All day laptop battery life.jpgOne of the key advantages of a laptop over a desktop PC is the laptop’s battery. Portability is nice, but it’s the freedom from electrical outlets that really makes a laptop shine. You can use it in your favourite chair, in a cafe or on a bus—until that battery dies. Then you’re carrying a lump of metal, glass and plastic that’s useless until you find a power outlet. Here’s how to extend your laptop’s battery life in the quest for going all day without the tyranny of the power cord.


How to give a PC for Christmas

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2015 06:13 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

Shop for a PC as a gift.jpgWhen it comes to big ticket Christmas gifts, a PC is one of the biggest. So you don’t want to mess it up by choosing the wrong one. My suggestion is steal a tip from Santa: make a list and check it twice. It’s not going to tell you who’s naughty or nice, but by making a list of key requirements and priorities, you’ll be sure to make the right choice when it comes to picking a PC to give a special someone.


gifts for Mac users.jpgGot someone on your Christmas shopping list who’s all about the Mac? Don’t worry, we all have a few of those (in fact, some of us might just be one of those). Apple’s iMacs and MacBooks come pretty well equipped, but there is always room for improvement and that means plenty of gift opportunities. As one of those Mac people, I have a few suggestions for you.


Gifts that will make anyone's PC better

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2015 08:30 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 06:11 AM by Blogger

rsz_2015-10-26-image-10.jpgThe holidays are a a good time as any to improve or upgrade one's PC experience with accessories, peripherals, and various gifts that can update an older PC or add functionality and fun. Here are some gifts that will make anyone's PC better.


Intel RealSense: technology's next direction

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2015 08:06 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2015 10:38 AM by Editor in Chief

Intel RealSense technology.jpgIntel describes its RealSense technology as enabling your PC to see more like you do. That sounds interesting, but once you realize what this actually means, it becomes clear that RealSense isn’t just another incremental upgrade. It’s a new direction for computers that has the potential to dramatically change the way we interact with PCs and what we do with them.


Cortana Arrives in Canada for Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2015 04:57 PM - last edited on ‎11-23-2015 08:37 AM by Editor in Chief

Cortana comes to Canada.jpgThe wait is over (sorry about that) and as of November 12, Microsoft began rolling out a “Canadianized” version of its digital assistant to the Windows 10 PCs of Hosers across much of Canada. Here’s what a Cortana that’s tweaked for Canada sounds like and how to get it.


5 Stocking Stuffers under $100 for PC Users

by Blogger ‎11-17-2015 07:23 AM - edited ‎11-17-2015 07:26 AM

kraken.jpgAre you shopping for your favourite PC user, but stuck on ideas for their stocking stuffer gifts? Here are 5 suggestions to help you out!


Review: Star Wars ™ Special Edition Laptop by HP

by Blogger on ‎11-15-2015 01:22 PM - last edited on ‎11-18-2015 04:41 PM by Editor in Chief

Star Wars laptop.jpgToday we'll take a look at HP's new Star Wars ™ Special Edition Laptop and what this package has to offer for the growing number of Star Wars fans out there.


Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15 review: big, beautiful, budget-friendly laptop

by Blogger ‎11-12-2015 09:35 AM - edited ‎11-13-2015 10:11 AM

Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15 review.jpgThe Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15 laptop is a big, thin and attractive package. It’s also affordably priced and while that budget-friendly price tag is a win, it does come with compromises. Read my Flex 2 Pro review for the good and the not so good about Lenovo’s dual-mode notebook.


PC upgrade gifts for the PC gamers on your list

by Blogger on ‎11-09-2015 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2015 05:32 PM by Blogger

PC Gamer gifts.jpgShopping for PC gamers can be intimidating if you don't know anything about PC gaming. But, with such a wide variety of different gadgets and upgrades you can get for them to upgrade their PC gaming experience, it can also be surprisingly easy.


Three popular Wi-Fi range extenders compared

by Blogger on ‎11-09-2015 10:23 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2015 05:43 PM by Blogger

range-extenders.jpgWelcome to the wonderful world of Wi-Fi range extenders. If you ever wished you had a stronger, faster or more stable Wi-Fi connection when at the periphery of your router's signal range then a Wi-Fi range extender may be just the solution you've been looking for. Today we'll take a look at this category and three different models to give you an idea of what is available.


Comparison of 3 ASUS monitors, which one is right for you?

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2015 05:11 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2015 05:51 PM by Blogger

collage2.jpgA computer monitor is one of the most important pieces of a computer. Let's stop for a minute and think: the monitor you use heavily influences your overall computing experience. After all, it is what you will be looking at for long periods of time. Whether you're a gamer, professional or home user, choosing the right monitor can be daunting, as there's a lot to consider. Come join me as I compare three ASUS monitors, and together we'll find out which one is best for you.


The top gaming laptops as chosen by Best Buy customers

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2015 04:34 PM - last edited on ‎11-09-2015 01:59 PM by Editor in Chief

best gaming laptops.jpgI’m willing to bet there are many people who have a gaming laptop on their holiday wish list this year. Even if you’re not a PC gamer, these high powered laptops are also a favourite for other demanding tasks. But gaming laptops are expensive, so you want to make the right choice. Here’s where Best Buy customers can help. I’ve put together five picks that stand out based on reviews and comments left by the people who bought one.


OSX El Capitan review

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2015 02:56 PM

El capitan review.jpgWith all the hoopla surrounding Windows 10, you may not have noticed that Apple also released a new version of its PC operating system this fall. OS X 10.11 (better known as El Capitan) was available as a free download starting September 30. I’ve been test driving OS X El Capitan for the past few weeks. Here’s the scoop on the latest OS for Macs.


What's new at Best Buy for November?

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2015 02:16 PM - last edited on ‎11-24-2015 04:30 PM by Editor in Chief

whats-new-button-final copy.jpgFall is turning into winter: can you believe it? It's time to get busy on your early holiday shopping, and this month Best Buy has the Microsoft Band 2, the new HP Sprout, and KitchenAid hitting the shelves.


HP Sprout: All-in-One 3D scanner, 3D design workstation and computer

by Blogger ‎10-23-2015 01:28 PM - edited ‎10-23-2015 01:28 PM

HP SProut 3D All-in-One.jpgIt’s not very often that I have the opportunity to announce something that’s truly different in the computing market. Sure, there’s lots of “thinking different” and with convertible laptops there have been a slew of different form factors. But the HP Sprout isn’t just a new approach to an existing product, it’s really something new: a 3D scanner, 3D workstation and a high performance PC, all in one package. And it’s coming soon to Best Buy.


Best laptops to give this holiday season (based on customer reviews)

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2015 07:24 AM - last edited on ‎11-04-2015 11:25 AM by Editor in Chief



October is winding up, and when the pumpkins disappear the colourful lights and holiday decorations will start making an appearance. So will wish lists, and topping many of these will be a new laptop. But with so many options, how do you choose the best one? Here’s a suggestion: take advantage of the ratings and reviews left by those who actually bought one! Here are five of the best laptops to give this holiday season, based on Best Buy customer reviews.


Why are so many people upgrading to Windows 10?

by Blogger on ‎10-19-2015 08:24 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2015 05:47 AM by Blogger

Windows-10-Technology.jpgLaunched globally on July 29, Windows 10 aims to bridge the gap between PCs, tablets, and phones. The new operating system combines the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 with new Windows features. Just 2 months after launch and Windows 10 has already become a runaway hit with consumers. Let's take a look at why so many people are upgrading to Windows 10.


HP Darkside: Star Wars themed laptop brings the power of the dark side

by Blogger on ‎10-19-2015 09:11 AM - last edited on ‎11-12-2015 03:44 PM by Editor in Chief

HP Star Wars Galactic Empire laptop now available.jpgHP just released a new laptop. It has a 6th generation (Skylake) Intel Core i5 CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch Full HD display and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics card for gaming. All this is great, but what really matters is the look. No sleek machined aluminum or magnesium, this thing is battle-worn, covered with dark side graphics and glowing an ominous red. It’s the new HP Star Wars Galactic Empire Edition Laptop. And I want it ...


What's new with Microsoft this fall

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2015 02:40 PM - last edited on ‎10-15-2015 04:48 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_10162015_CS.jpgMicrosoft is on a roll. Windows 10 is so much better than Windows 8—worthy of skipping an iteration number altogether—Office 2016 is out and the company topped off the software announcements with several big hardware releases. The Surface Pro 4 and all new Surface Book convertible laptop are turning heads on the portable PC front, while new a new Microsoft Band hits the red hot wearables market and long-awaited Lumia flagship smartphones bring the best of Windows 10 to mobile. Microsoft has plenty to look forward to this fall.



Options for low cost portable gaming

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2015 11:58 AM

Low Cost Gaming.jpgOne of our readers posted a question in the Plug-in forum, looking for advice on an affordable laptop or tablet for playing Minecraft. Beside showcasing what a great resource the forums are, that question reflects a buying decision that many parents are facing as we head into the holiday season. What options are there for low cost gaming?


PC struggling with Windows 10? 5 new computers that take full advantage of Win 10

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2015 12:07 PM - last edited on ‎10-12-2015 12:25 PM by Blogger

win10.jpgIf you only upgrade your PC once in a blue moon, Windows 10 is a great reason to take the plunge now. By doing so, you get yourself the latest OS running on the latest PC, so you can take full advantage of each and enjoy an optimal experience with your day to day computing. There are some great options out there to help you get a great Windows 10 experience whether you want a tablet, desktop PC or something along the spectrum in between.


Microsoft unveils the Surface Pro 4

by Blogger on ‎10-06-2015 07:40 PM - last edited on ‎10-15-2015 01:21 PM by Editor in Chief

Introducing Surface Pro 4.jpgIf you’re a fan of Microsoft’s Surface tablets or 2-in-1 convertible laptops in general, there’s some pretty big news today in the form of the Surface Pro 4. Thinner, lighter, faster, new accessories (plus compatibility with the old) and the ability to log into Windows 10 using facial recognition. Here’s the scoop on the latest version of Microsoft’s professional tablet/laptop hybrid.



Introducing the new Surface Book, Microsoft’s first ever laptop

by Blogger on ‎10-06-2015 02:00 PM - last edited on ‎10-09-2015 10:20 AM by Editor in Chief

Introducing Surface Book.jpgWith the introduction of the Surface line of tablets (or 2-in-1 laptops) in 2012, Microsoft officially entered the PC hardware business. Today, it took that involvement to the next level after unveiling its first ever laptop, the all-new Surface Book.


PC web browser shootout: What's the different between Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Safari

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2015 07:34 AM - last edited on ‎09-30-2015 10:49 AM by Editor in Chief


As the most important application on most PCs and mobile devices, web browsers don't just offer access to information and services, they have evolved into powerful communication and entertainment platforms. In this post, I take a look at Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple's Safari browser and see what makes each of them tick.


Why a 4K computer monitor makes even more sense than a 4K TV

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2015 04:32 PM - last edited on ‎11-09-2015 11:57 AM by Editor in Chief

4K computer monitor more sense than 4K TV.jpgUltra HD TVs sure look good and there’s no doubt that 4K is the future of video. However ... I’m going to go out on a limb and say that right now, a 4K computer monitor makes even more sense than a 4K TV. And here’s why.



Why add a second display?

by Blogger on ‎09-27-2015 01:13 PM

Why have two displays.jpgOne of the key features of your laptop is its compact, portable form factor. Open it up and you have a fully functional, self-contained PC, complete with a built-in monitor. Snap the lid closed and you can scoop it up and take it anywhere. So why would you want to add a second display? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Actually, an external monitor is one of the best additions you can make to any laptop, and it’s a useful addition to a desktop PC as well.


The Ultimate PC Multimedia Setup

by Blogger on ‎09-24-2015 11:14 PM - last edited on ‎09-25-2015 12:23 PM by Editor in Chief


I’m a real PC geek at heart who’s built a couple of my own rigs over the years, and this month, I got to dream up my own ultimate PC multimedia setup to share with Plug-In Blog readers.


BBY_09252015_CS.jpgCloud computing may be a new concept for many consumers, but it has played a huge part in many of our day-to-day interactions with technology and each other for some time now. Here’s how to set up a personal cloud and what one needs to consider.



Microsoft releases Office 2016 for PCs and Mac

by Blogger on ‎09-22-2015 06:36 AM - last edited on ‎09-22-2015 12:01 PM by Editor in Chief


Today may be the last day of summer, but the news isn’t all bad. September 22 is also the day that Microsoft released Office 2016, a hotly anticipated upgrade to the world’s go-to productivity software. The big day includes Office 2016 for Windows, Office 2016 for Mac and some new and enhanced Office 365 apps. Here’s what you need to know.


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