HP notebook PCs are designed for use in typical office, school or home environments. Under these conditions and following the guidelines in this document, your HP notebook should present no risk to you or its surroundings. However, normal notebook usage generates heat and uses electricity, so proper precautions should be taken into consideration to prevent personal or property injury. This document outlines basic guidelines for proper use of a notebook computer. For more detailed information, please read the Safety and Comfort guide provided with the product and at www.hp.com/ergo .
While safety is an important concern, you also want to get the most out of your notebook and avoid costly repairs. Following the guidelines and precautions in this document, your HP notebook can provide years of trouble-free operation.
You can significantly reduce risks to the notebook by paying attention to the environment around it. Taking simple precautions, such as placing the notebook on a hard surface during use, keeping it in a dust-free environment, and using a cooling pad or an external fan, helps it function as designed.
Proper maintenance of the notebook's electrical components, such as the power adapter and power cord, can keep both you and the notebook safe from potential harm. Do not do anything with the notebook or its components that you would not do with other kinds of electrical devices.
Most notebooks are designed for easy portability, but that does not make them immune to transportation mishaps. If you exercise care with how you handle the notebook, you can reduce the risk of accidents.
Carry the notebook securely, with the lid closed, under one arm or using both hands to hold it. Alternately, use a briefcase or a backpack to carry the notebook. If the computer will be subjected to potential high stress movements (dropping or banging into other objects) carry it in a zero-impact case.
It is important to be aware of ways that you can care for the battery in your notebook PC. Certain conditions may reduce battery run time and life span.
For detailed information regarding batteries, refer to How to Improve the Performance of the Battery .
Dust, dirt, ash, pet hair, and other contaminants can accumulate on or inside your notebook, causing scratches or overheating. You can extend the life of your notebook by removing potentially damaging buildup. Clean your notebook on a regular basis.
HP recommends the following cleaning materials:
- Compressed air spray, which is available from most computer retailers.For detailed information about keeping your notebook clean, refer to Cleaning your Notebook PC .
- Cleaning solution or monitor wipes intended for use on LCD screens, which are available from most computer retailers.
- A clean, soft cotton cloth; the type of cleaning towel used for eyeglasses is preferable. For cleaning parts such as the HP webcam lens, use a micro fiber screen dusting cloth.For detailed information about webcam lens care, refer to How to Clean the HP Webcam Lens .