What to look for in a new portable device

What to look for in a new portable device

What to look for in a new portable device

We have recently assisted several clients with the purchase of new portable devices. What are portable devices? It is a broad category consisting of laptops, notebooks, ultrabooks, two-in-one devices and tablets. Whilst these devices vary in specifications, there are some also some other important aspects to look for in portable devices that you should consider before purchasing.

Here’s a few suggestions of what to look for:

  • Screen size: The screen sizes of portable devices can vary from 7 inches on small tablets through to 15.9 inches or even larger on some gaming laptops! We suggest looking at something at least 10 inches. They are easier to read on. You’ll thank us later!
  • Weight: One of the difficulties with laptops is the weight, which may them difficult to carry for long periods. “Weighing” up your need for a large screen versus having a lighter device is important aspect to consider.
  • Battery life: Depending on your purpose for the computer, you may need to consider battery life. If for your work you are travelling around without power, then you’ll need one that can last a long time without charging – again, screen size has a part to play in this.
  • Touch capability: If you are looking for a tablet, then most certainly it will be touch-based. However, many portable devices are still not designed for touch (except for Microsoft Surface, HP Spectre and selected other devices).
  • Connections: If you are going to use the computer for presentations, you may want to consider how many display connections you will need and what type are available (such as VGA or HDMI)? Also, some ultrabooks don’t have network ports – requiring you to use WiFi. Speaking of which, check whether the dual band WiFi is possible – supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.
  • Operating systems and software: We recommend Windows 10 Professional for business computers. You should also look at Microsoft Office as a must have application and an Internet Security product, such as Norton Security Premium to protect you from viruses and malware.
  • Extended warranty: You may wish to consider an extended warranty to ensure your computer is supported by your manufacturer should a fault arise. Whilst the Australian Consumer Law protects against faulty workmanship and allows for “reasonable life” it may time for the supplier to source the required parts and perform the necessary repairs or you may be given a refurbished model instead.

We strongly suggest before purchasing a device that you shop around at various retail stores to become comfortable with it. Unlike a desktop computer which will sit on a desk or floor, a portable device is more “personal” and often stays with you. Even if you don’t buy it at the store, so take the time to look around and see what is available before you buy.

Through CyberGuru’s Consulting solution, we can help you ensure you are getting the best product that suits your needs. Contact us today for more information.

Existing telephone and internet disconnection dates for Brisbane northern suburbs following nbn rollout

Existing telephone and internet disconnection dates for Brisbane northern suburbs following nbn rollout

National Broadband Network

Starting in less than a months’ time, existing telephone and internet services will be disconnected in parts of Brisbane Northern suburbs where the National Broadband Network (nbn) is being installed.

For ease of reference, we have included the dates of the proposed disconnections as noted by Finder.com.au for clients in our local area:

As noted in previous CyberGuru Blog articles, it is important to switch your landline phone and internet services to the nbn before existing networks are switched off.

CyberGuru has developed a guide, “Making the switch to the nbn” which provides prompting questions when getting ready for the new service in your home or office.

If you are wondering when you will receive the nbn in your area, the three-year construction plan was updated late December with this information. From the nbn website, you can check when it will be available in your area.

If CyberGuru can assist in anyway in making the switch to the nbn, please contact us.

Santa’s workshop taking last minute requests

Santa’s workshop taking last minute requests

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But is Santa short on ideas? Whether you’re looking for a new laptop or tablet, or stocking fillers like a portable hard drive, Norton Security Premium or Microsoft Office, we can source the ideal products to suit your needs.

CyberGuru can offer special prices on a range of hardware and software for Santa and Santa’s helpers. If you are after for something larger to put under the tree, such as a new desktop, laptop or tablet, we can also source these for you. In addition, we can also set up and provide training to the recipient! We can also provide gift certificates for services if this is more of Santa’s preference.

As a special gift for CyberGuru clients, we are offering 5% off all purchases from made from the Microsoft Store. If you wish to avail yourself of this offer, please let us know.

As Santa’s workshop is very busy at this time of year, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible to ensure all stockings will be filled.

CLICK! Digital Expo a great success

CLICK! Digital Expo a great success

CLICK! Digital Expo a great success

Last Friday 11 November, the CLICK! Digital Expo was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. With over 1200 registrations from the small business and not-for-profit sectors, the day was an exciting celebration of all things technology.

CyberGuru's Proprietor/Chief Guru Chris Jeffery on stage at CLICK! Digital Expo
CyberGuru’s Proprietor/Chief Guru Chris Jeffery on stage at CLICK! Digital Expo

Chris Jeffery, Proprietor/Chief Guru of CyberGuru, gave his main stage presentation, Seven secrets to making the most out of your computer system, which was well received by some 40 participants across a range of industry sectors and sizes. Chris was also interviewed by Pop Up Radio Australia, which will shortly be made available on our website.

Chris Jeffery, Proprietor/Chief Guru of CyberGuru being interviewed by Anthony Frangi, Founding Director of Pop Up Radio Australia
Chris Jeffery, Proprietor/Chief Guru of CyberGuru being interviewed by Anthony Frangi, Founding Director of Pop Up Radio Australia

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the slides from the presentation, you can request this via http://www.cyberguru.com.au/CDE2016. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the information provided.

A big thank you to those clients, colleagues and friends who came and saw us present on the day. We greatly appreciate your custom and support.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update and new Surface devices

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update and new Surface devices

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Hot off the heels of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has announced the next major update to Windows 10 and new Surface devices.

Titled the Creators Update, Microsoft included new features for Windows 10 as well as a range of new and innovative features. Expected in March 2017, this update will bring 3D and mixed reality, improved ways to communicate through a new feature called People Bar, and improvements to the general user interface, personalisation, Microsoft Edge and the Action Centre.

In other news, the Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Book with Performance Base have also been launched, providing a range of new devices to compete against Apple MacBook, Apple iPad and other devices. Whilst it has yet to reach stores, they are available for pre-order through the Microsoft Store.

The following video provides a taste of what is to come in the Windows 10 Creators Update:

It is exciting to see the continued development and progress of Windows 10, and we will continue to keep you posted as further news comes to hand.

 

If you are looking to get upgrade to Windows 10, or require assistance in learning how to take advantage of its new features, please contact us today to see how we can help you.