Friday, December 21, 2018

Gifts for Techie Teens

Hi, my name is Jacob, and I am a co-op student at Forest City Surplus. When it comes to technology, I have my fair share of knowledge to share as well as understanding the mindset of modern teen!. So, if you don't know what to get your Techie Teen for Christmas, here's my top picks:

HP Elitebook 2570p Laptop for only $249 (Stock number: 490124)

- This off-lease model features a powerful intel core i5 3320M Processor, which is great for everyday use. It also features improved performance through Intel® Virtualizing technology, hyper-threading, fast and flex memory access. Its Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology provides the user with the ability to overclock the processor without damaging the CPU itself. Another perk is that it also makes for a great school laptop at a great price, especially compared to pricey new models at major retail stores.  Its slim and sleek design and 12.5-inch screen makes it easy to fit right into your backpack.

Toshiba Tecra R94SCA1 Laptop for only $249 (Stock number: 490130)

-The Toshiba Tecra R94SCA1 laptop comes with many cool useful features that make it more than just your everyday laptop. Don't trust anyone around your personal files? This laptop features a fingerprint scanner that deters anyone from trying to get into your files without permission. Another cool add-on this laptop is its high-speed performance while only using 35 watts of power! If you’re on a tight budget, charging this thing will leave you with a not-so-scary electricity bill.  It’s my pick for all those college students out there.

LENOVO® R500  Laptop for only $189 (Stock number: 490134)

- For a quality Lenovo laptop, I think this is a great deal. Because it is off-lease, it can fit within the budget of many parents at only $189.  The Lenovo R500 laptop comes with a whole chain of cool features which make for a good school laptop and even just an at-home recreational laptop. Is your teen taking a class that requires editing? Or perhaps they use the computer for fun? This Laptop is perfect for the job, as it features the ability of greater multitasking performance by combining two independent 2.1 GHz processor cores in one physical package. This allows you to multitask without your computer slowing down. It also features Bluetooth, so  teens can connect a speaker and listen to their favourite tunes while they study! For the price, this laptop is unbeatable.  The large 15.5-Inch screen means you won’t have to squint to read it.

Viewsonic 24” LED Monitor for only $129.95 (Stock number: 490297)

- Is your teen looking for a new monitor? Why waste the extra money at a big retail store for one that will perform the exact same? The Viewsonic 24” LED Computer Monitor has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) which looks great for gaming, watching movies and much more! Save the neck pain with the adjustable stand that rotates up, down, left, and right, as well the ability to adjust height. Perfect for starting off a gaming setup.  For doing homework, the larger screen makes it easier to write research reports and essays.  It’s so big that you can have one side filled with Wikipedia and the other with MS Word.

Blackweb Wired RGB Gaming Mouse for only $19.95 (Stock Number: 177149)
- If you’re looking to start a new gaming setup, this mouse is perfect for you. This high-speed mouse features enhanced optical sensor technology which can be programmed to cooperate with modern games. Today’s games can be very fast paced, so you need all the accuracy you can get. It’s so frustrating to loose an online game due to slow equipment.  The 12,800 DPI make it about ten times more responsive, ensuring that every small bit of your movement is noticed on your computer. It also features 6 programmable Hyper Response buttons which are great for faster performance on game specific tasks.  The on-board memory allows you to carry along your settings. Plus the mouse has RGB Lighting with 16.8 million colour options that look super cool! All of this for only $19.95!

Blackweb Programmable Keyboard for only $34.95 (Stock number: 177143)

- Your teen will love to be able to set up all of the key binds with the individually programmable keys for the ultimate gaming experience. This keyboard also features anti-ghosting keys that allow you to press 19 keys at once to execute complex moves with precision. If you’re looking for a keyboard to begin your setup, this one is perfect.

SOLD OUT - Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset for only $79.95 (Stock number: 001200/ Online only)

- Looking for a new pair of headphones? The Logitech G930s are an excellent choice due to their great audio quality, wireless ability, and maximum comfort. With 7.1 channel surround sound, you’ll hear clear, crisp, realistic sound in all your movies, games or even just cool YouTube videos. The most exciting part of these headphones es their ability to charge for only 2.5 hours to get 10 hours of playtime! For a discounted price like $79.95, you definitely cannot go wrong.

Targus® Universal Laptop Power Supplies for only $49.95 (Stock number: 770096)

- Lately laptop chargers that come with laptops don’t seem to be as reliable as they once were.  My friends are finding that the power cord starts to fray within 6 months.  On my brand new HP laptop the charger that came with the laptop didn’t fit in the charging port, straight out of the box.  This Targus universal laptop charger/power supply allows you to charge all laptops with a voltage range of 15-24 volts. It has adjustable settings as well as a wide variety of different port adapters. The included carrying pouch makes it very portable.

Logitech® Z213 Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer for only $37.95 (Stock number: 146100)

-Not too interested in headphones? No other brand than Logitech will provide you with the quality, performance, and durability of this desktop speaker system for the price. With a sleek and compact design, these desktop speakers pack a punch with their 2” drivers and their 4” Sub. Too much bass? Not a problem, turn the bass to your specific liking with the built-in bass knob on the back of the subwoofer for a customized great experience. Now I could go on with many more of the great features, but you’ll have to hear it for yourself!

Logitech® MK320/MK360 Wireless Keyboard And Mouse Combo for only $29.95 (Stock number: 146087)

- Sick of your keyboard and mouse wires getting all tangled up in a cluttered mess? Worry no more with the Logitech MK320/MK360 wireless mouse and keyboard combo! This combination of high quality Logitech gear will help you with your cord frustrations With its 2.4GHz wireless connection, you can get up to a 10-meter range, even in the most crowded wireless environments. And if that wasn’t exciting, the batteries can last up to 5 months!

Yesa® Cat-317 Electrostatic Discharge Wristband for only $3.99 (Stock number: 144206)

- Teens love to upgrade computers.  Gamers need to get new video cards regularly to keep up with the latest game requirements. When building or maintaining computers, it is always important to have no static electricity built up inside you, and this is something many people may not know. Static is known as the silent killer of electronics. If you touch a component and shock it, without your knowing, that part may be fried. This can all be avoided with the Yesa CAT-317 Wristband to help ground your teen so that static is not a problem.  These are hard to find to find, but I’m glad that Forest City Surplus carries them, and teens can buy them for pocket change.

Magic Duster® Compressed Air Cans for only $5.99 (Stock number: 146028)

- Parents are always bugging teens to clean our rooms. Well, why not our computers too?  It is always a good idea to keep a clean PC, no matter the make or model. Sometimes cleaning with a cloth just doesn’t do, as you can miss spots and even build up a static charge which can damage your electronics. With the Magic Duster compressed air can, you can get all those spots you missed or were too afraid to get. Also comes with a tube to get those hard-to-reach areas.

I know gift buying can sometimes be a chore, especially with trying to figure out what teens want and where to get it for a great price. These computer accessory picks should help make your life a little easier.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

7 Reasons to Buy Off-Lease Computers and Laptops

Thinking of buying a computer?  Here's seven reasons why you should consider an off-lease computer.

  1. If you just want a computer to send emails, check out your grandkids on Facebook, pay some bills, or watch funny cat videos then you get by with a much, cheaper computer.
  2. Off-lease computers are cheaper than buying a brand new computer.
  3. Why should you pay for the high depreciation that happens with high tech items?  Let some big company, school board, or a government agency pay for the cost of that depreciation.
  4. A lot of lemons in modern electronics are discovered in the first few weeks of operation.  Buying something that has working experience means that it's likely a proven as a solid machine.  If part of it was defective it likely would have been found out before the end the lease. 
  5. If you are not a fan of Windows 8 or Windows 10 then you will be happy to know that off-lease computers allow you the option to get a computer that has Windows 7 or Linux operating systems.  Most new computers don’t give you that option.
  6. Worried about having the kids on your computer?  Off-lease computers are an affordable option that lets the kids surf the internet or do homework without risking damage to your more expensive computer.
  7. If you’re a parent do you want your kids doing homework or wasting their lives on a fancy new expensive computer playing the latest video game?  Trust us, your child doesn’t need an octa-core CPU computer with sixteen-gigabytes of RAM to visit Wikipedia or use MS Word. These computers are made for doing research, writing essays, and emailing teachers.
Curious about what’s available in the off-lease computer market?  We have a huge selection of  off-lease computers, laptops, flat-panel monitors, and computer accessories for sale from top brands like Lenovo, HP, Dell, and more.  Visit the off-lease computers and laptops section of our website or come on down to Forest City Surplus Canada at 1712 Dundas Street in London, Ontario, Canada and see the selection for yourself.