Category: Computers

Reader Q+A: Good computer recommendations for students going back-to-school?

We need to purchase a computer for our two older children to use for homework. They frequently have assignments that involve the use of Google Docs, as well as PowerPoint and Excel. I’m a Mac user, but we’re thinking we’ll go with a PC for them (due to cost). Can you make any recommendations? I’m overwhelmed by the options! -Kristen, via email.   We hear you, Kristen. There are so many great options for good computers out there and it can be hard to wade through them and figure out what works for the students in your family. Value,...

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Just for shutterbugs: Free computer wallpapers for your gadgets from Photojojo

If you’re a fan of quotes and cameras and maybe even quotes about cameras, I found a special treat for you: free computer wallpapers from CMT fave Photojojo. Head over to their site for the first few inspirational wallpapers, all ready to download to a myriad gadgets, not just computers, including iPhones, iPads, Androids and more. They’re such a clever way to spruce up your smart phone or your computer, especially if you’re like me and haven’t changed the starry background on your phone since you, um, got it.   While there are only a few on the site right now, they’ll committing to adding new wallpapers...

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A Nifty mini storage drive that really is

Like a lot of you, I feel like I live in my laptop. But that means I’ve got more than 5,000 pictures and dozens of full-length kids’ movies on my laptop, so I could use a little more storage space to keep everything moving quickly. USB drives are a great way to store photos or old files you don’t need to look at every day, but the Nifty Minidrive is a sleek mini storage drive that adds up to 128 GB of storage to your Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, or Macbook Retina all in one compact package.   One cool thing: Once this...

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11 cool tech gifts for college students. Because they deserve it.

If you’ve got a student heading to college for the first time this fall–or even the eighth time (go, phD candidates!)–we’ve put together some of our favorite tech gifts for college students culled together from the wishlists of college kids we know and love ourselves. And we’re so happy to get to put this together for you all on behalf of our sponsor LG, Makers of the awesome LG Chromebase All-in-One Desktop which is a fantastic desktop computer for college students in particular, thanks to features like fast, simple powering by Google’s Chrome OS; free auto-updates for security software; cloud storage of all...

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MiiPC review: Keep a virtual eye on your kids’ computer activity

We were excited to have a chance to put together a MiiPC review, considering there’s pretty much nothing that causes a modern parent more angst than monitoring your kids’ online life. Keeping them safe, limiting their screen time, making sure they don’t develop a hunchback from constantly craning their neck over a tablet…that. Well MiiPC is an idea for its time: A new computer and monitoring system made just for kids, and parents who want to limit and monitor their screen time. Pronounced “Mee-PC”, the MiiPC is a small, smart Android-powered unit that manages to be a desktop computer,...

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Sony Vaio Tap 21: Possibly the most evolved tabletop PC yet

One childhood memory I can recall with amazing clarity is the morning my dad loaded us all up in our wood-paneled station wagon and drove us to  to pick up an Apple IIc. It had a whopping 128 KB of memory and an 8-inch green-on-green monitor. Wow, that makes me feel old. Let me just say the obvious—we’ve come a long way from the early 80s. Now my family uses the new Sony Vaio Tap 21 and it’s like nothing I ever dreamed of as a kid. The concept of tablet-as-desktop-computer is not new, but the Sony Vaio Tap 21 seems...

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The best first laptop for a child? Reader Q&A

My 10-year old son is definitely ready for his own laptop, but I have no idea what to get him! Can you help with a child-friendly option? -Amy Funny you should ask, Amy. I just decided to get a laptop for my 9-year old, which was a lot easier than I expected. Here are a couple of suggestions that I hope will help you out. –Kristen Now my first instinct was to buy a new laptop, like the ASUS X501U that we recently featured. At under $350 the price was definitely right, and so I figured that would be...

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Modern desktop wallpapers ready for downloading and daydreaming

Every so often I go ahead and swap out the photo on my desktop for some soothing, cool illustrated desktop pattern. Often because I have so much crap on my desktop I stop being able to find it. I mean…because I have awesome style and want to make sure the guy next to me on the airplane sees it as he reads over my shoulder. If you’re looking for cool modern wallpapers, we’ve found the motherlode. At Design Lovefest there’s an entire category of crowdsourced “dress your tech downloads” going back a year, and it’s now filled with so...

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Asus X501U: A budget laptop that the whole family can use

This year, my son has needed a computer more frequently for his homework assignments. And while I’m happy to have him use my laptop, it always happens at a time when I’m right in the middle of something work-related and urgent. I’m thinking for next year, it’s time to invest in a good quality budget laptop and I think I’ve found a great option. The Asus X501U is technically considered a “budget” laptop, which it certainly is price-wise, but the specs and performance beg to differ. The $299 cost would make you think that it is nothing more than...

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Piquing our geek: Sweet wood Mac?

The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with this natural wood keyboard for your Mac. Wood you try it? (Heh) Our inner geek is definitely piqued by this wooden MacBook Pro keyboard from RAWBKNY. Available in Bamboo or Rosewood, each piece is handmade to fit: just pop out the keys and attach them individually to the black keys on your laptop, just like wooden stickers. Don’t worry about them harming your screen–there should be plenty of room. (Although we haven’t tried them ourselves.) While they are, of course, opaque, there is a clever little cut-out so that you’ll...

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