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Community Article Can this laptop card be upgraded? Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-52-526C — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Graphics Cards Can this laptop card be upgraded? Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-52-526C WildBill1492 ✭ September 2020 in Graphics Cards Purchased an Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-52-526C a couple of years ago thinking I would never game again, I'm 60 and low IQ when it comes to tech. Playing the Quake series and the Unreal series. It appears my graphics card may be too light. Is it possible for MicroCenter to upgrade the graphics card in this laptop? Please let me know. Thanks. Bill 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers WildBill1492 ✭ September 2020 I'm answering my own question, no, it is not upgradable. According to other sources, it is soldered. Please respond if my info is wrong. Sorry to bother. Thanks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Your information is correct! Most laptops are designed in this way and do not have upgradeable GPUs (or CPUs). And it's not a bother! We're here to help and answer questions! Let us know if you need anything else.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook YoshiMoshi ✭✭ September 2020 edited September 2020 WildBill1492 said: Purchased an Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-52-526C a couple of years ago thinking I would never game again, I'm 60 and low IQ when it comes to tech. Playing the Quake series and the Unreal series. It appears my graphics card may be too light. Is it possible for MicroCenter to upgrade the graphics card in this laptop? Please let me know. Thanks. Bill No, can't upgrade GPU in laptop (most of the time, check a tear down to see if it's discrete). However some laptops allow a external GPU outside of the laptop to drive the display. You can upgrade the CPU (at least in most laptops) check a tear down video to confirm. Lesson learned, never get a laptop, can't upgrade it much. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Overcharged — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Overcharged JohnGuehl_3 ✭ July 2020 in Store Information and Policy I bought an Acer Aspire 5, the price I was told is 399.99, but I was charged 499.99. I would like the $100.00 refunded to my credit card. It does not matter which one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin July 2020 Hello @JohnGuehl_3! Welcome to the Community.  I was able to look up the purchase under your email. Look at the Acer computer on the receipt, the price we have listed is $499.99. Was there a sticker that indicated a different price or something along those lines, or was this just something you'd discussed with your sales associate in-store? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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Welcome to the Community.  Store-to-store shipments are transfers are not something we do typically. Depending on the specific model we may be restocking them soon though, if you keep an eye on the website in the mornings when we open we'll update any availability when more arrive.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Acer Aspire-5A515-56-54kj restock date in Westmont Microcenter? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Acer Aspire-5A515-56-54kj restock date in Westmont Microcenter? J_Squared ✭ January 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Just wondering if there is an estimated restock date for the Acer Aspire 5 with the i5-1135G7, not the one with the i5-1035G1. It's been out of stock for maybe a week(?) so I'm wondering if it'll come back soon. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSKevinG admin January 2021 Good Morning @J_Squared I do apologize but we do not have a specific date or estimate as to when this item will be coming back in stock at our Westmont location.  Once we have gotten the item back in stock, it will appear back on our website as well.  Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook J_Squared ✭ January 2021 TSKevinG said: Good Morning @J_Squared I do apologize but we do not have a specific date or estimate as to when this item will be coming back in stock at our Westmont location.  Once we have gotten the item back in stock, it will appear back on our website as well.  Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. Would it be possible to request it or reserve it to purchase when or if it comes back in stock? Can the store itself also request Acer for it to be restocked? Apologies if I'm sounding pushy, just wondering. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 2021 @j_sqaured Once the laptop appears on our website, you should be able to reserve it by clicking the green reserve now button. I'd recommend keeping an eye there. The store can't directly request the item from Acer, however, this is an item that we'd still expect to be receiving in the future. You don't sound pushy, but thank you for sharing your concern and interest! We're here for your questions and happy to help! Please let us know if you have any other questions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Laptop recommendations — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Laptop recommendations mtroup85 ✭ July 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion First, let me say I’m not technically savvy at all and know very little about laptops. I need help narrowing my search. I'm interested in buying a laptop to use for school only. I'm not a gamer and I don't watch movies on a laptop. I don't want the most expensive model, just something reliable. It'll primarily be used for papers, powerpoints, excel, internet searches. I don't want some Flintstones device but I'm not a gamer and won't be making videos/movies and doing elaborate things on this laptop. I want it to have good "speed." When I turn it on, I want it to fire up quickly. When I get on the internet, I need it to do its thing quickly. I'll be in school for 5 years so it needs to last 5 full years. Any recommendations? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers TSTonyV admin July 2020 Accepted Answer If you just need it for basics like this, honestly you have quite a lot of options available. If speed is your primary concern, I'd look for something with an SSD, at least 8GB of RAM and an i5 or Ryzen 5 processor.   Do you have a price range in mind? That would help us get a better recommendation for you.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 Accepted Answer Papers and powerpoints don't take up much data, it's usually photos, videos or music that take up the most space, so even if you only went with a 256GB SSD you'd probably have enough space. Of course, it's always nice to have more, and there are a lot of laptops with 512GB SSD's that are in that price range. Here's a couple I would look at: https://www.microcenter.com/product/621349/lenovo-ideapad-5-156-laptop-computer---grey https://www.microcenter.com/product/622881/acer-aspire-5-a515-44-r2hp-156-laptop-computer---black Between these two, I'd personally be partial to the Acer because the Ryzen 5 CPU in it has six cores as opposed to the Intel i5 in the Lenovo with four cores, however Lenovo is probably a little better/more consistent than Acer when it comes to quality assurance on their products. That said, I think you would be happy either way.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 2020 Accepted Answer For HP and Dell, here are similar models to what was sent to you above: https://www.microcenter.com/product/613087/hp-15-dy1037nr-156-laptop-computer---silver https://www.microcenter.com/product/625255/dell-inspiron-15-3593-156-laptop-computer---black 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers mtroup85 ✭ July 2020 Around $500 or less would be ideal. $1,000 max. The other thing is I’d want it to have enough storage so I could easily store 5 years of papers, PowerPoints, etc. I don’t think that should be an issue in 2020 but it’s important.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mtroup85 ✭ July 2020 Sounds good. How about a HP or Dell recommendation that fits all this criteria? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mtroup85 ✭ August 2020 https://www.microcenter.com/product/613087/hp-15-dy1037nr-156-laptop-computer---silver?storeid=095 I’ve been looking at this laptop for awhile now and just realized it’s sold out at the Brentwood location. Will you be getting this model back in stock anytime soon? If not, what do you have that’s comparable? Thanks.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 We should be restocking that model relatively soon, though I don't know exactly when the Brentwood store will be getting shipments.  This link will give you a list of similar computers at a similar price that are currently in stock: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294967288+4294818011+88+43&myStore=true 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article ACER NITRO 5 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts ACER NITRO 5 Fishie ✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 in Help Choosing Parts I have model AN515-42-R5ED and I need help finding the maximum ram i can upgrade to and which ram would be recommended. Thanks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin April 2020 Hello @Fishie! Welcome to the Community.  That laptop can support up to 32GB of RAM and has two slots available, so you can do two sticks of 16GB. It uses DDR4 SODIMM memory, and pretty much any should work provided you use matching sticks. You can view our stock of DDR4 SODIMM kits here: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294966652+4294818366&myStore=true 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Fishie ✭ April 2020 Thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Fishie ✭ April 2020 If i buy, can you guys install them and his long would it take? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_BryantA admin April 2020 @Fishie Good afternoon! We do have installation services available, though by our Micro Center Community we do not have quotes or turnaround times available. For this information if you go to your local store location, no appointments are required, and a tech consultant will be happy to review this with you before you agree to any services.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 42 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article upgrading from 256GB SSD to 2T SSD, RAM & cloning old HDDs — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion upgrading from 256GB SSD to 2T SSD, RAM & cloning old HDDs Linda1953 ✭ November 2020 in General Discussion For some reason, the below email to our Sales Associate was 'blocked' and was not sent.  The email on the Associate's business card was used (and double-checked to be sure of no typing errors)      Can anyone help me with the matters below?   THANKS! Hi Anthony Arra, Sales Associate,     I am half done with the process of replacing the HDDs with the new Crucial 2T drives in the new Aspire 3 laptops we bought on Wednesday the 25th.  You did a great job helping John & I (Linda) and so far I have not needed to call on you for more assistance.  I am writing this email message from the Acer that is done!   First – FYI, the Aspire 3 apparently has a portion of the RAM hard-wired to the motherboard, as I could see only one 4GB RAM card, and no other empty slots to add the 8GB to.  I also could not find any documentation on the Acer site, their User Guide for this Model/Serial number or on online customer blog/comments about how many RAM bays/slots there is supposed to be.  So, I removed the 4GB RAM and replaced it with the new  Crucial 8GB memory card.  When I restarted the computer & checked to see how much RAM there was, it said 12GB.  The info about RAM, before making the changes, said there was 6GB, not 8.  This is confusing to me – but the computer is now FAST !!!   Second – Here is my FIRST question:  I took the HDD out of my HP and cloned it to the new 2T Crucial SSD before making any installations.  (BTW, the docking bay worked great – thanks!)  After I installed both the RAM & the new 2T SSD & checked for recognition, I saw that the portion of the SSD, that the old HDD was written to, was allocated (C & D drives) & recognized, but the remaining gigs are in an unallocated area.  So, the question is, should I leave it like that?  Should I allocate that unallocated area?  If so, does it become a different lettered DRIVE, or do I add it somehow to the C drive (where the old HDD was written to)?   Third – My second question:  The Aspire 3 A315-56 we bought had 256gb SSD storage (see inserted pic).  It’s a Kingston.  Of course it had Acer Care software, and perhaps other software that might also be important.  I removed the Kingston, as the Crucial 2T fit into an open bay (of the correct size), and I remembered you telling me (because you checked) that the motherboard would support only up to 2T.  I have not done anything to the other Aspire 3 yet, but have powered it up to follow videos on how to open the HP, etc.  CAN I locate the software (on the unaltered Acer) that is unique to ACER, copy it somehow and install it into the one that already has the Crucial installed?  Was I right to remove the Kingston?  I am assuming that the Kingston is not a 2.5”, so could I use the Inland somehow to move what I want/need from the 256GB SSD (probably the one still in the unaltered Acer)?   I hope my questions make sense.  Right now this Acer that is finished with the new installations, thinks its an HP computer in all else except the opening screen (I think).  All of the HP care software, etc., transferred over (of course – it’s a clone of the HDD)!  Maybe its something I can download off the Acer site.  I’m unsure, and this is a first for me.  I always began each new computer change the HARD way, installing programs again & moving files.  YUCK!   Thanks Tony for any help, suggestions or reference to people who can help me!   Linda Wason Your Wednesday, Nov. 25th customers 2-Acer Aspire 3s, 2-Crucial 2T SSD storage 2-Crucial 8GB RAM, 2-VPN, 2-ESET Security Inland Dual Bay Docking Station 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Linda1953 ✭ November 2020 I also want to add that in the computer that is finished with the install - there are NO Acer related apps in the App list in Settings/System Info. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Best Desktop Builds for Grandparents — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Best Desktop Builds for Grandparents WillJ ✭ January 2021 in Help Choosing Parts Hello, I recently built a gaming PC for myself but I am trying to help my grandparents purchase a new PC and wanted to see what builds or desktop purchases people recommend. They use their current desktop which is about ten years old and beginning to have significant issues for email, a little internet browsing, etc. I am thinking a pre-built Microcenter option is probably best so that they will have service included. Any recommendations? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTDavey admin January 2021 Hello @WillJ thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. Go with a All in One desktop. It doesn't need to be a gaming computer unless your grandparents play fortnite or Call of Duty, etc. Look at the Lenovo ideacentre's 5 series or the Dell inspiron AIO desktops. Acer Aspire AIO are good one as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 42 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article The Best Laptops for Under $1000 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides The Best Laptops for Under $1000 SeanM admin October 2021 edited November 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides Portable laptops provide convenient web browsing to those who go on business trips overseas, upload entertaining videos for their viewers, or stay home button-mashing their controllers. When you can’t bring a bulky desktop outside in a carry-on, then it’s time to pick up a laptop with cutting-edge tools and features, so you can get right back to doing what needs done.  How to Decide on the Right Laptop for You  It can be a daunting task to sift through hundreds of laptops listed on the hardware market. With the release of newer models, buying a laptop tends to be complicated, especially when you’re struggling to pin down a particular set of specs or features. Screen size, resolution, adaptor ports, and amount of memory is just the tip of the iceberg.   That’s why we recommend you do some research before you buy from your local retailer. There are plenty of affordable laptop deals, with powerful processors, upgradable components, and long-lasting battery storage worth checking out. This laptop buying guide will walk you through choosing the best PC builds to meet your high-performance, web browsing needs.  The Best Laptops for Playing Video Games  If you’re trying to find the best budget gaming laptop, you’re in luck because we have two gaming PCs that are not only compact but also packed with performance capabilities to keep you preoccupied with beating a hard level, to help you navigate those confusing system requirements.  HP Pavilion 15-ec2121nr 15.6” Gaming Laptop What’s Inside: ·       AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 3.3GHz Processor ·       NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 ·       8GB DDR4-3200 RAM ·       512GB Solid State Drive ·       Microsoft Windows 11 Home ·       Multi-Format SD Media Card Reader ·       Multi-Format SD Media Card Reader ·       10/100/1000 Network ·       Realtek Wi-Fi 6 (2x2)+Bluetooth 5.2 Combo ·       15.6" Full HD IPS Micro-Edge Anti-Glare 144Hz Display The HP Pavilion 15 is a super portable gaming laptop, capable of running even the most modern games thanks to a high-powered Ryzen 5 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. Bring your A-game to esports titles, even on the go, with help from this Platinum Collection powerhouse! Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-56AP 15.6” What’s Inside: ·       Intel Core i5 10th Gen 10300H 2.5GHz Processor ·       NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 ·       16GB DDR4-2933 RAM ·       512GB Solid State Drive ·       Microsoft Windows 10 Home ·       Killer Ethernet E2600 ·       Dual Band Intel Wireless W-Fi 6 AX201 ·       Bluetooth 5.0 ·       15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display The Acer Nitro pulls no punches with its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30050 graphics and Intel Core i5. Add onto that a 144Hz refresh display, stereo-quality audio, and advanced cooling system and you’ll be blasting through esport games at 100+ frames. The Best Laptops for Work and Browsing Whether you’re a part of the 9-to-5 grind or just looking for a casual home laptop, you might want to aim for laptops that offer a 2-in-1 convertible, taking advantage of touchscreen features and high-speed web surfing. Here is a rundown of our top two picks for work or play.  Microsoft Surface Pro X 13” 2-in-1 Laptop What’s Inside: ·       Microsoft SQ1 Processor ·       8GB LPDDR4x RAM ·       128GB Solid State Drive ·       Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 Graphics ·       Microsoft Windows 10 Home ·       Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac ·       Bluetooth 5.0 ·       13" PixelSense Display The Surface Pro X 2-in-1 comes equipped with a blazing fast SSD, meaning everything you do with it, from powering it on, to prepping for that meeting, to just browsing the internet will be ultra-responsive. It also comes with a removable keyboard and touchpad, so you can customize your Surface for exactly what you need, when you need it. Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 12.2” 2-in-1 Laptop What’s Inside: ·       Intel Celeron 3965Y Processor 1.5GHz ·       4GB LPDDR3 Onboard RAM ·       32GB eMMC Storage ·       Intel HD Graphics 615 ·       Chrome OS ·       MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader ·       2x2 802.11ac Wireless ·       Bluetooth 4.0 ·       12.2" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Touchscreen Display Chromebooks are perfect for both students and professionals who prefer an extended battery life and aren’t looking for a max-power machine. Though the Samsung Chomebook Plus is fairly minimal, it is still a great tool for those looking to just check their email, write up a report, or browse the internet. The laptop also has a 13-megapixel webcam, perfect for those impromptu business calls.  The Best Laptops for Digital Content Creators  Whether you are a video editor, copywriter, or graphic designer, you’ll have to rely on a laptop to serve as your creative outlet where you can make content that inspires your audience. Since you might be staring at the screen for a while, a display with brighter pixels that’s still easy on the eyes is probably your best bet.    Acer Spin 3 SP313-51N-50R3 13.3” 2-in-1 What’s Inside: ·       Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz Processor ·       8GB LPDDR4X Onboard RAM ·       512GB Solid State Drive ·       Intel Iris Xe Graphics ·       Microsoft Windows 10 Home ·       microSD Card Reader ·       Killer Wireless-AX 1650i ·       Bluetooth 5.1 ·       13.3" WUXGA Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Multi-Touch Display with AES Pen Support The Acer Spin 3 is equipped with a quick-charging stylus and a flexible, rotating screen. Packing a punch with its Intel 11th Generation Core i5 CPU and a 2-in-1 flexibility, the Spin 3 delivers a fantastic experience at a fantastic price. It even features a next-gen Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless adaptor, which connects to any LAN network inside a home office. Apple MacBook Air MGN63LL/A M1  What’s Inside: ·       Apple M1 Chip ·       8GB Unified RAM ·       256GB Solid State Drive ·       7-core GPU ·       macOS ·       802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 ·       Bluetooth 5.0 ·       13.3" Retina LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology  The Apple MacBook Air is super slim and super fast, boasting an improved Apple M1 Chip and 7-Core GPU, capable of juggling complex workloads. One of its main highlights is the brilliant display resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio powered by a gorgeous Retina LED. The newer M1 MacBook’s have one of the longest battery lives in MacBook history, perfect for video editing, long writing sessions, and drawing digital art.  Setting Up and Configuring Your Personal PC Laptop components are nice to have as add-ons for any custom laptop enthusiast. To put the finishing touches on your PC setup, you might want to get your hands on some peripheral devices, such as a printer, hard drive enclosure, or a wireless mouse.  It all boils down to what you’re using it for--sharing files on the cloud, editing creative visuals, or gaming with AAA titles. As long as you have enough space to plug in your accessories, it will be a straightforward process to complete this setup, knowing that you can enhance many functions baked into a standard laptop.   The next steps are to run all the necessary system updates, download your favorite internet browser, and enable anti-virus software to protect your PC. Just don’t forget to sync up the keyboard and trackpad.  When scouting for the best budget laptops, a balance between power, efficiency, and portability is a surefire way to go. At Micro Center, we bring you laptops on a wide range of models --personalized and built to last.   Uncover some amazing laptop deals on our site by selecting a product category to see what we have in store.  More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more computer buying guides? We’ve got a full section dedicated to reviews and buying guides as well as The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop, How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, and reviews of the Maingear Vector Pro Series. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Digiwolf ✭ October 2021 Hard to justify buying the hp 15 when the price just went up $100 and black Friday is starting at most stores. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Denyz ✭ November 2021 I need helping figuring out what type of laptop I should get! I know nothing! 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It comes with a 256GB NVME SSD, which while fast, is not quite apt for my current usage. Are third-party repairs of any kind covered under the warranty? If not, can I get have a part from Amazon installed? Part in question: https://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Black-Performance-Mobile/dp/B082LWP1MQ?th=1 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin November 2021 Accepted Answer Greetings. Replacing a part for upgrade purposes like this wouldn't be covered under warranty. You can bring in a third party part and have us install it. The only service pricing available outside the store is listed on this link: http://www.microcenter.com/site/service/service.aspx. For a more exact estimate, please bring the unit into the store and speak with our service department. Our service team would be able to assist with any exact service pricing or turnaround rates 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Vresod ✭ November 2021 edited November 2021 Thanks for your help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin November 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/37708#Comment_37708 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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The only way I've found to get it to come on is to turn the laptop off and on or to change a setting in the display settings. In the display settings, I noticed that the laptop display was set to 'Disconnect this display" in the "Multiple displays" drop down menu. Once I switch the option to "Extend desktop to this display," the laptop display comes on. I'm not sure what's causing the display to disconnect while in sleep. As far as I know, there has been only 1 major hit against the display. About 2 months ago, it suffered a drop from a couple feet up and landed on the side of the display. The only noticeable effect was that the plastic border surrounding the screen popped out. The wires and everything else seemed fine and I was able to simply pop the plastic back in. I'm sure, though, that this is somehow related to my problem. I have already run chkdsk (no issues were found) and updated Intel and Nvidia drivers. I think this issue is definitely hardware-related. Assuming I can't fix this myself, is this something Micro Center could repair? If there's any more information or clarification needed, I'd be glad to provide. Thanks in advance! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin July 2020 Greetings. After reading through your description, I am going to assume it's something wrong with cabling or hardware at this point, so it's something I would recommend having checked out by someone in person and our Micro Center stores can assist with that. An appointment is not needed for service, there may be some available online at https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/service.aspx Otherwise please visit the store with the computer and charger/power cable for assistance, store hours are 10am until 7pm Mon-Sat (although Saturday, July 4th is only 10am-6pm), 11am-6pm Sun.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NedTheWise ✭ July 2020 Thanks for the suggestion! I'll take it to my local store soon. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 If you would like a few other things to try. The next time this happens try to reset the display driver. Windows + Control + Shift + B. You'll hear a beep. If it doesn't come back, it's hardware. I'd take it apart and reseat the cable between the monitor and motherboard. It's clipped and generally pretty secure but it's possible it was just knocked loose. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NedTheWise ✭ July 2020 Thanks for the suggestions, @TSMikeW. I'm not sure that I want to poke around any wires, but that does sound very simple so I may try it. I'll definitely reset the display driver next time it happens. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NedTheWise ✭ July 2020 edited July 2020 I took the laptop to Micro Center, but they were unable to reproduce the issue. They told me it passed all their tests and that the cabling seemed fine. The same day I got it back though, the monitor again refused to turn on after the laptop was awoken from sleep. And today, a few hours ago the laptop automatically went into sleep mode. I decided to let it sit for a while to see if it would turn back on. It didn't, so I turned it off completely, and then powered it back on. Then, white zig-zag bars flashed on the display for about 5 seconds. After a while, the screen was still blank, so I turned it off and on again. On this boot up, the screen flashed white repeatedly before going blank. I let it sit for a little and then turned it off and on again. This time, it booted up as normal. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 NedTheWise said: I took the laptop to Micro Center, but they were unable to reproduce the issue. They told me it passed all their tests and that the cabling seemed fine. The same day I got it back though, the monitor again refused to turn on after the laptop was awoken from sleep. And today, a few hours ago the laptop automatically went into sleep mode. I decided to let it sit for a while to see if it would turn back on. It didn't, so I turned it off completely, and then powered it back on. Then, white zig-zag bars flashed on the display for about 5 seconds. After a while, the screen was still blank, so I turned it off and on again. On this boot up, the screen flashed white repeatedly before going blank. I let it sit for a little and then turned it off and on again. This time, it booted up as normal. If something is loose internally, it's entirely possible that it just happened to work fine while we had it because it was in the right spot, then the issue came back when you brought it back home  because things got jostled around again.  If the issue persists, I'd say bring it back in and let us take another look.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Need Help Choosing Parts — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Need Help Choosing Parts LokiM2611 ✭ December 2020 in Help Choosing Parts I'm new to building computers and I don't have a very big budget about $700. I was just wondering if someone out there could help me make this build cheaper or if there are any unnecessary parts that I could remove to make it cheaper.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=3a99a8ca-e17f-4a4a-acb5-06bf0b8240a4 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LokiM2611 ✭ December 2020 Also the computer is going to be used for gaming.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2020 LokiM2611 said: I'm new to building computers and I don't have a very big budget about $700. I was just wondering if someone out there could help me make this build cheaper or if there are any unnecessary parts that I could remove to make it cheaper.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-intel.aspx?load=3a99a8ca-e17f-4a4a-acb5-06bf0b8240a4 At the $700 range for gaming, that is a tough place to find a good system right now, with the scarcity of components at this time, sometimes it may be more convenient to purchase a pre-built PC such as the Powerspec G228 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/624825/powerspec-g228-gaming-computer  This is $100 over budget but it'll get you in a good position.   Custom Build around that range - https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=019e6e05-b750-4c30-8162-189d5168a311 This is still over budget by $37.93 and doesn't even include the Windows 10 license either. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LokiM2611 ✭ January 2021 Thank you  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LB3 Marietta, GA ✭ January 2021 @LokiM2611 That is a tough situation in today's DIY PC market but many of us have been there. I agree with @Ian that a prebuilt will give you the best value but will limit it's upgradability so to speak. I would suggest 2 options for you: 1) $650 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/626473/hp-pavilion-gaming-computer - this one is a great option that is under your original budget, before tax, and would allow for upgrades to RAM, graphics card and storage. It even has a current gen CPU. 2) $550 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/625283/acer-aspire-desktop-computer - this option has more storage and RAM but does NOT include a graphics card. In the end you'll be a bit over your original budget but with a better gaming PC. I would suggest pairing it with one of these: $265 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/627305/asus-radeon-rx-580-dual-overclocked-dual-fan-8gb-gddr5-pcie-30-graphics-card $250 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/624721/asus-radeon-rx-570-rog-strix-overclocked-dual-fan-8gb-gddr5-pcie-30-graphics-card $160 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/632714/msi-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-overclocked-dual-fan-4gb-gddr5-pcie-30-graphics-card 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I use my computer for browsing the internet (sometimes for extended periods), watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and sometimes recording music. I don’t game at all. I don’t need speakers on the monitor, though I don’t mind if they’re there. I have this computer, unmodified: https://www.microcenter.com/product/507423/acer-aspire-tc-885-ur12-desktop-computer In researching over the past few days, I’ve been leaning toward these, sometimes one, sometimes another: AOC 24G2 https://www.microcenter.com/product/633304/aoc-24g2-238-full-hd-144hz-hdmi-vga-dp-freesync-ips-frameless-lcd-gaming-monitor Viewsonic XG2405 https://www.microcenter.com/product/626193/viewsonic-xg2405--24-full-hd-144hz-hdmi-dp-freesync-premium-hdr-ips-led-gaming-monitor Asus ProArt PA248QV https://www.microcenter.com/product/624528/asus-proart-display-pa248qv-241-wuxga-75hz-hdmi-dp-vga-freesync-pre-calibrated-ips-led-monitor The first two are gaming computers, and as I said, I don’t game, but they seem good. After days of reading all kinds of reviews, I honestly don’t remember how they ended up at the top of the list, but they did. I’ve been leaning most heavily toward the Asus, because the color quality seems like it might be good for movies and because I might at some point get back into taking and editing photos (strictly hobby level). And the extra space might be nice when using music software. Will I have any trouble with the 1920x1200 resolution with the computer listed above? And will I need a different HDMI cable than the one suggested on the product page (it says it has a max resolution of 1080)? Maybe this one: https://www.microcenter.com/product/485072/inland-hdmi-male-to-hdmi-male-24k-gold-plated-high-speed-cable-with-ethernet-6-ft---black ? Alternatively, maybe given my computer and usage, any of these would be overkill and I should get something like one of these (though if I can use it without problem, I am still leaning toward the Asus ProArt): https://www.microcenter.com/product/512419/asus-vp248qg-24-full-hd-75hz-hdmi-vga-dp-freesync-eye-care-led-monitor https://www.microcenter.com/product/613199/aoc-24b2xh-238-full-hd-60hz-hdmi-vga-ips-led-monitor Sorry for lengthy post. Any input or advice is welcomed. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin March 2021 The ProArt's in my opinion are fantastic monitors for their price, especially if you do plan on doing any sort of photo editing. It really is probably the best bang for the buck monitor if you don't intend to do any gaming. The gaming monitors may have a higher refresh rate but quality / color quality will generally be lower. HDMI does support the 1920x1200 resolution level per the product manual so there should be no issue there. I would recommend the ProArt over a gaming display for what you are describing. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook endmatter ✭ March 2021 Thank you. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/30453#Comment_30453 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article help choosing a laptop — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion help choosing a laptop kgfPatsfan ✭ February 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Hi, I need a new laptop and the only specs I can come up with are what I don't like about my current setup. That said: Windows 10 lightweight support internet gaming - specifically, tabletop simulator on Steam; my current laptop has a lot of lag despite a good internet connection in the house. (HP Envy M6) I will probably also want to cast from this machine good camera and mic - the camera on my work machine is blurry (Dell Vostro) backlit keyboard, ports to support wireless keyboard and mouse. i probably wont use a headset, as I hate having things on my ears. Dell offered me an Inspiron 15 5000 at $600 based on these "specs" I am not a super user, I no longer need to use my personal machine for work, and I really just want the few things I do to work well. i would prefer to be frugal, but my last laptop lasted 7 years, so I'd like to get something that will keep me going for awhile again. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin February 2021 edited February 2021 Hello @kgfPatsfan I'd recommend a few different things, but your store's selection may vary. I'd recommend checking these out. Be sure to make sure that your store is selected at the top of the page. https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=pricelow&N=4294967288+4294817517+4294817438+4294819898+4294820736+4294820632+4294808474+4294808800&myStore=false As for my recommendations, I'd suggest a couple of different things, depending on your budget and your store's stock. ASUS Zenbook 14 Q407IQ-BR5N4 14" Laptop Computer - Grey; AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 2.3GHz Processor; NVIDIA GeForce MX350 Graphics; 8GB RAM; 256GB Solid State Drive HP Pavilion 15-ec0003ca 15.6" Gaming Laptop Computer Factory Refurbished - Black; AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2.3GHz Processor; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5; 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM; 512GB Solid State Drive Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-52QW 15.6" Gaming Laptop Computer - Black; Intel Core i5-9300H Processor 2.4GHz; NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6; 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM; 1TB Solid State Drive I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kgfPatsfan ✭ February 2021 Thank you. I would say the ASUS is just a little more than i wanted to spend and is beautifully lightweight Doesn't seem to have a way to cable in to my modem to diagnose or overcome connection issues. The HP Pavilion seems to have almost everything I want - maybe a little on the heavy side, but I have better computer luggage than I used to and it might not be as important as I think it is. I could stretch to afford this too. The Acer Nitro is out; I'm just not willing to spend this much money on myself. My local store (Cambridge) appears to have all of these. Although you offered choices (thank you!) you did not enlarge on why these choices match my terribly vague specs. I'd like to hear why you chose these, but I'm happy enough with choice 2 that I probably don't need reinforcement. If I go with the HP, can you recommend a mouse and keyboard? Any reason I should not go with a simple and cheap option? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 2021 I based my recommendation on the specifications you needed and the availability I could see. The HP is refurbished, however, it's a great option with a dedicated GPU. (GTX 1650) which will offer great performance for the games you're interested in. I wanted to give you options at multiple price points that would offer you good, better, best for the price you mentioned. I'd recommend a decent keyboard, but it would be mostly dependant on your budget and your needs. I spend my time working from a keyboard so I spend more than most. If I were looking for cheap yet quality, I'd buy something like the Redragon K530 Draconic 61 and the ASUS TUF 3 I'm a fan of Mechanical Brown Switches, and I like the wrist wrest on the Cooler Master CK530 and I like the shape and light weight performance from the Glorious Model D. I'd be happy to recommend others if you're unhappy with these. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook kgfPatsfan ✭ February 2021 Thank you! Did you have any thoughts on the Inspiron Dell wants to sell me? I am not afraid of refurbished, and the specs of this machine address several of the things I know I want - thank you! My computer needs have atrophied extremely over the past few years, as I have moved more firmly to separate work and home. My home machine only needs to be able to game, and I am absolutely not a power gamer. I have extensive access to Office products and storage at work; I do not anticipate typing more than chat comments on this machine. Also, i will be typing and mousing from the depths of my comfy chair. I have been perfectly happy with a $14.99 logitech mouse/keyboard combo that ran off the same USB for a year, but like all cheap thinks, it eventually broke. Tempted by anything named redragon - I'm Welsh. The discussion I found on brown switch online takes me back - clicky keys! pressure resistance! I used to care so much about these things! I am definitely thinking hard about these options. Both of these mice seem subtly right-handed - I am left-handed. I do mouse with right hand buttons - I started my professional life in tech support and needed to be able to use other people's mice - but I use my left hand. Thank you for your time. I will definitely go with the HP. I will think about the redragon keyboard. I will keep looking at mice. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 2021 Hmm, the Dell Inspiron that they have recommended for you doesn't have dedicated graphics. It does have Intel's new Xe integrated graphics which will perform better than the previous generations by a fair amount. It may still struggle to offer you decent framerates for tables with multiple assets or games that have a slightly higher graphics fidelity. That being said, it is a thin and light laptop which would be great for travel. It's an extremely portable laptop. Especially for a 15.6" inch. I prefer the brown switches for their tactile feedback! The blue switches are great too, however, they are quite a bit louder than reasonable. Especially since you mentioned you'll be using your laptop microphone. If you're planning on hosting meetings or other things, I might suggest a more quiet keyboard, like the Logitech you mentioned. Membrane keyboards are typically more quiet than mechanical. Red switches are very fast and typically a bit quieter, however, they are a bit too sensitive for my liking. (I have heavy hands that depress the key when I rest it on the keyboard.) Check out our recent article on Mechanical or Membrane. If noise is an issue for you, one can always purchase O-rings to dampen the noise that the key makes when bottoming out. Sorry, I didn't think to offer you an ambidextrous mouse. I'm a righty, so I recommend what I use/know. I don't have much experience with ambidextrous mice, however, the Logitech G G203 is great for an inexpensive yet high-quality option. Another mouse that I have experience with would be the Logitech G PRO It does have mouse buttons that can be switched for left-handed use. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article help me build a PC for buying shoes! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts help me build a PC for buying shoes! krazyjake247 ✭ April 2021 in Help Choosing Parts i’m looking to spend under $600 for a pc that can be used for shoe botting. i don’t need it for gaming just basically opening up like 200 chrome tabs at once.  i currently have the lenovo m93p SFF desktop computer    if you think adding parts to this would be better then starting fresh i can also do that  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 2021 Greetings! At that price and for this purpose, you're probably better off looking at a new pre-built and perhaps adding RAM to it. Here are some suggestions: https://www.microcenter.com/product/632411/powerspec-b683-desktop-computer https://www.microcenter.com/product/625283/acer-aspire-desktop-computer 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook saphalline ✭ April 2021 I agree with Ian, you just need RAM. Lots of it. Chrome (and most other browsers) use lots and lots of RAM for multiple tabs. Your m93p SFF does have 4 DDR3 RAM slots, and can go up to 32 GB, which I would think is technically enough: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/desktops/thinkcentre/m-series-sff/m93-m93p-sff/ DDR3 is older these days, but your $600 budget could easily cover that: https://www.microcenter.com/product/507542/gskill-ripjaws-x-8gb-%281-x-8gb%29-ddr3-1600-pc3-12800-cl10-single-channel-desktop-memory-module-f3-12800cl10s-8gbxl-red Four (4) of these would get you 32 GB total in your current system, but double-check what you have now. It does not even matter much about the rated speed (DDR3-1600 is what your system wants, if that matters). I would then spend the rest of your budget on an ultra-wide monitor to view more of those 200+ Chrome tabs. 3440 x 1440 would be a killer resolution for tons of browser tabs. Something like the Samsung SJ55W, for instance: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513350/samsung-sj55w-341-uw-qhd-75hz-hdmi-dp-freesync-led-monitor A new monitor can provide a new perspective into an existing PC. 😉 It is also a wise investment that can be connected to a new PC if/when that happens. I am not entirely opposed to you starting over with a new PC as Ian suggests, but if your current PC has a 4th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 and a measly 8 GB of RAM, then the technical limitation preventing you from opening 200+ Chrome tabs is obviously the RAM and not the PC itself. This is not to say that a CPU upgrade from a 4th-gen i5/i7 to a 10th-gen i5 is insignificant (not to mention the rest of the platform) but moving from 4 cores and (maybe) 8 GB of RAM to 6 cores and 16 GB of RAM is, for your use case, not enough juice per dollar spent, IMHO. Not when you can get 32 GB of RAM and a life-changing monitor for roughly the same amount of money. Or if you currently have 8 GB, then just buy two of those 8 GB sticks and get 24 GB of RAM total for a slightly cheaper price and still have more RAM than a new PC. If I were in your shoes (wow, no pun intended, that is funny! 🤣) and I "only" had $600 to spend, I would do the RAM upgrade and a new ultra-wide monitor. If I thought I could save up another $400 in just a few months, I would get a new PC like Ian suggested and plan on upgrading the RAM in that new PC. But also, a new ultra-wide monitor. 👍️ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mallik141 ✭ April 2021 edited April 2021 I am looking for something similar. i do have a hdd and os. I am thinking of below pc would it be a good configuration?  Ryzen 3700X (340$ including mother board) Gigabyte b450M G skill ripjaw (2 x 16) (167$) NZXT H510(70$ Powerspec 650W power supply (56$ openbox) Do i need a graphics card as chrome likes to offload to gpu quite a bit ? If i do can you please recommend one for me Thank you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31588#Comment_31588 Chrome will offload video elements typically to the GPU if available, you could get a 1GB/2GB video card and that should work well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Mallik141 ✭ April 2021 edited April 2021 Thanks Ian. Is rest of config good enough to open multiple chrome browsers lets say 100 or should i look to upgrade to higher core count ? I am currently using a i7 6500u with 16gb ram and cpu usage is always 100 even with 20 window(profiles not tabs)  open.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31608#Comment_31608 The 3700x should be good with at least 32GB of RAM. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 42 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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And whether you’ll be returning in person or doing remote learning, students, especially those in high schools and universities, need to be equipped with the right tech to make sure their learning experience is everything it needs to be. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tech available, ranging from high-tech laptops to Air Pods. The question on almost every student’s mind right now is “What do I need for school?” We put together a list of some back-to-school tech essentials to make your back-to-school decisions just a little bit easier.  What to look for in Tech If you’re on the prowl for back-to-school tech, we’ve got a couple of tips for you that will help narrow down your range wide options to find your perfect fit:  1.    Quality Tech can be expensive. And, generally, putting more money into tech means you’re getting a more reliable product with more comprehensive features. But, if putting a lot of money towards tech makes you anxious about breaks and failures, Micro Center’s Protection Plans are there to protect you from unforeseen circumstances.  2.    Budget Tech budgets can be odd, as your budget range may be less focused on total cost and more focused on how much certain features may cost. When setting your budget, make sure to consider everything you absolutely need before settling on a price range. And keep your eyes open for sales - Micro Center offers some of the best laptop deals around, so you might find what you're looking for cheaper than you were expecting!  3.    Refurbished Products As we said, tech can be expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be. Refurbished products are a great way to get to-of-the-line technology cheaper. Micro Center offers a wide range of factory-certified refurbished products, including mice, headphones, and even Apple devices!  4.    School Requirements If you’re shopping for back-to-school tech, be sure to check with your school to make sure your tech is compliant. There’s little worse than setting up a brand-new laptop only to find out your school required a different model! If you need some tips before shopping for computers, we put together a handy guide to help you out.    Essential Back-to-School Products While every student is going to have different back-to-school needs, we do see certain requests come up time and time again: smartphones, laptops, desktops, headphones and backpacks. Understanding the features of each product will help you decide which one is best suited to your needs. Hopefully, we can help lower the scope of your options, but if you’re still not sure what you need, stop by your local Micro Center and one of our associates will be more than happy to help you make a perfect choice!   Laptops Like smartphones, laptops have become an absolute must-have in recent years. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, ranging from budget-friendly to powerhouse.   HP – 15.6” Laptop Computer: Price: $399.99 This sleek lightweight HP 15-eF1072nr 15.6” laptop is a popular choice for students. The powerful LED black-lit LCD offers clarity and the 2.6GHz processor combined with a 256GB solid state drive offers a lightning-fast experience. And that’s not all - it has built-in stereo speakers, dual microphones, a high-definition audio system, and a battery that will keep your laptop running for hours. Key Features ▪                 Ryzen 3 3250U Processor ▪                 256GB SSD ▪                 AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics ▪                 Bluetooth 4.2     Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ITL05 14" - Laptop Computer Price: $699.99 Lenovo has always been a reliable brand of laptops and The IdeaPad is no exception. With a 15.6” full HD anti-glare LCD, two powerful speakers, dual array microphone, USB ports, and a durable battery, you get all the features you wish to have on your laptop. Key Features ▪                 Touch screen ▪                 Privacy shutter on the camera ▪                 Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Bluetooth 5.0   Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop Computer: Price: $899.99 Lenovo Yoga 7i offers both portability and outstanding performance. It has a 14” desktop touchscreen display, sleek metal chassis, and a high-bandwidth RAM with a battery life of over 13 hours. It’s sleek, small design hides multiple USB ports, a thunderbolt port, and a powerhouse under the chassis. Key Features ▪                 Intel Core i7 11th Gen 1165G7 2.8GHz Processor ▪                 Full HD IPS touch screen ▪                 12GB RAM ▪                 512 GB SSD ▪                 4.7GHz turbo boost speed   Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Computer Price: $1399.99 Although on the pricier side, the Microsoft Surface Laptop is both sleek and portable. It includes several advanced features including but not limited to hyper-threading technology, thermal monitoring, virtualization, and turbo boost technologies. Other features include a high-resolution front camera, speakers, built-in microphone, and audio system. Key Features ▪                 Intel Core i7 10th Gen 1065G7 1.2GHz ▪                 Battery life of up to 11 hours and 30 minutes ▪                 Preloaded Microsoft 365 software ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Great for use at home, business, and school   Desktops Some students prefer to have a desktop along with their laptops. Having a monitor on your study table can lessen eye strain, generally offers greater storage, and usually offers a bit more customizability and power.   1.    HP 23.8” All-In-One Computer Price: $849.99 This 23.8” desktop combines style and functionality. The wide screen offers stellar picture quality and hides a powerful Intel processor along with multiple USB and expansion ports. And if you don’t feel like using a mouse, use your finger! Key Features ▪                 23.8” Full HD IPS Touch Display ▪                 Intel Core i5 1135G7 2.40 GHz Processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design   2.    Acer Aspire C27 Full HD Display Price: $799.99 When most people think of desktop computers, they think of big, clunky towers and tons of cords. The Aspire C27 offers a full desktop experience with minimal cords and zero towers thanks to it all-in-one design, saving you space and hassle. Key Features ▪                 27” Full HD Display ▪                 Intel Core i5 1035G1 1.0GHz Processor ▪                 512GB SSD ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design ▪                 Wireless keyboard and mouse     Dell Inspiron 7700 27” All-In-One Price: $1,459.99 A compact all-in-one hiding a whole lot of storage space and power. Featuring a high-end Intel i7 processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, as well as over 1.5TB of storage space, the Inspiron 7700 is the minimal workhorse of your dreams. Key Features ▪                 27” Full HD Touch Display ▪                 Intel Core i7 1165G7 2.8GHz Processor ▪                 Over 1.5TB of storage ▪                 Space-saving all-in-one design   Build your own! We can’t not mention building your own PC – it is what we’re known for! But don’t worry if you’ve never built one before. It's easy, and we have guides to help you get started and friendly staff in-store who will happily walk you through it. We can even build it for you! Or: Go Platinum! Looking for more laptop and desktop recommendations? Check out the Platinum Collection! Featuring computers custom-built for Micro Center, you won't find these unique configurations anywhere else. The Micro Center Platinum Collection offers top-of-the-line gaming laptops and desktops for any budget. And don't worry - you can still do your homework on them too! Laptop Backpack No laptop is complete without a laptop backpack, especially if you’re going to carrying it around school all day. A durable backpack not only protects your laptop but holds all your belongings, including charger, headphones, USB, and even your notebooks. Why carry multiple bags when one does the trick?       Solo Urban Hybrid Laptop Briefcase Price: $49.99 This modern laptop case offers the benefits of both a briefcase and a backpack. It is made from durable polyester and has padded carrying handles along with removable shoulder straps making it comfortable to carry. It is ideal for any laptop with a display of up to 15.6”. Key Features ▪                 A 5-year warranty ▪                 Hold up to 2.5lbs of weight ▪                 Several large pockets Wenger Synergy Laptop Backpack Price: $99.99 This polyester backpack will effortlessly carry all your belongings including your 16” widescreen laptop. The backpack is suitable for all including executives and young college students. The black color and sleek finish give a modern look. Key Features ▪                 Ample storage ▪                 Can hold up to 3.7lbs ▪                 Highly rated   Ogio Gambit Backpack Price: $109.99 If you have a laptop with a bigger display, this should be your top pick. It is durable and has a thick lining offering maximum protection.  Key Features ▪                 Padded straps ▪                 Dedicated fleece-lined top-loading laptop compartment   Headphones Headphones have been a must for decades at this point, but with advancements in noise-canceling tech, it just might be time for an upgrade. Noise-canceling headphones add an extra level of distraction protection, meaning more studying and working with less slacking off. And no wires - wireless headphones mean no cord tangles or breaks!   Audio–Technica ATH M50 Price: $179.99 The Audio–Technica ATH M50 gives you exceptional sound quality and has upgraded Bluetooth technology. This pair of headphones has a modern design with high-end performance and will work well with any desktop or tablet. Key Features ▪                 40-hour battery life ▪                 Comes with a USB cable charger and carrying pouch   Bose Headphones 700 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Price: $379.00 Turn off the world around you with the ultra-smart noise-canceling features of these Bose headphones. They even include a built-in microphone with Alexa and Google Assistant voice control! Key Features ▪                 Intuitive touch control ▪                 Up to 20 hours battery life Beyer Dynamic Price: $179.99 Perfect for long online classes, the Beyer Dynamic offers clear sound quality, is comfortable to wear, and keeps all environmental noise at bay. Key Features ▪                 Designed for long listening sessions ▪                 Impressive frequency response   Speakers Of course, Some people prefer speakers to headphones. Or, maybe you just want to fill your dorm room with sounds! If that’s you, we’ve picked some of our favorite bang-for-your-buck speakers.   Logitech Z130 Stereo Speakers Price: $25.99 Quick to set up and easy to use, the Logitech Z130 speakers offer rich, dynamic sound quality and are a fantastic desktop speaker set. Key Features ▪                 Easy to set up ▪                 Work with any device with a 3.5mm jack   Creative Labs Pebble 2 Computer Stereo Speakers Price: $19.99 These orb-shaped computer speakers are equipped with a powerful 2.0 speaker system. Their small, sleek design keeps them from overtaking your workspace and add a nice bit of flair wherever they are Key Features ▪                 Easily connected via USB cable ▪                 45-degree elevated sound stage    Creative Labs Pebble Plus 2.1 Channel Computer Speakers Price: $39.99 If you like the look of the Creative Labs Pebble 2 but want a little extra oomph, the Pebble Plus 2.1 boasts all the aesthetics of its bretheren with an added subwoofer to make that bass really sing.  Key Features ▪                 Clean, sleek, minimal design ▪                 Subwoofer adds heavier bass  Smartphones Smartphones are an obvious must-have, but there are more than a few options available in the market. So, we put together a list of affordable smartphones that will do everything you need them to do without breaking the bank: Samsung Galaxy A32 Unlocked 4G – LTE Price: $279.99 This amazing smartphone has almost all features students could want, such as a 64mp ultra-high-resolution camera, a chic design, and a 128 GB built-in memory. It is a part of the A32 series and has a 6.4” display with a 20-megapixel front camera. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and allows for an amazing gaming experience. Key Features ▪                 Multi-lens camera ▪                 5000mah battery timing offering more talk time ▪                 Water and dust resistance ▪                 Supports a wide range of music and video formats ▪                 6 GB system memory and SD card slot   Samsung Galaxy A02s A025M Unlocked 4GB Price: $169.99 This Samsung Galaxy A02s has a 6.5” infinity V-shaped display. It offers easy navigation options, and a sleek matte finish. It’s octa-core processor ensures excellent performance, a long-lasting battery, improved 64 GB internal storage, and most importantly a 15W adaptive fast charging. A fantastic option for high school and college students. Key Features: ▪                 Dark mode for nighttime use ▪                 Dual nano sim ▪                 64 GB internal storage with 1TB Micro SD ▪                 4GB RAM ▪                 Dual Nano SIM Blue G51 Plus Unlocked 4G LTE Price: $119.99 If battery life is a must, the Blue G51 Plus should be at the top of your list. At 4000mah, it will easily last you a day. The 6.5 HD Infinity display combined with the powerful built-in speaker is perfect for online classes. Plus, the camera is great quality for those selfies with friends. Key Features: ▪                 Enhanced security because of the finger sensor ▪                 A 1.65GHz octa-core processor ▪                 64 GB built-in memory ▪                 8-megapixel front camera Hopefully, we've laid some groundwork for what you might need before your or your student heads back to school. If you have any questions or need any more help, don't hesitate to comment below or visit any of our stores for in-person help! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about tech buying? We’ve got Community sections dedicated to buying guides and reviews, as well as buying guides for Back-To-School Computers and Build-Your-Own Computers. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. 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JazzDMV January 2021 edited June 2021 in Peripherals Need to purchase two external monitors compatible with my Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2017) for a med school student. Any recommendations under $150? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin January 2021 Accepted Answer JazzDMV said: Here are 2 monitors found on MicroCenter's site. Does anyone know if they are compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro 13? Acer, $130, CB242Y 23.8" 1920 x 1080 75Hz HDMI VGA FreeSync IPS LED Monitor Dell, $120, SE2417HGX 23.6" Full HD 75Hz HDMI VGA FreeSync LED Monitor Greetings! Either of those would work, you would just need the proper adapter to get it to work with your MacBook. A cable like https://www.microcenter.com/product/612938/j5create-jcc153-usb-c-to-4k-hdmi-cable-5-ft--white would get an HDMI monitor to connect to the Thunderbolt/USB-C ports on the MacBook. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers JazzDMV January 2021 Here are 2 monitors found on MicroCenter's site. Does anyone know if they are compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro 13? Acer, $130, CB242Y 23.8" 1920 x 1080 75Hz HDMI VGA FreeSync IPS LED Monitor Dell, $120, SE2417HGX 23.6" Full HD 75Hz HDMI VGA FreeSync LED Monitor 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JazzDMV January 2021 Thanks for the response.  A few more questions. 1.) In order to set up 2 external monitors, should I purchase 2 of the adapters? 2.) Is a retina display recommended? 3.) Is a certain pixel density recommended? 4.) If yes about retina and pixel density, it doesn't appear the 2 monitors (Acer and LG) have those features.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 2021 If you're looking to add two displays to your laptop, it will need two display adapters, yes. Whether a Retina display is recommended or not would depend on how you intend to use the display and whether you would require one or not. A Retina display is an Apple branding term that essentially means, high resolution, specifically a high DPI. Typically, the higher the resolution the higher the cost, because it costs more to create and there is some different tech implemented. Both of the monitors you've selected will work with the display adapted mentioned above. However, I don't believe it's possible to find a higher resolution monitor in the price range that you're searching. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Laptop/chromebook & printer recs — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Laptop/chromebook & printer recs hernma ✭ August 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Looking for wisdom - I need a light portable device to use for school & business and a printer/scanner for home/business use. I have a desktop for home use - photos&videos/games/web browsing but need something to bring Quicken to PTA meetings, run in person presentations from, attend virtual meetings and maintain school files. I would like the printer to have a capability to produce high quality photo prints and not drain my budget on ink.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin August 2020 If you're running programs like Quicken or other office software, a Chromebook isn't going to work, you'll need to use a standard laptop. There's a lot of options that can work for that type of thing, if you can give us a budget we can link a few that would be good to start with.  As for your printer, I think the most cost-effective ink option longterm is likely the Epson Ecotank printers, since they don't use cartridges and you can just fill them up with bottles of ink manually. However the printers themselves are a little more expensive than normal, so there's a bit of a tradeoff. Long-term I think the ink savings can make up for it.  https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/epson_ecotank.aspx 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook hernma ✭ August 2020 I'm looking to spend less than 700 on a laptop. A friend suggested an Acer swift. I also prefer one that's not going to need replacing in 2-3 years. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 This link will give you all the laptops we carry between $500-750: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294967288+43&Ntk=all&sortby=match&myStore=true There's a lot of good options on that list. This Lenovo would be my personal first choice: https://www.microcenter.com/product/621388/lenovo-flex-5-14-2-in-1-laptop-computer---grey And since you mentioned the Acer, we have one in that price range as well: https://www.microcenter.com/product/611433/acer-swift-3-sf314-57-57bn-14-laptop-computer---gray 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Sonja15713 ✭ September 2020 I am looking for a printer that works with the new Samsung Galaxy Chromebooks for my kids. I prefer one that uses ink and not cartridge. If possible, holds up to 500 sheets of paper.  What printer do you recommend? Thank you for your assistance. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 Pretty much any printer will work with a Chromebook. If you're looking to use something with Ink, but not individual cartridges, the Epson Ecotank printers would still be my recommendation to start with.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 169 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Inconsistent CPU temperatures when gaming (Acer desktop) — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Inconsistent CPU temperatures when gaming (Acer desktop) Aster ✭ May 2021 edited May 2021 in General Discussion Buckle up, I'm providing as much info as possible to get to the bottom of this. I brought home an acer predator orion 3000 (po3-620 with i7 10700 and RTX 2060 super) a little over a week ago, but a few days later I noticed the CPU was getting VERY hot in gaming, namely in the 95C area in Destiny 2 for several hours (yes I played it that long just to make sure it was going to stay there and tried closing things to see if it helped). I tried a few things afterwards and was happy to see temps were 60-70C the next day and for a whole week after. This is what I did: stopped using chrome altogether, have been using firefox instead changed the power profile back to "Acer" (default) from "balanced" (which I changed it to on a whim shortly after setting up the pc) plugged in an Ethernet cable just in case the Wifi 6 is hot or something. re-installed geforce experience (installed it day 1, uninstalled it day 2, reinstalled day 3) Tonight I am getting a similar issue again, though I'm not letting the CPU get above 85-89C before turning off the game. It seems OK in idle game activity, but heats up in matchmade activities. The thing is, this week, I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider on highest settings, even streamed it on discord while doing so; AC Origins performed well earlier today and the day after my "fixes"; I probably clocked in about 2-4 hours of D2/Subnautica BZ every day this week because school ended and the CPU was fine. The reason I know the CPU wasn't getting too hot (besides occasional monitoring) is that the case fans get extremely loud (like AC in a truck) if the CPU goes above 75C-ish for too long. The RTX has been getting the low 80s (usually 60-79 though) but I am told that's normal for something of its caliber. Other notes: -I unplugged the Ethernet cable 2-3 days ago but I am not convinced this is the issue as I did not see immediate changes. -Idle, the CPU can be anywhere between 40-70C, usually 60-70 when I'm downloading or installing stuff, and in the 50s-60s when I'm using my art program (Clip Studio, I work in high resolutions), which is normal to the best of my knowledge. When just using firefox and discord, it tends to be in the high 40s/low 50s. -I shut down the PC every night around the same time and wake it up every morning for work and play. After shutting down, there is a fast and quiet clicking in the PSU area that does not stop unless I unplug it entirely. -Destiny 2 is on the SSD (C drive) while most of my other games are on the D drive. TL;DR, I'm very confused because it was working like a charm since last Tuesday and I was sure the culprit was the power profile. Does it need better paste on the CPU cooler? A BIOS check? EDIT next morning: temps are back to "normal", of course, after I spend hours overnight researching, but I am still at a loss to what is going on so I have tried something courtesy acer forums/reddit, though it was mostly suggested for laptops. Both of these numbers were at 100% and the CPU has consistently been above 4000mhz since I unboxed it. So Acer had it boosting the whole time. Now it is sitting around 2700 and doesn't even hit 50C in Destiny. 60FPS 1080p is all I need right now so I HOPE this is a sturdy solution; at least until I can Frankenstein the whole build into a bigger case with better fans (and bigger psu if compatible ones come around) in a year or so. (I set the minimum to 5% after some more googling and may try this with the max set back to 100%). Here are the temps in Destiny 2 before and after my initial group of fixes. As you can see the CPU % and GPU values are roughly the same so something else may still be going on. You can also see the difference between WiFi and Ethernet here. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin May 2021 It seems like you have quite done quite a bit of troubleshooting and may have found a temporary solution. Looking over the model I see on our website, it does appear it is just using the stock cooler, so you may want to look into replacing / upgrading that if the issues persist. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Aster ✭ May 2021 @Ian If I run into more issues/find myself missing the boost, I probably will. The Acer forums have a few instances of people needing to unscrew the motherboard to change the CPU cooler, so for now it is a last resort, as I'd have you guys at MC do that. But what do you make of the PSU clicking after shut down? I don't notice it while the computer is running, only after a full shut down. Even hours after shut down, it will still be clicking. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 2021 edited May 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32446#Comment_32446 Is it a constant clicking, or just a once in awhile noise? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Aster ✭ May 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32453#Comment_32453 It is constant and rather quiet; I have to put my ear next to the case. It clicks whether the PC is plugged into my APC adapter or in the wall socket. Once unplugged, there is no noise. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32458#Comment_32458 Does it sound like the fan inside the power supply is turning on when it does this? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Aster ✭ May 2021 edited May 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/32503#Comment_32503 I can't say that it does; just a faint clicking noise like a randomized picker machine. It could be the PSU fan, but I am by no means an expert on electrical noises. I'm reluctant to bring it in because I can't parse any power-related issues beyond the boost being on previously. Edit - went ahead and shut the pc down and listened closely to the process - there are some weird noises that might be normal power-down things, and then the final "off" click with the case lights going out. The faint clicking starts immediately afterwards and doesn't seem to change speed. The clicking stops at some point in startup, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly when. Lmk if I should open a separate thread or support ticket from here - this is a little off topic from the cpu. Hoping this might be a normal PSU fan thing I never noticed before because I need this pc for work. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin May 2021 Unfortunately for us to verify the issue with the power supply, we would really need to see this in store. 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With me still in the return period, will you credit me the difference and save us both the trouble of my returning my purchase and then rebuying it at the lower price? Thanks, Tim 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin December 2020 nobodywouldcare said: Hi, I have a question about your price protection plan. On 12/20 I puchased an Acer laptop. Three days later, on Wednesday 12/23, the price was at $479.99. With me still in the return period, will you credit me the difference and save us both the trouble of my returning my purchase and then rebuying it at the lower price? Thanks, Tim Hello! I have found your purchase and sent your information to store management so they can refund the difference back to your card. 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