Sunday, May 09, 2010

Should laptops not be left plugged in?

AOL today had a piece on “extending your computer’s lifespan” and suggested that the typical home computer lasts 2-5 years. I thought we were doing better than that. But a store-brand computer in Minnesota’s hard drive lasted only two years, and my Dell 8300 started having serious trouble after fice years, eventually leading to hard drive replacement. The link is here.

On laptops, manufacturers (especially Apple) recommend not keeping the computer plugged in all the time, so that the battery will last longer with occasional use. It should be allowed to run down sometimes. But then the screen isn’t as bright. On “always on” desktops, it does recommend occasional reboots.

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