It may seem simple, but keeping on top of proper care and nurturing for your precious electronic possessions can often go by the wayside, leading to unnecessary damage and breakages. This year, when you receive your new-fangled gadgets on Christmas Day, heed these words for keeping them in tip-top position to last you for this year and many to come:
Sound simple? Arguably yes, but the prospect of cleaning electronic items is often overlooked. Firstly, you need to ensure that you are using the correct cleaning products for the material of your ‘boy-toy’ – e.g. for fancy speaker systems and hi-fis, stick to good old polish and a cloth, whereas, iMacs and fancy laptop keyboards may need special equipment to ensure they retain their clean-cut ways. Always check the label against what your device is made out of. You can buy mini vacuum cleaners specifically for electrical goods and computers; check out the selection on Amazon to see if one suits your needs and your budget!
- Financial Protection
New Years Eve is coming up – you’ve just got that fancy new iPhone 5S off the fiancé and the beers are going down nicely – next minute, your phone’s down the loo and your lady is threatening to send your head down with it. Moral of the story here is: insure your devices immediately (‘drink responsibly’ aside, clearly). Buy them with protection plans, even. If you shop around for the best deals – even using home contents cover comparisons – you can ensure that you’ll never be without your beloved gadget (or have your head flushed down the loo by the missus).
Yes, we know that keeping your gadget outside of a case looks far more slick and stylish – and far easier to show off to your friends – but, it is also far easier to drop it and leave marks that will never fade. Therefore, buying a case for your new tablet or smartphone is really a no-brainer. If you’re dead against the idea of a full case, buy clear plastic screen-protectors and replace them when they start to look tatty. Far, far cheaper to replace than the screen itself!
When something does go wrong with your device, it can often feel like the end of the world and that it’s fudged beyond repair. However, unless you’ve taken it for a swim in a river, or let your dog use it as this week’s chew toy, you should be able to get it fixed easily. If you’ve opted for the insurance mentioned in point 2, then this should be a no-cost breeze for you. If you haven’t, then more fool you, eh?
Repairing yourself is easy but you still need the right skills & equipment to do it and make sure it’s all correctly done; a company like MCS Test Equipment can give you advice and the tools you need.
Be careful where you put your devices, especially those that run through the mains, or are wall-mounted. There are an absolute plethora of incidents that can occur through poor placement: obstacles such as children, pets and drunken festive family members around the Christmas period – these are all potential hazards. When you have people coming over, ensure that all cables are tidily accounted for with a cable-tidy, and that anything that isn’t to be utilised whilst you have guests is covered with a plastic sheet.