Reduce and avoid sharp movements when using:
Newer laptops have SSD drives (see here) many still have mechanical or traditional drives which work like a cd player. There is a head that reads the data that hovers just microns over the surface of the the platter. A knock or bump can cause them to collide or scratch. Just like a scratch on a CD this can read to data corruption or loss. Make sure to always power down your laptop before packing it away.
Laptops have to ways to tell you they are too hot - the auto shut off and the fan. Most all components in your laptop create heat and the harder they work the more heat they create. The fans run to blow heat out of the vents to keep the laptop cool so it can operate as normal. Since there is no clear temperature indicator the fan volume is a great guide to monitor the heat. The louder the harder the fan is working. Help your laptop by keeping the vents clear of blankets, books, and dust.
Respect the cords:
Inside of your power cords there are a lot of delicate wires. You would think they can take a beating like getting bent, twisted, and run over in chair wheels but sadly that is not true. Try to keep your cords clear of sharp items, avoid wrapping them for transport, and try to copy how they came out of the box. Wrap cables gently around itself and secure with velcro.
Use a padded case:
Try to find a bag that provides padding and fits well. Your laptop will take a lot of bumps and bruises as it is moved around even with you trying to be careful. Ideally your bag should have top, bottom, and side padding and also be waterproof.
Your data backed up:
With such mobility comes a potential loss of data. Even though a good backup wont make your laptop last longer it will make repairs easier. It seems like laptop users are more likely to bring in their computers for service if they can access their data elsewhere.
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