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Tips for Back to School Computer Shopping

That time of year is just around the corner! As the summer comes to a close, it's time to start thinking about supplies for your return to school. Of course, one of your most important supplies being your computer. Here are a few things to think about when shopping for your back to school tech:

  1. Portability - if you're hopping around from classroom to classroom, or even building to building, you want something that is easily portable, light and fits into your backpack BUT you also don't want a screen that's tough to read. Our favourite sweet spot is around 15 inches.

  2. Storage - hard drives have spinning parts, but solid state drives do not. This makes solid states much sturdier, especially if you are carrying your laptop around a lot. Less moving parts means less parts to come loose and fail. We highly recommend spending the extra dollars on peace of mind... we mean a solid state drive. The bonus here is that solid states are also ideal for multi-tasking.

  3. RAM - if you're a multi-tasker, go for more RAM. It will make tasks quicker and smoother. Most medium-duty computers use 8 GB of RAM. Pair that with something in the realm of an i3 and i5 processor and you're golden.

  4. Peripherals - if you have to hook your computer up to additional screens for presentations, be sure there are the appropriate ports.

  5. Back-up - buy cloud storage AND an external drive. Data recovery can be VERY expensive!

  6. Anti-virus - MAC or PC, get a trusted anti-virus with the highest detection rates. Do NOT use the free ones and never install more than one anti-virus program on your computer (they will actually work against each other).

To speak to us about all your back to school needs, come see us in-store at 1257 Marine Drive in North Vancouver or give us a call at 604-986-7680.

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