Does your device feel hot?

The weather is warming up and so is your device! As the temperature starts to increase your Laptop or PC may seem to feel warmer underneath. Dust is being pulled into your laptop through the fans and can build up over time. It’s usually around this time of year that we see more laptops coming in with overheating issues.

What effects can overheating have?

The first and main thing you will notice is the Laptop will get very hot underneath. If you cannot hold the back of your hand on the bottom of the laptop without it starting to burn, it needs urgent attention!

Secondly, you may notice that it’s starting to slow down a lot, this is because more resources are being used to try and bring the temperature down.

Thirdly, it will become noisy as the fans that try to cool the device down will be on full blast.

Can it damage my device?

Yes, by letting your device overheat it can have damaging effects on the hardware! The fan is running at full speed and the central processor unit (CPU) will be under very heavy load as well as being slowly cooked by the overheating, which will cause damage!

What can be done about it?

We can clean it out thoroughly and remove all dust and other things that have settled in the fan or heatsink. We can reapply a special thermal paste that helps with the transfer of heat away from the central processing unit (CPU). All Laptops/PC’s have the paste on already, but over time it becomes dry and crusty and doesn’t work properly. This can make the CPU prone to damage as it’s not protected by the thermal paste.

If your device is showing signs of overheating, please get it looked at sooner rather than later. to prevent any damage. A build up of dust has nothing to do with the cleanliness of a home, even if you hoovered several times a day, dust particles in the air will find their way in! A clean up of a device at Nicom IT Services is just £18 inc VAT. Fans will be cleaned and paste reapplied and temperatures of the CPU checked to ensure they pass the test!

If you would like to book in a repair, please visit our booking page.

Covid-19 Update

We will be open from
Monday 20th April 2020
operating on a closed door and appointment only basis.

Our opening hours will be limited during this time from
10am to 2pm Monday – Friday


If you would like to book an appointment for a repair please visit the bookings page or phone
01440 703102 during opening hours.

SSD Vs HDD

You may have heard the term SSD being battered around like a tennis ball on a court lately. We get many computers that come into us that are slow and sluggish and people ask us, is having an SSD worth it. We found a handy chart to show you the difference

HDD SSD
Stands for Hard Disk Drive Solid State Drive
Speed HDD has higher latency, longer read/write times, and supports fewer IOPs (input output operations per second) compared to SSD. SSD has lower latency, faster read/writes, and supports more IOPs (input output operations per second) compared to HDD.
Heat, Electricity, NoiseHard disk drives use more electricity to rotate the platters, generating heat and noise. Since no such rotation is needed in solid state drives, they use less power and do not generate heat or noise.
Defragmentation The performance of HDD drives worsens due to fragmentation; therefore, they need to be periodically defragmented. SSD drive performance is not impacted by fragmentation. So defragmentation is not necessary.
Components HDD contains moving parts – a motor-driven spindle that holds one or more flat circular disks (called platters) coated with a thin layer of magnetic material. Read-and-write heads are positioned on top of the disks; all this is encased in a metal cas SSD has no moving parts; it is essentially a memory chip. It is interconnected, integrated circuits (ICs) with an interface connector. There are three basic components – controller, cache and capacitor.
Weight HDDs are heavier than SSD drives. SSD drives are lighter than HDD drives because they do not have the rotating disks, spindle and motor.
Dealing with vibration The moving parts of HDDs make them susceptible to crashes and damage due to vibration. SSD drives can withstand vibration up to 2000Hz, which is much more than HDD.

As you can see from above, an SSD will perform better.