How to Save on Hardware Refreshes

Do you really need to update your hardware? Your business may have an established hardware refresh cycle. Good. Or you might refresh hardware every few years when you feel it's needed. OK, so you like the casual approach. That can work, too. You don't refresh your hardware? Not a great plan. Yet, no matter what, you'll want to read this article abo...
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The New PC TuneUp

How exciting! You got a new computer for Christmas. It's sleek, shiny, and so much faster than what you had before. That's great, but it doesn't mean you should leave it untouched. This article shares several steps you might take to secure your data and keep that new device in tip-top shape. First things first. Before even logging into personal ema...
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Five Tips to Get the Right Printer for You


Buying a printer can be overwhelming. There are so many options available from different brands, and buying guides galore. Yet we still often see people with printers that aren’t the best ones for their needs. That said, we’re offering five tips to help you find the right one for you.

#1 Identify Your Needs

What are you going to use that printer for? Is it for family use? Home office use? Just as a backup for occasional documents you need to print and sign? For printing photos? For printing graphic designs? Your needs for quality, efficiency, speed, and color or black-and-white prints will influence your choice.

Different printers offer distinct perks. You may want one that prints quickly or one that is compact. Or perhaps you want one that holds a lot of paper. If your priority is photos, you may need a printer that can handle many types and sizes of paper.

If you are running your office from home, you may want to invest in a multi-function printer. These not only print but also scan and copy.

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Is Your Tech Partner a Team Player?

Business is about relationships. One important relationship today is
with a technology partner. This partner will consult on hardware, software,
security, and other IT concerns. You can focus on other business priorities,
but is your tech partner actually a good team player?

What type of Partner do you want for your team?

There are a lot of businesses that call themselves technology partners.
The term can be broadly defined.

Technology vendors who sell specific hardware or software solutions
will promise a partnership, but they will focus on a relationship that benefits
their business goals.

For instance, they will generally try to steer you toward buying the
products that they themselves make. Vendors will also bill your business for
support when you need it. Yet that creates a conflict of interest: they profit
from your inconvenience. That’s not the type of partner you want on your team.

A True Partnership with your MSP

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are another type of technology
partner. They look to add value to the team.

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