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Give the Gift of Geek: Our Top Tech Picks for the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching! Finding the right gift for your Geek can be challenging. Technology doesn’t take time off for the holidays and with the surge of online shopping and with the need for enhanced online security, it’s the perfect time to ramp up your tech before the new year. Whether you’re shopping for new hardware or software, upgraded malware protection, or customized IT services, there’s a perfect gift for everyone on your list. Here are our top tech picks for the holidays:

Hardware

Technology is constantly changing. Over time, your hardware requires revisions, new features, and repairing holes in your PC’s security due to new IT advancements. Research suggests upgrading or replacing your computer or laptop every four years to stay current with changes. Shopping for new hardware can be daunting, however, there are quality, cost-effective options on the market for your home or business.

Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop PC Computer
Dell remains the leader in PC powerhouses. Providing reliable PCs and laptops for home, office, or on the go. This Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop PC has a 64-bit Windows 10 OS and is equipped with a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 1TB 7200RPM HDD for ample storage. Despite having no DVD, it contains powerful Wi-Fi Bluetooth with a convenient keyboard & mouse.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15,6” Full HD
The surge in remote work has made laptops a popular staple for home or mobile offices. Acer has been making affordable laptops since 1999 and constantly improving. Acer’s slim and lightweight addition to its Acer family features a 15.6” Full HD IPS display screen. IPS, or In-Plane-Switching, monitors create better viewing angles, color accuracy, consistency, and performance for designing reports, gaming, or watching movies on the go. This Acer Aspire 5 runs on an AMD Ryzen 3 3200 processor and 4GB DDR4 of RAM. Battery life is not an issue with up to 7.5 hours of battery life. Additional features include Wi-Fi and three USB ports with an HDMI port to keep all your other devices connected.

Printers

A home office isn’t complete without a printer that can do it all. Adding an All-In-One inkjet printer to your workspace gives you the ability to print, scan, and copy without leaving your home or office, saving you time and money.

HP ENVY Photo 7155 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer
Get all your work done and create custom prints all in one place. This all-in-one printer uses inkjet quality to produce vibrant prints for documents and photos. Its wireless capabilities allow you to work from anywhere in your home or office. This unit contains a USB port to connect your PC, laptop, or other devices. Want to include DIY holiday photos with your holiday cards? An SD card slot is available to instantly print photos or documents directly from your camera’s SD card.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720
An office quality all-in-one without the space of a full-size office printer. Built to handle large jobs on a small budget, this printer, copier, and scanner uses Wi-Fi Direct technology with a print speed of 20 pages per minute in black and 10 pages per minute in color. A large paper capacity of 250 sheets saves you time loading paper for larger projects. The convenient color LCD touchscreen makes it easy to customize settings directly on the device. This all-in-one provides automatic 2-sided prints with ease. A rare feature in other all-in-one printers.

Software

While it’s a good idea to purchase new hardware every four years, it’s also good practice to ensure your device is protected with the most up-to-date anti-virus protection and running the latest version of your computer's operating system. Having the right software on your home or business computer creates continuity in formatting and communication across platforms. The right software allows you to work efficiently and securely.

Antivirus Software

AVAST Antivirus
Reliable anti-virus software provides browser security and firewall protection. This easy-to-install software blocks viruses and other malware and scans your home or office’s Wi-Fi for security weaknesses. It can secure your passwords and help you avoid fake sites for safer holiday shopping. This user-friendly software automatically updates your computer apps and has a built-in secure browser default option for safe Internet surfing.

Avast + Malwarebytes Premium Combo
A step up from the Avast antivirus software. Combined with premium malware protection, this software combo provides all the protection of an anti-virus and more. Scans, cleans, and improves your PC’s performance and prevents a high risk of unwanted system errors, slow startups, and software crashes. Added protection includes shielding programs and systems from hackers for Windows devices and stopping ransomware attacks. This will keep you updated and give you peace of mind with automatic protection updates and automatic scheduled scans.

Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is specifically designed for cloud protection. It runs behavioral scans that detect new potential threats in real-time, removes malware, and protects exploited and susceptible applications. A perfect security addition to Windows XP (32bit), Vista, 7,8, 8.1, and 10 users.

Productivity Software 

Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Business or Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student
Stay productive at home or connect with classmates with the Home & Student Edition. A fully installed Office version which includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint that is perfect for Windows 10 users.

The Home & Business Edition has all the features of the Home & Student Edition along with Outlook as an added feature to give the entrepreneur a professional look or keep remote staff connected to coworkers at the office. Neither edition includes Publisher or Access.

Backup Software Support

When your computer goes down, your files go with it. It’s important to utilize an automatic Cloud storage backup system to avoid the risk of losing important files and precious photos. Hardware backup is susceptible to loss, corruption from viruses, and damage due to excessive heat and other exposures to normal wear and tear. A Cloud backup grants you access to your files with an Internet connection from any device, anywhere.

A cloud-based backup service like Carbonite provides automatic secure cloud backup with remote file access and 24/7 technical support for both Windows and Mac users. This includes unlimited Cloud storage keeping documents, files, photos, etc. safe from accidental deletions. Carbonite offers several affordable options for your needs:

Support Packages

For the novice, professional, or Geek that has it all, there’s never a shortage of professional IT support needed. Give the gift of peace of mind by adding a technical support package to your holiday list. An IT support package is a unique stand-alone gift idea or a courteous add-on to a new or existing home office or business setup. No more packing up your device, fighting traffic, or the weather to bring your PC into a busy shop. Have a friendly, certified technician dispatched to your home or office to provide on-site support at your convenience or select secure and convenient remote services that allow an IT specialist from Geeks on Site to log in to your PC or laptop remotely for easy troubleshooting. Choose from one-time or ongoing services:

  • Onsite Hourly Services – Support for any computer problem with a 7-day warranty on completed work.
  • 4-Hour Onsite Service Package – A certified technician is dispatched to your home or office for 4 hours of diagnostic and support for any computer problem.
  • 2-Hour Onsite Training and Installation Package – Installation and training on new hardware or software.
  • The most robust and economic package suited for anyone is the Flat Fee-Unlimited Remote Service – A one-time fee that provides an unlimited remote connection that includes virus protection verification, startup optimization, temporary file clean-up, adware and spyware clean-up, system updates, and more.

If technology is on your list this holiday, think Geeks on Site! Give a gift that keeps on giving with practical and useful products and services you and your loved ones will appreciate long after the new year. To learn more about our top tech picks and add them to your holiday list, visit Geeks on Site or contact us at 1.888.360.4335.