Product and Service Recommendations
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My clients are always asking me for my recommendation of things like laptop computers, streaming devices (cord cutting), printers, office software, graphic or photography related software, wireless routers, cable modems, and many other products or services. So I thought it would be a lot easier if I posted the most common answers here on my website. I only recommend products or services that I use or have direct experience with.
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= HARDWARE =
Ideal for extending WiFi to Amazon Echo/Alexa devices, WeMo & TP-Link Smart Plugs, TP-Link Smart Bulbs, and just throughout the rest of the house or office. Works with any standard router or gateway, High Speed Mode allows for the most ideal HD streaming & gaming experience. Smart signal Indicator can help to find the best location for optimal WiFi coverage. Compatible with 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices. Easy setup and flexible placement allows movement of the range extender to any outlet after initial setup.
Boost your cell coverage and get superior connectivity at your home or office with the Connect 4G Cellular Signal Booster! Bid farewell to dropped calls and lay the foundations for a more productive workspace or a happier home. This premier device enhances 4G LTE and 3G signals in buildings of up to 5,000 square feet and works with all carriers in the United States and Canada: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Straight Talk, and U.S. Cellular.
This is a product I personally use as well as many of my clients. The Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector has 12 (in total) surge-protected outlets — 8 rotating and 4 stationary — that provide convenience and flexibility and there is room for large block space outlets. You also get a 1-in, 2-out RJ11 telephone/fax surge protection and coaxial protection. The unit has a 4320-Joule energy rating that provides maximum protection for all your sensitive electronic devices.
This amplified Indoor HD Digital TV Antenna has a long range of 65-80 miles. It supports 4K and 1080p video. Should work on most TVs. Includes a powerful HDTV Amplifier Signal Booster with power adapter and an 18-foot coax cable. TV antennas have come a long way since the rabbit ears. An HD antenna is designed to receive local over-the-air digital television (DTV) channels such as news, sports, network TV, daytime shows, and syndicated shows.
Exceptional wireless. Stunning picture quality. Start watching your favorites shows and movies quickly and enjoy a smooth streaming experience. Whether you’re streaming in your home, hotel or even in the backyard, the advanced wireless receiver gives you 4x the range and a stronger signal for streaming. This means you can stream in places that are ordinarily too far from the router. Stream in brilliant 4K, HDR, and HD. Experience the visual rush of 4K and vibrant HDR picture quality with the new powerful and portable streaming Roku Stick Plus. Our new voice remote with buttons for TV Power and volume control makes it easy to control both your TV and the Roku Stick Plus. Enjoy 500,000 movies and TV episodes across thousands of free or paid channels. You can even search by voice across top channels by actor, show name and more.
Just plug Fire TV Stick into your HDTV and start streaming in minutes. Use the included Alexa Voice Remote to find the best way to watch across more than 200 channels and apps with universal search. With the fastest Wi-Fi and most accurate voice search of any streaming media stick, shows and movies start faster and stream smoother than ever. With access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, Prime Video, and more—there are over 500,000 TV episodes and movies ready to stream. Watch live TV (including sports and news) as it happens. Directly access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox. Subscription fees may apply.
Discover where your imagination can take you with a wireless HP Envy 5055 all-in-one designed to help your whole family be creative and stay productive. Easily print borderless, high-quality photos and crisp text at home or on the go from all your family’s devices-smartphones, tablets, internet-connected devices and more. The option for Instant Ink is fantastic, basically, for an affordable monthly cost (different levels depending on how much you print) you will receive ink before you run out!
The space-saving design of this power block is ideal for any home, small office or dorm room. Measuring only 5.7 inchs tall, this power block offers 1500 Joules of surge protection for your laptop, router, printer, modems, speakers and other valuable technology appliances in its 8-outlets. In addition, you have 6 smart USB charging ports for those devices that charge using a USB port. Safety Guarantee:ETL Listed,built-in surge protection,short circuit protection, overload protection,over temperature protection, over current protection. I personally use this and love it! 🙂
Whether you use it for yourself or you share it with your friends, its huge 22000mAh capacity will take care of any power need you throw at it: fully charge an iPhone 6s up to 9 times, a Galaxy S7 up to 5 times, or an iPad Mini more than 2 times. When the power bank is finally empty, charge it back up in just 10-11 hours. A must for every traveler!
WD makes great portable hard drives that are trusted to store the massive amounts of photos, videos and music you love. Available in an array of vibrant, fun colors, the sleek style fits comfortably in the palm of your hand so you can easily take your treasured content everywhere you go.
The NETGEAR CM1000 Ultra-High Speed Cable Modem provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 6 Gbps. It is the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Labs Certified cable modem, 10X faster than DOCSIS 3.0. Working with both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 cable Internet service providers, it is the ultra-high speed cable modem ready for today’s service plans and future upgrades. Enjoy ultra HD video streaming over IP with 2×2 OFDM or 32×8 channel bonding giving you the fastest download speeds—even during peak hours. Save up to 120 a year* by eliminating Internet service provider rental fees. Ideal for Internet service plan 300Mbps and above. Certified with Comcast XFINITY, COX and Mediacom. This modem does not have telephone ports, so if you have telephone service through Comcast/XFinity it won’t work.
= SOFTWARE =
Luminar is photo-editor for everyone who loves photography – be it a professional, amateur or beginner. Thanks to an easy-to-use interface and all-powerful intelligent tools, editing with Luminar is smooth and allows for getting striking photos effortlessly. Luminar offers professional photo editing in less time with 45 intelligent filters to produce masterpieces with ease, 67 smart presets for quick editing and result comparisons, easy workflow switch from Adobe to Luminar, and — with Luminar you pay once and enjoy forever!
CleanMyMac X is all-in-one package to clean megatons of junk and makes your computer run faster. It replaces dozens of optimization tools for Mac. It can be anything you tell it to be: a macOS cleaner, performance monitor, and a malware remover! This app is a life-saver for any Mac owner.
Malwarebytes Premium for Mac is a must for any Mac owner for the fight against dangerous malware that lurks online. Malware might steal your identity, install unwanted programs, or encrypt and hold your digital files for ransom. As a term, “malware” covers all sorts of malicious software, including Trojans, spyware, adware, ransomware, and viruses.
Malwarebytes Premium for Windows is a must for any Windows computer owner in the fight against dangerous malware that lurks online waiting for a Windows computer to come by. Malware might steal your identity, install unwanted programs, or encrypt and hold your digital files for ransom. As a term, “malware” covers all sorts of malicious software, including Trojans, spyware, adware, ransomware, and viruses.
With RAW support for over 450 camera models, customizable batch presets, drag and drop searching, vast digital asset management features, and a full toolkit of non-destructive adjustments, ACDSee Photo Studio 4 is well-positioned as your go-to digital photography resource. Harness the flexibility and control of instant, import-free access to your images, professional processing enhancements, and enough organizational tools to suit even the most particular workflow.
With GPU-accelerated adjustment layers, RAW editing, and an arsenal of professional digital asset management tools, ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 is perfectly positioned as the only software you need to satisfy any part of your digital photography workflow. Now featuring even more ways to take control of your photo manipulation, flexible mobile importing, tools facilitating productivity, and much more, Photo Studio Ultimate makes it easy to get speedy, stunning results.
I recommend The Computer Guy (Eric Montgomery) for those of us who enjoy the good things technology can bring but are often baffled by the complexity of those same systems, especially when they “have issues.”
The Computer Guy (Eric Montgomery) demonstrates an understanding of the computers and peripherals we use. He is a patient advisor on how to use the technology effectively for our individual purposes.
I don’t hesitate to recommend his services to anyone.