MacBooks are supposed to have a long life, but they’re not invincible. For instance, getting knocked off your desk could result in a severely damaged device.
Even if your MacBook is under warranty, Apple may not cover damage that’s your fault. Plus, why would you want to spend a moment parted from your device if you don’t have to?
Luckily, you’re able to protect your MacBook from many kinds of damage. Whether it’s just sitting on your lap or you’re carrying it to work, dangers lurk around every corner. Be prepared and you’ll have a long lasting MacBook.
Always Use A Carrying Case
Anytime you’re transporting your MacBook, you need a padded carrying case. Simply slipping it down into a backpack or purse isn’t enough. What would happen if you dropped your purse or bumped against something with your backpack?
Many backpacks, purses, briefcases and messenger bags now have dedicated departments for notebooks and laptops. These types of cases include a padded pocket to protect from bangs and bumps. For optimal safety, pick a carrying case that’s designed for the size of your MacBook. This keeps it more secure.
Let It Breathe
Since MacBooks are relatively thin, they don’t vent easily. This mean it doesn’t take long for it overheat if you’re not taking precautions. Higher temperatures can damage the internal components and may even cause your MacBook to shut down.
There are ways to help reduce the heat and prevent worse problems over time, such as:
- Use fewer resource intensive programs at once
- Troubleshoot your fans if you’re noticing sudden temperature changes
- Install a laptop cooler
- Use a vented lap desk or desktop riser
Always using your MacBook on your lap is a recipe for disaster. Instead, use a special desk that keeps the MacBook off your legs and allows it to vent freely. Less heat equals a longer life for your device.
Protect Your Keys
Keyboards get overlooked all the time, but they’re a highly vulnerable point. MacBooks aren’t invincible against spills and random dirt and debris. You never know when your coffee mug might get knocked over while you’re busy typing away. All it takes is a keyboard cover to help protect your keys. While you still shouldn’t pour a glass of water on your keyboard, a cover reduces the risk of any liquid getting under the keys before you’re able to clean things up.
Keep It From Slipping
MacBooks aren’t exactly clingy. This means it’s easy for them to slip off a table or desk. All it would take is your child running by to accidentally hit your MacBook and send it crashing to the floor. A rubberized case helps prevent this. It’ll allow your MacBook to sit securely on a surface without slipping and sliding.
Another benefit is a rubberized case provides some extra grip when picking up and moving your MacBook. It’s far too easy to drop your device when you’re moving it from desk to case and back again. The last thing you want to do is lose all your irreplaceable files simply because your device slipped from your hands.
Protect Against Bumps
You wouldn’t dream of using your iPhone without a protective case, right? So why would you use your MacBook without one? While you may not notice, your MacBook suffers quite a few shocks over its lifetime, such as hitting the floor when it’s in an unprotected carrying case.
A sleeve or case, such as the Hexpact, helps to protect your MacBook from normal wear and tear. The right case actually helps protect your MacBook from any shock impact should you drop it accidentally. All it takes is a single drop to break your device’s hinges, screen and internal components, such as a hard drive.
There are different laptop cases in the market and they have different protection levels.
Every MacBook deserves a little extra protection. Do your part today to help extend the life of your MacBook.
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