Tuesday 1 August 2017

Buyers Guide to Mice

Buyers Guide to Mice

Computer Mice alongside a keyboard are probably the most used peripheral on your computer.
Generally people tend not to be too bothered about what mice they are using and often do not change from the free mouse they may get with their computer.
So, what if you decide to replace your mouse, whether it’s to upgrade for gaming purposes or your old one has simply broken. It might be tempting to go for the cheapest replacement but this guide is here to shine some light on what mouse would be best suited for you.

Mice are available in ranges of shapes and sizes, smaller mice for kids and larger traditional mice for adults.
Generally this factor doesn’t matter for general use but what about people that work in a heavily computer based environment, that’s where ergonomic mice come in. These mice are designed to help ease the strain on the small muscles in your hand over time.
Although generally ergonomic mice are more expensive, they may be worth it for you if you are experiencing discomfort using your mouse.

Connection type
The two main types of connection are wireless and wired. Wireless mice are useful if there are times where you will be sat further away from your computer or you simply don’t want as many cables trailing around your desk.
On the other hand if the wireless mouse dis not chargeable via USB then you may find yourself going through a lot of batteries.

Wired mice are the more popular option but there are different types of connections for wired mice. One is PS2, this connection doesn’t support plug and play and requires a PS2 port on your computer (limits usability) the other Connection is the well-known USB port which supports plug and play and is widely used across numerous devices, not just your PC.

 DPI (Dots per inch)
The DPI in a mouse is a measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. The higher a Mouse’s DPI, the further the cursor on your screen will move when you move the mouse. This is a factor to look at if you are a gamer and want that bit more accuracy and option of sensitivity.

Programmable buttons
Programmable buttons are more useful for gamers because they enable you to map buttons to your mouse to enhance your gaming experience and open up more options. As for general use they can be used outside of gaming to make certain tasks easier but mice with programmable buttons tend to be more expensive than a mouse without.
I hope this guide has been some use in helping you make a decision please  have a look at our range over at http://www.morecomputers.com/   below are links to our Mice sections.

Alternatively we have picked out our best gaming mice over at moregaming: http://gaming.morecomputers.com/productlist.aspx?me=gaming&cat=gaming&subcat=gaming+mouse&referer=www.morecomputers.com

Buyers Guide on Graphics Cards

Buyers Guide on Graphics Cards

Graphics cards come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but what should you really lookout for when choosing your graphics card? The first thing you should be asking yourself before getting into this guide is, what do you expect to get out of a graphics card? General viewing, multimedia, 3D editing or gaming? There are Graphics cards catered to all of these with the price getting higher the more resource hungry the process.

Type/Model Number
Maybe the most obvious thing to lookout for in a graphics card is the Model Number. AMD and NVidia both sell cards competitively each has both pros and cons to the Graphics cards they design. While Nvidia GTX and AMD Radeon are Gaming Cards on the other hand we have AMD FirePro and Nvidia Quadro which are both workstation cards for tasks like animation and design.
When both companies release a new line of GPUs the model numbers reflect the power of the card. E.g. Nvidia has there GTX10** series line (GTX1050, 1050TI, 1060, 1070, 1080) 1050 being the least powerful and 1080TI being the most.

Dedicated Memory
Dedicated Graphics cards have their own dedicated memory unlike onboard Graphics cards which uses your CPU and system RAM. The higher model the graphics card the more dedicated memory it will have to handle more resource hungry games/Tasks. Make sure to check the requirements of what you will be running and more.

Power consumption
Always check you have enough power to run the GPU, check the manufacturer’s minimum power supply and make sure your computer is equipped adequately.

Monitor Buyers Guide

Monitor Buyers Guide

There are numerous Monitors to choose from but which Monitor should you choose? That all depends on what you want to use the Monitor for. This small buyer’s guide may direct you into making your choice, whether you are looking to buy a gaming monitor or an everyday Work monitor, we will take you through a few things on what to lookout for.

This is probably the biggest question.., What Size? There are a few things to consider such as Desk Space and how your Computer will handle the increase in Screen Size.
An Example would be if you wanted to have multiple monitors on your desk then perhaps you would want to go for a smaller Size to fit. Something to keep in mind is that when choosing a larger Monitor you will want to make sure the Resolution is Higher to make sure the Image stays sharp. A 24” Monitor is Ideal at 1080P Resolution but a 27” is more ideal at 1440P. At morecomputers.com we have range of Panels from 17” Monitors to 32” Monitors.

There is a Range of Resolutions to choose from but which one will suit you? The Resolution of a Monitor is simple. The Higher the Resolution, the sharper the Image quality will be. Remember If the Screen is Large but the Resolution Low the image quality may appear Blurry.

Response Time
If you are not going to be using the Monitor for Gaming then Generally the Response time shouldn’t matter to you. If you are a Gamer it matters, the lower the Response time the quicker Pixels can display a change, resulting in much Smoother Gameplay.

Refresh Rate
The Refresh Rate is something that again..,  Gamers Care about and it is measured in Hertz (hz) 60hz/120hz/240hz. Put basically it is a measure of how many times a Monitor refreshes its image a second. The Higher the Hz  the better but only if your Graphical Processor can handle it.


I Hope this guide has helped sway your mind to what monitor would best suit you. If you are going to be using the Monitor for General everyday use or Office use then maybe a simple 1080P 21” Monitor will do you nicely. If you’re going to be more Gaming/Graphical Heavy or you just simply want a sharper larger Panel maybe a 24”-32” 1440P+ Monitor will be more your cup of tea. Have a Browse around of over 1000 Monitors at http://www.morecomputers.com/productlist.aspx?cat=Monitors

Tuesday 25 October 2016

How to upgrade to an SSD

If you haven't made the switch to an SSD already it's now even easier. Putting a Solid State Drive in your old Laptop or Desktop PC will make an instant improvement to your systems performance and that old machine you thought was useless will become usable again.

How to Guides

There are lots of in-depth how to guides around and we've picked out a couple of the best.

CNET has a great guide that includes how to clone your old drive and a great video.
Upgrade to an SSD: The best way to make your computer feel like new

LAPTOP MAG has a guide that includes how to check your laptop is suitable for an SSD upgrade
How to Upgrade Your Laptop’s Hard Drive to an SSD

The LIFEHACKER guide covers how to use your old desktop PC drive for storage and an SSD for the operating system.
How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows

SSD Upgrade Kits

An easier option is to go for an upgrade kit that includes everything you need and clear, simple instructions. PNY make two kits that come with screws, cables and include the Acronis clone software.

PNY SSD Upgrade Kit including a USB External Enclosure to make cloning easier
PNY SSD Upgrade Kit

Full Range of Solid State Drives

You'll find a wide range of SSDs on our MoreComputers.com site. From all the big brands and some great low cost brands.