New Macs offer more than ever before

by Blogger on ‎09-06-2016 12:48 PM - last edited on ‎09-07-2016 02:59 PM by Editor in Chief

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Got an older iMac, MacBook Air or other Apple computer you’re thinking of handing down to someone in your family? It’s tempting to pass your old Mac on to someone—especially a student—but new Macs bring a lot to the table. In many cases, it may be better to buy them a new Mac than to give them your old one.


Best laptop bags for college

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2016 03:47 PM

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Setting out for college or university? Chances are you’ll be lugging a laptop around. Choose the right laptop bag and not only is carrying easier, but you can pull off a stylish look too.


Linksys EA 7500 and the benefits of adding a range extender

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2016 08:02 PM - last edited on ‎09-19-2016 01:48 PM by Blogger

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After several years of relative Wi-Fi happiness, I suddenly hit a performance wall with my home network. I happened to have a new Linksys EA 7500 router to test for an upgrade, but the real difference was when I plugged in the Max Stream AC1900+ Wi-Fi Range Extender.


How to set up multiple monitors for your computer

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2016 05:07 AM - last edited on ‎08-29-2016 03:16 PM by Editor in Chief


When it comes to sitting down in front of your computer, the more screen real estate you have, the better—especially if you have more than one monitor. Here’s how to set up multiple monitors for your computer.


Why doesn’t my Wi-Fi reach all around my house?

by Blogger on ‎08-18-2016 01:14 PM - last edited on ‎08-18-2016 03:32 PM by Community Manager


Suffering from disappointing Wi-Fi performance in parts of your home? You’re not alone. Spotty Wi-Fi is a common problem. Here’s how to diagnose what’s going on, along with suggestions on how to fix the issues.


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ASUS has announced new Republic of Gamers laptops and they are the first gaming laptops to feature the power of Nvidia’s new GTX 10-series graphics cards. Look for the new ROG gaming laptops featuring VR-ready Nvidia GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 graphics cards to arrive soon at Best Buy.


Do more with your tablet than you thought possible with the right accessories

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2016 06:18 AM - last edited on ‎08-12-2016 01:12 PM by Editor in Chief


Tablets are extremely versatile computing platforms. They are also increasingly powerful and approach the capacitires of notebooks and 2-in-1's. Let's look at some accessories that can improve anyone's tablet owning experience


Microsoft Back to School Laptops

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2016 12:16 PM - last edited on ‎08-16-2016 03:59 PM by Blogger


Preparing to head back to school and looking for a killer new laptop? You’ve probably heard of Microsoft. Windows, Office, Xbox, Surface ... If anyone knows PCs and what they’re capable of, it’s Microsoft. The company has put together a list of seven new laptops that impress on every front, while making the most of Windows 10. Skip the guessswork and pick one of these new laptops for the ultimate back to school computer experience.


ASUS Republic of Gamers GL752V Laptop Review: 17-inch mobile gaming powerhouse

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2016 04:54 PM - last edited on ‎08-03-2016 01:18 PM by Editor in Chief

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Massive 17.3-inch, Full-HD display? Check! 6th generation Core i7 CPU with 16GB of RAM on tap? Check! Nvidia GTX 960M graphics card? It’s there too. The ASUS Republic of Gamers GL752V checks off all the boxes, delivering a performance-driven laptop and compelling mobile gaming solution.


Protect your schoolwork with the right backup harddrive

by Blogger ‎07-28-2016 05:58 AM - edited ‎08-03-2016 05:05 PM


External hard drives are increasingly getting smaller and lighter while offering larger capacities and faster performance. External drives are ideal for protecting schoolwork and backing-up files and projects.


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

by Blogger on ‎07-21-2016 07:18 AM - last edited on ‎08-04-2016 10:40 AM by Blogger

BM_SDP_Spotlight_YouthSpark.jpgOn your mark, get set, GO! Summer is here and the kids are ready to have fun. Time to prepare the applications, accessories and projects that will make your computer a key part of their holiday fun!


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

by Blogger on ‎07-19-2016 10:19 AM - last edited on ‎08-18-2016 03:45 PM by Community Manager



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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


What's new at Best Buy for July?

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2016 09:58 AM




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.


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.


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.


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


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? 


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.


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.


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?


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.


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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