The current problem with laptops right now has always been its long-standing issue of lack of modularity (for parts that matter the most). One soldered part breaks and you have to replace the whole thing, so you have to look for ways to protect your laptop like the fragile device it is.
Age old wisdom says that prevention is always better than cure, and the same goes for laptops. To protect your laptop, giving it some durable coverings and some tender, loving care regularly (cleaning, usually) can make it last longer past the point of its obsolescence.
These accessories will surely help you preserve your laptop better or prevent it from reaching a premature failure, assuming there are no defects or user error involved.
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Lenovo Legion Gaming Laptop Bag
- Hard external shell
- Double-layer protection for laptop enclosure
- Lots of space and storage for other devices
- Sleek and minimalist design
- Cheap price (for a branded backpack)
- Some batches have bad zippers
- Water storage is small
- Hard external shell
- 17-inch laptop capacity
- Water bottle holder
- Headphone pocket
- 14.18 x 19.9 x 7.09 inches
Laptops bags are ubiquitous these days but a lot of them are fancy or excessively priced but aren’t really that protective. This impracticality in laptop bags drew Lenovo’s attention and they came up with the Legion Armored Backpack II.
The external outer shell along with the protected bottom ensures that your laptop won’t get accidentally dinged or scratched during transport. It’s sturdy and the materials are built to last, with some even still looking new despite being two years in service.
Electric Air Duster
- Good blowing force
- Actually has a warranty
- Dual mode switch
- Good grip
- Battery lasts long
- Surprisingly noisy
- Nozzle is too large for tigher spaces
- 33000 RPM
- Blowing force of 0.98-1.16 OZ
- 1-year warranty
Apart from shock damage and rough handling, the only other pervasive enemy of laptops is dust. Dust will typically accumulate in the intake area of the fans or through the keyboard area and will find its way inside the components. In the worst cases, this can cause laptops to overheat often.
So you’ll have to pry it open occasionally maybe once or twice a year depending on usage, and you’ll need to blow out all the dust with an electric air duster like this one. It’s cordless and has a good blowing force which still isn’t enough to harm the components. You can use it for other cleaning jobs as well, not just for laptops.
- Reaches tight seams
- You'll need to use gloves as the dirt and grease it picks up can transfer to your hands
- Not for heavy cleaning (laptops are just light cleaning tasks)
- Cologne scent
- Eco-friendly material
- 2.36 x 2.36 x 2.68 inches
You can deal with dust quite easily, but grease, hand prints, and more stubborn particles (like those that came from the nose) can be a pain to scrub or wipe off laptop surfaces. So a cleaning gel might be necessary to keep your laptop spotless. It’s not as important as for stuff that blows dust off, but we imagine you’d be using this one more often than blowers.
They’re great for keyboards because despite dust blowers being strong, they still can’t reach microscopic spots. Moreover, this can also pick up things that are more stubborn than dust. Again, you can use this for other electronics and household items, not just laptops or keyboards.
Universal Keyboard Cover
- Great for liquid spills, but don't count on it too much
- Good size ranges
- Thin and flexible enough
- Doesn't always stay still and firm, depending on the keyboard design
- 0.12mm/0.005-inch thickness
- 14-17.3-inch laptop keyboards
Some laptop brands or models already come with this as a bonus, but most of them don’t. These are pretty handy since you can forgo the need to clean the keyboard with a cleaning gel though they can get subjective, especially if you feel like the cover impairs your view of the keyboard.
Moreover, they are not guaranteed to last indefinitely and can still wear themselves out. So it’s really up to your personal preference, but these are still great for when you need to leave your laptop lid open but you don’t want anything spilling on the keyboard.
Moreover, it can be a lifesaver if you have a habit of drinking or eating wet food near your laptop.
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Ultra Slim Combo
- Comes in different styles and colors
- Cheap price
- Minimalist design
- Batteries included
- 2.4G wireless
- Easy to pack
- Prone to wireless and Bluetooth interference (as usual)
- Uses up laptop USB ports, no Bluetooth
- 2.4G wireless
- ABS plastic body keyboard
- Mouse has 1200 and 1600 DPI
- Uses AA and AAA batteries (included)
Wearing out your keyboard or touchpad is quite the tragedy for a laptop and those aren’t really known for their durability. So you’re better off using an external mouse and keyboard if you want to keep your laptop looking pristine or intact (only use the default keyboard for travels, etc.).
And while this mouse and keyboard combo is cheap, that’s the point. They’ll be the ones to take the brunt of wear and tear. though they also look stylish enough for those who prefer minimalism. As far as laptop keyboard and touchpad protection goes, this combo is the best though it’s still up to your preference.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can primarily kill a laptop?Heat is the main cause of wear and tear though other sudden factors are detrimental to a laptop's life. Like shock damage and dust.
How often should you clean your laptop?That depends on how often you use it or if it has fans/grills. If it has fans, then you might have to clean it at least twice per year by opening it and dusting it off. If there are no fans, then you don't have to clean its insides yearly, just dust off the keyboard.