Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category

802.11ac the future of Wi-Fi

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Faster Wi-Fi: It’s something we all crave. Fortunately, it’s also something we can have, even on a budget. It’s not just about fast Internet speeds to and from your service provider. It’s also about transferring files between devices in your home or office, streaming video from a network-attached drive to a television, and gaming with the lowest network latencies possible. If you’re looking for faster Wi-Fi performance, you want 802.11ac — it’s that simple.

In essence, 802.11ac is a supercharged version of 802.11n. 802.11ac is dozens of times faster, and delivers speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) up to several gigabits per second. To achieve that kind of throughput, 802.11ac works exclusively in the 5GHz band, uses plenty of bandwidth (80 or 160MHz), operates in up to eight spatial streams (MIMO), and employs a kind of technology called beamforming that sends signal directly to client devices.

If you’re currently using an 802.11n router — or an even older 802.11b/g model, like the perennial favorite Linksys WRT54G — and are thinking of upgrading to 802.11ac, here’s what you need to know.

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Gaming PC

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Gaming PC’s can be a very expensive pass time, especially these days with 4k and HDR starting to become more prevalent. But not everyone needs a top of the line system, the trick is building something that can play current games at a good level and still be able to in at least 2-3 years time.

Here at User2 we build systems for everyone. Ranging from the high end of over £3000 to more modest offerings of  £800 (sometimes less if you do not require a monitor etc).

So how do you choose whats right for you?

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Internet security and private internet

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

When you surf the Web, you probably take for granted your internet security and that no one else is sneaking a peek at your Web traffic and that websites are respecting your privacy. Unfortunately, neither of these is a certainty, which is why you should get a virtual private network (or VPN) service such as Private Internet Access.

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It’s one of the best VPN services out there, offering many advanced features, thousands of servers to choose from, support for file sharing services, and an interface so unobtrusive you might forget it’s there at all. For all that, Private Internet Access is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner among desktop VPNs.

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Repair, upgrade or replace?

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by User2 Computers No Comments

Should you repair, upgrade or replace your laptop/PC?It can often be a hard decision but it does not have to be.

Although it may be time to browse some reviews or go shopping don’t consign that laptop or PC to the bin just yet. With a little money and a bit of know how (or help from User2 !) you can give your system a few more months of working life or even extend it for a few years.

Should I upgrade?

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If you have ran out of storage space or are enduring poor performance then often this can be solved by increasing the amount of RAM the system has or replacing the hard drive with a larger one. Or an SSD if you want a super speed boost – see our previous article about these here.

Upgrading your ram can cost from as little as £20 depending on the type of memory and amount of it that you need. Typically we see systems that are running windows with less than 4gb get a significant boost when upgraded to 4 or even 6gb. To give you an idea every machine well sell at User2 will have at least 4gb ram these days, except some specialized systems.

But what if your sluggish system is running slowly due to a fault? Well with a combined experience of over 50 years between our engineers at User2 we can repair just about anything.

Should I repair?

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Miniature technicians working on a computer circuit board or motherboard.

Generally speaking if a system is under 3-4 years old then a repair is usually worthwhile. We often see systems where doing a repair is also a great time for an upgrade too.

Faulty hard drive? Why not get a larger one or an SSD?

Faulty Ram?  Why replace it with one the same size when the price difference is usually very little for the next size up.

If the system has been doing everything you want it to up till it had a fault then a repair is the way to go. It’s rare that a new system will be less.

Should I replace?

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As always with IT equipment at some point it will need to be replaced, either due to age or not being cost effective to repair. So how do you make the decision?

User2 recommend that if the cost of a repair is only 25% or less than a new system then you may as well get the benefit of a new system. Not only will you get a warranty on the entire machine and not just any part that has been replaced such as with a repair, but it will also be an upgrade.

Sometimes if a system is replaced we can even use parts from the old one, after all a lot of them are generic. Parts such as CD/DVD drives, the computers case etc.

Transferring data and setting up a new PC/Laptop is a straightforward job and something that we do on an almost daily basis, there is no need to worry about loosing anything.

 

If you are still unsure about what to do why not speak to one of our engineers in store or by phone.

Benefits of a solid state drive (SSD)

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

As you can imagine here at User2 we do a lot of repairs. More often than not when it comes to laptops repairs (although this can apply to PC’s too) the hard drive is the source of the problem.

Laptops can have a hard life, not being shut down properly as some just close the lid and sling it in a bag, being dropped, stood on or tripped over. We usually give most laptops a life expectancy of 3-4 years if looked after, that’s a lot less than a PC at 5+

 

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Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker app for Android and iOS

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Alexander Wright No Comments

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Ofcom has launched an app that will let you know if your Wi-Fi is at fault in slowing down your home broadband experience. The app, which has been made available for android and iOS, runs a series of performance tests and diagnostics then suggests broadband speed optimising tips.

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Direct X 12

Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Choosing a system for games just became that much harder.

Microsoft has just announced Direct X 12 at this year’s GDC.

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Windows 8 fixed with 8.1 update?

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Source: Digital Trends

When Windows 8 launched last October it seemed it might bring Microsoft into the touchscreen age. Today, with PC sales slipping and tablets rising, it’s starting to look like a necessary step taken a few years too late. While manufacturers are clearly ready to sell touch-enabled computers, their efforts aren’t being matched by Microsoft, which has failed to provide an operating system consumers can love. Or, for many, even like.

There’s irony to be found in this turn of events, as Windows 8 was meant to avoid this exact situation. Redmond’s top management, after what appeared to be a period of denial, eventually realized that giving touch the middle finger would force some consumers to purchase android and iOS tablets by default. But Microsoft’s delay, and its previous baggage, drove the company to craft a compromise solution. Consumers are buying iOS and Android tablets even more frequently, and often because Windows 8 isn’t up to par.

The only solution to this mess is a quick recovery, and CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged this both at build 2013 and with Microsoft’s recent re-organization. Windows 8.1, available as a free download now, could be proof that Microsoft truly understands its problems and seeks to reinvigorate itself. Or, it could be a Band-Aid applied to a wound the company doesn’t fully comprehend.

We’ve spent some time with Windows 8.1, and here’s what we think so far…

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The Importance of cooling

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Alexander Wright 1 Comment

Just a few years ago, CPUs notoriously generated so much heat, it was common for a computer to overheat. Although PC’s are not so much in the spotlight these days laptops certainly are still being brought to us here at User2 on a regular basis having overheated due to lack of cooling.

So what exactly happens when a computer does overheat?

Best case it cuts out and cools down. A few minutes later you can turn it on again and probably use it  for a few minutes only for it to cut out again.

Worst case it can permanently damage components or become a potential fire hazard.

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This PC above has an extremely bad (but not that uncommon) build up of dirt and dust. Not only is the CPU cooler clogged to the point where it no longer does anything than provide a metal blanket for the CPU, but the power supply is dangerously choked also.

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Building a gaming PC

Posted on: March 23rd, 2013 by Alexander Wright No Comments

In this article we will look at building a high performance games machine with the focus being not only on getting the latest games running at maximum detail levels, but long term value.

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