Staples Offers the Best Black Friday Deals for the Techies

The number one consumerism month is in full swing, it’s no longer Black Friday, but rather Black November. November is a good time to find the best deals on computer and cell phone products as well as other tech and gadgets. Staples the office supply store is gearing up for some great discounts with products ranging from cameras, desktops, tablets, cell phones and laptops.

If you are in the market for a new smartphone, Staples has the Samsung Galaxy S4 for a penny with a 2 year contract with AT&T or Verizon.

You can save $80 on a older version of Kindle Fire-offered at $79 or get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ at $169. Those looking to buy the latest 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and HDX will receive a $25 Gift card to Staples.

They are also offering four varieties of Cannon cameras on sale. You will have the option of the Powershot A1400 at $69.99, the A2500 at $79.99, the ELPH 115 IS at $99.99, or the SX170 IS at $149.99.

Anyone shopping for a Windows tablet have the option of the new Dell Venue Pro 8 or the Microsoft Surface RT. The two tablets are both 32 GB and the Dell is $279.99 while the Surface is $249.99, both at a $150 discount from original price.

You will have a savings of $320 when you buy a top of the line 14″ Dell touch screen laptop, at $579.99 you will get the Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB hard drive. Another laptop that will save you $100+ includes the 17.3″ HP Pavilion. It is jam packed with an Intel core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 500GB of Hard drive, for a reasonable $379.99. If you’re looking for a desktop, Staples has 3 available at $50-100 price drop. They have a 20″ Dell touch screen desktop PC at $499.99. There are two options for HP users, the 23″ HP Pavilion all-in-one is offered at $429.99 and the traditional HP Pavilion desktop tower will be at $329.99.

If you are in need of a new computer monitor, now is the time to buy. Staples is dropping the price for a 23.6 ” Samsung 1080p LED monitor for only $109.99, (dropped from $219.99). Another good deal monitor is the 27″ AOC 1080p LED monitor at $159.99 with a price drop of $140.

For those wanting to find tech related stocking stuffers, Staples has Microsoft wireless desktop 2000 keyboard and mouse for half the price, at $24.99.

Heroes and Geeks also offering 30% Off for Students on computer repair services in Los Angeles and it’s neighboring cities. Offer valid till 31st-Dec-2013. Don’t waste your time call them on (310) 954-6700 and make an appointment today!

Let the savings begin, Happy Holiday Shopping to all.

stay tech savvy, my friends


Things to Consider before Buying a Laptop

Laptops used to be heavy and expensive. A couple of thousands of dollars bought you a small screen with a chunky keyboard and a hard drive measured in mega bytes, not even giga bytes. Fortunately, the modern laptops are entirely different brutes that are faster, lighter in weight, cost effective and more versatile than ever. The wide variety available in laptops these days makes it a bit difficult for everyone to choose the right one.  The many options available include ultra light high end laptops such as Mac book air, very good quality game cards for gaming freaks, or laptops with very fast processors for the video editors and multitaskers. There are number of factors that should be taken into consideration before buying any laptop and some of them are mentioned in brief below.

  • CPU Processor – Unless you are one of those who need to run intensive and threaded applications on daily basis, you don’t require a quad core processor and will get your work done with a dual core CPU processor easily.
  • Voltage – For highly mobile users who spend most of their time and days stretching away from office and other outlets, it is recommended to get a low voltage processors.  This will lower your computing performance, but you will gain the benefit of a long battery and being wireless.
  • Keyboard/touchpad– Make sure to check the keypad of the laptop before purchasing. The keys could be cramped so make sure you find one you are comfortable with, try out the touchpad and mouse buttons to ensure you like how they feel.
  • Weight/Size- Make sure to purchase a light weighted laptop which you can carry on daily basis and commute easily. Unless you are looking to use the laptop for entertainment purposes, then you would want a large screen size.
  • Audio-Always check out the laptop’s audio system before purchasing, especially with entertainment minded desktop replacements featuring better and bigger sound.
  • Pixel Resolution– Always look for the good quality HD and don’t even think about owning a laptop that is unable to deliver 1080p video. High definition video on even the biggest size laptops looks great at 720 pixel resolution.
  • Graphics Card– For gaming applications, graphics matter a lot. And with gaming laptops and applications, you can spend more on the GPU rather than CPU.

These days, every person looks for the best quality and performance laptop.  Before purchasing a random laptop, know the reason you are buying it, is it for the purpose of entertainment, school/work, or for simply browsing the web. This will inform you and guide you to the right laptop for your needs. You can search online and research more about the specifications, size, positives and negatives of different brands of laptops and finally take a decision to buy one that best suits your need and budgetary constraints.

Stay tech savvy, my friends

Where to Repair HP, Dell, Acer, Sony & Toshiba Laptops in Los Angeles?

Laptops are useful tools in our lives, they are light and portable. We use them for work and school as well as entertainment. When shopping for a laptop it’s important to shop for something that has the specs that will benefit you for the purpose you will use the laptop for.

Laptopmag did a survey on which laptop brand is the best and worst for 2013, the laptop brands that they surveyed were the following: Acer, Apple, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. They used seven categories to critic the general quality of the laptops. The categories were the  ease and navigation of the  touchpad/ keyboard, design and style of laptop, how innovative the laptops are, the ratings of tech support service, quality of the  display and audio, options of utilities and software and value and selection.

The results show Apple ranked number 1 for the past four years in a row and probably should not be in the competition due to the fact that it’s like comparing apples and oranges-pun intended. Lenovo laptops ranked second for the third year in a row and scored high in innovation and customer service. Asus jumped up in ranking from last year’s 5th place to this years 3rd place with top marks in innovation .HP landed in fourth place and Samsung in 5th place. The poor ranking laptop brands were Acer, Dell, Sony and Toshiba In last place. Toshiba scored very badly in innovative category and design category as well as having poor tech support service which made it the worst laptop brand for 2013. Use the findings of this survey as a guide of what qualities to look for in a laptop.

When shopping for a laptop, keep in mind what you will use it for and what features you prefer, that way you can find the right laptop for your purpose. Things to consider are:

  • How portable do you want  your laptop , do you want to take it everywhere you go, if so you should consider  laptops that transform into tablets.
  • If you plan on using your laptop for watching TV shows and streaming movies online, then a large display would be a feature you search for.
  • If you are a gamer, than you should look for a computer with a good quality video card.
  • Do you use photoshop on a regular basis, if so then you want your laptop to have lots of RAM.
  • If you like being wireless, a strong battery life is an important feature

All laptop brands no matter if they are the best or not will break down with regular use and human errors. Laptop repairs can be easy and painless if you shop around. There are many places to chose from to repair your laptops, you have national repair services such as Best Buy, who have techs that don’t know much just follow a manual and then you have small independent repair services that have years of experience like Heroes and Geeks Computer repair in Los Angeles. Both repair shops will get the job done, but the giant company will rob you for repairs and Heroes and Geeks charges fairly with quality service. The best way to avoid repairs is not buying the most expensive laptop but to take good care of it.

Stay tech savvy, my friends.