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Robert Collins

Do You Really Need a Dedicated Graphics Card?

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Every computer, regardless of its primary use, needs a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). It’s how the images in your computer make it to the display so you can see them. The question is whether you need a dedicated GPU or not and that all depends on what kind of graphics processing requirements you have. Let’s look at some options. Integrated GPUs vs Dedicated GPUs Most motherboards in a computer are manufactured with a moderately powerful GPU already integrated into it. In the last seven years, the GPU has been integrated into the Central Processing Unit (CPU) instead. This is practical…

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Buying a Gaming Laptop: Features to Check

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Since the advent of the digital age, gaming has become a household practice and an acknowledged sport across the globe. Around the world, people attend gaming events such as BlizzCon, which is hosted by Blizzard Entertainment. This event alone attracts crowds that number around 35,000 participants and are watched by 10 million online viewers. If you’re one of the millions of gamers out there, it’s good news to know that brands have been quick to develop hardware genuinely worthy of the biggest gaming fans. Here are some must-have features when looking for an excellent gaming laptop. Customer Preference There are…

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Buying a Chromebook: Where They Differ from Normal Laptops

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Chromebooks have become increasingly popular due to their extreme portability, ease of use, and their low price-point. A Chromebook meets all the same specs as a laptop, but it runs on a different operating system called Chrome OS (made by Google, who also makes Android). Let’s go over the main differences between a Chromebook and a standard laptop. Weight and Size Chromebooks have more in common with ultra-slim laptop models like the MacBook Air. While the MacBook Air was the laptop that kick-started the extreme lightweight laptop market, Chromebook developers shaved even more grams off to become lighter still. As…

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Buying a $100 Phone: Pros and Cons

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If you’re looking to buy a new phone, but don’t want to break your budget, there are options for you. The budget-priced options all use Android OS because Apple iOS devices come with a hefty price tag (check out the differences between the 2 OSs here). In the past, cheap phones had all sorts of problems that made the user experience very frustrating; running out of storage and intermittent loading were just some of the issues you might face. Fortunately, it is possible in 2018/2019 to buy a budget priced phone that performs well. Here are some pros and cons…

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3 Advantages of Buying an Unlocked Phone

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Buying a new phone can be complicated. Settling on a make and model for your new phone is only half of the process. Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll have to decide whether to purchase a phone that’s tied to a specific carrier or not. Here are three primary advantages of buying an unlocked phone. Let’s take a look at what those are. Value Buying an unlocked phone can save you money in the long run because there is a higher demand for them. When any commodity is in demand, it raises the price of the item. An unlocked phone…

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3 Things to Check Before Buying a Laptop for Editing Video

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No one wants to be stuck at a desk all day long simply because their job entails video editing. If you’re a fan of posting on YouTube or have aspirations of becoming the next Fellini, here are three things to make sure that your laptop can do before heading out to purchase a new computer. Storage Make sure that you don’t compromise on speed and space when you buy a laptop for video editing. A laptop will function slower when there are too many programs stored on the hard drive. Make sure that the laptop you’re looking to buy has…

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5 Things to Do After Buying a New iPhone

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For Apple fans, getting a new iPhone is one of the most exciting things to do, aside from the impact it has on your wallet, though luckily you can use Afterpay to pay for the phone. Once you have happily unwrapped all the packaging and unearthed the accessories (and the case of course), there are a few things to do before you can start using your new iPhone. Let’s take a look at what those might be. Back Up Your Old iPhone Apple aficionados will know all about this step. The latest information on your old iPhone needs to be…

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Phone Case

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A good phone case can mean the difference between a fractured screen and a simple scratch. When you pair them with the transparent film of screen protector, they become the barrier between your phone and potential disaster, no matter if it’s an iPhone or Samsung. Pre-emptively wrapping your phone in a case is the first thing you should do after unwrapping it from its packaging, even if it’s a budget phone. Here are some guidelines to make sure that you can avoid mistakes when buying a new phone case, so the thing doesn’t shatter when it falls (saves you having…

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5 Things to Do After Buying an Android

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If an Android phone is on your end of year wish list, know in advance that there are a few things you need to do once you’ve taken it out of the box. After getting to know your device by reading through the warranty and unfurling the accessories, it’s time to personalise your phone and set it up for use. Battery and Wi-Fi First, plug in your phone to charge up the battery. The next step is to connect your phone up to the nearest unlimited Wi-Fi source, as you are sure to be looking to download lots of apps…

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8 Features to Consider When Buying a New Laptop

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If you’re on the hunt for a new laptop, it’s always good to know the key features to look for before committing to a purchase. Arming yourself with this information will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed with the selection out there. You know your needs best, but there are some finer details to consider. Will it be used for work or play? This question alone will influence what size, features, and price range are best suited for the job. Platform Platform indicates what operating system (OS) the laptop uses. There are three choices on the market today if you want…

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