Storage and Memory
Base Lenovo laptops ship with minimum storage and memory even though these resources are critical to data storage, access and usage. You should upgrade these resources as your Lenovo laptop ages or if programs freeze, lock up or your entire system shuts down when you have multiple programs open at the same time. You should also upgrade your system resources if you regularly perform actions that are known to put a strain on these resources like play games, listen to music, watch videos or download and store large files.
Whether you buy a Lenovo laptop for home or business use, it might have a poor wireless card. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, for example, shipped a few years ago with a single band rather than dual band wireless card. If your laptop has an older wireless card or performs poorly, upgrade the card completely or at least upgrade to an adapter. You should also regularly check for software upgrades.
If your laptop’s battery is older, taking more time to charge or not holding a charge, upgrade to a new battery. You should also upgrade if you have a ThinkPad notebook that shipped from February 2010 to June 2012. Lenovo issued a recall for a wide range of laptop models. Review them here. Lenovo also recently issued a battery pack firmware update. If you haven’t performed this upgrade, go here for instructions.
Windows operating systems now include Microsoft’s Windows Defender, but it only provides basic protection, scans slowly and lacks many customization options. As a result, Lenovo laptops often ship with free or trial versions of third-party antivirus programs, such as Norton or McAfee. You should never run Windows Defender at the same time as a third-party program as this can cause conflicts that can damage your laptop. Instead, review available options, including Avast and Kaspersky, turn off Windows Defender and upgrade to a third-party option. Keep in mind while you compare products that some security programs use resources more than others.
Computer users experience repetitive injuries easily and often, especially as they age. Parts break down or ship with defects. Technology advancements make “cutting-edge” hardware and software obsolete. You can stay ahead of these problems and have a more enjoyable experience by making these upgrades to your Lenovo laptop.