How to Destroy Your Laptop: 5 Mistakes to Avoid Destruction
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You hopefully aren’t wondering how to destroy a laptop so that you can actively ruin your machine. But it’s a good idea to know the most common sources of laptop damage so you can keep yours as long as possible.

Because we carry laptops around more than a desktop computer, they’re more prone to accidents and hardware failure. Luck is part of the equation, but let’s look at how how to break a laptop over time with a few common mistakes. If you abuse your laptop in these ways, it could fail early before you can even notice it.

1. How to Kill a Laptop With Excess Heat

Laptops generate a lot of heat. Processors are more power-efficient than ever, and the average temperature of a PC has dropped over time. However, many laptops will still become warm to the touch when stressed.

A fan (or another source of cooling) must expel this internal heat, and it’s your responsibility to keep the fan vent clear. If it’s obstructed, the heat has nowhere to go. Instead, it will get stuck around your laptop’s critical components. Eventually, your laptop will reach a dangerous temperature PC Operating Temperatures: How Hot Is Too Hot? PC Operating Temperatures: How Hot Is Too Hot? Excessive heat can damage your computer's performance and lifespan. But at what point is it overheating? How hot is too hot? Read More and overheat.

Some laptops react to this and will shut down automatically. But others will suffer through the heat as they slowly bake to death.

Furniture, carpets, and blankets are all surfaces that can wreak havoc. Wherever you place your laptop, make sure the vent has a clear path to do its job. Even a pile of books that’s too close to your laptop can cause problems.

This isn’t the only source of heat. Over time, dust can build up inside your machine and clog up the fan and internal airways. If you’ve had your computer for years, it’s worth cleaning your laptop How to Clean Your Laptop Screen, Cover, Keyboard, and Fans How to Clean Your Laptop Screen, Cover, Keyboard, and Fans Over time your laptop builds up dirt, dust, and grime. We show you how to clean every part of it, from the screen to the ports and more. Read More to remove this debris inside.

Be proactive and pay attention to your laptop’s fan volume. If it sounds like a jet engine, and your computer is not involved in a demanding task (like gaming or video encoding), consider it a cry for help.

2. How to Ruin Your Laptop’s Hard Disk Drive

Many laptops now include a solid-state drive (SSD). Since SSDs don’t have internal moving parts, they’re more resilient to motion. However, many older and cheaper laptops still have a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). These can take damage if they’re rattled too much.

This problem with a spinning hard drive is due to its use of moving parts. HDDs have a read/write head that must move to interact with the disk, which spins. These parts have their own inertia, so if you move your laptop while they are active, they’ll try to move along their original direction. This can cause contact between internal hard disk components, which in turn could cost you your data.

You can reduce the risk by only adjusting your laptop gently and not moving it when running a program that frequently accesses the hard drive. Treat your laptop gently, with no quick movements. Even if your computer has an SSD, you should know the signs of SSD failure 5 Warning Signs Your SSD Is About to Break Down and Fail 5 Warning Signs Your SSD Is About to Break Down and Fail Worried your SSD will malfunction and break down and take all of your data with it? Look for these warning signs. Read More to detect problems early.

3. How to Damage Your Laptop by Mishandling It

If you’re wondering how to spoil a good laptop quickly, try picking up your laptop by the screen. Holding it by any corner, especially loosely with one hand, is a bad idea. Even premium laptops can sometimes succumb to this seemingly innocent abuse.

When a laptop is closed, the best way to pick it up is by grabbing the front or rear of the device. It’s smart to pick it up with both hands for security. When your laptop is open, you should still pick it up with both hands (one on each side).

Do not pick up a laptop by the display. If your laptop still has an optical drive for CDs, don’t hold it solely by that side either. You should also keep the laptop on a firm, level surface whenever possible. This will prevent it from getting bent out of shape.

Some laptops will take abuse, but others can run into issues before long. In particular, picking up a laptop by the display puts a lot of stress on the hinges. They aren’t meant to handle that. Thus, doing so can damage the hinges or surrounding materials, causing the hinge to break or the screen to stop working.

4. How to Destroy a Laptop by Mangling the Cords

If you want to kill your computer, treat its cables like junk. Wrap them around everything in sight, twist them at weird angles, and wait for something to break. It’ll happen sooner than you imagine.

You’d think power cords could handle lots of twisting and bending, but they often can’t. Laptops are primarily mobile devices, after all, so there’s good reason to make their cords thin, light, and easy to move.

A common form of this issue occurs when someone wraps the cord over some other object to keep it bundled. Sometimes that object has sharp edges, which cut into the cord. And this isn’t just for obvious blunders like knives; a hard plastic edge is all it takes. In some cases, power adapters will even damage the cable if you wrap it up around the brick.

Avoid this problem by bundling a cord over itself. Most cords come packaged this way when you receive them, and some include a little piece of Velcro you can use to keep the cord together. If your cable doesn’t have Velcro, you can buy some yourself for cheap or use an adjustable zip tie.

You should also make sure you don’t put too much strain on your computer cables. Avoid having the AC adapter hang in midair; this will put stress on the plug that goes into your laptop. Over time, this will weaken the plug and could even damage the socket, preventing you from charging your computer. Having a bit of slack in your cables is important.

5. How to Kill a Laptop With Improper Transportation

As we looked at above, laptops don’t take kindly to shakes or other jarring. Despite what movies might have you think, you can’t properly use them on the back of a motorcycle, or while running away from guys with machine guns, or in the back of a car while missiles are fired at you.

A lot of people buy a laptop bag to take the edge off everyday bumps and bangs. That’s a great first step, but you need to make sure the bag actually provides protection. Cheap laptop bags include a compartment that is laptop-sized, but usually lacks protection.

Others have padding on the sides of the bag, but completely neglect to protect the top or bottom. Of course, the bottom is what hits the floor when you drop a bag you’re holding.

An alternative is to place your laptop in a padded sleeve. This can protect your laptop from jolts while also keeping objects in your bag from scratching the machine’s exterior. Just make sure the sleeve is padded. A cheap sleeve, like a lousy bag, may be too thin to offer real protection.

Check out the best anti-theft laptop backpacks The 10 Best Anti-Theft Laptop Bags The 10 Best Anti-Theft Laptop Bags Anti-theft backpacks keep your gadgets and other belongings safe while on-the-go. Here are the best anti-theft backpacks for you. Read More for some good options.

Have You Ever Destroyed a Laptop?

In summary, it’s important to keep an eye on the small details. Otherwise, your laptop could die a slow death through damage to the hinges, hard drive, exterior, or other components. Even seemingly minor actions, like dropped food crumbs getting underneath the keyboard, can cause serious damage over time.

You’ll read stories of people dropping their laptop in a pool, or spilling a drink on it, or knocking it off a fourth-story balcony. Such mistakes do happen. But dramatic accidents are not how most damage occurs. Laptops often fail due to a combination of small mistakes, some of which may have no consequences at first.

For more questions on computer health, find out whether you should leave your laptop plugged in all the time Should You Leave Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time? Should You Leave Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time? Is it better to keep your laptop plugged in, or use it on battery power? Turns out, the answer isn't entirely straightforward. Read More .

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  1. Brian
    November 27, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    My son has ruined a couple.

    First one he accidentally poured about 1 liter lemonade in while it was on. Not a good plan.

    Second one was in a fit of rage (Autism). He tried to close it, but the wrong way. Hint: It was not a Lenovo Yoga, which is built for that. Not a fun conversation to have with my boss.

    Third one he kept carrying in the screen which weakened the hinges and when he dropped it on the floor the monitor came loose and couldn't be fixed.

  2. Christopher Lueder
    November 21, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Where the power-cord plugs into the laptop is vulnerable to flexing of the cord. I have had several power adapters fail there. And it caused damage to the laptop battery, due to intermittent power or reduced voltage of bad connector. Before it fails, wrap black tape on the cord at the connector, so it doesn't flex.

  3. infmom
    November 17, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I smashed the screen on my Chromebook by dropping it on a slate tile floor.

    For dumbasses like me, there is iFixit. Their instructions are aces.

  4. Soda Popinski
    June 24, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I once had a gaming laptop that simply couldn't handle FarCry 3 upon release and it overheated and destroyed the power socket.

    Homeowners insurance didn't cover mechanical failures and the manufacturer was going to simply take the laptop and fix it over the next six months and then return it to me (maybe fixed.. maybe not..), so instead I opened it up and poured four sodas into it and two sodas into the battery compartment (insurance covers accidental damage).

    Called a technician to come and verify that it was sufficiently destroyed and should not be attempted to be repaired. The technician picked up the laptop and soda began pouring out of it. He said, "Okay, so what do you want the report to say?" and I replied, "Destroyed." Insurance deposited the original value of the laptop plus estimated shipping. *high-five*

  5. FFFfffFFFfffffFFff
    January 10, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I once wrecked a laptop by blunt force trauma :-( was an oooooold AOA150 as in Late Stone Age which had been carefully modded to take a 160GB 1.8" drive and Bluetooth adaptor.
    Can you see where this is going?!
    Cable going to laptop. Someone "accidentally" hit cable and laptop fell 4 feet onto a hard floor missing the carpet by 3". (FFFFFFFUFUFUFUFFUFUFUFUF)
    Guess what. 1.8" drives don't like that very much.
    No marks on the case but drive had massive bad sectors and never worked right again.

    Laptop *2 got a similar fate due to slipping on wet stone while running and me landing on the laptop (probably avoided a broken wrist) but alas this also killed the 2.5" HDD.

  6. LUL
    November 25, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Well, you might as well not use it... lol ... what a retarded site...

  7. devendra
    January 18, 2018 at 4:29 am

    I connect my laptop to TV set up box. Is it harmful for latop to watching TV on it. ???

    • Brianna
      July 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

      I doubt that it does any harm as long as you have a good, stable place to put it where it will not overheat. I would recommend choosing the "just tv" setting and closing your laptop to save your battery. Don't leave it on for long periods of time, i.e., over night. If you do that every night, it could harm your battery as well as cause many more complications with your hard drive.

  8. typicalOwl
    October 23, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Mine is a bit indestructible. It's an Acer Aspire One 722 p with 4GB of shared RAM and a 250 Gig hard drive, not a solid state. it really is indestructible, because it repeatedly heats itself up and doesn't set itself on fire.

  9. flower
    June 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Fantastic! I have an Acer Aspire 5735Z, quite a bit old, and I do this stuff all the time...I can't believe it still works after reading this!

  10. tshepo
    June 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Greatgreat advice some ppl r just stubborn

  11. Pizza Bot
    May 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    My laptop failed to work within 10 months

  12. cry
    May 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I like the way this was written, jokes, use of "Don't sweat the small stuff." Yay yay ayay!

  13. Kay Wessels
    March 14, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I closed my laptop with my Fitbit charger inside, touching the screen. When I opened it 2 hours later, it had lines of various colors through it, then it went black. It's my brand new touch screen. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

    • goochlicker
      November 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      u fuqued

  14. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I got a new laptop. 2 days in my friend picked it up from the back. maybe it's not a problem. not enough to take it in for, just enough to mess with me on some level of conscious. I wouldn't normally pick it up like that. It's just sort of like ahhhhh. We could have easily not crossed that line.

    • TexUpport
      April 7, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Are you kidding me??? Do you honestly think that picking it up from the back for probably two seconds would break your computer. Sure you shouldn't do that, but don't freak out, laptops are made to be handled by mouth breathers, they're not made of paper.

      • Vince
        May 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        You had me at "mouth breathers"!

  15. mymy
    May 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    if your laptop has a solid state drive or fast storage, is it okay to tip it over while you watch a movie laying in bed since it doesn't have to read a disk?

    • bitchtits
      November 30, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Yes.

  16. Janes Boyland
    May 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    My laptop didn't work so I snapped it in two pieces over my leg. That was the fun part my laptop watching it break in 2 pieces.

  17. Dead Money
    March 17, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Guess I'm a little lucky too. My laptop has suffered heaps of the above abuse but is still going strong three plus years later. It's been running 8 threads of climateprediction.net on the processor and one of einstein@home on the GPU since I bought it, I use it in bed constantly, and once, when it was only a couple of months old, the zipper of my ratty old backpack spontaneously unzipped and it fell out and slammed into the middle of the crosswalk on one corner. Still worked okay though.

    I did have to finally work up enough courage to try taking it apart the other day to clean out the heatsink fins and reapply thermal paste. It had been overheating for months to the extent that the wifi card refused to function anymore - but that's only once I've had to do that so far. And when I put it back together again I was relieved to find that everything worked much better, with much less heat, and the wifi card even resumed normal operations once more. Yay!

  18. Jackie
    December 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I'm guilty of using my laptop in bed! I did this for several months for several hours at a time with few breaks in between where I would hibernate the laptop to go get some food etc. the laptop is 1.5 years old now and surprisingly still in good shape! ASUS FTW

    I don't have a laptop cooler but knowing the holes at the bottom of my laptop suck air in to be fanned out on the side, I place two books on the side of the laptop (not at the bottom middle- which would prevent the fan from working) to ventilate it when in use :)

    Great article! I'll be getting a laptop bag, possibly a cooler and a clean- also never using it on my bed again unless laziness beckons with good very reason.

  19. James West
    October 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    my sisters laptop was overheating and guessed that the fan needed cleaning. So i pop of the back of her Dell and found a large dust bunny in between the fans and the copper heat sink. She was right, it did need cleaning :)

  20. Yang Yang Li
    October 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Great advice. I'll be sure to try out some of those suggestions ;-)

  21. Todd Troutt
    September 13, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Great Article. This is being forwarded to my niece, who I've seen leave her laptop running on her BED all day!

  22. Dwayne Nicholson
    September 13, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I'm constantly griping at my kids about 3 and 4.

  23. Nikhil Pandey
    September 13, 2012 at 2:49 am

    My laptop used to generate lot of heat. I use laptop Cooler :D

  24. James Baydal
    September 13, 2012 at 2:38 am

    yeah, right. even laptop must be damage gently if wanted. but not so harsh. thanks for the articles..

  25. Lets Explain
    September 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    HP laptops just love to overheat.

    I service those day-in and day-out.

    Surprisingly, older dells seem to hold up best. Go figure.

  26. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Hackers are busy people doing a difficult job. The least we can do is ruin our own computers and save them the trouble!

  27. Alex Perkins
    September 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I currently have a Compaq by HP, the fan is okay but not great. I built a cooling stand with a USB fan pushing nice cool air into the fan in the laptop now my laptop at max load gets to 45C CPU and 53C system.

  28. Kamal Ji
    September 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    i tried to dissassemble my laptop and broke the ram.. in the slot.. and its pins are still in the slots what should i do...

    • Matt Smith
      September 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      That's a new one ;) Maybe take the RAM out gently using some pliers? Then buy new RAM.

  29. ShokuBox
    September 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Ha! Guilty of the overheating my old laptop and not taking care of the cords!

  30. Vanamalidev Srinivasan
    September 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

    This was very nice. Thanks!

  31. Gabriel Barron
    September 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Carpets murdered my PS2. I was young then...I didn't know. As for covering the vent... people just have to realize what its like breathing with somebody's hand over their mouth.

  32. syed asghar
    September 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Hi,
    Like the post but my opinion is that everything should be used in limits,so that its warranty life will be average.There are more crazy ideas out there on the internet.But it should be only for educative purpose not to go and try them.Sometimes they may work but other times we blame that so and so did/said but it didn't work for me.

    • Stanley
      November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Great information and can save lots of unnecessary costs, when my laptop over heated I would used my desk top pc ..but then I fried it and my technician
      told me I had too many gadgets on the same power source eg: deep freeze, frig,microwave,TV,phone,printer,laptop,and some times a toaster and electric jug, they caused the fans to slow down and fry pc. I've installed a direct power supply and no more problems.

  33. Leland Whitlock
    September 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Besides the mangled cords I notice a lot of times the AC line will pull out of the laptop adapters. I always use a tie wrap to lock the AC line to the DC line that goes into the laptop. This makes it much less likely to pull out.

    BTW, nice article for those who don't think about how to care for their laptops. Hopefully as more read this they will take better care of the.

  34. Eu
    September 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I use a Dell and resist to this treatments

  35. Eu
    September 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    i used Dell laptops and they resist

  36. Nabil A Swileh
    September 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Loved Shaken Laptop Syndrome.

    Great Tips

  37. Emmanuel Choge
    September 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I wasnt aware of the "bed one" thanks alot

  38. Richard Borkovec
    September 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

    These are all great tips, thanks!

  39. Ahmed Khalil
    September 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

    can i ask how the battary be saved for long time? i mean in MBP as it is not removable
    is this mean i have to use it all the time and i can not depend on the power source directly

    • Matt Smith
      September 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Try to keep the laptop cool, don't store the laptop in hot places, don't let the battery fully discharge unless you absolutely have to (i.e. if you're near a plug, use it).

  40. Bonnie
    September 10, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I wish I had read this article a few months ago. My Asus, that I love sooo much, that is less than 6 months old, with a great processor, lots of memory, HD, and a thin display now has a broken hinge. Just like you said, more than the hinge being bad, the side plastic is cracked. At this moment, I have one of those little sturdy black metal paper clips holding it together. Wondering if it can be fixed and if I can get away with getting it fixed under warranty. Any ideas?

    • Matt Smith
      September 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Call ASUS, see what they can do for you. They don't have the best customer service but it's not the worst, either. It's worth 30 minutes of your time if it gets your laptop fixed.

  41. Adjei Kofi
    September 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Nice tips :)

  42. Akash Kotak
    September 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    ohh i c

  43. Neal
    September 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have a laptop sitting on a support with twin fans and rarely turn it off and it works just fine 3 years later. My daughter used her bed even though I built a stand for her and explained the heat problem and 6 months later it didn't work. Duh! Even a book underneath it will help air circulation if you don't have a fan but a fan is much cheaper than a replacement laptop.

  44. Barbara Salvini
    September 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Wow,,, had no idea, thanks.

  45. Hamza
    September 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    thats exactly how i use my lappy! am i doing it wrong?! -.-

  46. Ellen Odza
    September 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I had problems with my laptop overheating a couple years ago - I hurt my back and was stuck in bed for several months, so I was working at home in bed. I did two things - I got a laptop cooler pad that plugs into a USB port and that helped. Then later, when I discovered how long I was going to be working in bed (not as much fun as it sounds!), I got a laptop table - sort of like the tables they use in hospitals but these tilt so you can get your laptop at whatever angle works best for you. The table also keeps the laptop off your lap and seriously cuts down on heat.

  47. GrrGrrr
    September 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    nice article Matt.

    I need to buy a cooler to prevent my laptop turning in to a Burner

  48. GrrGrrr
    September 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    nice article Matt.

    I need to buy a cooler to prevent my laptop turning in to a Burner

  49. gmonly one
    September 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    i put my old HP on a cooling pad and a laptop table, it keeps cool with no problems in over 6 years.
    i always tell my friends not to tap on theirs or shake them, one friend found out the hard way, when he needed a new hard drive, his problem started because it was freezing a lot. not that a restore couldn't fix it, or maybe some cleaning, what he was doing was, taping on it above the hard drive, to get it going again, that never worked :D

    • Hamza
      September 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      thats what vending machines taught us!

      • gmonly one
        September 8, 2012 at 5:13 am

        i guess some treat their laptop like a pinball machine, hit it, it wont tilt :)

  50. mike25
    September 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    What about eating over the keyboard or anything else that will drop crumbs that get stuck under the keys?

  51. Mani Ahmed
    September 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    very good indeed and a self experience about the first issue ... i once updated my IBM T42 laptop firmware ... now what i think happened was that the firmware was built for some cold country whereas in Pakistan its pretty hot and the firm ware ran the fan of the laptop as per its pre determined speed (i doubt in the days of t42 there were any temperature gadgets inside); anyways my mother board fried within 2 days ... ! i still didnt learn my lesson until i did the same with my X31 :p months later ... only to learn NOT TO UPDATE FIRMWARE :p

  52. mike vandepeer
    September 7, 2012 at 1:02 am

    there are way more sensitive devices than your laptop. they actually are quite hardy..very hardy in fact considering their highly complex nature. Your toaster or electric kettle are more delicate by comparison.. particularly if you take complexity into account.. just try doing any of the things shown to be detrimental to your laptop to your electric kettle or toaster. LOL

  53. Victor Ong
    September 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Which is why I love thinkpad. It's built like a rock. It take quite a bit to destroy it.

  54. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    September 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Always clean the firm place I want to put laptop before using it, won't let dust spoil it.

  55. Alan Sjöström
    September 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    You'd all cry if you saw what i have to do with laptops, i'm a field service technician and there is some interesting places i have had to set up my laptops, dust, heat, moisture, vibrations - all very conclusive to short life spans, but to me a laptop is no different to a spanner, screw driver or a hammer...its a work tool.

    • Truefire_
      September 13, 2012 at 12:55 am

      It is a work tool. A delicate work tool. I imagine you're using a Panasonic Toughbook though, which really doesn't apply because they're rock-solid.

      I had one, and I would drop it in the snow as a joke. People where shocked when it worked.

  56. Mila Kun
    September 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Is there a way I can still use it on my lap and avoid the overheat? Some type of special surface underneath??

    • lamuse
      September 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      I found an inexpensive solution for dealing with laptop heat.

      I keep my laptop on top of one of these powder coated wire cupboard stacking shelves that you can get at Target or other similar stores.

      It elevates the laptop about six inches and allows air to flow freely underneath. It also raises the screen up to eye level (if it's on your desk or a dining table). And can elevate it up off of soft surfaces such as bedding.

      It works for smaller laptops (up to 16") but probably not for a 17" or larger. Similar solutions can be found for larger laptops that don't have the stacking handle things on the side such as mine does.

      The one I have makes accessing the DVD/CD drive difficult -- you have to lift up the laptop if your drive is on the side. But small inconvenience for extending the life of my laptop.

      I use the laptop on my desk so I also put a small desk fan under it and angle it so it blows air slightly up on the bottom where it 's warmest (probably the GPU in my case) to further disperse the heat and move cooler air into the vents.

  57. Ibrahim Nadir
    September 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    hmnmn... i somehow knew all of them :) still nice post. good work!

  58. André Kamara
    September 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    The lady in the bedroom has my laptop :D

  59. Shahzaib Ali Khan
    September 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm
  60. Mike DeGeorge
    September 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Great article. It was well written, and full of nice information. I am so sharing this on FB.

  61. Darren Reynolds
    September 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    must admit, always using my laptop on my lap... very informative :)

  62. Walfred Michele
    September 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Me too IamashMcLean. Best small investment ever was a inexpensive laptop desk. The ones with the beanbag bottoms are terrific - keeps your legs and laptop cool.

  63. dohRG
    September 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Like alluded to in the post even more expensive or durable ones crack easily. Some manufacturers try to be fancy/hip with case material but slightest pressure on them either cracks or at least makes you scared it is going to.

  64. Joel Lee
    September 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    All of these are very important points that most people don't seem to grasp. The greatest issue, in my opinion, is the first one: putting your laptop on blankets and carpets. I used to do this until I realized it just fills it up with dust and particles. Combined with the problem of a lack of fan output, your laptop is just going to heat up and die.

    Use hard, flat surfaces! Laptop coolers are even better! Ventilation is everything. Internal problems are sneakier yet just as dangerous as external scratches!

  65. Ron Chiodo
    September 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I bought a couple of clip boards from a local office supply. I do work with my laptop in my lap. I've felt the heat. So for the protection of my body's perfect parts I looked for some kind of laptop pad. Too bulky, too expensive. A clipboard works perfectly to insulate me and give the laptop breathing room. Another advantage: when I screw up I bang the clipboard against my forehead, and save my laptop from damage!

  66. Edgar Meixueiro
    September 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    This is good info. Many people don't know how to treat their laptops.

  67. Tienie de Coning
    September 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    using your laptop in a sauna or while in the bath will also shorten its lifespan.

    • mike vandepeer
      September 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

      theres a couple of things not to do with your kettle or toaster

  68. Jidiq Bhai
    September 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    please continue to share such information in future also :) :)

  69. IamAshMcLean
    September 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I used to do that, putting my laptop on bed or on my legs. Thank GOD, that my laptop turns off when overheats. Or else, my laptop can be dead in less than a year. My laptop is now, 4 years and a half. An Acer Brand, in which people complains so much. And I think I'm lucky.

    • Joshua L
      September 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      i've always had good luck with Acer products and consider them to be a fairly reliable brand.

    • Ibrahim Nadir
      September 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      you ain't lucky your laptop is fine, you are lucky you bought acer. Acer has been degraded as a brand but trust me, i tried few and acer is the best in many cases. Battery, shape, weight and many other things! i mean... SeriouslY!

    • Romez
      April 5, 2015 at 2:40 am

      I have had my Dell Inspiron 1545 for 6 years now because I took really good care of it I would never let it heat too much and I would only use it on hard surfaces. Also, I purchased one of the best anti-virus on the market. (Kaspersky Internet Security). When my friend and I would be studying on campus, all 3 of us would access the same website on different laptops, they didn't have Kaspersky.. they used norton and the free AVG one. Only my anti-virus would alert me not to go on that specific website because it detected a trojan and it immediately blocks access. My friends anti-virus didn't alert them at all. This has happened several times with different people as well.
      I think Kaspersky saved my laptop from all of those viruses. And I also think that me taking care of it also helped a lot.