As amazing as MacBooks are, they are not immune to damage. As such, they need the most you can give in terms of care and protection. Whether you own a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, here are some ways you can keep your laptop safe from the elements and protect your investment.
- Protection from scratches, shock, and other kinds of physical damage
A case is one of the most important accessories you can buy for your MacBook. Why? Because the finish of your MacBook can easily get scratched if you don’t cover it and just put it into your bag along with your other things. Shock can also severely damage an unprotected MacBook in case you drop it.
While there is a wide assortment of covers you can get for your MacBook, a rugged hardshell case is the best you can buy in terms of providing protection. They prevent surface scratches as well as shock damage from dropping. You can get them brands such as Urban Armor Gear (UAG), Thule, Carbon Fiber Gear, and BaseQi’s shockproof Padded MacBook Sleeve. Although these are on the expensive side, it’s a small price to pay for the safety of your MacBook.
- Protection from water damage.
Water and electronics don’t mix very well, so spilling any liquid on your MacBook is the worst ways to damage the laptop. Not only is water damage not covered by Apple’s warranty terms, it’s rare that a waterlogged MacBook ever recovers completely from such damage. You may be able to have your MacBook repaired, but it’s never going to perform the same way again, and sooner or later you’ll have no choice but to replace it.
The ideal defense against water damage is to simply not have liquids near your MacBook. However, if you’re like the majority of people can’t resist the urge to have a drink like coffee while on your laptop, the best thing you can do is to just make sure it doesn’t spill. Here are a few ways to achieve this.
- Use a spill-proof container.
Put your drink inside a spill-proof container and ensure that the lid is tightly sealed. You can find spill-proof containers almost anywhere, and they are not expensive, so this is not going to be a problem for you.
- Keep your drink at a distance.
Do not place your drink too close to your laptop. That way, in case the container topples over, you have a few seconds to carry your MacBook and move away to keep it from coming in contact with the spilled liquid.
Another thing you can do is place your MacBook in an elevated spot, so that it won’t be affected by any spilled liquids at all. If you use your MacBook on a desk, you can place it on top of an adjustable MacBook stand.
- Cover your keyboard.
Your MacBook’s keyboard will be one of the first parts of your MacBook to get affected by water damage. This is why you should buy a keyboard cover specifically designed to prevent water damage on a MacBook. They’re available in a variety of designs and colors, and they’re not very expensive.
- Protection from dust and dirt.
Dust and dirt may not be a big deal to some people, but over time, they can build up inside and around your MacBook and cause serious problems like overheating, slow performance, and battery issues. Don’t let that happen and remove any dust and dirt before they even have a chance to accumulate on your MacBook.
Another reason you should buy a keyboard cover or two for your MacBook is because it is great at repelling dust, dirt, and grime. It’s also easy to clean. All you have to do is wash them with mild soap under running water and let them sit until they’re completely dried.
To get rid of dust build up in hard to reach nooks and crannies of your MacBook, use cans of gas duster, which use compressed air to blow away and clean dust off various kinds of surfaces and electronics that can’t be exposed to moisture. They’re available in all electronics and hardware stores and don’t cost more than a few dollars per can.
Follow these tips and you’ll preserve the life of your precious MacBook, avoiding costly repairs in the process.
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