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Comparing PC vs Mac

PC stands for personal computer, but when people reference PC, the Microsoft Windows operating system is the one that most often comes to mind. Windows is one of the most popular and most commonly installed OS for PCs. In fact, it holds the largest market share worldwide for OS. Linux is also another well-known OS for PCs. On the other hand, Macintosh runs macOS and is solely developed and marketed by Apple Inc. Although PCs and Macs are both computers that can be mostly used for similar purposes, they differ in function, build, and power. In this month’s blog, we will discuss the unique strengths and weaknesses between the two competitive computers.

Price

In general, the majority of PCs are much more budget-friendly than Macs and are available in different price points from a variety of manufacturers such as Dell, HP, ASUS, Acer, and much more. Most PC towers for office and work use can be found for the half the price of Macs and that’s not including the monitor and other accessories. However, pre-built and custom PCs for gaming tend to lean towards higher price points due to the components that allow it to run high performance games and programs. It’s no secret that Apple products can be more expensive than other brands and manufacturers. However, Macs are very high quality and known for their sleek and modern designs.

Hardware

The hardware in a PC can easily be upgraded by simply switching out the parts in your PC tower when you want something better. For example, you can swap out an old graphics card for the latest one and instantly upgrade your visual experience and performance. The ability to customize your PC is what makes it so popular and enticing and if you’re knowledgeable about the parts, you can build your PC yourself right at home. Overall, PCs have a wide array of hardware choices to choose from in different price ranges. You can choose the hardware based on what best fits your needs.

On the other hand, Macs are very limited in the customization of their hardware and are not really designed to be upgraded by the user. What you buy is what you get. However, Macs come with high-end, expensive components that can run programs very smoothly and seamlessly. In addition, since Apple is the sole manufacturer of all Mac hardware, it offers greater stability and performance. Custom-built PCs can run into issues such as incompatible drivers that can affect its performance.

Software and Gaming

Mac computers are part of what is called the Apple Ecosystem. This ecosystem encompasses all Apple products and devices and creates a seamless network where you can be connected to all of your Apple devices. For example, you can leave your iPhone somewhere else and still easily answer text messages from your Mac. You can even share documents and files through AirDrop or iCloud and easily open it from any device. This integrated ecosystem offers convenience and if you already own an iPhone or iPad, choosing a Mac over a PC can be a very tempting choice. The software and optimization of Macs are also a popular choice among professional creatives, including apps such as Sketch and Final Cut Pro. For the majority, Macs are considered an industry standard for designers but now with more creative software being available for Windows, it makes it a competitive match.

As for gaming, PC wins by a landslide in this category. As mentioned before, a PC has the capability of swapping out its parts and allows users to build their own tower. This allows dedicated gamers to have the best performing system that guarantees a smooth running and high graphics game. Macs have a very limited selection when it comes to gaming software and its components are not very compatible with running the majority of games available for PC.

Which One Do I Choose?

As discussed, PC and Mac have their own unique traits. It’s important to think about your expectations and what kind of capabilities you want your chosen device to handle. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you often multitask during work and utilize a wide variety of office programs and video conference apps?
  • Are you a programmer or designer that requires a device that can run intensive applications?
  • Do you often travel and need a system that is connected to other devices?
  • Are you a gamer and require a computer that can run high performance games on high quality graphics?
  • Do you need a computer that can be used for both casual entertainment (streaming, gaming, etc.) and work?

The bottom line is that, if you’re going to be using your computer for entertainment or a mix between gaming and work, the flexibility of a PC is the best choice for you. If you’re going to be using it strictly for professional work, PCs are still a great option but Apple products and Macs may be a more convenient option due to its ecosystem that keeps you seamlessly connected. Some consider PC best for business and office use while Macs are best for professional creative use.

Conclusion

The PC vs Mac debate has been going on for a long time, just like how people often compare Android and iOS devices. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what you plan to use it for, whether it be for casual gaming or for work. Regardless of what type of computer you own, you need a reliable repair service in case you ever experience any difficult virus issues or damaged hardware. National Computer Repair is here to help and provide all of your repair and upgrade needs. We also offer PC parts, cases, accessories, and more. Learn more about our services and products by visiting our website or contacting us at (615) 826-7550.

Casting Your Computer Screen with Google Chromecast

 A 15-year-old once hacked NASA. Jonathan James caused NASA to initiate 21 days of operational shutdown, costing about 41,000 dollars to investigate the computer systems and fix the problem. With that in mind, casting your computer screen onto your TV should not be as hard as hacking into NASA. It’s even easier when you use Google Chromecast. In this blog, we will be helping you learn how to cast a Google Chrome tab or an entire desktop to your television with Google Chromecast.

What You’ll Need

            There are a few items that you will need before casting your computer onto your TV. An essential item is a Chromecast. Whether it is a regular Chromecast, a Chromecast Ultra, or a TV with a Chromecast built-in, you can’t do anything without this. Also, it would help if you had a TV with an HDMI slot to connect the Chromecast.

Next, you need a computer and Wi-Fi network with the minimum system requirements. Chromecast is available on all computer operating systems such as Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Chrome OS. However, there are specific requirements needed to cast your screen effectively. For example, Windows recommends a 2nd-generation Core i5 (2GHz+) with Windows 7 for the best performance. Yet, they require Core i3 or equivalent and Windows Vista. Each operating system has different recommendations and requirements to work effectively and can be found here

The third item on the list is a recent version of Google Chrome installed on your computer or laptop. You will need version 72 or higher to cast your screen on your TV. It is crucial to update your browser for the latest security updates and watch your favorite movies.

Lastly, you need to connect your computer and Chromecast device to the same Wi-Fi network. Chromecast and Chromecast audio devices can only input one Wi-Fi simultaneously. If you changed your Wi-Fi network recently, you might need to set up a factory reset on your devices. You need to install the Google Home app to take off the previous Wi-Fi network to connect your Chromecast and Wi-Fi correctly.

Casting a Tab

    To cast a tab from your browser, you need to open Chrome. After, look at the top right and click More  Cast. When you have done this, you need to choose the Chromecast device that you want to use. In some cases, your Chromecast will automatically cast the content from your computer on your TV. After you finished, click Cast    Stop casting to the right of the address bar.

Casting Your Computer Screen

            The best part about casting your computer screen is that you can display your entire screen using Chrome on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Also, a plus of using Windows computers is that you can hear audio on your TV. To get started, open up Chrome on your computer. At the top right, click on More   Cast. Afterward, look at the top next to “Cast to” and click the down arrow. There is a statement saying Cast desktop. Click on it. The last step is to choose the Chromecast device where you want to watch on.  

            You can also cast music and videos from your computer with similar steps. Instead of clicking Cast desktop, you would click on cast file. Select a file and choose the Chromecast device where you want the file to play.

Conclusion

            When you follow these steps, you can watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms with your Google Chromecast. You can also work on assignments on your TV. There are so many other casting devices and methods to choose from when casting your computer screen to your TV. Google Chromecast is not the only option. However, you need to make sure that your computer is updated and working correctly with any casting device.          

If you need assistance upgrading your computer or laptop, National Computer Repair can help. We have many years of assisting our clients with software and hardware issues. For more information, you can visit our website.  Contact us today so you can start casting your

How to Safely Transport a Computer

Many people underestimate just how fragile their PC’s are. Not only is a PC very fragile, they also tend to be bulky and expensive too. Whether you are moving to a new house or are lending your computer to a friend, it’s crucial that when your transport your PC you do so safely. Below we discuss a few tips to follow when traveling with your computer.

Back it Up

All of the valuable information on your computer is also usually irreplaceable. If disaster finds your PC it’s important that all of your irreplaceable memories and personal information was backed up to an external hard drive beforehand. Keep the external hard drive far away from your computer to ensure they cannot both be damaged or stolen in a similar fashion.

Box it Up

The way in which you wrap and box up your computer will ultimately determine how safe it will stay during travel. Use bubble wrap, cloth, and anything else you can to adequately pad every corner and protect every button and outlet. Lightly stack a few lightweight pieces in each box and be sure to not stack anything else heavy on top of them during transport. Keep wires neatly wrapped and individually labeled for easy reinstallation.

Summary

When it comes to transporting a bulky PC the biggest priority should be preparation. By backing up the hard drive and safely packing away all of its pieces you are much less likely to face a costly accident with your beloved computer. If disaster strikes your computer physically or internally during your move, you can trust the experts at National Computer Repair to get the job done quickly and affordably.

How to Avoid a Computer Virus

We all fear the day our beloved computer or laptop falls victim to a computer virus. If you’ve gone through the experience before, you know just how terrible it is to hear the news. Countless files are corrupt and only after a pricey repair will know if anything is salvageable. If you’re doing your best to avoid the terrible fate, be sure to continue reading this month’s blog to learn more!

Update

Keeping your computer software up to date is one of the easiest ways to help prevent a virus. While it may be a hassle to download the new software and allow it to install, it will all be worth it in the end. Updated software on your computer is better able to detect newer virus’. If your computer can detect a virus, you will likely be warned before any damage is done!

Back Up

It should go without saying, but backing up your computer is essential; even if you aren’t worried about a virus. When it comes to the world of computers, anything can happen at any time. Backing up your information and documents is a good way to prevent loss in case you do get a virus. 

Antivirus Software

There are plenty of reputable antivirus software programs you can download on your computer to prevent the contraction of a virus. Many programs are even offered at affordable prices; sometimes for free! It is important to do research on the program, however, because sometimes a site will advertise and pose as an antivirus software when in reality it’s a virus. 

Avoid Suspicious Websites

With the above being said, it’s important to really look at the website’s URL address before you click in. Regardless of the website you are visiting, be diligent about what it looks like. If it looks suspicious, it likely is. A safe website will end simply with a .com or .gov or .edu

Scan Email Attachments

Another common way to get a virus is through emails. There are tons of scammers who will impersonate a popular brand or even pose as someone you know. The email will attempt to extract personal and private information from you or ask you to download something or visit a link. Emails like such are getting harder and harder to differentiate between, so it’s important to really investigate. Make sure you always scan attachments to ensure no virus is detectable, and also make sure you give the URL a good look. 

Conclusion

Accidentally downloading a virus onto your beloved computer is never fun. However, accidents happen, and we will be there for you! If you believe a virus has been downloaded onto your computer, be sure to check out National Computer Repair! 

Signs Its Time For A New Computer

Everybody fears the day their computer is no longer up and running. If you’re find yourself wondering if it is time for a new computer, continue reading along with this month’s blog to learn the common signs. 

Look out for:

Updating your computer to ensure all essential programs are current and running smoothly is an important task to for your computer’s health. If you are struggling to update because the new program updates aren’t compatible with the year of your computer, it may be time to upgrade to something more current. 

Another sure sign that it is time for a new computer is if your current one is making a lot of noise. If the vent fan is suddenly sounding louder than normal and is potentially over heating, it may be time for an upgrade. When your fan isn’t working properly, the insides aren’t going to last much longer. 

If you are finding it increasingly difficult to multitask on your computer, it may also be time for an upgrade. Being able to multitask without frustration over how slow your computer is performing is essential. Likewise, if your computer is crashing often, the end may be near!

Finally, if the computer repair costs are adding up to be more expensive than a whole new computer, it is definitely time to upgrade! While it may be comforting and seem like less of a hassle to simply get a repair instead of an upgrade, ultimately you could be saving yourself money in the long run. Repairs can be costly and quickly start adding up!

Conclusion:

Nobody likes to admit that it may be time to purchase a new computer. If you are struggling to decide whether it is time for a repair or an upgrade, we here at National Computer Repairare here to help!

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