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 further, just another compliment to their build and the reputation of the Asus brand. Visit the ASUS 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.


ASUS Once Microsoft rebranded from Hotmail to strictly Outlook for it's mail service, it surged ahead in the email industry. Not only do most companies use Microsoft office and have outlook.com accounts, the free outlook.com email service is strong and sturdy. It's simple and friendly to use and navigate even for the novice user. It's biggest competitor Google's Gmail is used by plenty of people and while it has it's perks, it can be confusing at times and Google doesn't do well at explaining how to navigate all of it's useful features. Outlook.com just sounds more professional to me anyway. Get your free account today.


Bing I know I know, you're probably saying why in the heck am I recommending Bing over Google. Well it's pretty simple. Bing has come a long way in it's tenure as a search engine. The main reason that I recommend Bing over Google is because of one main thing, PRIVACY! Google just gathers way too much information from you as you use their search engine and leaves imprints on your PC as you search. Google simply collects way too much data for my comfort. If your still on the fence, read Googles terms of service and privacy policy for yourself. You'll be surprised what you will find and essentially more than likely agree with my recommendation here. Bing collects data as well but it is nothing compared to what Google does. Choose wisely and happy searching! Click here to visit Bing.


Cortana From Microsoft: Cortana is designed to help you get things done. Ready on day one to provide answers and complete basic tasks, Cortana learns over time to become more useful every day. Count on Cortana to stay on top of reminders and work across your devices. - Cortana is built into all PCs now. Cortana can also be downloaded onto you're iPhone or Android cell phones. It works great to be able to have a digital assistant that you can use on your PC and take it with you on your phone. Siri is limited to your MAC book, iPad or iPhone. And Google assistant is limited to your phone. Cortana has no limits. Not only does Cortana have the advantage of being literally EVERYWHERE with you, it's easier to work with, easier to understand, and learns just as quickly, if not faster than it's competitors. I use Cortana to organize my daily routines and have it on my PC and phone and love being connected on both platforms. I also have the Invoke at home which is like the Google Home or Alexa Echo devices, you can see it on the Cortana website, I love it! I highly recommend it. Vist the Cortana 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.


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 year 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. Another great option that I feel like I should list is OpenOffice. OpenOffice It's just like Microsoft Office except it's FREE. OpenOffice has all of the same programs Microsoft Office has with the exception of the email client, which you can always use outlook.com. OpenOffice is also compatible with Microsoft Office meaning that files made in OpenOffice can be opened in Microsoft Office and vice versa. Click here to visit Microsoft Office. Click here to visit OpenOffice.


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.



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