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Internal Hard Drives:
Chris likes this internal hard drive from Seagate. The 2TB version is $85.
Internal Solid State Drives:
When a customer needs to have their machine rebuilt, Chris recommends this internal SSD from Samsung.
Sometimes new Hard Drives or SSD’s are smaller than the space allotted inside the machine. Chris likes these adaptors to ensure a proper fit:
- This one is a narrow metal molded 2.5” disk adapter, to securely mount a 2.5” drive into a 3.5” space. Ideal for installing an SSD which naturally runs cool. Has threaded holes which match the ones found in a conventional 3.5” hard drive, so it fits right. Narrow Metal Adapter
- The second adapter is a wide metal molded 2.5” disk adapter, to securely mount a 2.5” drive into a 3.5” space. This adapter is a large heat sink, which is ideal for mounting a high performance (7.2Krpm, 10Krpm, 15Krpm) hard disk drive, which tends to run warm and will become warmer over time. Adapter with Heat Sink
External Hard Drives:
Here are a few of the External Hard Drives that Chris recommends. You should have at least two. One to back up your data and store in your car or some other place that is safe, secure, and not in proximity to your computer. The other one gets swapped out with the first. You should back up at least once a week!
We like Hewlett Packard printers. We’ve been using them since 1990ish when we got our very first HP LaserJet 4. It was a workhorse, and we loved it!
Here are several inkjet multi-function printers:
- The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 is a good inexpensive multi-function printer with wireless functionality.
- The HP OfficeJet Pro 8035 is a little faster and a little smaller. It’s also a good choice for a multi-function WiFi printer.
- The HP OfficeJet 8702 is a faster multi-function color WiFi printer.
If you’re looking for a laser printer:
- The HP LaserJet Pro M118dw is a great laser printer for someone that doesn’t need color or all-in-one functionality. It prints in black only and prints double sided.
- I have the previous version of the HP LaserJet Pro M426fdw. It has served me well for the past few years, and I love it. It’s a multi-function/all-in-one color LaserJet printer with WiFi and double-sided printing.
- Chris’ new favorite keyboard is called the Logitech Craft. It has a funky knob on the top left side which allows you to adjust images in Photoshop or Illustrator. It has a backlit keyboard and (WHAT?!) can manage up to three devices from the single wireless keyboard! It’s compatible with both Mac’s and PCs. This one retails for $199, but Amazon currently has it priced at $170. I’ve seen it on other sites at prices ranging from $179 to $199
- The wireless keyboard I had been using for the past few years suddenly died last month. I purchased a Logitech MK320, and I love it. It came paired with a mouse, which means only one USB thingie. That’s important to me because my laptop only has three USB ports. It has a separate ten-key which I like. And, as I mentioned above, I can manage more than just typing with this device! The keys are big enough that my fingers to confuse the “m” and the “n.” Overall, I like it and loved the price. It retails for $40, but Amazon currently has it priced at $22. Other sites have it for around $25.
Wireless PCI Adapter:
Chris likes this Netgear router which lists for $220. It’s currently available from Amazon for around $175.
Whole House Mesh Routers:
When you have a challenging WiFi situation, you should consider a Mesh system. For example, your home is large, or there are plenty of surfaces that WiFi can’t penetrate. Here are the two which Chris likes:
- The Netgear Orbi system lists for $370. Amazon has it now for $300. This one works with Alexa.
- Chris also likes the Linksys Velop which lists for $500. The current Amazon price is $400. The Linksys also works with Alexa.
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We’ve been using 1&1 almost since the start of Geek For Hire. We use them to reserve URLs, and they host our website. We’ve found them to be reasonably priced and very good to work with. The few times we’ve had issues, they were able to get things fixed quickly. I like that you can easily set up your new domain with WordPress to quickly get your website up and running. Check out GFHnewDomain.com to sign up for new domains for you.
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