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Quick Tips For Buying A Laptop

  As a computer repair shop the question of how best to replace defunct and senile hardware is constantly on our mind(s). The answer inevitably depends on price point, so to simplify the issue, we will assume that the reader is interested in getting above average performance as cheaply as possible. And what might surprise most readers is that the price point for above average performance begins around $400. Firstly, if you’re in the market for a new laptop, don’t take your wallet anywhere near a big box store. Best Buy, Walmart, and others have become unnecessary middle men since the advent of online shopping. With that said, where should you look? For those looking to save money, nothing can beat the infinite selection of…

How To Tell If Your Hard Drive Is Going To Crash

Hard drive failure is always an infuriating problem. Mechanical hard drives are destined to fail because of all the moving parts that can go bad. SSDs can last a lot longer, but they also experience wear and tear that will ultimately require their replacement. With that in mind, we’re going to show you how to prepare for the worst by bringing to your attention the warnings you should look out for. WARNINGS With almost every component in your PC, you’ll see warning signs of a part going bad and in need of replacement. The hard drive is not an exception. Here are some signs to look out for: Disappearing files: Files can be lost do to mechanical problems with the disk itself, and in some…

A Breakdown of Intel’s Newest CPU, Kaby Lake

What Kaby Lake brings to the table: Intel’s newest installment in its line of I7 processors, Kaby Lake, was launched in August, 2016, and offers an exciting performance uptick from its predecessor. The highlight is its video engine, which can handle 10-bit content without breaking a sweat. Play a 10-bit color depth file on a Skylake (Kaby Lake’s predecessor) laptop with integrated graphics, and you drop frames and destroy battery life. The same video on Kaby Lake hums along with far less impact. The updated graphics core with the latest content protection can now stream 4K from services such as Netflix.com. On the desktop side, however, power users don’t care about integrated graphics, focusing more on the lackluster x86 performance.To be fair, Intel set the…

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