Errors to Avoid When Doing Computer Upgrades

 

Rather than paying for professional computer upgrades, many users try to do them alone. Unfortunately, you can do more harm than good when performing DIY maintenance. If you plan on tackling your next computer upgrades, it’s useful to know some common mistakes so you can take the proper steps to avoid them.

Errors to Avoid When Doing Computer Upgrades

1. Buying the Wrong RAM

Because every computer is different, the random access memory (RAM) you buy needs to be compatible with your system to work properly. Always check the requirements beforehand. Since RAM needs specific pin configurations and speeds to function, doing a bit of research will avoid confusion. 

2. Failing to Upgrade the Power Supply 

 

Many people forget to invest in a new power supply when making upgrades to their machine; this can result in more costly repairs. When installing new components, verify your current power supply produces an adequate amount of juice to run smoothly. If it doesn’t, your machine may experience reduced performance and system failure. 

3. Using the Wrong Screws for the Hard Drive 

Switching out your laptop or desktop’s hard drive is one of the easier upgrades to perform, but use the right screws for the job. The hard drive is held in place by a case, and the screws used for the case are slightly different in size than the hard drive screws. Don’t mix them up because the wrong screws can strip the holes on the drive, making it difficult to remove again. 

4. Installing CPU 

Installing a new central processing unit (CPU) is one of the most complicated computer upgrades to undertake on your own because it involves several aspects. First, you’ll need to ensure the CPU’s pins are undamaged and mounted properly to your computer. You’ll also need to check that your computer’s heat sink can provide adequate cooling for your new processor. For this reason, many prefer bringing their machine to a repair technician familiar with these upgrades.

 

If you’re having trouble performing computer upgrades on your own, Experimac Canton OH will be happy to assist you. As one of Stark County’s leaders in computer repairs, they’re equipped to fix a variety of problems. The technicians specialize in Apple® products, and they provide one-year warranties on all repairs. Call them today at (330) 409-7005 or visit their website for more details about their services. 

Top 5 Reasons to Invest in a Certified Pre-Owned Apple® Computer or Laptop Over a New PC

Top 5 reasons to invest in a certified pre-owned Apple computer or laptop over a new PC

Investing in a certified pre-owned Apple computer or laptop from Experimac is smart for many reasons. Here are the top 5 reasons we consider it to be a wise investment and would recommend it over a new PC.

  1. Reliability: Mac® computers come with software designed solely for a Mac computer. Many PC computers come with software developed for a generic PC computer. Seeing that there are hundreds of PC models available, that software was not made specifically for the computer you purchased. This usually means problems down the road as software cannot be updated nearly as frequently, and should you have a problem, customer care cannot be as specific or thorough as that of Apple Inc. Certified pre-owned Mac computers have been thoroughly examined and are assured to be in excellent working condition, meaning that though they are pre-owned, they will work just fine.
  2. Strength against malware: Buying a certified pre-owned Apple computer is, by far, safer than buying a new PC. Why? PC computers are more vulnerable to malware and viruses. PC computers can be made by a variety of companies, but only one company make Apple computers. With multiple manufacturers, PC computers don’t follow one operating system, and the discrepancies from the varied makes and models poses a threat to your computer’s safety. Apple® computers all use one operating system that is not only famous for its resistance to malware but is also frequently updated and improved.
  3. User-friendly: Apple computers are one of the most user-friendly devices available on the market. They are designed to be as direct and streamlined as possible. Another reason they are easy to use is their ability to connect to the ever-popular iPhone® device and iPad® tablet. Many tech-savvy individuals already own iPhone devices or iPad tablets; Apple computers can connect to those devices thanks to the new HandOff® feature from Apple Inc.
  4. Price: Though Apple computers can cost more at face-value than some PC computers, keep the following in mind. Apple computers usually come with more features than their PC “competition”. If you were to find a new PC with the same or equivalent features as a pre-owned Mac computer, you will find that the Mac computer is the same price, if not slightly cheaper. Another thing to consider when looking at price is the fact that Apple computers are considered a premium product; they come with a stable operating system that, as stated before, is frequently updated, and they are incredibly user-friendly. If you choose to purchase a certified pre-owned Mac computer, it will likely be worth more than many new PC computers.
  5. Re-Sale Value: Consider that you may not always want the computer you are purchasing now, you may want to upgrade in a few years. That being said, Mac computers retain their value much better and for much longer than PC computers. This means that the certified pre-owned Mac computer you purchase today will most likely be worth more down the road than a new PC.

If you are in the market for a certified pre-owned MacBook® laptop or Mac computer, stop by your local Experimac store and take a look at our inventory. You’ll be able to see and touch the device you are interested in purchasing. Our experienced staff will be able to answer any questions you may have about the device and help you make the right choice for you and your budget.

The Anatomy of the Trade: Determining the Value of Your Used Apple® Devices

The Anatomy of the Trade - Determining the Value of Your Used Apple Devices

Trading in a used Apple device at Experimac is a great idea! If you’re asking yourself how to go about this or how it might benefit you, look no further.

As an Apple device owner, you know these devices tend to hold onto their value, they are sturdy and usually last years. At Experimac, the money you get from trading it in can go straight to the purchase of a newer model.

The trouble is . . . how do you determine the value of your used Apple devices? We’ll walk you through the process.

Model

Determining the specific model of your iPhone® device, iPad® tablet, MacBook® laptop, or Mac® computer is the first step to determining your device’s worth. Varied models come with varied specs, and knowing the specific model of your device, tablet, laptop or computer determines most of the trade-in worth.

Condition

The condition of your iPhone device, iPad tablet, MacBook laptop or Mac computer is another contributing factor to the value of your trade-in. For example, take a look at the phone’s screen, buttons, and other external components. What condition are they in? The internal health of a device is often overlooked when owners attempt to determine the worth of their trade-in. Did you follow up with necessary updates and how is the battery life, in the case of a phone, tablet or laptop?

Demand

Another major contributing factor to your trade-in’s value is the demand for that device, tablet, laptop or computer. Your device could be in great condition and offer awesome specs but if there is not much of a market for your device, you may not get offered much. Fortunately, Apple devices tend to remain in demand for a while, meaning trading in a used Apple device is usually worth the time and trouble.

Not sure whether to trade-in your Apple device? Stop by your local Experimac to find out what your used Apple device is worth. You might be able to upgrade it today!

Black History Month: Let’s Celebrate and Educate with our Favorite Apps

Black History Month - Let's Celebrate and Educate with our Favorite Apps

February is Black History Month! This annual celebration of the role of Black Americans in US history is a time to reflect upon the achievements of Black Americans of the past, and a look at how tolerance and equality should improve for the future.

We have selected some apps centered around the theme of Black History Month that are designed to help celebrate and educate.

  • NMAAHC Mobile Stories
    This app, provided by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, offers information from 12 exhibitions depicting how American values such as spirituality, resiliency, and optimism are reflected in African American history and culture. Set up as a virtual museum, app users can watch videos, look through images or read articles and truly explore the stories and historical events essential to black history.
  • More Than a Mapp
    Inspired by the PBS documentary More Than a Month, this app was designed to help users discover and preserve Black History. The app allows users to see locations nearby that offer historical significance to black history. Find local landmarks, monuments or other significant locations. You can also select any point on a map and add your own black history point, which is then considered and assessed by the app’s experts.
  • 2016 Black History Month “BHM” Trivia Game
    Put your knowledge of Black Heroes and facts to the test with this trivia game! This app is simple and straightforward and is a great way of getting younger family members to participate in Black History Month awareness.
  • Black History Tribute
    This app was created in the hope of educating users about famous African Americans, who they are and what they did to improve science and the arts and other venues. Once in the app, you’ll see famous black artists, scientists, writers, politicians, and more, as well as their stories.

At Experimac, we hope you will take the time to review your knowledge of Black History in America and celebrate the many contributions made by countless Black Americans to our society. Have you learned something new today? These apps will give you the perfect opportunity to do so.

If you’re having difficulty viewing these apps on your Apple® devices, stop by your local Experimac store and we’d be happy to have a look at your device and help you get everything working again.

Computer Repair Near Me: Cleveland East, Your Local Apple® Experts

If you’ve ever had your iMac freeze or if you’ve run out of storage space, you’ve experienced the frustration of where to go to repair your Apple computer. Maybe an Apple store is not nearby, or you can’t make a Genius Bar® appointment with them for two more days. Maybe you’re wary of second party retailers. That’s where Experimac Cleveland East can help you.

Why Experimac?

We realize that if your desktop or laptop computer breaks or is not working properly, you need service immediately; you don’t have time to schedule an online appointment and wait for days. That’s why we offer same day repair services and can even do some repairs while you wait. In almost all cases, we can have your machine fixed and ready for you by the next day, unless we are waiting for a part to be delivered, in which case we’ll have it repaired within 24 hours of having the part rushed to us.

Repair Services

Experimac Cleveland East offers repairs and upgrades for every computer, from your brand new iMac® computer to your vintage Mac® computer or Windows computer. Maybe your computer is running slow or has issues with internet connectivity, or maybe you aren’t sure why it is freezing. Bring your machine into Experimac Cleveland East and we will conduct a thorough assessment to find out what is causing the issue. Our experts will offer suggestions and work with you to find the right solution for your machine. Whether it’s a larger hard drive, solid state storage, additional RAM, a new screen, or a new logic board, we stock only the highest quality products, so you can rest assured that we will get your machine running like new in no time.

The Experimac Guarantee

At Experimac Cleveland East, we don’t just want to repair your computer, we want to make sure you are satisfied with our services as well. That’s why we offer a 90-day warranty; if something breaks, we will repair or replace the defective part at no cost to you.

If you are in need of a computer repair, consider stopping by Experimac Cleveland East today. You can count on our expert repair technicians to provide fast and quality repairs for your Apple or Windows machine!

Unpredictable Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that can seem a bit repetitive when it comes to gift giving.

Unfortunately, the standard go to gifts of flowers and plain boxed candy just aren’t that popular as in days gone by.

Creating memories is key so here in lies an opportunity to add some interactivity and unpredictability on that special day of LOVE.

Pick up that trusty mobile device of yours and do a little research. Get creative and look for interactive and tantalizing experiences that will thrill your loved one.

Still need help? Here are a few suggestions from the Experimac Midtown Atlanta staff:

  1. Take a Cooking Class – They say cooking is a way to the heart, so why not take a cooking class together? (You won’t even have to do the dishes after!) A local culinary school or culinary retailer may offer cooking, baking, or sushi-making courses that will be sure to enhance your culinary skills.
  2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt – If you’re feeling ambitious, plan out a scavenger hunt! Leave notes hidden away at places you perhaps went on special dates or have a significant memory of. It will be a great trip down memory lane as well as a fun-filled activity.
  3. Learn to Make Chocolate – Forget forking up the money to buy pre-boxed chocolates; why not learn how to make heart-shaped truffles yourself?
  4. Get Competitive – Shoot some pool, play a round of golf, challenge each other to a game of ping-pong, and find yourself enjoying the activity but also a little friendly competition.
  5. Volunteer – Since Valentine’s Day is all about the celebration of love, consider volunteering your time as a couple at a soup kitchen, local church, or nursing home and make someone else feel loved. You will not only make a difference in someone else’s life, but the bond of volunteering together is also a romantic, feel-good feeling that will last a lifetime.

Pick one or pick two! Just be sure to have fun, create memories and LET US KNOW how you spent your day of love.

Need to Replace an iPhone Battery? Here’s What you Need to Know

It’s not your imagination – your old iPhone® device has gotten slower!

Is your iPhone not performing as well as it used to? Has it been freezing when you need it the most? Have you felt frustrated as a result? Well, if it helps you feel any better, you’re not alone. It’s your battery and many others are feeling the same frustration.

iPhone batteries have been in the news over the last few weeks . . . What does it all mean? How does it affect your iPhone device? To keep it simple, Apple Inc.® has confirmed the slowdown is caused by the updates on their older phones.

Today’s mobile phones are powered by lithium-ion batteries because they are thin, lightweight, and powerful. Unfortunately, these lithium-ion batteries become less effective as they age which means they no longer hold a charge as well as they used to and your phone, in turn, has a shorter battery life. When the battery fails to provide adequate power, the phone shuts itself off. Of course, there is never really a good time for this to happen because it might mean you missed out on that perfect photo of your kids being silly or you were unable to hear the driving directions to your destination. You might have been on an important business call when your iPhone device decided to shut down so now you’re stuck waiting for it to restart so you can call back and apologize.

Apple Inc. addressed the issue of shutdowns in January 2017; they released iOS® 10.2.1, an update to the iPhone operating system which allows the phone to dynamically manage power consumption if the battery is not capable of delivering peak power. The power-saving measures may result in longer app launch times, backlight dimming, and lower speaker volume. These sacrifices are made to reserve full functionality in more vital areas such as cellular connection, camera quality, GPS accuracy, and most importantly, to avoid unexpected shutdowns.

The expected lifespan of an iPhone battery is 500 cycles, which typically correlates to about two years of average use. Most iPhone device users would like to hear their phone will last longer than that. Changing the battery will make a big difference in the useful lifespan of your iPhone device.

Changing the battery in your iPhone device is best left to experienced technicians; the team at Experimac Winchester is here to help. Bring your device to Experimac Winchester today for a free battery diagnostic and same-day battery replacement. No appointment is necessary and we guarantee you’ll be pleased with our customer service.

Ray Connors, Architectural Sculptor Adds his Artisan Sound Amplifying Stands to the Artisan Accessories Collection at Experimac – Orchard Park

Ray Connors, an Architectural Sculptor, has been an integral part of the Historian Restoration movement throughout the United States and Canada over the past 22 years. Some of the local projects he has sculpted include the exterior of beautiful buildings such as Buffalo’s iconic City Hall, Delaware North’s Headquarters, The Liberty Building, Grover Cleveland High School, and St. Casimier R.C. Church. After craving more artistic touches in this increasingly technological World, he has begun crafting one-of-a-kind, beautifully sculpted, Artisan Sound Amplifying Stands out of his ceramics studio in Orchard Park. You can view and purchase Ray Connors Artisan Accessories at Experimac – Orchard Park at 3229 Southwestern Blvd. Orchard Park, in the 5-Corners, Top’s/Lowe’s plaza behind Taffy’s, near Moe’s.

Top 10 Apps for Making Finding Love Fun

Do you have a Valentine this year? Are you making plans with friends for a night out instead of a romantic date night because you just had your heart broken?
Finding love in today’s fast-paced world can sometimes be difficult. Meeting new people should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. Here are the top 10 apps that make finding love fun for those who keep looking for love in all the wrong places.

  1. Tinder – This app offers users one of the simplest interfaces in the dating world. Simply swipe left if you are not interested in the match and swipe right if you are interested. If there is a mutual interest, you will be notified and can then begin communicating with your matches.
  2. OkCupid – Every one of us has unique interests that make us who we are. This app provides users with the ability to tell potential suitors who you are through things you are passionate about. Best of all, this service is free to browse matches!
  3. Plenty of Fish – Looking to start up a conversation with like-minded singles? Plenty of Fish may be just what you’re looking for.
  4. Zoosk – This is one of the original dating apps so if staying power is in your search criteria, this should be at the top of your list. Also, with Facebook integration, this is one of the easiest apps to get started with.
  5. Match – Know exactly what you’re looking for? In addition to providing daily matches based on a personality quiz, Match allows you to browse profiles based on search criteria such as shared interests.
  6. Happn – Ever wonder if you passed Mr. or Ms. Right during your daily grind? Happn has developed a proximity-based dating app meant to provide users with matches based on who they have crossed paths with on a given day.
  7. Bumble – Fellas, do you find it difficult to start up conversations with women? Ladies, are you tired of being bombarded with DMs all day? Bumble has developed a dating service where the ladies make the first move.
  8. Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App – Tired of swiping through hundreds of potential matches per day? This app offers users a more intimate experience by showing only 1 match per day.
  9. Tastebuds – This iOS® operating system only app measures compatibility through taste in music. If music is a big part of your life and you want to find someone with similar taste in music, Tastebuds is the app for you.
  10. eHarmony – This one’s not for casual dating. This app offers one of the most extensive personality tests available in online dating. The result is a dating app that focuses on long-term

Are you done with the dating app you’re currently using? Try out one of the others. Don’t give up. If your phone is acting up or your battery is just not lasting, you need to get that taken care of. Don’t let these technical difficulties get in the way of your dating life. If you find Mr. or Ms. Right, you want to be able to get those dating matches (DMs) and other notifications without interruption – find your local Experimac store here.

Top 10 Apps to Help You Tap into the Game

Alright football fans, Game Day (February 4, 2018) is fast approaching! By now, we hope you know who you’re rooting for.

But, are you prepared for Game Day otherwise? If not, no need to worry, here are the top 10 apps to help you tap into the game and all the pre-game hype:

  1. Super Bowl LII (52) Minneapolis Fan Mobile Pass – This is the ultimate companion app for those attending the big game. It provides users with information on all the events in the City of Minneapolis leading up to the game.
  2. Clippit – Sharing highlights from the game just became a snap! Clippit offers the user the ability to record up to 30 seconds of live game footage and share with family and friends in a matter of seconds.
  3. Ibotta – Snacks during a game party are a necessity. This app offers special promotions on groceries for the big game. It also offers a rewards system that allows you to earn points for even more discounts.
  4. TheScore – There is too much at stake to risk missing a crucial game-changing play while on a bathroom break. Keep up with all the key plays in real time with TheScore.
  5. Fox Sports Go – It is always good to have a backup in case the cable goes out during the game. Fox Sports Go will be streaming the game live this year and having the app handy may prove to be a lifesaver.
  6. NFL Emojis – Let’s face it, Emojis are becoming more popular than letters. Trash talk in style this year with some NFL Emojis!
  7. Super Bowl Quiz – Instant entertainment for a whole party! Pre-game fun or if there is a lull in the action, you’ll be glad you downloaded this app.
  8. Madden NFL Football – Did your team not make it to the big game? Not to worry, this app lets you play out your own season and get your team the championship they deserve!
  9. Bleacher Report – This is a great tool to have leading up to and on Game Day. It offers up to the minute news on all your favorite players and teams leading into Super Sunday!
  10. Pinterest – Making sure your Game Day spread is worthy of the action on the field is very important. Check out Pinterest for some great recipe ideas and party prep checklists for Super Sunday.

Few things are more American than football and Super Sunday! Get your inner circle up to speed and ready for Game Day with these apps. Having trouble installing or using these apps on your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet? Does your device have a cracked screen? Don’t wait, head over to your local Experimac shop today and get your tech gear ready for Game Day.