08 April 2021

Get the best out of your tech

We all use our laptops, smartphones and televisions every day, but did you know there are tricks to make them work better?

The constant use of your laptop over a period of time will inevitably make it operate slower than it did when it was brand-new. But there are ways to delay the slowing down of your computer and keep it running faster. Like athletic humans, a lean computer runs better. Go through your programs and apps to identify and clear out the ones you don’t need or use anymore. After all, it’s easy to reinstall software if you really want to. Similarly, you should delete the add-ons and extensions that slow down your browser. This is also good for your security because it will expose your computer to fewer potential threats.

Clear your browsing cache

Speaking of your browser, you can improve your running time by clearing your browsing cache. If you use Chrome, you can improve your experience by just going to the settings page. Once you’ve opened a page on Chrome, click on the three vertical dots at the top right of your screen. Choose the “Settings” option and scroll down until you see “Privacy and security”. Then you can click on the “Clear browsing data” option which will clear your history, cookies and cache. If you click on the “Advanced” option, you can even choose a time range from a drop-down menu that goes from “last hour” to “all time”.

Charge your phone correctly

Smartphones work with lithium-ion batteries that degrade over time and become less efficient at storing energy. What can you do to make your battery last longer? Well, you might be surprised to learn that you shouldn’t charge your battery up to 100% because this is not good for it. Similarly, it would be best if you didn’t let your battery run all the way down to 0%. By staying in between the 80%-20% range you will get more cycles out of your smartphone battery. Your battery also doesn’t like being hot. So when you’re driving, avoid putting your phone on the dashboard in the sun and put it somewhere cool in the car.

Change the settings on your television

Your new TV will likely come set to show the colours and brightness in a desirable way. But sometimes, these settings will be tuned for the showroom and not for your lounge, which means that you’ll get a picture that’s oversaturated and is too bright. You will find your ideal brightness, contrast and tint if you go into your colour and brightness settings. Your eyes will thank you.

Head over to our store page if you’re looking to upgrade or replace any of your tech. We have a range of competitively priced, cutting-edge consumer electronics for business, education and leisure that can be yours at the touch of a button. View our store.

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