situations will ensure that you have a fully-functioning laptop for longer during your studies (and beyond).

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