An Asus 24 Inch Computer Monitor With Over 3000 Buyers Giving It A 5 Star Rating For Under $160

February 18, 2015

The ingredients were right when I saw this monitor: An Asus 24 Inch Computer Monitor With Over 3000 Buyers Giving It A 5 Star Rating For Under $160 …  I was making my daily rounds on Amazon when I came across the Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor and thought this is a computer monitor that one of my readers may be interested in. I do not know how long the pricing will stay on this…

Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor

The Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor has actually been reviewed by over 4500 buyers with an average rating of over 4 stars (per the Amazon rating scale). If you have any questions in regards to this monitor it is likely your question(s) has been answered HERE.

Key Features:

  • Full HD displays for amazing high-definition visual clarity (Learn more)
  • 2ms response times for smooth motion playback
  • LED backlit for energy-efficient operation and brighter luminance
  • Built-in power adapters for space-saving yet still slim design
  • 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio for more defined images in dark colors (Learn more)
  • Advanced connectivity for convenient ways to connect your PCs and notebooks (Learn more)
  • Splendid Video Intelligence Technology quick image presets for your preferred task at hand (Learn more)
  • Corporate Stable Model certified for one year guaranteed supply (Learn more)
  • ASUS Rapid Replacement service for quick product replacement should a unit be sent for repair (Learn more)

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Hurry! Good Deal On An Acer Chromebook 11

February 16, 2015

At the time of this posting, this Acer Chromebook was at $159.99 at Amazon, which is at an excellent price point for a Chromebook. Also, check out the near 5 star customer reviews

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 (11.6-inch HD, 2GB, 16GB)

Acer Chromebook 11

  • Intel Celeron N2830 Dual Core 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Internal Storage
  • 11.6-Inch Screen 1366×768 Active Matrix TFT Color LCD, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome, 8.5-hour battery life

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HP 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs For $5.99 With Promo Code (Limited Time Offer)

January 23, 2015

Newegg has a 50-Pack Spindle of HP 4.7GB 16x DVD-R Discs (DM00070B) for $16.99 – $11 off with coupon code EMCAKNP76 [Exp 1/29] = $5.99 with free shipping. Has certified speeds up to 16x and each DVD-R holds up to 4.7GB of music, video or other data. Perfect for backing up your data at a cheap price…

HP 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs Shrink Wrap Disc

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What were Amazon’s top three selling computers over the holidays?

January 4, 2015

PCWorld posted this interesting article about the top three selling computers over the holidays? Guess what they were…  CHROMEBOOKS!

Chances are that if you shopped for a cheap holiday PC on Amazon for the holidays, what you ended up buying was a Google Chromebook. Again.

Amazon said Friday the top three computers it sold between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25 were all Chromebooks, a first for the Google-powered computer. (Two of the three most popular computers Amazon shoppers bought during the 2013 holiday season were also Chromebooks—the third being a Windows-powered Asus Transformer. Amazon didn’t break out holiday computer sales for 2012.)

Amazon said the three most popular computer items were the Acer C720 Chromebook(11.6-inch, 2GB); the Asus (C300) Chromebook 13-inch with Gigabit WiFi (16GB, 2GB), an updateto the C200; and the HP 11-2010nr 11.6-inch Chromebook (Snow White). None of those are priced at higher than $250, at least on Amazon’s site… READ MORE @ PCWorld

A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing “in the cloud”. (source: Wikipedia)

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Having Problems Cloning A Windows 8 PC Hard Drive? Read These Articles, Download This FREE Software and Watch This Video

December 2, 2014

I recently purchased a new Windows 8 Box (see this article) and decided I wanted to make a bootable cloned drive. Being old school I went to work using the cloning software I had on hand and I immediately noticed something different in the drive partitions. The free software I was using was not getting the job done; and the drive, after the cloning process, did not boot. My tech instinct told me I was missing out on something and went to work researching terms I was seeing, such as GPT and UEFI.

I had been out of the field for nearly 7 years, have kept up with things (more as a hobby), but was not real familiar with the new GPT and UEFI terms that I was seeing. I had heard of the terms, but really did not pay any attention to them. Besides I always was a more of a software guy than a hardware guy (so it really did not hit high on my priority list, until now).

I soon discovered that all Windows 8 machines nowadays support the new GPT and UEFI ; AND, that it is real important to know what GPT and UEFI are when you get into the hardware side of a Windows 8 based computer.

In real simple terms GPT is the new replacement for MBR – Master Boot Record and UEFI is the new replacement for the BIOS – Basic Input/Output System.

To define GPT and UEFI in more complex terms (and to get a full understanding), I went to Wikipedia for a definition and found two really good articles that will bring this all together.

GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Although it forms a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard (Unified EFI Forum proposed replacement for the PC BIOS)…  source: wikipedia:GUID Partition Table 

If you read this article “What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive?” you will see that MBR is old school and GPT is new school… source: How-To Geek

If you read this article “UEFI boot: how does that actually work, then?” you will see where the author adamantly is telling us UEFI and BIOS are two completely different beasts. This article in my opinion really nails down all of this stuff to the point where I found a lot of what I had been reading was off base due to people using the terminology incorrectly.

You do not have a ‘UEFI BIOS’. No-one has a ‘UEFI BIOS’. Please don’t ever say ‘UEFI BIOS’. BIOS is not a generic term for all PC firmware, it is a particular type of PC firmware. Your computer has a firmware. If it’s an IBM PC compatible computer, it’s almost certainly either a BIOS or a UEFI firmware… source: AdamW on Linux and more

Getting back to my original problem of cloning my Windows 8 hard drive, I now knew I needed to find cloning software that supported GPT and UEFI. This is where I found Macrium Reflect (FREE Edition), which supported the cloning process for GPT and UEFI based systems. Macrium Reflect is a free disaster recovery solution for your home computer that primarily specializes in making drive images.

Also, during my research, I came across this instructional video “How to Clone Windows 8” , where the person in the video will clearly walk you through the cloning process using the FREE Edition of Macrium Reflect…

When it comes to cloning Windows 8 or 8.1 you need to use the right software for the job, whats even better you don’t have to pay. Here is a free option that lets you clone Windows 8 or 8.1 with ease. The program is called Macruim Reflect, it supports the new GPT and UEFI BIOS that all windows 8 machines come with now days.

In the end, once I educated myself about GPT and UEFI, had the right software, and watched how to do it; I walked away with a successfully cloned (and bootable) hard drive. Due to my real life experience working through this, I decided to help others out in the event they start pulling their hair out, like I did…

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TECH DEAL – WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

November 30, 2014

Noticed in my Sunday flier (for Cyber Monday), the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with auto backup for $99.00. Did some research on the internet and Amazon has this drive for the same price with FREE SHIPPING. The nice thing about these drives is that they are truly a portable drive. Simply connect to your computer, backup your files, disconnect from the computer and store the drive off site somewhere (to truly protect your data). I currently own an older Western Digital Portable drive that has served me well; however, this one may be the replacement. This drive comes in a variety of colors (red, black, blue and gray) and is USB 3.0 compatible and backward compatible to USB 2.0.

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

(3 Year Warranty)

Size (LWH): 0.82 inches, 3.23 inches, 4.35 inches

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

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TECH DEAL – I Believe I Got A Good Deal On This ASUS Desktop Computer

November 25, 2014

After nearly 8 years I decided it was time to changeout my HP computer… After a great deal of research and shopping around I ended up settling for the ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) at Amazon. Pricing on this computer at the time and date of this posting was listed as $519.00 with a $60 ASUS rebate = $459.00…

ASUS makes a really nice computer and this box is no exception. I am very pleased with not only the build; but also with the performance. What sold me on this PC is the AMD -FX8300 processor which is rated equivalent to an Intel i7 processor; that the memory can be upgraded up to 32GBs; and, there is 10 USB Ports (6-USB 2.0 and 4-USB 3.0). There is room for expansion in this PC; however, when I broke open the case to insert my Hauppauge WinTV card I found that insertion of the card to be tight due to the installed video card consuming a lot of the space. I did manage to get it installed and due to the power of this computer, watching TV on this computer is a much better experience than my older PC with better clarity and video performance.

There was one issue I ran into with the purchase with this computer. Amazon had it posted to indicate that there are two $30 rebates (from ASUS).  After processing the rebates I discovered that ASUS would only honor one rebate and apparently the two posted on Amazon are the same rebate. In the end, all was good…  I contacted Amazon, reported the issue, and they immediately credited me for the additional $30. I checked today when I posted this article and they are still showing the $60 rebate. So, if you want to chance it and buy this computer; you too may be able to take advantage of the $60 return on the purchase.

If interested in this PC, which is a relatively new posting at Amazon, with myself making the first customer review, reflected below is the specs, in much more detail than what is posted at Amazon:

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1)

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop

Product Type: Desktop Computer

Cache: 8 MB

Processor Core: Octa-core (8 Core)

Green Compliant: Yes

Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS

Memory Card Reader: Yes

64-bit Processing: Yes

Processor Manufacturer: AMD

Number of External 5.25″ Bays: 2

Chipset Manufacturer: AMD

Chipset Model: 970

Graphics Controller Manufacturer: AMD

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Number of Total Memory Slots: 4

Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer

Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW

Graphics Memory Capacity: Up to 1 GB

Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA/600

Hard Drive RPM: 7200

Keyboard Type: Physical Keyboard

Number of PCI Express x1: Slots2

Number of Processors Supported: 1

Number of Processors Installed: 1

Total Hard Drive Capacity: 1 TB

Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet

Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4

Number of 3.5″ Bays: 2

Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4

Number of PCI Express x4 Slots: 1

Number of PCI Express x16 Slots:1

Network (RJ-45):Yes

Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 300 W

Audio Line In: Yes

Audio Line Out: Yes

Total Number of USB Ports:10

Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6

Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 4

Memory Form Factor: DIMM

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD)

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)

Memory Card Supported: CompactFlash (CF)

Memory Card Supported: Microdrive

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Duo

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Card Supported: MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Reduced Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Micro

Memory Card Supported: miniSD

Memory Card Supported: microSD

Processor Model: FX-8300

Memory Standard: DDR3-1600/PC3-12800

Height: 16.1″

Width: 6.8″

Depth: 16.5″

Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Operating System: Windows 8.1

Product Series: M51BC

Brand Name: Asus

Form Factor: Tower

Keyboard: Yes

Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International

Product Model: M51BC-US018S

Product Name: M51BC-US018S Desktop Computer

Pointing Device: TypeMouse

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Maximum Memory: 32 GB

Software Included

Anti-Virus Trial

Adobe Acrobat Reader

MaxxAudio

Microsoft Pack

Office trial

Utility:

ASUS AI-SUITE II

ASUS AI Manager

ASUS My Logo2

ASUS Easy Update

ASUS Q-fan

ASUS Vibe

ASUS AI Charger

ASUS WebStorage

ASUS Music Maker

Standard Memory: 8 GB

Weight (Approximate): 19.80 lb

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Weight (Approximate)19.80 lb

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