Mac upgrades: Five ways to revamp your Mac
Mac upgrades: Five ways to revamp your Mac
Mac upgrades: Five ways to revamp your Mac. A brand new Mac is a thing of beauty. Sleek, silver, high-tech, fast – and let’s be honest, a professional statement. A Mac says; “I am serious about what I do – and I only do it using the best tools.” However, over time, it’s easy to fall out of love with your Mac. The more it gets used, the less shiny it becomes. It may slow down.
The back lit keyboard may stop lighting up. The screen might also become loose. But, don’t give up on your Mac. It’s an amazing piece of tech and with a little polish and tweak, we can have it running better, than when it first came into your life. These days you’ve got to consider the throwaway factor. Keeping your Mac and upgrading the tech you have, is a social responsibility in this throwaway, e-waste filled world we live in.
Upgrading your Mac will save you money – and it will help save the planet too. It’s a win-win.
Start the upgrade by cleaning your Mac
Every service starts with a thorough clean-up. At Darcy Consulting, we begin the Mac upgrade process by making sure all aspects of the Mac are clean – grease and dust-free. Using specialist cleaners, compressed air and microfibre tools, we first clean the casing, the keyboard, screens and hinges. Next, we begin open Mac surgery by giving the same treatment to the motherboard and hard drive. This is especially important if your hard drive is non SSD and has a cooling fan. Fans get full of dust and debris. If they become inefficient, you will notice your Mac heating up significantly, making a lot of noise, and perhaps even shutting down suddenly.
Upgrade your Mac’s hard drive
Upgrading your Mac’s hard drive to an SSD is a really smart and cost-effective solution to speeding up your Mac. It’s a simple Mac upgrade that will save you money and the frustration of working with a slow machine. An SSD is a digital drive that stores your data much more efficiently and does not require a cooling system to keep it operational as there are no moving parts. An SSD is also far less likely to corrupt when either dropped or damaged by liquids, which means data recovery is almost 100% assured if a breakdown does occur. Here is the best bit. An SSD is super-fast compared to the basic, PC modeled hard drive system. Of course, your Mac, even if it’s old, may already have an SSD. Some Macbook Pros way back as far as 2011 were built with SSD’s. These days, the technology is even better, faster and more efficient. So if your SSD is a little elderly, a replacement will also help your Mac run faster.
Upgrade or replace the Mac track pad
A common Mac problem that affects user performance is often related to the mouse or track pad. Nothing is going to ruin your Mac user experience more than a glitchy, buggy track pad. You could of course take the not so satisfactory route of using an external mouse instead. But that just screams clunky and inefficient should you need your Mac for presentation purposes or for a business meeting. It also means you have to carry around more tech – which is quite frankly, annoying. A new track pad is a simple part to replace and it can make you fall in love with your Mac’s efficiency all over again.
Upgrade your Mac’s RAM
Like the SSD (Solid State Drive) getting more RAM is a cost-effective way of increasing performance on your Mac. It’s like the blue pill for your Mac’s memory capacity. Storage will be greater. Performance, as a result of the better storage, will be faster too. Your Mac will also be better at multi-tasking between different apps and programmes with increased RAM. However, every model requires a slightly different spec, so it’s best that this is a job left to the experts – especially if you are not a massive tech-head.
Upgrade your Mac’s desktop and reboot regularly
By this, we really mean prioritise it. Don’t leave your machine running for 48 hours with tons of background apps doing their thing. Shut down any apps you aren’t using, and shut down your Mac properly when you finish your work session. Never under estimate the power of a re-boot! Also, get rid of any shortcuts that are cluttering up your desktop and not being used. It’s a simple tip – but it’s one of those that often, doesn’t get done enough – especially in this increasingly 24-hour world in which we live. Another great tip is to switch from Chrome to Safari – Apple’s own search portal. Safari is developed specifically for Macs, and because of that, Mac’s run faster when using that as opposed to another provider.