3 Practical Reasons to Spend More on Your PC

There are some things in life that you can afford to spend a bit more on, and computers are one of them. Sales figures over the last 5-6 years show that people are spending an average of $600 on their new laptops. This means that some people spend more, but some spend less. For under $600, you’re much more limited on what you can get. Machines such as Chromebooks, low-end Ultrabooks and multimedia laptops tend to fall in this category. While they are certainly adequate for basic computer tasks, they are just that. Here are three reasons why you might…

Desktop vs Mobile Processors – What’s the Difference?

Like most compute tech, processors come in essentially two classes – mobile and desktop. Mobile processors, whether they be for laptops, smartphones, or IOT devices, are generally designed for efficiency first and performance second. Desktop processors being less limited by thermals and not at all by potential battery life, are by far the performance champs and will on average have more cache, higher stock and Turbo speeds, and higher TDP (Thermal Design Power). So is a mobile i7 not the same as a desktop i7? No, not really. Even though both desktop and mobile processors can share the same i7…

Water Cooling vs Air Cooling

  If you’re shopping for a custom gaming, workstation, or enthusiast PC, you’re probably at least considering investing in water cooling. But is it really worth the extra expense? Is water cooling really better than air cooling? Let’s go over some of the advantages of water cooling vs air cooling and discuss which solution is best for what type of user. So what is water cooling anyway? Water cooling is the practice of using a liquid powered cooler – very similar to a car radiator – which takes advantage of the superior thermal properties of water to dissipate heat from…

Pros and Cons of Using Voice Chat in Games

Although gamers rely on their keyboards for many things, it does become tedious to communicate with other online gamers this way. Various shortcut keys have made communicating online faster and easier, but nothing compares to the convenience of being able to talk into a headset and share messages with others in real time.   Pros to Online Voice Chat   There are both pros and cons to using online voice chat. The advantages to real-time communication are obvious. For one, you don’t have to waste any time typing out messages in your game. You can keep engaged without having to…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

Last year, we wrote a post about what parts and components to look for in the best gaming laptop. But in our industry, things change so quickly that we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic and discuss some of the latest advancements in mobile gaming tech. Here then are some updated tips and things to look for when shopping for the best gaming laptop. Graphics Just like with a gaming desktop, the graphics card (aka video card or GPU) is of critical importance if you want the best gaming experience. But until recently, there was…

Should I Get an Extended Warranty on My College Student’s Laptop?

As you get ready to send your child off to college, you might be wondering whether or not that extended warranty was the right way to go. College students aren’t always the most reliable group. Is it possible that your child may leave her laptop in the library or drop it on the way to class? Even if your child is responsible, what about his peers? What happens if his laptop gets stolen or damaged? Extended warranties can be worth it. Laptops are particularly prone to damage because they are mobile and tossed around quite a bit. Also, student laptops…

Core i7 vs i5

We’ve extensively covered the differences between Xeon and i5/i7 previously in this forum. Now let’s go over the differences between Intel’s Core i7 vs i5. Who needs which processor? Is the i7 always worth the additional investment? Intel Core i7 – the Pros More Cache – L3 Cache is where the processor stores recent calculations to speed them up for future calculations. For example, when working in a spreadsheet, the CPU stores the framework for each number and formula in the cache, making recalculations appear almost instantly. Core i5’s have L3 cache but on average, you get about 20% more…

Features to Look for in a Student Laptop

We hate to admit it ourselves, but the start of school is just around the corner. While you may not be ready to start shopping, you’re better off getting it done and out of the way. You beat the shopping rush, get first pick on school supplies and can even score some great deals, particularly on the more expensive items like laptops.   Late-summer is one of the best times to shop for student laptops. Manufacturers know that students are in need of new computers, so they discount their prices to make them more attractive and affordable. Many will also…

Touch Screen Laptops: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thinking about getting a new laptop computer? One of the cool features that many new laptops have these days is a touch screen. We use touch screens all day long on our smartphones and tablets, so why wouldn’t we want the same for our gaming computers? Well, not so fast. Touch screens look pretty neat, but there are things you’ll want to consider before making your purchase. We’d hate to see you pay more for a feature you won’t like. Let’s talk about the pros and cons to touch screens and whether one is right for your computer needs.  …

Simple Tips to Boost Your Home Internet Speed

Fast Internet is the bee’s knees. Unfortunately, many people feel frustrated day in and day out because of slow Internet connections. Even in this day of advanced technology, slow speeds, bad reception and other Wi-Fi problems are common. If you’ve been plagued by connection issues like these, there are a few things you can do to improve your situation. And they don’t involve sitting on hold with your Internet provider! Test Your Current Speed The first thing you want to do is test your current Internet speed. This will let you know if you’re getting a slower connection than you…