The Short Guide to Computer Stores Language

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Have you ever gone to a computer store by yourself? Be it your local BestBuy or any computer stores, it can be a pretty annoying experience since pretty much everyone of their employees are self proclaimed “tech experts”.  Especially if you don’t understand what they are talking about, that’s when you start to say yes to everything they are going to say. In today’s post I am going to teach you the short guide to computer stores “language”.

Most of my relatives and friends usually ask me to go with them whenever they want to buy something that smells technology. I tend to hate those call of favors, but over time I realized that their naggings have made me learn so much without actually shelling out any cash. Anyhow, let’s continue to today’s main topic:

Learning the Language

Firstly, I have to say that not all employees are as annoying as the ones I knew. If you are lucky, you might find someone very helpful too. But if you don’t want to get tricked, you have to learn their “language”.

 

In every decent computer store, there should be a specifications list for the computer you are going to buy. It is usually written in a paper attached near the display product. Just look for the words: processor, motherboard, hardisks, in a small paper and you will know what I mean.

What they really mean: (In brief)

One of my friends have a really weird technique in knowing what is good and what is not. “Price sets quality”, he once said to me after showing a $1200 (actually $800 from a research I made) laptop he just bought. Well sure, of course price always means quality in any kind of market in the world, but what if the items are set overpriced by itself? For your wallet’s sake, don’t try that method. Please.
Processor

First you have to know that there are 2 major brands for processors: Intel and AMD
Do not accept anything other than those two!
If you are seeing the word Intel, then search for ones that have an i(3, 5 or 7) in front of it. That way at least you won’t be screwed over a 5 years old computer. Any computers with a processor of the i(3, 5 or 7) series shouldn’t cost you too much, especially if you are only looking to buy it for office works. About $1000 should be the maximum for most of you.
Intel Core i3s are a dual core and the cheapest (lowest performance too). Office works anyone?
Intel Core i5s can be a dual core or a quad core and serves the medium range in both cost and performance. Desktop replacements anyone?
Intel Core i7s are definitely not worth the money if you won’t do anything you think as “heavy duty” in your computer. They are the most expensive so if you found one cheaper than the ones with i5 or i3 then get it!
If you are seeing the word AMD, ask the employees for the newest arrivals (and when he brings you to them), do avoid the word Turion or Athlons. They are several generations old and you don’t want them.
AMD computers are usually cheaper than Intel’s so about $800 should be maximum for most users.

Graphics Card

This is quite hard to explain briefly, so you might want to ignore this entirely if you don’t want to learn too much. Graphics Card is the main factor beside processor that enables you to play games. So you should probably learn them properly and not briefly.

Anyways if you are looking to actually game, you want to search for the words AMD and Nvidia. Try to avoid anything with Intel HD Graphics XXXX. They are quite weak and only powerful enough to play some less graphic intensive games (Don’t expect to play anything above Counter Strikes or Left 4 Dead).
Don’t accept anything over $1000 even if you want to play Crysis 2 or something like that, you probably won’t need it!
Useful graphics card guides can be found at notebookcheck.net for laptops and here is a very useful in-depth guide at Toms’ Hardware for desktop graphics card.

Memory/RAM

Search for 4GB or 8GB. 2GBs are definitely not enough for lag free experience so get 4GB or more. If they offer you 16GB of memory, don’t accept it, they tend to be overpriced for customers that like a lot of numbers in their computers. You won’t ever use that much anyways, I have 8 GB and only 6 GB is ever used.

Hardisk

This one is easy, all of you should know what they mean. They are the storage space for all your files so go pick 500GB or more if you can! Also, look for the words 7200 RPM for faster file transfers and faster boot-ups.
If you have some extra money in your budget, you might want to pick SSD offerings (usually promoted heavily as ultrabooks). They are basically a much, much faster hardisks though space limited (128GB or 256GB). If the computer have an SSD a reasonable price will be around $1200. They are safer to buy since most of them are new (2012 products).

Screen

The display is very important since they are all you are going to directly see anyways. 1366 x 768 is the minimum resolution I’m going to set, so go search for 1440 x 900 , 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1020 ones.
If you are getting a 14″ screen or below then 1440 x 900 is usually the highest you can get.
That’s it! Skip all other categories because these are the main important ones. You should be able to select a computer yourself now. Keep in mind that for the same level of performance, laptops will always be more expensive than huge ass desktops. Always. So don’t be surprised when you find laptops with similar configurations to their counterparts much more expensive (about $300-$400 difference).
Also, the Intel i3,i5 and i7 have reached their third generation called “Ivy Bridge”. Go ask them around if they have them sold at the store. If you can’t find any “Ivy Bridge” then settle with the term “Sandy Bridge”. They are the second generation and are not too bad if you must have your computer right away.
For a more economical approach, see my post about building your own PC! (Starting from $400)

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Chrome and Top 5 Features Hidden From You

chromeSo, this marks my first High Fives series. I am quite satisfied with this category name, kinda like a pun? I don’t know what it’s called exactly, probably the reason why I fail in English class. Going to write more posts like this so please follow if you are interested. The High Five category will contain top 5 tech tips and computer tips such as what I’m going to post now. Onward then!

Google Chrome, with its darn simple, minimalistic design we all love have probably just managed to hide its best features from most of its users and boy, are they good at it.

 

1. Pin – Tabbing

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To pin a tab, all you need to do is right clicking the tab you want to ‘pin’. The tab will then shrink to only its icon and remains, for a lack of a better word, ‘unclosable’.

This is useful for tabs you don’t want to accidentally close like Gmail or any other mail providers. (which I seem to do often enough)

 

 

To remove the pin just repeat the process and click on ‘unpin tab’.

 

2. Drag and Drop Downloads

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You might have other better download managers ready in your pocket but the chrome default download engine is actually good enough for quick small file downloads. (usually images)

For those people who use them it’s good if they know that they can actually drag and drop the file they just downloaded anywhere in Windows.

 

3. Task Manager

 

Task Manager Chrome

 

Yes, the tool we use to close annoying slow browsers or force closing a game is also build in google chrome. You can see the chrome’s version of task manager by the Tools menu or the lazy and best way, Shift + Esc, on your keyboard.

The Task Manager shows memory eaten by Chrome and its plugins. Kinda handy to monitor your browser diet I guess.

 

4. Calculator

Calculator Search Bar

The Google Search Bar always bring surprises, this time in the form of a working calculator. It can do simple, basic calculations like multiplication and addition but not X’s and Y’s problems. So no, it can’t do your homework. For multiplication use (*) and for division use (/).

 

 

5. Standalone Site Search

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If you have ever done a search within a website with its installed search bar, you can do that site’s search by typing, for example : http://www.techexperience.net ; then press tab.

This is quite a rare feat to be done since it is quite useless in my opinion.

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The Crew hack resource not simply aids you get unlimited quantity of Credits and Money but the reality is actually it aids you in opening newest automobiles that other opponents cannot get without the need of spending some funds. The Crew hack resources are now obtainable for android products at the same time enabling you to appreciate each of the options throughout travelling too. The Crew Money hack programs are widely available on the internet and commonly they may be free to download and install. The Crew Money Hack instruments would be the best one’s for you if you are interested in enjoying the comprehensive capabilities of the game. The crew cd key assists you in accessing the adventure of race the group. The payment for the Crew cd key may be made through the credit card or debit cards. The Crew cd keys have several prices for the users of numerous regions.thecrewhacks

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Learn When To Buy Apple Products

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So, you have probably decided to buy something from Apple.  Be it their MacBook Pro, Macbook Airs,  iMacs, iPhones, iPad, iPod Nano or iPod touch you should know when is the right time to buy Apple products. That 5 minutes you are spending to read this are probably going to save you some money. So no time is money problems here right?

When To Buy Apple Products

The question is, “When is the right time to buy Apple Products?

If you are an avid fan or have done some research then you should know about their scheduled once-a-year updates. This ‘cycle’ applies to all Apple Products in the market, evidently proved by the new iPad 3.

When To Buy MacBook Pro/Standard

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The MacBook Pro is  released fi    rst in the fourth quarter of the year or around October. The standard MacBook is always released along with its Pro version, so if you are looking to buy the ‘economical’ MacBook then you are covered right here. So, wait till October if you want the next batch of MBPs.

 

 

 

When To Buy MacBook Air

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The first generation of MacBook Air is released in the summer, so you can expect the same with its next generations. So, if you are looking to buy a MacBook Air, a little extra patience will get you better performance and specs for the next cycle. Prices for the older generation will also be cut then and will get you a better deal. Price cuts are usually for $100 to $200, so yeah, that’s quite a lot just for an extra month of waiting.

 

When To Buy Mac Mini / iMacs

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Their cycle are due this July, so don’t buy them right now. Next gen iMacs are rumored to have retina displays and better specs. A month of waiting should give you some more future proofing since the new iMacs should use the new ivy bridge processors.

When To Buy iPadsipad

The iPad 3 was just recently released, so no worries here. If you can muster some patience, you should be able to get better deals in Black Fridays, similar holidays or a sale in a retailer. For those who want to know their usual cycle date, they are scheduled around March. Buying refurbished is always an option if you want to save more money.

When To Buy iPhones

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Their next upgrade will be the iPhone 5 and I recommend you to only buy if you need them now since the cycle are due in a couple months. iPhones always upgrade in a tick-tock manner, adding an ‘S’ after every 2 cycles. The ‘S’ usually only add to processing power and networking capabilities, proved by the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S.When To Buy iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch

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Their cycle ends in September, so expect to wait for September to October for updates. iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle does not offer a lot of upgrades so if you can’t wait any longer, taking the plunge will not cost you as dearly. iPod Touch is an exception since its upgrades are often worthwhile. Some rumors spreading around says that they will have a dual core, a change in design and a better camera. But take the news with a grain of salt since it might not be all true.

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