How to maintain your Mac Mini

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It is no secret that Apple makes some striking computers. The personification of beauty with brawns reveals itself with Apple’s products. Apple has been a leader in technical innovation for the past decade now. Also the harmony between its software ecosystem and design language help shape the industry for what it is today and even now it still strives to be ahead of the curve.

But all of this innovation comes with a caveat, for all its beauty, apple has to make new designs from scratch for existing parts such as motherboards and such for its PC’s and in the event of a failure, swapping out hardware becomes a very difficult task. And it’s not just now, Macintosh repair has been a new learning curve ever since its launch and with every new generation, comes new challenges such as maintaining the small form factor Apple, the Mac Mini. Mac Mini repairs are especially tricky since sourcing reliable parts are a headache of its own and adding to that the components are soldered in, making life a little more difficult. So what can you do to protect your Mac Mini?

Here are a few ways:

  1. Use a good surge protector: Electrical surges are responsible for killing off a sizeable chunk of electronics worldwide. Erratic or irregular flow of current can be responsible for lowering the lifespan of your PC’s exponentially. So investing in a good surge protector to protect against huge electric power surges should definitely make it at the top of your list.
  2. Keep it cool: Overheating can also lead to a lower lifespan for your computer. Apple’s designs generally just about deliver enough cooling to stop it from thermal throttling but putting it in confined spaces is sure to make it overheat during extended periods of usage. Keeping it in colder spaces would help maintain thermals and make your components last longer.
  3. Keep it clean: Overtime dust builds up inside your Mac due to the fan intake. Even though it isn’t as much as giant air cooled PC’s but it is enough to affect thermals as Mac’s generally operate in a restricted space inside the chassis. So keeping it clean will also lead to better thermal efficiency. If you can’t do it yourself, take it to Mac specialist who will perform the needed services.
  4. Optimise and Clean the OS: This isn’t exactly hardware related but Mac slowdowns are very frequent after a few years of usage. This is mainly attributed to the fact that the apps that we install create leftovers or newer system updates stress the older hardware. But in any case, if you are facing slowdowns it might be a good idea to clean out your system and perform a few OS tweaks that will speed things up.
  5. Don’t DIY unless you are qualified: Due to the unique design of the Mac Mini, any hardware changes or repair should be done by certified professionals. Abruptly opening it or messing around with its innards can lead to further damage. In any case, take it to a Mac repair professional for any repairs.

Conclusion:

Mac’s don’t breakdown easy. Apple puts some top end components to the devices that are sourced and made by companies that have a very strict QC process. So in the event yours develop a fault, it’s advisable to RMA it by Apple themselves or by other Apple certified professionals if not under warranty.

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