I really want to get a new gaming laptop. I need a laptop because I spend a lot of time in and out of the hospital. Or I put it in different rooms. Portability is nice, but it doesn’t have to be crazy light, I like the Surface Book 2 but it seems like the specs aren’t worth the money, so I’ve been eyeing an MSI GS65. … [Read more...] about Buy Committee: Which Gaming Laptop Should I Buy?
Do you have a tech question keeping you up at night? Tired of troubleshooting your Windows or Mac? Looking for advice on apps, browser extensions, or utilities to accomplish a particular task? Let us know! Tell us in the comments below or email [email protected] . … [Read more...] about Why Does My Laptop Shut Down Instead of Going to Sleep?
Spend Where It Matters Most Even if your budget allows, it’s probably not a good idea to just max out all of the available specs on whatever laptop you’re looking at. You’ll have to make some compromises to save money, but also to avoid buying more than you need. Go back to your list of things you’ll do with your laptop, and put your money into features that make those things easier. If you can find a laptop with 8GB of RAM that’s the same price, or even a little more, than one with 4GB, that’s a good place to stretch your budget. If you can find a laptop with an SSD that’s close to the same price as one with a traditional hard drive, that’s also a worthwhile upgrade. On the other hand, a laptop with a top-end processor or graphics card doesn’t make sense if you don’t use resource-hungry programs or play games. … [Read more...] about How to Choose the Perfect Back-to-School Laptop
On Android, a good trick to remember is screen pinning. From Settings, tap Security & location, then Screen pinning and turn the feature on, with a PIN lock enabled. On the Overview screen (tap the square navigation button) you’ll then see a pin icon—select this and your friend or family member is locked inside that app until the Back and Overview buttons are pressed, and the PIN is entered. It means whoever is using your phone can only stay in the app you want them to stay in. … [Read more...] about How to Keep Your Family and Friends From Snooping on Your Laptop and Phone
At the beginning of August we told you that the TSA was collaborating with laptop bag manufacturers to create checkpoint-friendly bags you can pass through security checkpoints without removing your laptop. PC World takes a closer look at the TSA's criteria for what makes a checkpoint-friendly bag. For example: … [Read more...] about Ensure Your Laptop Bag is TSA-Checkpoint Friendly
Lastly—and somewhat obviously—if you have no need for that old machine, don't throw it away. If it's in good working order you can sell it or trade it in, but if it's broken you can usually still get some cash by selling "as is" or "for parts." You never know what someone else might need for their DIY projects or laptop repairs. Just make sure you securely wipe the drive before you sell it, and the next time you buy a laptop, make sure you buy one with a good track record for reliability. … [Read more...] about Top 10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Laptop