One 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.
When 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.
Got 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.
on 11-24-201508:30 AM - last edited on 11-26-201506:11 AM by BradMoon
The 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 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.
The 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.
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The 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.
on 11-09-201506:11 PM - last edited on 11-10-201505:32 PM by BradMoon
Shopping 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.
on 11-09-201510:23 AM - last edited on 11-10-201505:43 PM by BradMoon
Welcome 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.
on 11-08-201505:11 PM - last edited on 11-10-201505:51 PM by BradMoon
A 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.
I’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.
With 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.
Fall 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.
It’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.
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.
on 10-19-201508:24 PM - last edited on 10-20-201505:47 AM by BradMoon
Launched 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 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 ...
Microsoft 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.
One 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?
on 10-08-201512:07 PM - last edited on 10-12-201512:25 PM by BradMoon
If 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.
If 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.
With 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.
on 09-30-201507:34 AM - last edited on 09-30-201510:49 AM by BBYMartin
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.
Ultra 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.
One 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.
Cloud 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.
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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