How-to get your computer ready for a summer full of kid fun!

by Blogger ‎07-21-2016 07:18 AM - edited ‎07-21-2016 07:19 AM

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Why does my computer take so long to boot-up?

by Blogger ‎07-19-2016 10:19 AM - edited ‎07-19-2016 10:20 AM

 

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Is your computer crawling along at a snail's pace when you boot it up? Avoid the aggravation, save yourself some time, and try these tips to bring your machine back up to speed.

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Mobile PC gaming is always a balancing act: graphics capabilities, screen size, battery life and resolution versus size and price. The ASUS ROG GL552VW gaming laptop is designed to be on the less expensive end of the spectrum, but does affordability compromise its cred? Read my review to find out.

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Top 10 laptops for school

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2016 09:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2016 03:48 PM by Editor in Chief

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It’s that time of year again! Summer vacation is still in full swing, but the end is in sight and it’s time to start making preparations for the return to the classroom. Technology is more important than ever, but having the right gear is critical. To help you out, here’s a list of the top 10 laptops for back to school.

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5 signs it's time to replace your old Wi-Fi

by Blogger on ‎07-13-2016 11:56 AM - last edited on ‎07-13-2016 05:11 PM by Editor in Chief

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It might be time to replace your tired old Wi-Fi router. Today we take a look at a few of the warning signs that can help you determine whether or not to take the plunge now.

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Looking to pick up a PC that can support multiple displays without having to be upgraded or tweaked? If thats the case, then you'll want to read on.

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It’s tough to beat a convertible, 2-in-1 laptop for versatility. You get a laptop, tablet and everything in between in a single device. With the ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501U, you also get a big, Full HD display, a Core i7 CPU and Nvidia’s 940M graphics card, making this convertible laptop a compelling combination of versatility and power.

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Review: Using the Linksys EA9500 to improve PC Gaming connectivity

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2016 11:53 PM - last edited on ‎07-13-2016 01:49 PM by Editor in Chief

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Calling the Linksys EA9500 router huge would be an understatement. Boasting 8 antennas, 8 ethernet ports and weighing about 4 pounds, this may be the biggest router on the market. Linksys claims it can stream up to 20 4K Videos simultaneously and with its Multi-Use MI-MUMO technology and prioritization features, it might just be the most comprehensive option out there. It was tasked to help me with my PC Gaming. How did it do? Read on to find out.

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ASUS X540LA 15.6-inch laptop review: big on a budget

by Blogger ‎07-10-2016 12:40 PM - edited ‎07-11-2016 06:32 AM

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The ASUS X540LA is a big, surprisingly light and very affordable laptop. Aimed at students and casual home use, this 15.6-inch laptop could also easily replace an aging desktop PC. Here’s my review.

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Make your computer kid-friendly for the summer

by Blogger on ‎07-05-2016 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎07-05-2016 10:10 AM by Editor in Chief

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School is out and the kids are home! Here are a few things to think about as you get your computer and your kids ready to handle the summertime computing fun.

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Ask the experts about Microsoft Office 365 during our live Facebook event

by Editor in Chief ‎07-04-2016 10:37 AM - edited ‎07-05-2016 11:18 AM

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Microsoft Office has been around longer than most of its users and it keeps getting better.  In fact you may be surprised at how many different applications are included. Stream the live Facebook event with experts from Microsoft and Best Buy so you can learn about how many different things you can now do with Office 365. Ask questions during the event and you may win a fantastic prize, including a new Surface Pro 4 computer.

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What's new at Best Buy for July?

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2016 09:58 AM

 

 

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Welcome July! In this month of beach time, trail rides, and camping in the great outdoors, take a minute to look through what's new at Best Buy.

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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 review: budget-friendly prosumer 2-in-1

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2016 01:55 PM - last edited on ‎07-05-2016 05:04 PM by Editor in Chief

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Got your eyes on a Surface Pro 4, but still have a summer vacation to pay for? With the Best Buy exclusive Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12, you can have it both ways. It’s a budget-friendly prosumer 2-in-1, offering the full Windows 10 convertible laptop experience without breaking the bank.

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Acer Switch One 10 review: an affordable, compact 2-in-1 hybrid running Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2016 04:41 PM - last edited on ‎07-05-2016 04:28 PM by Editor in Chief

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One of the hottest laptop categories these days are 2-in-1 hybrids, a category started by (and still led by) the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro. What if you want something less expensive? That’s where the Acer Switch One 10 fills a void, providing an affordable, compact Windows 10 2-in-1 option at Chromebook prices.

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WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra review

by Blogger on ‎06-27-2016 11:12 AM - last edited on ‎06-28-2016 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

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As you build an impressive collection of movies, music and photos, digital storage space becomes a priority. Does the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS provide enough room for your current needs, and enough expansion space for your 4K video future? What about ease of configuration and use? 

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Multiple monitors on the cheap: how to use your tablet for a second screen

by Blogger ‎06-24-2016 12:49 PM - edited ‎06-24-2016 12:50 PM

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Looking for a way to add a second display to your PC without blowing your budget? If you have a tablet you can use it to get the second screen advantage while saving space and money.

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UPS: how it works and why you need one

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2016 12:22 PM

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UPS isn’t just a package delivery company, the acronym also stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. And if you own a PC, it should be connected to a UPS. Here’s how a UPS works and why you need one.

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When do you need a really big SD memory card?

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2016 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎06-21-2016 08:50 AM by Editor in Chief

 

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Chances are you have a handful of SD and microSD memory cards kicking around in a drawer or installed in a variety of devices. And chances are they’re pretty low capacity, like 4GB or maybe 16GB. That was plenty of storage a few years ago, but now? Not so much. High capacity SD cards like Lexar’s new 200GB microSD card are becoming much more common. But when do you actually need a really big SD memory card?

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review: Still the Best Professional Tablet

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2016 06:44 AM - last edited on ‎06-20-2016 12:07 PM by Editor in Chief

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It’s hard to believe, but Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet is in its fourth generation. I spent a week test driving the Surface Pro 4 and despite being an iPad guy, this is the tablet I’d buy if I wanted a 2-in-1 device to replace my laptop.

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How to switch to an SSD to boost the performance of your laptop

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2016 09:42 AM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 02:19 PM by Editor in Chief

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Does your laptop seem a little sluggish? Replacing its hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) is a big performance win. Even better, the procedure takes just minutes and just about anyone can do it. Here’s how.

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Philips BD4350UC 43" 4K IPS Computer Monitor Review

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2016 12:39 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 11:09 AM by Editor in Chief

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It’s rare that I get a product from Best Buy that I feel anxiety about sending back, but the Philips BDM4350UC is in exactly that category. It’s far too big for my custom desk, and I need a much more powerful computer to get the most out of it, but it’s very much living in that space. A 43” 4K IPS monitor that looks beautiful and really performs … I definitely don’t want to send this back. Read on to find out more.

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ASUS ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse Review

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2016 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎06-21-2016 02:01 PM by Editor in Chief

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What Kind of Computer Suits Your Lifestyle?

by Blogger ‎06-10-2016 01:33 AM - edited ‎06-10-2016 01:35 AM

 

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If you've recently been pondering the possible acquisition of a brand new computer, perhaps you've already considered your needs and determined exactly what type of system best suits your lifestyle. For the rest of us, today's blog attempts to help answer the question. If this sounds like you, join me inside for a detailed look at 3 computing categories & what you need to consider to make a happy decision.

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Review: Microsoft Alcantara Signature Type Cover for Surface Pro

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2016 01:44 PM - last edited on ‎06-08-2016 02:20 PM by Editor in Chief

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets are pretty slick pieces of hardware. Accessorizing the Surface Pro with a new Alcantara Signature Type Cover adds a new premium look and feel to the Surface Pro, making the transformation to laptop even better looking and more luxurious.

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Review: The new HP Spectre laptop is ready to impress

by Blogger on ‎06-05-2016 06:08 PM - last edited on ‎06-08-2016 09:58 AM by Editor in Chief

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The new HP Spectre laptop is a beautiful marriage of luxurious design and raw horsepower that stands out from the crowd.

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Create a stylish home office

by Blogger ‎05-31-2016 12:07 PM - edited ‎05-31-2016 04:29 PM

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Home offices are becoming increasingly common, especially as more companies move to make working from home an option. If you’re going to spend any time in it and not dread entering the room, your home office should be both functional and stylish. I recently moved into my new home office and consulted with other Plug-in editors about their tips for how to make the space as inviting (and productive) as possible. Here are some tips for creating your own stylish home office, from us.

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Review: ASUS 34” ROG Swift Ultrawide Curved IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 08:45 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 03:35 PM by Editor in Chief

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With its wide panoramic 34" display, wide colour range and curved display, is the ASUS 34" Republic of Gamers monitor the ultimate gamer experience? The 21:9 aspect ratio will have you thinking about how to position this screen while the plasma copper and armor titanium accents are going to have you thinking this monitor is from the future. Is it? Read on to find out...

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Boost your PC with Bluetooth speakers

by Blogger ‎05-30-2016 08:15 PM - edited ‎05-30-2016 08:16 PM

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Your computer’s built-in speakers are fine for system notifications, but for playing music, watching movies or gaming? You’ll be much happier connected to a sound system. For the ultimate PC audio experience, that connection can be wireless. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers let you boost your PC audio experience, while being able to place the speakers virtually anywhere in a room.

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Review: BenQ SW2700PT 27" Colour Monitor for Photographers

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2016 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 04:40 PM by Editor in Chief

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Not all monitors are created equal, and in fact, some monitors are now designed for very specific purposes. The BenQ SW2700PT 27" colour monitor is designed specifically for photographers and video editors. Does it live up to this lofty goal? What other features make it stand out in this space? Read on to find out all that you can expect with this monitor and maybe learn just a little of what you didn't expect.

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Enhanced PC Gaming: learn more about keyboards

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 01:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2016 02:01 PM by Editor in Chief

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Keyboards are often the most common peripheral we have connected to our computers and yet a lot of us don't really give them a second thought when it  comes to what we have connected to our computers. Perhaps the one that came with your computer is just not good enough, certainly if you plan on doing any gaming on your machine. This article explores the details of why you might want to consider a better keyboard for yourself and some of the common things to look for.

 

 

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