Is the Era of Desktop Computers At Its End?

With the growing popularity of tablets, smart phones, and other gadgets that folks to easily access their email from anywhere they wish, a lot of people are once again beginning to ask that old question: Is the age of the desktop computer finally coming to and end? While you will find a divided crowd on the issue, in my opinion the answer is still a resounding no!

When the laptop was introduced people were sure that would be the end of the desktop and it turned out to not be the case at all, and as some time goes by I believe that the desktop will still prove to be of value to a fairly large crowd of computer users. The truth is, when it comes to endurance, data storage capacity, and just over all performance the PC is still the King. They remain the easiest of all computers for upgrading components, and in the office place they can still be found under virtually every desk in the office quietly fulfilling their purpose with ease and longevity.

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That is not to say that laptops and tablets do not have their place or that, for certain users are much more convenient, only that there is a place for all of these devices in our increasingly digital world. Below are some examples of benefits each system can provide their users

  • Desktops are good for faster performance, endurance, future upgrades rather than replacement, data storage, superior ability to withstand wear and tear, as well as some repairs, a wide range of software compatibility
  • Laptops are good for portability, convenience, innate wireless capability, data storage, decent performance, a wide range of software compatibility.
  • Tablets/Smart Phones are good for superior space-saving potential, portability.

This is just a basic overview of the three types of machines and what their strengths are as far as using them to meet your needs and as always there is a wide range of factors and preferences that will determine with machine type will best suit your needs. If you are unsure what machine is right for you ask your local PC Geeks technician in Allen or Frisco and we will be glad to help!

Is Storing Data Offsite Good Practice?

Everyone now knows that it is essential to have some sort of backup plan for making sure your data is safe and sound. Often in our blogs we talk about the importance of having that external drive to make sure you are backing up your data. You would be surprised how many times we talk to clients who have gone out and gotten that external device but never actually used it! Some times it is just that they are intimidated to set up the backup themselves, and sometimes it’s just laziness, but one thing is for sure it is a mistake you only ever make once. Another thing to consider, is, what happens when your data backup drive is damaged or destroyed along with your computer?

Student working on laptop remotely.

What we do not often talk about, is the other option that is growing in popularity out there and that is offsite or online data storage. Carbonite may be the most well-known of these options. Personally, while I agree that online data backups are better than no backup at all, Carbonite does have some advantages over traditional external drive storage.

  • If your external or computer are destroyed, your data is still safe and secure
  • The price is generally affordable
  • Once set to automatic, you can be as lazy or scared of working on your backup as you want!

With many folks that I talk to, especially those that own their own business or run it out of their house, I recommend both external drive and Carbonite for their back up. The theory behind this is that on the external drive you always have your data close at hand for easy access, and if something horrible like a house fire occurs, you have Carbonite protecting your data offsite. That is a very wise combination to have when you are dealing with data that you simply cannot afford to lose.

We know that dealing with personal data storage can be kind of intimidating at first so if you need advice or help setting that up please call your local PC Geeks technician in Allen or Frisco so we can advise you on your best options or even do it for you! We also service surrounding areas such as McKinney, Little Elm, Plano, Lucas, Fairview, and many more.

How Much Performance is Enough For Your Needs?

One of the most common myths surrounding computers today is just how much horsepower you need to run your everyday tasks. When you go into the average big box store and start asking questions it is their mission to only let you out of the door once you have bought a computer with so many bells and whistles that NASA could call upon you to land the space shuttle. The truth is, it all depends on what you, the user, intend to use your machine for, but one thing for sure is that nearly everyone pays for a lot more performance than they may actually need!

If you are a casual user that is really just reading up on the news on a few sites, checking on your email and maybe goofing around on Facebook with your friends, you really do not need that monster custom system! For a casual user the following is good enough

  • Dual core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 250 GB hard disc drive. A small video card can help for those news videos if you really want to splurge.

How Much Performance is Enough For Your Needs?

If you are a user that likes to mess around with video or sound editing, perhaps some Photoshop work or sizable software programs the following would be pretty good bet.

  •  Quad core processor, 6 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard disc drive, and a slightly above average video card will take you a good long way

If you are a hard core multitasking machine, or an orc slaying legend of gaming, you are that small percentage of users that really does require lots of juice to keep that edge on your rivals. At very least you will want this…

  •  Upper end quad core processor or greater, at least 8 GB of RAM, but preferably 16 GB. A solid state hard drive, and a video card that can handle any sort of online graphic environment, heck, even two video cards working in unison is a great idea. There are a million little things to add here that can up the advantage as well.

If you are unsure just how much firepower that you want or need for your next system the technicians at PC Geeks in Allen or Frisco would be glad to help you find a system that will actually meet your needs rather than pad a salesman’s pockets! We also service surrounding areas such as McKinney, Little Elm, Plano, Lucas, Fairview and many more.


Your New Years Computer Resolutions

So finally our year is coming to and end and everyone is preparing for the new one and wondering what sort of resolutions are appropriate. We are very appreciative of our long time, and new customers and all of the business they have brought in to us over the past year. It really has been a banner year for PC Geeks and we really owe that to you!

With the brand new year it is also a very good  time to think about your computer needs and security for the new year! So we have compiled a short list of suggestions for your new year computer resolutions!

Your New Years Computer Resolutions

  • Maybe it is time to buy that external drive to protect your personal data!
  • Some more RAM to help speed up my aging system sure could help!
  • Sure would be a good idea to clean up and optimize my system to speed it up!
  • Removing old programs I no longer use or want could be nice.
  • Changing all my old passwords with something new could help security!
  • Maybe it is time to take the old computer out of the closet and have it recycled!

All of the above suggestions could go a long way into increasing the lifespan of your computer, or at very least make sure that your system security is up to date and ready to face the next wave of e-cooties that is lurking beyond the first of the year. Every year the creators of malicious software find new ways to invade your systems and improved methods to ensure that they are harder and harder to remove.

I would highly recommend all of the above in one fell swoop to ensure you are safe and healthy.

How long has it been since you have done any of those six suggestions? Not sure if you have ever done them? Tell us what you think would help our machine. If you are uncomfortable in doing these things yourself, please feel free to contact your friendly computer technician at PC Geeks in Allen of Frisco. We would be glad to help you take care of your optimization needs! We are also serving the surrounding communities of McKinney, Plano, The Crossroads, Prosper, Celina, Little Elm, and Aubrey. We also service extended areas, please call for details.