Recommended Hardware/programs/services

Recommended Programs This is a list of programs, hardware, and websites that I recommend my clients use. These are all things that I personally use to make my computer life the best it can be. I hope it helps, I just wanted to pass along my opinion of what I think is the best to use on a regular basis for your PC. Again, these are my professional opinions only.





ASUS ASUS computers are top of the line. They are reliable, well built, and they last if you take care of them. They don't come with hardly any bloatware on them when you buy them new. They can be pricey but you get what you pay for. A new PC is an investment and while a typical laptop has a "good" lifespan of 3-5 years, an ASUS laptop can go much much further, just another compliment to their build and the reputation of the Asus brand. Visit the ASUS website.


HP While I realize that not everyone has the budget for an ASUS computer, I figured I would throw in an alternative or "second choice" so to speak that I would use. HP has been around for quite some time and they have a great customer service reputation. They make some quality machines and depending on what you want, you can get pretty much anything. They offer budget friendly computers as well as high end computers. Visit the HP website.


FireFox FireFox has been around for a while now. With competitors such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Opera, FireFox continues to take the cake. Not only is the browser snappy, it's also alot more customizable as well. The only other browser that comes close is Google Chrome in terms of speed but even Chrome loses out when you weigh all the options that FireFox gives you. Get FireFox here.


Gmail Gmail offers free IMAP or POP access and sending from any address. Smart sorting, searching and starring let you find and organize emails and chat conversations. The fast and rich web interface works offline, too. Gmail is widely used for it's flexibility and it's ability to customized. There is so much you can do with Gmail it's pratically just as good if not better than having Microsoft's Outlook Proffesional. Get your free account today.


Google Google is just simply unbeatable when it comes to search engines. Google ran onto the scene and simply took over. Businesses are clawing to get their site's listed on Google over other search engines. Google also just has so many other services tied up within it's platform that are simply incredible. Aside from their privacy policy concerns, that quite frankly, everyone else has now adopted now anyway, Google is the clear choice here. Click here to visit Google.


Google Assistant Google assistant is designed to help you get things done. Ready on day one to provide answers and complete basic and complex tasks, Google assistant learns over time to become more useful every day. Count on Google Assistant to stay on top of reminders and work across your devices. Google assistant is built into all Android phones can also be downloaded onto your iPhone cell phones. Siri is limited to your MAC book, iPad or iPhone. Google assistant is easier to work with, easier to understand, and learns just as quickly, if not faster than it's competitors. I use Google assistant to organize my daily routines. I highly recommend it. Vist the Google Assistant website to learn more.


Norton When it comes to virus protection you always you never want to skimp out. Antivirus software is the most important software on your computer aside from your operating system. In this category I give Norton by Symantec the nod. Not only is it affordable, but it is easy on the resources on your computer (meaning it doesn't slow down your system). Another thing that sells me when it comes to Norton is that they are based out of the USA. I used to use Kaspersky which was and still is another great antivirus program but they are based out of Russia and it just didn't sit well with me. Norton is fast, efficient, affordable, and most importantly, it is strong when it comes to protection. Norton had a history about 4 years ago of causing PCs to slow down as the software would bog down your system because it used up so much memory. Norton has come a long way in a short time to climb the ladder to become my nod as what I recommend you get and run as your computer antivirus solution. Norton is also now being used by many banks to safeguard their clients information. USAA for one, is a military bank that uses Norton to secure it's users information and protects it's users while they are on USAA.com. Click here to visit Norton's site.


Avira If you're looking for a free option for antivirus, I recommend Avira. Avira offers good protection for a free antiviurs platform. Their paid version isn't bad either but if you're going to pay I still recommend Norton. Avira is based out of Germany and is one of the industry leaders in free antivirus platforms. The software isn't demanding on your PC either. They release regular updates to their security definitions as well. There are a few other free antivirus options out there that are comparable to Avira but I just feel more comfortable with Avira's platform and reputation. Click here to visit Avira's site.


Epson Epson makes some of the best printers on the market. The competion with printers these days are thin at best. Epson's competion is merely HP and Canon. Price wise they are all about the same but I have owned all three brands and have ended up sticking with Epson. Epson print quality is better in my opinion and not just for everyday printing but for photo printing as well. When it comes to buying ink, again prices vary but Epson ink is just as competitive with HP and Canon. Sometimes you will actually find it to be cheaper if you buy bundle packages vs. just buying a single black refill cartridge. So, again, after owning decent printers from all three brands, my recommendation is Epson. Click here to visit Epson's site.


Dashlane While most browsers have their own built in password "banks" they are nothing compared to Dashlane. I have been using Dashlane for years now and have show it to plenty of other people that now use it as well. They have a paid version but the free version works just fine for me. It stores not only your passwords but your address, businness information, payment info, saves receipts, the list goes on. I dont know what I would do without it. The program is a must have for me. You have one master password and it unlocks it all and when you visit a site that you have saved the login information in, it just automatically logs you in without you even having to click a thing. It's terrific! Click here to visit Dashlane's site.


newegg Newegg.com is a great place to shop for your computer needs. They carry virtually everything in computer realm. Price wise they are reasonably priced. Sometimes you can find really good deals and they often have sales. Their selection is unbeatable. I would go to Newegg.com before I would go to Amazon or eBay for computer parts. You can also buy computers here. Be mindful of the price of the computer you're looking purchase though and make sure you can't find it cheaper on Amazon, eBay, or Best Buy though. I use Newegg.com mainly for computer parts or accessories. Click here to visit Newegg.com.


newegg Microsoft Office remains the staple when it comes to office and business software. Their software is used in businesses, high schools, and colleges everywhere. While there is a stand alone verison Microsoft has gone to a subscription based service for Office. It can get to be a bit pricey and not everyone has the money to shell out for the subscription based service. Some go for just the stand alone version. Click here to visit Microsoft Office.


Skype From Skype: Skype is software that enables you to make free calls anywhere in the world. Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other users. It offers several features, including SkypeOut calling from Skype to regular and mobile phones worldwide, conference calling, and secure file transferring. You can also now share your screen with other users. Skype calls focus on video and audio quality, and secure the calls with end-to-end encryption. Click here to get Skype.


logitech From logitech: Focused on innovation and quality, Logitech designs personal peripherals to help people enjoy a better experience with the digital world. We started in 1981 with mice, which (new at the time) provided a more intuitive way of interacting with a personal computer. We became the worldwide leader in computer mice, and have reinvented the mouse in dozens of ways to match the evolving needs of PC and laptop users.
Since those early days, we have expanded our expertise in product design beyond the computer mouse, with a broad portfolio of interface devices that are the “last inch” between you and your computer or your console game, digital music or home-entertainment system. Click here to visit logitech.


Swiss Gear Swiss Gear is a well known company. They are most famous for the swiss army knife. However, I find their backpacks for laptops to be top notch. They are well built with great material and they hold up very nicely over long periods of time and abuse (not that I recommend being hard on your laptop bag). It's hard to find a bag that you want to protect and carry your investment (PC) in and know that it is well protected. Well, rest easy with Swiss Gear, in my opinion, they are top of the line. They offer a wide assortment of bags as well that are laptop friendly, tablet friendly, travel friendly, messenger bags, Scansmart backpacks (for those of you that are at the airport a lot), and even budget friendly backpacks under $50... You simply can't go wrong with Swiss Gear. Click here to visit Swiss Gear.


Bose Bose remains the highest staple when it comes to audio in the world today. Some people would disagree with me, mainly those that are Beats fans for Harmon and Kardon. But it is far too clear as to where Bose stands in the market. Some people are buying Beats simply for the name but if listen to the actual sounds quality between the two and understand th reason as to why I Bose may not quite have the bass that Beats does, but it does still have decent base and where the the bass lacks, It makes up for it in accoustics, treble, and crips clear sounds. Bose offers a wide variety of speakers, headphones, and other musical gear. Click here to visit Bose.


SiriusXM SiriusXM is a MUST for me. Commercial free radio? Traveling across state lines and being able to keep the same station on the entire time? Ummm yes please! I have SiriusXM in both of my vehicles and don't know what I would do without it. I can never go back to traditional FM radio. SiriusXM has everything you could want: Music of all genres, news, sports, comedy, you name it, they pretty much have it. The cool thing is, you can always take advantage of promos and not ever have to pay full price. They also have an app where you can listen on your phone or on your computer. With SiriusXM you can literally take it anywhere! The car, the house, the computer, your tablet, your phone, you name it! I love the company, hands down! Click here to visit SiriusXM.


Altec Lansing Altec Lansing makes the best small ultra portable speakers. They make them in all fashions to include bluetooth. For me, this is a lifesaver as my PC has no USB outlets on it. I charge mine through a USB dock and get 6 hours of playtime through it. It has bluetooth capabilities which was exactly what I needed. Altec Lansing speakers let out a loud crips sound and they are very affordable. I have a baby boom speaker. It cost me a mere $29.99 and it's waterproof, shockproof, snowproof and it FLOATS! If you're looking for a small great portable speaker that is inexpensive, Altec Lansing is my recommendtion! Click here to visit Altec Lansing.


Western Digital Western Digital is a staple in external hard drives and cloud storage. They have next to no competion in the physical realm of things aside from Seagate. A lot of the world has gone to cloud storage anymore but I still like to stick with good old fashion hard drives. Western Digital pretty much owns the market when it comes to the physicality of hard drives and they even offer a way to have your own cloud through a Western Digital product which is awesome I think, to have your own cloud based out of your own home and not have to rely on a service of any kind. Click here to visit Western Digital.


Google Home Get answers, play songs, tackle your day, enjoy your entertainment and control your smart home with just your voice. Google offers many different versions of devices you can use that work with Google Home. There is the traditional Google Home device, Google Home mini, Google Home max, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast, and Chromecast Ultra. Google Home is also compatible with all Nest products (Thermostats, cameras, doorbells, alarm systems, etc.) Click here to visit the Google Home Page.



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