Why is My Computer Slow and How Do I Fix It?

Slow Computer Frustrated

Usually, your PC slows down because it isn’t running efficiently. There’s only so much processing power, memory and storage space available and the key to speeding up your computer is optimizing all three.

If you find yourself restarting your PC and it still slows down over time, then there’s a good chance of one of the following reasons affecting it:

  • Your environment is too warm – If your computer starts to overheat, it will decrease its performance to compensate. This decreases the risk of damage and enables a faster cooling process.
  • You need to update – You can experience a loss in performance if you fail to keep your Windows and driver updates up-to-date.
  • There is too much going on – You PC won’t be able to optimize its performance if it is working with too many programs and the disk is at 100%. This usually happens because there are too many startup apps and processes running in the background.
  • You don’t have enough memory – PCs use RAM to store all active programs while they are running. Too much data in the memory will result in a sluggish PC.
  • You’re running out of hard drive space – When your hard drive fills up, it lacks room to hold necessary temporary files that can prevent data loss.
  • You might have a virus or malware – Malware, including viruses and worms, consume a computer’s resources and hamper its performance.

Before You Start (IMPORTANT!)

One of the keys to successfully troubleshooting your PC is identifying the cause. But if you follow these techniques carefully, nothing bad will happen because we’ve tested all these tips on countless machines!

Nevertheless, you should take precautions by backing up your system. At the least, create a restore point so that if anything goes wrong, you can always revert any changes.

Restore Point Windows

Get your Computer Back Up to Speed

To get your computer running at its best, try these 15 simple tips:

-Upgrade your memory to a more efficient type or increase the memory size

-Overclock your CPU by increasing its core frequency and voltage

-Keep requests from programs in RAM out of the hard disk and improve performance with an SSD

1. Upgrade your computer’s RAM and get a fast SSD to work and browse faster.

The two limiting factors to any office PC or laptop are its RAM and hard drive.

Upgrading your Memory

Your PC’s memory has a limited amount of physical space (RAM) where you can store programs while you work with them. Think about RAM as your computer’s short-term memory. For most modern computers, you really don’t want to be operating with less than 8GB of memory and 16GB for handling most situations.

  • Resource intensive applications like video editing, games, Photoshop and programming apps take up a lot of space so it would be good to keep track of those.
  • Browsers can use more more memory and this increases the more tabs you have.

The typical symptom of insufficient RAM is sluggish performance. This type of issue occurs when your PC needs to constantly shuffle things in and out of its short-term memory. The result is annoying cycles with load times and general freezing that lasts up to a few minutes at a time.

And picture of two sticks of RAM.

It is easy to find 8 GB of RAM these days for under $50 If you have a laptop, it may be difficult or impossible to upgrade the RAM; make sure your laptop can be upgraded before purchasing it.

PC owners have an advantage when it comes to RAM usage. Open up your PC’s case and find the slots where you can add more RAM (if there are any). Make sure that your new module is compatible with the specifications listed for your computer, or ask somebody knowledgeable about the type of machine you’re upgrading to help you pick a right one.

Upgrading Your Storage

Your computer’s long-term memory, the hard drive, is your biggest limiting factor. This is where Windows, programs you use regularly and all of your personal files are stored. When you want to load or open something like Spotify or your favorite images on your computer, the hard drive needs to look for those bits and bytes before transferring them

More than 80% of personal computers still have a mechanical hard drive. The platter, which rotates like a vinyl record or DVD laser head, is accessed by the read/write head in much the same way and is thus slow to respond.

When shopping for a new desktop, it is important to look for one with an SSD. An SSD is the next generation of storage in computers. No moving parts means that when you are looking at files on your computer, they will show up instantly without waiting — and applications will run much faster because there’s no need to wait as the drive spins up.

SSD Storage

Although the prices on solid state disks may be higher than mechanical hard drives, you’ll find that they are worth the investment. A 250 GB SSD can be purchased for as little as $100 — and even inexpensive hard drives will greatly improve your outdated PC. Make sure your laptop or desktop is upgradable before buying one, however. Two great side effects of going from a mechanical disk to an SSD are less power consumption and longer battery life for laptops.

2. Upgrade your Graphics

For those who are gamers, designers or video editors, your graphics card is the heart of your computer. But, if you’re playing games such as ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’, ‘Ark: Survival Evolved’ or ‘Dark Souls 3’ and it’s not running smoothly or looking as great as it does in their trailers, your GPU may be the culprit.

Laptops are out of the question for an upgrade because the GPU is built into the motherboard. Desktop computers, on the other hand, can be easily upgraded with new graphics cards.

Graphics Cards in PC

If you are looking to upgrade your GPU, market leaders NVIDIA and AMD have a range of options.

3. What is Defragmentation and What Does it Do?

Mechanical hard disks, in addition to being painfully slow, are also susceptible to a phenomenon called “fragmentation.” The more programs and files you use, copy or move, the more cluttered your disk becomes — and the harder it is for the read/write head to open or store your data.

Defrag your disk by locating the Start menu, typing in Defrag and hitting Enter. Click “Optimize,” and this might take a while.

Searching for the Defragment and Optimize Drives app in the Windows menu for Windows 10

Defragmenting PC Windows 10

4. Disabling Start Up Tasks Through Windows Task Manager

Boot up time can be frustratingly long for those of us who use our computers every day. It is often because your computer has too many programs trying to start at the same time. To find out which ones are loading, open Windows Task Manager and take a look around the list of running startups.

To get to the list of apps that are loading when your computer starts up, go to Task Manager in Windows. Click on Startups and see which programs automatically launched as soon as you turned it on.

Start Up Task Tab

To prevent an app from launching at startup, use the right-click menu. For example, the screenshot below shows a disabled Epic browser installer and another disabled Greenshot screenshot taking program.

Now those were some simple examples. What about entries that are not immediately clear? In these cases, Google is your friend. You can easily find these articles on a forum or technical website to help you decide whether you need them or not.

5. Update your Software/Hardware Drivers

Your PC is made of over 100 components. These include the Wi-Fi receiver, processor, graphics card, and power button. Together they collectively create a complex system that miraculously functions properly with no guidance or support.

A powerful driver is the backbone for your computer. These drivers, which are small and complex pieces of software that control the way components work, drive everything from CPU to graphics cards. However as with any type of software, drivers can be faulty or not deliver on their full potential.

6. Update your Operating System

Microsoft frequently releases new updates to the Windows operating system. These include security updates, but some are performance-based as well.

Windows 10 is not free, but it’s the most secure operating system there is. Windows 7 will lose access to security updates soon, and so if you don’t want to risk the vulnerability of your device you should upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 today.

But regardless of the version of Windows you’re running, make sure it is up to date. You can find out which version of Windows you have by navigating to Settings>System>About in your OS menu.

Windows 10 Specifications

7. Is the Registry Cleaner For You?

The registry is a crucial part of your Windows operating system. Many entries could be found in the registry invalid or just empty, so many “registry cleaners” exist to delete them or fix them as needed.

Windows Registry

But 99.999% of the time, using a registry cleaner has no impact on PC performance. Sure, Windows constantly accesses the registry, but this filesizes is about 100 to 200 MBs which even a 10-year-old PC can process in fraction of a second. Deleting a few entries from the registry does not affect speed whatsoever

Despite this warning, many professionals recommend cleaning the system registry every once in a while. However, if you are not suffering errors as a result of having missing executable keys, there is no need. We recommend leaving the database alone, and if you do experience an error following Windows to take care of it on your own.

8. How Your Performance is Affected by Viruses and Malware

Viruses, adware, malware, spyware, and Trojans not only pose a security risk but they can also have a negative affect on your PC’s performance. Performance is one of many reasons to employ an antivirus software in order to eliminate both the threat and any slowing down that may result from their presence.

9. Clean Your PC Physically

For years, PC and laptop fans are blowing air in and out of these devices. A family of dust bunnies is thriving inside the machine! The slow down or even stop the fans which traps heat leading to poor performance and frequent crashes making your fan a necessary item for purchase.

That’s why I occasionally open up my desktop computer case and laptop keyboards to catapult dust bunnies out of the system with a gas duster (keep a vacuum handy). And while you’re at it, you might as well make your monitor and keyboard shine, too. There are many cleaners designed specifically for this.

Consider a change in desk habits for your next work session. Make sure to position your device in such a way that it is not fully obstructed by other objects, where cool air can easily reach the vents. Next, place both laptops and desktops on hard surfaces with no floor covering or bedding nearby if you’re using them in that area.

12. Kill Background Running Programs

RAM (memory) is a limited resource, and even computers with lots of it can only handle so many tasks at once. If you have several programs running in the background which are not being used – when you’re not using them – they will compete for memory from more important tasks.

You can prevent programs from running background by manually closing the program. Here’s how to do that in Windows 10:

  1. Open your Settings and select Privacy.
  2. In the menu on the left select “Background Apps”
  3. To stop all apps from running in the background, turn off the toggle next to Let Apps Run in Background. To stop individual apps from running in the background, disable their respective toggles.

13. Try Windows’ Built-in Troubleshooting

Windows includes built-in optimizers in the form of troubleshooters. These utilities offer suggestions to improve performance by using a few simple tweaks.

  1. Select “Update & Security” from your settings.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left. The troubleshooting options will analyze your computer’s performance and offer solutions if any issues are detected.

14. Change Your Visual Settings

Disabling stylish visual effects can improve performance on Windows. To do this, access the Performance Options section of your Control Panel from the Start button or by typing “control panel” in a search box and pressing Enter.

  1. To find this setting, type adjust the appearance option into your Cortana search bar or directly into the start menu and press enter to open performance options.
  2. Windows 10 contains an “Adjust for best performance” feature to make your computer run as smoothly as possible. You can either let Windows optimize automatically or enable and disable individual adjustments.

15. (Advanced Tip) Increasing Your Virtual Memory

Virtual memory is a kind of halfway zone between your RAM and the long-term storage of your hard drive. Your computer allots part of the space on your hard drive to handle less-active processes, freeing up space for whatever you’re doing right now in your RAM.

If you are getting a message that warns “Your system is low on virtual memory” or have to increase it for other reasons, try this approach. But be advised that since these steps can only help advanced users who know their way around their computer we do not recommend following these instructions unless you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and understanding of computers.

Additionally, your hard drive may become too busy switching between tasks to run at full speed. To avoid this problem, we recommend you use less virtual memory by limiting the programs that are running in the background and dedicating a chance for each program to have the spotlight when it is open on your machine.

Window 10 allows you to reduce memory usage by adding virtual memory:

  1. Select “System” in your Settings
  2. Select ‘About’ from the menu on the left. From there, select ‘Sysinfo.’ If you don’t see this option, expand your window to make it appear in the list of settings.
  3. This will take you to the System settings in the Control Panel. To be taken to the Advanced system settings, select these options under  System Properties on your left.
  4. Open the Performance Options window by clicking the Settings button in the Performance section.
  5. Open the Advanced tab and select Change
  6. Uncheck the box next to “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” and instead click on “Custom size”.
  7. At the bottom of window, note Recommended and Currently allocated amount. Set initial size to Recommended amount if smaller than Current allocation. Maximum value should exceed Current allocation but not be as much as Recommended allocation
  8. Early computers with very limited memory required that you give instructions in steps. You can use this same formula to calculate your Initial and Maximum virtual memory: Set the Initial size as 1.5 times your current RAM, and set the Maximum size as triple your current RAM.
  9. For example, 4 gigabytes of RAM is equivalent to 4,096 megabytes. With this amount of memory space available, set the initial size as 6,144 megabytes and the maximum size as 18,432 megabytes.
  10. After you’re done, confirm by clicking OK. Then restart your computer.

Clean Up Your PC and Hard Disk

In this section we’ll cover how to free up hard disk space by removing unnecessary files, programs and other digital junk from your computer. We’ll show you how to clean out your hard drive and migrate programs to cloud storage for easy access when needed.

1. Using Disk Cleanup

Whenever you use your PC, it leaves behind data. Temporary files are created by all the programs and they stay around like digital waste such as windows update files, files generated by the programs you use, and cached data from apps such as browsers.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways for handling thisclutter.

First, you install the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup tool which deletes basic clutter from your PC. To launch it in any version of Windows (including Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8, and 10), right-click on your desktop and select New/Shortcut. Type in the following text:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 &Cleanmgr /sagerun:6553

Cleaning Shortcut

Name the shortcut “My new PC cleaner” (or whatever name you prefer). Then, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator. You’ll find all the files to delete in that location, so just untick all of the boxes unless you are sure what a file is or need them for some reason.

After a while, the superficial digital clutter should disappear and you can use deeper cleaning options.

  1. Windows 10 offers a way for you to clean up old upgrade files. These files can be major if you’ve been upgrading from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 or on newer version of 10 after an older version. You can find this option by opening your start menu and clicking “Settings”. From there, go to System and select Storage.
  2. Third party software options are available although not always recommended as they can come with bloatware of their own as well.

2. Remove any Unnecessary Large Files

When you download a large file on your phone, do not forget about it. You can use Windows Explorer to find the overall largest files across your entire hard disk. Open up Windows Explorer and click in the search field. From here, select Gigantic and this will list the larger than 100 MB files for you to look at.

Find Large Files Windows

3. Delete Programs You Don’t Use

You could probably get along without any unnecessary software programs installed on your PC, which would make it run faster and better. To remove leftover installation files, go to your Windows Control Panel, click Programs then click Programs and Features. Go through the list of software and uninstall anything you don’t need.

Uninstall Programs Windows

4. Check Your Hard Drive’s Health

Any file on your hard drive can be damaged if your PC loses power or crashes. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly check the disk’s integrity. To do that, click the Start button and type “CMD”. This should bring up a search result for Command Prompt, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.

The administrator command prompt

To fix your hard drive, enter chkdsk /f /r and hit Enter. Confirm the prompt: “Are you sure you want to scan your disk on next reboot,” then restart your PC. Depending on the size of your disk, this check and repair process could take more than an hour.

5. Look Into Investing in Cloud Storage

If cleaning your phone or computer and uninstalling apps isn’t giving you the space you need, you may want to consider uploading some of your larger files to a cloud service- such as OneDrive or Google Drive. Cloud services are intended for use if hard drive space is at capacity on your mobile device or personal desktop, but will take longer to

6. Clear Your Web Browser’s Cache

Your browser creates a lot of files that, individually are not very large, but all aggregate when you have a lot of them. These include:

  • Cookies – small files that share information or websites remember your user preferences, though other cookies track you around the internet.
  • Cache – your browser keeps files and other resources from the various web pages you visit and stores them in a cache.
  • Your browser may lag and run slow if you don’t clear cookies or empty your cache. Clearing cookies improves your browser speed and performance, while emptying the cache forces your browser to load fresh copies of websites so that you see only up-to-date content.

If you had time to clean out your browsing history, it would be a good idea. This does not affect the speed of your computer; but will help protect your privacy.

Update Your Programs

A study demonstrated that over 52% of the applications installed on PCs are outdated. Such statuses can be a result of people ignoring updates or that the applications don’t include an updater. Though the computer tips we’ve gathered are crucial for any machine, your old apps carry unique risks. Updating them if possible can lead to a safer and faster PC.

Keep Your PC Clean Regularly To Avoid Hassle

Now that we’ve covered the most important steps for keeping your machine clean and tuned, it’s good to repeat these every month. If taking time out of your day to keep you computer in order sounds like too much of a hassle, then read on for some tips on how to reduce this upkeep.

  • Before installing any software, determine whether you actually need it and will regularly use it. If not, uninstall the program after your finished using it.
  • Remove the programs you no longer need from your computer by going through the list of installed programs.
  • I try to create a full PC backup after I clean install Windows and configure everything. That way if something goes wrong, I can just go back to the last time it was working.
  • Use an Antivirus or computer management software like Advanced SystemCare to scan your system occasionally for files you don’t use or that may be dangerous to your system health.

This is Why Your Laptop Battery Dies So Fast & How to Fix it!

Angry man holding his laptop

It doesn’t matter if you use your laptop for work, school, gaming, or browsing the internet; no one likes it when their battery dies when they’re in the middle of doing something. Although each laptop is different, the majority of battery life issues are caused by the same few reasons.

We’re going to have a look at them here. And we’re also going to help you to avoid these laptop battery issues in the future by giving you some top tips for extending your battery life. Let’s get started.

Top Eight Reasons Why a Laptop’s Battery Dies Quickly and How to Fix Them

Your laptop’s battery is likely running out of power quickly because of one of these eight reasons:

1. Faulty or Old Battery

Laptop and battery

Unfortunately, the top reason why a battery is running out of power so quickly is simply that it needs to be replaced. If your laptop is more than three years old, then there’s a chance that it now needs to be replaced. This is the same with any battery – not just for a laptop – as they simply can only function for so long.

2. The Screen is Too Bright

Laptop with blank screen

When did you last check your screen brightness settings? If you’re scratching your head or you answered this question with a swift ‘never,’ then it’s time to check your brightness settings. If you’re running Windows, then you simply need to go to the ‘Display’ page in your System Settings. You’ll be able to adjust the level of brightness here.

You may want to reduce the brightness each time that you’re running your laptop on its battery, and then make it brighter when you’re plugged into the power mains. If you do this, then always make sure that you’ve returned the brightness to a lower setting when you unplug your laptop.

3. Keyboard Backlight

Laptop keyboard backlight

If you’ve got a backlight on your keyboard, then you want to turn it off when you’re running your laptop on its battery. A backlight is an unnecessary feature for most laptop users that can contribute to a battery draining fast. If you’re not sure how to turn it off, then don’t worry; it’s very easy for Windows users. You just need to go to the ‘Control Center,’ then click on ‘Mouse & Keyboard’, and you’ll be able to turn off the keyboard backlight on this page.

4. You Need to Turn on Power Saver Mode

Battery settings

Power can sap from your laptop’s battery if you’ve also got the wrong settings on for your laptop when it’s running on its battery. You don’t want your system to think it can download updates or run lots of background programs when it’s on the battery.

Fortunately, an easy fix for Windows users is to create a Power Saver mode for when your laptop is running on its battery. To do this, you can go to the ‘Power & Sleep’ area of your System Settings.

Once you’re there, you’ll see the words ‘Additional Power Settings’ on the right of the page. Click on it. And then, you’ll be taken to a new page where you can create a handy power-saving mode to stop your battery draining fast.

5. Too Many Background Apps Running

Background apps settings

Windows is full of background apps that will automatically run unless you turn them off. These background apps can cause a battery to start draining fast. If you use Windows on your laptop, then you can easily turn them off. You just need to visit Settings, then click on Privacy, and then on Background Apps.

You’ll see a list of all the apps that are running in the background while you use your laptop. You might be surprised by the number of them. Just toggle off the ones you don’t need to have running in the background. It can also help your laptop as a whole if you remove these apps from your laptop completely. This can be done by visiting Add or Remove Programs in System Settings.

6. Too Many Processes Running

Task manager settings

Not only do apps run in the background when you use your laptop, but processes are running too. You want to stop any of these processes that you don’t use. To do this, you need to open your Task Manager. Once you’ve opened it – which you can do simply by pressing Control, Alt, and Delete at the same time – then you will see a list of processes.

If you see something you’re not using or don’t recognize, then simply click on it, then click on End Task. Some processes are important, however, and if you don’t recognize the name, then it may be a good idea to search on the internet for the name of the process before you end it. If you do this simple task, then it will help to improve your laptop battery life.

7. WiFi and Bluetooth Aiding Battery Drain

Wifi settings

If you use your laptop on its battery without using the internet or Bluetooth, then it’s a good idea to turn both of these settings off while you’re using the laptop. You can disconnect your laptop from wireless internet by going to your WiFi settings in the System Settings. You can also do this for Bluetooth. Although having your WiFi setting on and your Bluetooth on won’t be the main culprit for why your laptop battery is draining fast, it will contribute to it.

8. Too Much Power Being Used

Playing game on the laptop

The last reason why your laptop battery is dying quickly is a simple one. It’s because you’re using it up. If you play high-power games with lots of graphics, then your laptop will be using a huge amount of to power the game.

There isn’t a way to make the laptop battery last longer if you use your laptop for gaming, producing, or another task that simply uses a lot of power. It’s essential to keep in mind, however, that constantly running your battery down to the point where it’s completely flat will shorten its life.

It can also cause your laptop to crash, as it suddenly needs to shut down when the battery is dead. The more a battery malfunctions, the more likely that it suddenly dies before it can go through the right Shut Down procedures. If you do use your laptop for gaming or a high-power task, then make sure that you plug your laptop in when you do these things, as it will preserve your laptop battery in the long term.

Summary

The reason why your laptop’s battery is draining so quickly might be different from another person’s. But there’s a good chance that the cause of your battery’s short life is down to the eight reasons that we’ve outlined. For a lot of people, the reason is just that your battery isn’t what it used to be.

It will continue to die quickly unless you replace it, and it could even drain more quickly as time goes on too. If you’re lucky, though, then your battery isn’t lasting very long because of apps or processes running in the background.

Calibrating your laptop so that it functions better when it’s being run on its battery alone is a good idea. Turning off unnecessary features when you’re not using them – such as Bluetooth, WiFi, or a keyboard backlight – will also help to make your battery last longer.

Getting Your Laptop Gaming Ready

Setting Up New Laptop

Are you an emulator player who’s fed up with gaming lags and looking to level up your gaming experience? Here is an ultimate guide to optimizing your laptop for the ultimate gaming performance. Gaming on laptops has slowly become better over time due to hardware getting better and devices getting smaller. As compared to customized high-end gaming desktops with premium gaming performance, people tend to use laptops for their portability and better features. So to optimize your laptop for maximal gameplay potential, you’ll need extensive tips and tricks to keep your end high and level up your gaming performance as well as user experience.

Prerequisites to Improve Gaming Performance.

Make sure to check these tips and tricks and apply them to improve your gaming performance.

Maintenance Checks to Maximize Performance on your Laptop.

Regularly clean your laptop. Making it dust-free is the key to improve gaming performance without prior technical experience. If you don’t clean your laptop regularly, detritus will build up in the vents and clog them eventually. This leads to overheating of the laptop which slows down the processor and GPU which can lag your gameplay. So, it’s advisable to deep clean regularly your laptops, open and brush off the dust from hardware parts occasionally, and ensure to keep dust, food, or other things away from the screen and keyboard.

Activate Game Mode on Windows 10 to Level up your Online Gaming.

Windows 10 Game mode is a feature pre-installed in gaming laptops that anyone can use to optimize their laptop for gaming. This built-in game mode can be accessed and activated via the Xbox app. It helps close background apps and boosts FPS in your games. It also blocks other background activities including background notifications or Windows 10 updates.

Source: pcgamer.com

Here’s how to activate the default game mode:

1. Press >Win+I or click on the Windows icon in the left corner and open the settings from the start menu.

2. Press >Win+G or select the gaming category to open game settings and then select Xbox game bar.

3. Select the game mode from the tab on the left and make sure the switch is clicked On.

Remove Unnecessary Programs Running in the Background for Better Laptop Performance.

Does your game lag in the middle of epic gameplay? With every app installed, memory gets compromised and slows your processer and GPU. This may be due to hidden bloatware and apps running in the background. Open task manager and look for the most power-consuming apps and clear them up to improve FPS and the overall efficiency of the online gaming experience. You can always use software for removing background-used programs or do it manually. The gaming mode also works well in stopping background programs from running.

Some of the software used are ‘AVG Tune Up’ or ‘Razor Game Booster.’

To do it yourself,

1. Look at the system tray, which shows all the running programs. Or you can get details about them from the Windows task manager.

2. Excluding the apps you need for your gameplay, like the graphic card management apps, close all other apps by right-clicking the icons.

Update your GPU Drivers for a Faster Gaming Experience.

Installing graphics card driver updates as soon as possible is essential not only for Windows 10 but for other operating systems like macOS and Linux as well. It boots FPS significantly and improves gaming performance in every GPU. Fortunately, standard drivers and intel graphics drivers are pre-installed in the default factory settings of the laptop as well as with every operating system update. But Intel graphics driver is not recommended for hardcore gaming. However, for other graphic drivers like Nvidia and AMD, you may need to check updates manually.

Source: Nvidia.com; Updating your graphics drivers can result in up to 23% Faster Performance.

For Nvidia GeForce driver update,

1. Go to the Nvidia GeForce driver website.

2. Select your graphics card and Windows version from the list.

3. Start the search and check if your driver is up-to-date.

4. Installing the GeForce experience tool is also recommended to get notified about new updates.

For AMD driver update,

1. Go to ATI Radeon software downloads website.

2. Select your device information.

3. This will show you the latest driver ready to download and install.

Optimize power Management and Check Internet Connection for performance on your laptop.

It is imperative to optimize power settings for improved GPU performance; as laptops are designed to use away from a permanent power source. Windows gives you extensive power management settings, yet it is advisable to plug in your device to an external power source while running. This puts you in the best performance mode. After this optimize your power settings in this way:

1. Press >Win+I or click the Windows icon on the left corner and open the settings system in the start menu.

2. Go to system power settings>Power and Sleep> Additional power settings.

3. Select High-Performance mode.

4. Now select Change plan settings>Change advanced power settings.

5. Make sure that the settings are optimized.

Pc gaming performance is often lagged due to poor internet connection. Although it may not increase the frame rate, boosting up your Wi-Fi may level up your gameplay by minimizing the ping. Make sure to check your network speed by tools such as Ookla and if the speed is less than required, update your wireless connection, switch to a wired Ethernet connection, or use a gaming router to improve gaming performance.

Software That Optimizes your Laptop.

Here is a list of preinstalled software that needs an update or new software to be installed in Windows 10 :

Install the Latest Version of DirectX software to Optimize game-play.

Source: NVidia Shows DirectX 12 new features

There are many tools to update your graphics but DirectX optimizes graphics in Windows 10 in a way faster for gaming. Its latest version is DirectX 12, which is preinstalled app on your laptop.

1. Press >Win+R to Open the Run box.

2. Type dxdiag

3. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag) will load.

4. Press the system tab and look for the DirectX version to check if it is the latest or not.

5. Also make sure to open the sound tab to ensure audio drivers are up to date too.

Overclock your Laptop Graphics card to Improve Gaming Performance.

Graphics are as vital for gameplay on the laptop as RAM or CPU. A graphics card can be pushed to its limits to maximize performance and boost fps by Overclocking. But it’s not a child’s play, as it can be detrimental to your laptop and GPU by enhancing electricity usage as well as heat dissipations. Laptops are intended to shut down in such cases and you should also take preliminary measures like power adjustment.

Source: msi.com

The tool for this purpose is MSI Afterburner, flexible with both Nvidia and AMD graphics. It makes automatic changes to voltage and speed to get easy performance increases without any difficulty or heavy experience required. will not only boost graphics but RAM and GPU also. Overall expect a performance boost of 10 to 15%.

Manage Windows Update and Downloads for High Performance.

Although Windows 10 tend to improve laptop users’ experience by periodic updates, Windows update inevitably allows the latest version to download in the background, These automatic updates’ reminders can decrease the performance of the laptop.

So we are left with the following options

1. Keep your computer offline or on Airplane mode for offline games.

2. Install updates as soon as possible.

3. Windows version 1903 allows you to block updates for 30 days.

Not only Windows updates, but some games also run automatic updates in the background. This can be resolved by using Digital Delivery System apps like Steam. It also enables you to customize automatic updates and background downloads for individual games.

1.Steam>Settings>downloads

2. Untick the checkbox >Allow downloads during gameplay.

3. Click OK to save changes.

Lower your Resolution in Games

Unless you use a super-high-end gaming laptop, you’ll have to compromise on graphics settings for the optimization of your laptop for higher FPS. Higher resolutions increase the pixel number on your screen, stressing out your GPU.

Decreasing the resolution from 1080 to 900p can reduce the pixels by just over 30%. Further lowering the resolution to 720p can reduce the pixels by roughly 50% further increasing FPS. Customize your resolution settings from the game menu to keep your laptop optimally balanced with clear graphics for your Windows 10 gaming.

Change your Game’s Video Settings

Customize additional video settings along with the resolution to further boost the game’s FPS. These settings can be basic ranging from low, medium, high, and ultra levels. Other games have complex numerical settings, sliders as well as nuanced controls.

Here are some settings you can optimize.

1. Graphic details and effects

Optimizing these features improve fps and gaming performance on older and low-spec laptops too. This is achieved by lowering the quality of shadows, textures, lighting, and reflections. Also, remove graphic effects like motion blur, lens flare, and other graphical flares.

2. Anti-aliasing

It soothes out the edges of objects in your game. Customize it by turning it off first and then slowly turning it on to balance smooth edges and fps simultaneously.

3. Draw Distance

Reducing draw distance enables GPUs to focus on an immediate object. This alleviates the stress on GPU.

4. Vsync

It prevents screen tearing but sometimes it can bring down fps to ensure quality. If there is no screen tearing by turning it off, make sure to keep it off.

Optimize Nvidia and ATI Control Panel Settings

To boost the visual quality and performance of the laptop/computer in games, tweak the settings in the control panel to find a balance between fps and graphics.

For Nvidia, open the Nvidia control panel from the search bar >Manage 3D settings. Increase Maximum pre-rendered frame values and manipulate them the way you want by experimenting with the lag in your game.

Source: Nvidia.com

For AMD/ATI, Open Control panel>Radeon Settings>Gaming Settings. Set the settings according to your likings but it is recommended to increase/turn on Anisotropic filtering mode, Texture filtering, and Antialiasing mode(2-8). Here’s a tip, turn off your in-game anti-aliasing and standard AMD anti-aliasing and use AMD introduced MLAA(Morphological Filtering).

Source: Nvidia.com

5. Turn off Surface Format Optimization and Vsync to improve FPS and for smooth-running of your game.

Hardware Updates For Smooth Online Gaming.

Updating hardware is the key to increasing the speed of your gaming laptop/computer. You can always upgrade RAM, storage, and battery to make it optimal for playing online games.

Upgrading Your computer’s RAM and SSD

Although less effective than GPU and CPU updates, Increasing the RAM can enable your computer to handle multiple tasks efficiently. It will not only boost online gaming performance by boosting fps but will also make it more powerful in general. Be mindful that your new RAM module matches the motherboard on your computer. Then buy multiple RAM modules which are all alike.

Upgrade to an SSD for Windows 10 Gaming Laptop Optimization.

Although SSD ( solid-state drive) may not boost your games’ fps, it is way better than your traditional hard drive hard. It can significantly speed up your laptop/computer making it ready to load your latest heavy games.

To ensure maximal efficiency, it is advisable to choose an SSD with system storage of 500GB or more, the minimum being 250GB. This allocates 30GB for Windows and 50GB or above for the smooth gameplay of the latest games.

Updating Graphics Cards for Windows.

To know your existing Graphics card info go to Control panel>Hardware and Sound>Device Manager>Display adapters. Once you’ve identified your graphics cards, make sure you have appropriate drivers for them. Nvidia claims that upgrading from (older version)GeForce 2080 to (newer version)GeForce3080 significantly boosts FPS.

Conclusion

This gaming guide focuses on giving you the best gaming performance by speeding up the overall system responsiveness and further optimizing the laptop for other tasks as well. It will ensure that you are getting the best gaming performance across the board by reducing start times and latency, increasing FPS(frames per second) and GPU performance, decreasing the time it takes to open your programs, and just overall fine-tuning your PC to make it the best it can be. Lastly, It takes an ample amount of research and evaluation of your needs to make the process and long-term experience effective.

How to Check The Age of your Laptop

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Many reasons can make us ask ourselves, ‘How old is my computer?’ And if you’re asking yourself this question right now, then you’ve come to the right place because you’ll learn exactly how to answer that question.

You won’t ever need to ask, ‘How old is my Computer?’ ever again. We’re going to find out how you can date your laptop or Mac. We’ll also have a look at the reasons why you might want to know how old your laptop is. Let’s get going.

How to Check the Age of a Windows Laptop

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If you want to find out the age of your laptop, then you have two methods available to you with a Windows laptop. Each method will tell you a different age, though. You can either find out when it was that you bought your computer or you can find out your computer manufacture date, which are two different things. Let’s begin with how you can find out your laptop’s manufacturing date.

Checking a Laptop’s Manufacture Date

The first piece of information you need is your laptop’s serial number. On most laptops, you’ll find this number on the bottom of your computer. A good tip is to close your laptop, then lift the laptop, turn it, and find the number. Once you’ve got the number, then you should write it down on a piece of paper, so that you don’t need to keep checking it when we move onto the next step.

Now that you’ve got your laptop’s serial number, you can move onto the next step. You will now need to visit your manufacturer’s website. The process for checking the age of your laptop is will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. And, in some cases, you may need another number, such as a service code. Dell is one manufacturer that requires a service code, but this can usually be found next to the serial number.

If you’re struggling to find the right area of your manufacturer’s website to enter your serial number, then you could simply search for the manufacturer’s name and ‘serial number check’ on a popular search engine. This will take you to the correct page.

Another option is to call up the customer service number for your manufacturer. You can tell that you’re having trouble finding out the age of your computer. Then you have the right information to help them date your computer, and then ask them for help. They’ll likely be able to access the information on their system so that you can then find out just how old your laptop is.

Checking How Long You Have Owned Your Laptop

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Perhaps the information you’re seeking isn’t the exact date that the computer was purchased but how long it’s been since you purchased the computer. This requires a slightly different process.

Firstly, it’s important to note that the age you get when you follow this process will not be exact in all cases, but it will be a similar date to when you bought the information. We’re going to discover the original install date of Windows 10 or the operating system that you use.

If you don’t have a different operating system to Windows, then you may want to visit the website of the developer of the operating system. We’re going to focus on Windows now, as it’s the most common operating system currently used by owners of laptops that aren’t made by Apple.

To estimate how old your laptop is, we’re going to check what date it was that your BIOS was installed. BIOS does many different jobs for your computer, but the biggest job that it does is to load up your operating system when you turn on your computer.

There are two different ways we can now check when the latest BIOS version was installed on your laptop.

The first way is to click on the magnifying glass in the bottom corner, then type in ‘Command Prompt.’ You will now see the ‘Command Prompt’ app as an option on the list. Click on it. Once the ‘Command Prompt’ has loaded, you want to type systeminfo.exe and press enter.

Once you’ve typed in systeminfo.exe and done this, a lot of information will come up, and you can scroll through this information looking for BIOS Version/Date. Next to this, you’ll see the date when the last BIOS version was installed.

Another way you can access this information through Windows 10 is by clicking on the magnifying glass in the bottom left corner and typing in System Information. You’ll see a choice in the list with the title System Information. Click on System Information. Then once you’re on the next page, you want to scroll down until you get to BIOS Version/Date. Then you’ll see the original install date of the latest BIOS version.

It’s up to you if you go down the systeminfo.exe route or the System Information route. They’ll both help you answer the question: ‘How old is my computer?’

Or will they? Unfortunately, this method is not as accurate as the serial number is for gauging how old your computer is.

Why?

This is simply because the BIOS on your system is updated by Windows regularly. Not so regular that it’s done every month. But each time Windows does a major system update, for example, when it releases a new version of Windows, then your computer system will need the BIOS updating too.

This also won’t tell you the manufacturing date, which may be more important to work out how old your computer is than knowing when the system first installed BIOS onto it.

How to Check the Manufacturing Date of an Apple Computer or Laptop

Woman using apple laptop

Whatever Apple computer you have, whether it’s a laptop or a desktop, you’ll know that it doesn’t have Windows installed on it, so you’re not going to follow the previous instructions to check how old your computer is.

To check how old an Apple computer is, then you just need to click on the old Apple symbol in the top right of your screen. This will bring up several options. You’ll want to click on the ‘About This Mac’ one. Once you’ve clicked on it, you will see the serial number of your Apple computer.

You then need to visit the Apple website and go to the warranty page. Enter the serial number for your Apple computer on this page, and you will be able to answer the question: ‘How old is my computer?’ because you’ll find out exactly when your computer was bought.

Why Might Someone Want to Know How Old a Computer or Laptop Is?

Man working on his laptop

There are countless reasons why someone would want to know how old their computer is. Mainly, it might be because they want to know if their computer is still under warranty. Otherwise, they might have bought a second-hand laptop from someone, and they want to check if it’s the age that was advertised.

Or they might be selling their computer, and they want to know the exact age so that they can advertise it properly. Others might have inherited a laptop from someone or been given it as a gift, and they’re curious to know exactly how old it is.

Summary

Now, if someone asks you the question, ‘Your computer is how old?’ then you can answer, ‘My computer is this old.’

The easiest way to find out this information is to check the serial number that’s on your laptop. You can then visit your manufacturer’s website and check the manufacture of laptop date. This is the same for all computers, whether they are manufactured by Apple, Dell, HP, or one of the other top brands.

If this all-important number is not visible to you, perhaps because of damage to the underside of your laptop, then you’re not completely unable to find out how old your laptop is. If you’re a Windows user, then you’ve simply got to find out when your system first installed BIOS.

We’ve outlined the two different ways you can find out this info. While it won’t tell you the date your laptop was manufactured, it will tell you when your system was first used. It’s likey that the date the system was first used was when you first installed Windows onto it.

That’s it. Now you’re in the best position to know how old your computer is.

What is a Good Upload Speed for Gaming?

Computer upload

If you are a gamer, you know your internet connection and speeds play a role in how smoothly your game runs. There is a lot of debate about what the best upload speeds for gaming are. Additionally, there are several things to consider, including speeds of uploads and downloads, latency, and ping rates. If you’re not into technology, all of these terms can sound foreign.

If you’re unsure whether you have the correct upload speed for your internet-based gaming, continue to read and find out what you need. Regardless of if you like to game on occasion or if you’re avidly playing with your friends, upload speed matters. You don’t have to continue to wonder if what you have will accomplish your gaming needs.

The best internet service providers will be able to inform you about all the different aspects of your internet package. They will be able to educate you about speeds, as well as issues, such as latency and network connection. The ability to reach out to your ISP is critical. If you run into a problem, they should be right there to help you figure it out and get your gaming back on track.

If you have multiple people gaming in the same household, you’ll need a beefy internet plan. Making sure you all have the capacity to upload and download as you play your games will ensure that everyone has an excellent time and a stable connection.

Most of the time, if you call customer service and let them know your connected electronics situation, they’ll be able to inform you of the plan you need so that all of your devices have seamless access.

Are Speeds Really That Important When it Comes to Gaming?

Online gaming

The straightforward answer is yes. Your internet speed, high as it may seem, may not be enough to give you a smooth gaming experience. Slower internet speeds will produce lag time and buffering. These two things can mean the difference between winning and losing your internet gaming session. If you’re going to lose a game, it should be from a lack of skill, not from your internet speed slowing you down.

Your internet connection and speed will also play a role in your ability to use streaming services like HULU and Netflix. If you don’t have the correct internet speed, you’ll have interruptions throughout that show you’ve been dying to watch. This is irritating and completely avoidable. For improved watching and gaming experience, you need dependable download speeds.

What exactly are upload speeds?

Keyboard upload button

Upload speed is how long it takes for data to transmit from your gaming device to an internet server. This time is measured in Mbps or megabits per second. When you attach a file to an email and send it off through the internet, you are using upload speed. The higher the megabits per second, the faster your email will be on its way.

On the opposite side are download speeds. When your computer or gaming console receives information from a server, it’s referred to as download speed. Good examples of this are loading websites and streaming videos. If your internet speeds are fast enough, you won’t face a lot of lag time or buffering.

More often than not, download speed is the priority of your internet service provider. When gaming, it’s vital for you to have a high internet speed. Some ISPs will give you the same amount of upload and download speed, but that’s not frequent. When you’re looking for a great gaming experience, you really need to pay attention to the download speed.

Most broadband packages from an ISP will give you faster download speeds, which will make online gaming exceptionally smooth. The best internet options for gaming will always give you significant download speed. Gamers tend to need to download much more information than they upload. Hence the priority of internet speeds geared toward downloading.

What is the appropriate internet speed for gaming?

Wireless router

If you’re a gamer, upload speeds will be more important for you than the average internet surfer. It doesn’t take much speed to browse Twitter and stream the occasional film. When you’re gaming, data is continually being sent to and from the server. Between the actions in your game, messages with other players, and changes you make while playing, speed will make it all happen effectively and without delay.

When it comes to your upload speed, you only need about 1 Mbps. While 1 Mbps doesn’t sound like much, it’s a sufficient speed for gaming. If you’re unclear if you meet this 1 Mbps requirement, there are online tools to check your rates. Additionally, you can get ahold of your ISP, and they will be able to let you know if you are hitting this mark or not.

What type of speed will a professional gamer need?

Professional gamer

Upload speed for gaming on a professional level is going to look a bit different than the speeds used for average gamers. More and more players are making a living by streaming their games for fans across the globe to watch. This has made upload speeds a bigger concern as it allows you to take your gaming to a professional level.

You will need more than 1 Mbps upload speed when you plan on streaming your gaming content. If you want to be a professional gamer, you have to have high-quality, reliable streaming. Your fans will not tolerate bad speeds and poor quality when it comes to your stream.

If you’re trying to stream in 1080p, you’ll want an upload speed of at least 5 Mbps. It can be hard to find an internet service provider that can guarantee uploading speeds of 5 Mbps, but if you can find it, snatch it up. You may find that 3 Mbps is the best that you can get in your area.

This may be enough for smooth Twitch streaming, but know that 3 Mbps may still make for choppy viewer watching. Even some of the best internet providers will only offer 3 Mbps. Know that you will likely be happy with this internet speed for gaming, even though it could cause some lag time during your streaming sessions.

Other than speed, what else should a gamer consider when it comes to internet gaming?

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A good internet connection is needed for you and your viewers to enjoy your gaming experience. However, there are some other things you’ll want to make sure you understand and check with your ISP about before truly great online gaming can commence.

Download speeds and uploading speeds are essential. They can be a bit confusing in themselves, but there is more that must be considered. Your internet connection has a lot of variables other than internet speed. Let’s look at the different terms you should get familiar with.

This way, you can check with your ISP and make sure you’re getting what you need, so you have plenty of speed for gaming, as well as a smooth Twitch stream for all of your followers to watch.

Latency: Latency is described as your internet connection’s response rate. If there is high latency, your internet speed for gaming will not matter. High latency will cause a lot of lag time, even if you’re working with uploading speeds of 3 Mbps or better. The ping rate measures latency. The ping rate is the millisecond measurement of your latency.

Many people don’t consider the ping rate, but it’s vital. Your ping rate actually checks how much time it takes for data to get to the server and then the server to respond. You want a ping rate that is less than one hundred and fifty. Ideally, your ping rate should be less than one hundred. There are online tools you can use to check your ping rate.

Additionally, you can reach out to your internet services provider and discuss your ping rate with them. Ping rates can vary from day to day, but more often than not, your ping rate will be pretty standard. This might be a problem that will require you to search for a new ISP.

Data Caps: Internet companies do not use data caps as often as they used to. However, it is still possible that your internet provider has them. Online gaming does not use a whole lot of data. However, downloading new games does. If you go over your data, you could be facing hefty fees.

So, while internet speed for gaming is important, it is also important to understand the ins and outs of your internet plan. The best internet providers will not put caps on the amount of data you use.

Throttling: Some broadband ISP will use throttling during peak hours to limit the bandwidth. This is going to affect your gaming experience because it increases the ping rate. Internet providers that use data caps tend to also utilize throttling. You can speak with your internet provider’s customer service team and ask questions to find out if throttling and data caps are going to be an issue for you and your gaming needs.

Customer Service: Not everyone considers customer support when it comes to their internet options. Comprehensive customer service will give you the answers you need if there’s a problem with your broadband internet connection. This is whether your internet speed seems to be slow or your fans are complaining about latency issues.

Customer support should be there to tell you what’s going on and how long it’s going to take to fix it. Your internet speed for gaming needs to be reliable, and solid customer support can help ensure you are well taken care of.

Network Reliability: Your internet’s network reliability is going to make or break your idea of whether or not you have the best internet or the worst. When you play games on the internet, you need a reliable internet speed and a secure network.

An unreliable network could end with you losing connection completely. This can be devastating if you’re in the middle of a battle or you have not saved recently.

Should I connect via WiFi when playing games online?

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It’s best to hardwire your gaming console or your computer to the internet rather than using your WiFi connection. A WiFi connection is suitable for most things. However, when you want the best internet gaming experience, a hardwire connection will be smoother and faster.

Wireless signals are more prone to interference, and this can interrupt your gaming session. The best internet solution for your successful gaming is to go with a solid hardwire connection between your device and your router. If you do have to use a WiFi connection, you’ll want to make sure it’s connected to your home network as it’s a bit more reliable this way.

Conclusion

No matter what type of gaming you do, if you’re on the internet, speed is important. While there are many other components incorporated into an excellent online experience, start your research with speeds. Your location will play a role in the type of service you’ll be able to acquire. Unfortunately, not all areas will have access to highspeed broadband access.

The places that don’t have this available will likely need to go with satellite internet, and this can be frustrating. If you’re in a place to acquire excellent internet, take the time and talk to different companies before you decide which to go with. If gaming is essential in your life, this research will be advantageous.

You won’t have to worry about a game dropping out in the middle of a session, and your Twitch fans won’t become irritated over your choppy live stream. All in all, taking the time to understand your connection is the first step in truly great gaming sessions.

How to Accurately Measure Laptop Size

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Have you ever wondered, “What is my screen size?” or “Which bag is going to work well for my laptop?” You may have also thought to yourself, “Screen size, laptop size, what’s the difference?” If so, there are simple answers to your questions. You simply need to learn how to measure the size of your laptop and the size of the laptop screen.

Many people will need to measure their laptop size, so they can find the perfect fit when it comes to a bag or a sleeve. Measuring your laptop is not as difficult as you may expect. You need to understand the jargon that goes with it to ensure that you buy a bag or a case that will fit your laptop and be comfortable to carry.

When you tote your laptop around with you daily, having the right bag for the job is critical. The best bags are designed to keep your laptop safe. Many of them offer a variety of different features that will make organization convenient. The first step in finding the best option is to measure your laptop size.

How to Measure Your Laptop Size

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Several measurements will be taken to determine the size of your laptop. A laptop screen size is frequently displayed after the name of the computer, like a MacBook Pro 13.3. 13.3 is the size of a laptop screen. This measurement does not include the bezel (the casing around the screen). When measuring laptop size, screen size doesn’t play a role.

If you’re buying a screen protector, you will need to measure the laptop screen size with a cloth measuring tape. You should not include the bezel when taking a measurement of the laptop screen. The screen should be measured in inches, and you should go from the bottom left of the screen to the top right, diagonally. Accurate measurement of your laptop screen size will save you time, money, and frustration when buying items for it.

Now that you know how to measure the screen, you will need to measure the laptop itself before choosing a bag. The dimensions of your laptop will help you figure out what bag you should buy. When you measure a computer, you will need to take several different measurements. The dimensions of laptop bag options are typically listed as width x height x length (also referred to as depth).

Pretty much all bag options will use inches as their measurement, so take that into account when you measure a laptop. Using a measuring tape that offers inches is advantageous and saves you from having to make conversions into inches.

First, you will want to measure the width of the laptop. When measuring the width of the laptop, you should close your laptop. You will measure the width of your laptop horizontally from one side to the other. When measuring, make sure the edge is lined up, and you measure the largest part of your computer. Additionally, you should make sure the measuring tape is flat for the most accurate measurement.

When you measure a laptop, you will next need to figure out the height of it. The height measurement of your laptop size will be your smallest number. Ensure that your laptop is fully closed and then use the measuring tape to measure from the bottom corner up to the top. Most laptop options are pretty slim, and bag options will accommodate them easily.

After measuring the height, you need to measure your laptop depth. To measure the depth, place the measuring tape vertically from one corner to the other on top of the laptop. As noted, all of these measurements should be in inches. If there is a curve to the shape of your laptop, make sure to include it while you measure the depth.

Laptop Bag, Case, or Sleeve: Which is Right for You?

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Considering the way you travel and how many items you intend on carrying, will help you determine whether you should buy a bag, case, or sleeve. You may find that you have use for all three types of carrying options or that one is the obvious choice for your lifestyle.

Most people are pretty familiar with what a laptop bag looks like. They typically look like the soft version of a briefcase. Additionally, they usually have a long strap so you can carry it over your shoulder. The bag options tend to be a bit bigger and offer more organizational space when you need to take multiple items in them.

A laptop case is going to offer higher levels of protection. They are typically made with a hard outer shell. This can protect your computer from serious damage if an accident occurs. When you like to go to remote places to work, a case may be the best option.

Many people love the sleeve option because it’s not very bulky. A laptop sleeve offers limited protection, but it also cuts down on bulk. You will be able to carry things like papers along with your laptop inside of a sleeve, but there isn’t room for much more. Sleeves are best suited for those that don’t take their laptop on the go frequently and want to cut down on the space of a standard bag or case.

Picking the Perfect Laptop Bag, Case, or Sleeve

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Now that you’re done measuring your laptop and its screen, it’s time to find the perfect bag. Remember that when you’re looking at options, they will be measured in inches. This can save you a lot of hassle and ensure you pick a bag that will work for the size of your laptop.

When you buy a laptop bag, you’ll want to purchase one that is pretty close in measurements to your laptop size. This will ensure a snug fit, which will offer better protection of your laptop, screen, and accessories. With too much movement, you can damage your laptop while you’re traveling, and that’s another reason accurate measuring is a must.

Some features of a laptop bag that you should look for are:

+ Measurements in inches
+ A snug fit
+ Padded compartment so no additional padding needed for protection
+ Internal strap to secure your laptop in place

Cushioning in your carrying case is critical. The padding absorbs shock and providers a protective cushion for your laptop. Many bags offer padded bottoms, which provides even more protection for your laptop. If you were to drop your bag, this extra cushioning could help ensure no damage comes to your computer.

Other than cushions, you will also consider the additional items you will want to carry in the same bag. Many people carry a mouse and their charging cord with them. This is only an example of the many things you may want to have with you while you have your laptop with you. Considering the size of the extra items will help ensure you get a bag that can handle the task at hand. You may end up measuring these items (remember to measure in inches) so that you know how well your extras will fit.

If you’re carrying extra items, you should be careful. A laptop is not a cheap thing to replace, and unfortunately, damaging them is pretty straightforward. Many bags will offer padded pockets for your extras or an extra thick layer of cushioning to keep the laptop well protected. There are also a variety of options that have separate zipper compartments for the additional items you need to carry. These compartments help ensure your laptop does not become damaged while in transit.

Conclusion

No matter the reason you need to measure your laptop, know that it’s easy. You should likely jot the measurements down and stick them somewhere safe in case you need them at a later date. Once you find the perfect case, you may then decide to invest in a sleeve or other carrying option.

Having your measurements handy will simplify the task of knowing which size to buy. You can find quality items in a variety of locations, including Amazon.com and other online sites, which make finding your perfect carrying case a breeze.