Top 3 Tips to Enjoy Working Outside

We’ve been working within the confines of our humble abodes for over a year now. Even if you don’t notice or admit it, it’s kind of draining when the line between personal and work time gets blurry. With an identical place for both work and play, getting a break can be quite a task. A year into working from home isn’t enough to adjust to, coming from years with a dedicated place, such as office buildings for work.

As we teach ourselves to work outside our homes again, it’s essential to take things one step at a time. You can start working on your porch, garden, or any other part of your home that isn’t indoors. But how can you make sure you enjoy and get things done while working outdoors?

We’ve got you covered with three tips:

1. Optimize Your Laptop’s Battery Life

With a portable computer coming hand in hand with working from home or outside of it, you know how essential it is to keep your laptop charged all the time. But the traditional way we all go is staying plugged into a wall socket. You can’t just find wall sockets anywhere you go, right? A short laptop battery life will keep you indoors.

That’s why you must know the necessary system tweaks that will make your laptop’s battery last longer when you’re headed outside for a change of scenery. 

Turn On Battery Saving Mode

Laptops powered by macOS and Windows come with their battery saver modes. You can hover over the battery icon in the taskbar and just turn on battery saver mode. There might be a slight performance loss, but it’s worth it considering the extended battery juice.

Lower Your Brightness

Your display brightness is one of your laptop’s biggest battery drainers. The bigger and brighter your screen is, the heavier work it puts on your battery, making it last for less than the ideal time.

Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth When Not Needed

If you’re just typing down a few things without online reference, help your battery by turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You’ll be surprised by how much battery life you’ll save by making this a habit.

2. Get A Portable Laptop Charger

When system tweaks don’t make the cut because your laptop’s battery isn’t as good as it used to be, you’re left with one choice. That’s to get yourself a portable laptop charger. They aren’t as handy as the power banks we use for our phones, but they function the same way.

You can charge your smartphone and other work devices along with your laptop! Since you won’t always have a wall socket near you, it’s good to have one of these portable chargers handy.

Such chargers are powerful and pack a lot of juice. They can be heavy, so prepare to carry them to your new outdoor working spot. Here’s a list of portable laptop chargers you should check out.

3. Avoid Crowds

Certain places  just aren’t made for productivity. The beach, a restaurant, and the likes are places where you should expect flower productivity due to the number of people and commotion. Moreover, these places are designed for recreational activities, not preparing for your next managerial meeting.

Your home’s outdoor areas are good examples of productive spaces. If you live alone, you might more easily find new outdoor working spaces for getting things done. And if your laptop or phone does drop on the cement or get splashed by a sprinkler, don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll have you back to typing speed in no time.

iPad Pro vs iPad Air: Which Is the Best Graduation Gift?

Today’s students rely on technology for all things related to their work. Some students prefer to use computers, some prefer tablets, and some prefer a good mix of both. But if you’re someone looking to add a gadget to a student’s mix of equipment, a good pick that’d touch on both convenience and performance would be Apple’s iPad models. With flexible usability and a multifunctional setup, the iPad models are the perfect gift for a graduate just starting into their post-school career.

What are the hottest iPads right now?

iPad Pro

The California tech giant’s April 2021 event gave Apple fans a peek into what’s in store for them. Apple announced new upgrades for their iPad Pros, amping processing performance up by using M1 chips and better touchscreen technology in the recently announced models. 

These two upgrades made the iPad Pro look more appetizing to both casual and avid users – more powerful processors would mean increased productivity, and that increased productivity would be accommodated perfectly by the touchscreen technology upgrade.

Aside from new chips and better screens, Apple finally gave in to the consumer demand, which is the release of 5G-capable iPad Pros. Although Apple fans are aware of the implications of this upgrade on their carrier plans, who wouldn’t want a faster connection paired with a powerful processor?

iPad Air

A relatively cheaper and lighter alternative to the iPad Pro is the iPad Air. They come with A14 chips as the new iPhones do, but function relatively similar to the iPad Pro. The Airs, however, didn’t get the same M1 chip and 5G capability upgrade. This is a good thing for people who are comfortable with the Air’s current capabilities relative to its affordable price.

Which one would be better for students?

Picking the right one for a student finishing up school and heading into a new career would require you to answer some questions related to usage and preference. What kind of activities will the graduate use the iPad Pro or Air for? How long would they use the iPad? Lastly, what’s your ideal price range?

If you’re aware of your grad’s device and gadget usage (favorite device? Favorite apps?), you’ll have an idea of which iPad model to buy them. If they’re finishing up high school using Microsoft Office for school work and communicating with their peers, you’re better off going with the iPad Air, both price- and comfort-wise.

But if the student is wrapping up a Bachelor’s degree – and perhaps playing with upper-level hobbies like graphic design or coding – they’re better off with the iPad Pro for its processing power and bigger screen size options. They can still work just fine with an iPad Air, but if they have application needs that are more than the power Microsoft Office requires, the iPad Pro is the ideal choice. For instance, most companies use a combination of office and productivity tools that do require a bit more juice – apps like Slack, Teams, Zoom, and Airtable come to mind.

Battery Life

We know battery life is a concern, so let’s jump in. All iPad Pro models can last up to 10 hours while a user surfs the web or streams videos on Wi-Fi, and up to 9 hours on a cellular data network. 

The iPad Air doesn’t sit far away from that range, lasting the same hours on both Wi-Fi and cellular data network for the same activities.

Apple Pencil Compatibility

While both the Pro and Air work with the Apple Pencil, the Pro fares better in terms of use. The iPad Pro allows the Pencil to charge by connecting to the iPad Pro. The same feature is non-existent in the iPad Air.

If your future graphic designer or product manager won’t be using the Apple Pencil enough to need it to remain juiced up, this isn’t much of an issue. But if they use apps that benefit from sustained Apple Pencil use, such as drawing and note-taking applications like Procreate, the iPad Pro’s compatibility with the Pencil is a good feature to consider.

Display Size

In terms of display sizes, the iPad Pro wins with its 12.9-inch model. This is also one of the good points about the Pro you should consider. Everyone would benefit from a bigger screen, but that would mean a heavier work unit to lug around on a work commute. If your grad is now in a #WFH career, this may be irrelevant!

If the person who’ll be using the iPad doesn’t mind the weight, they can go with the Pro, but if weight is a concern, the Air is a good choice in terms of mobility.

Final Thoughts

Both models are perfect for basic productivity needs for recent graduates in a variety of fields of work, but if you’re looking to use either model as a computer, be prepared to lower your expectations. Why? Because neither model is specifically engineered to be used as a computer. 

There’s just so much computers can do that iPads can’t. The closest iPad model to computers is the iPad Pro, but why not just get yourself a computer if that’s what you’re looking for in terms of performance? Considering the cost of Apple products, this may indeed be a better option.

The iPad Pro is the more powerful model, but that comes with a hefty price tag for some buyers. Consider your gift recipient – what will they be doing with it in their new career? You may just arrive with the Air as your pick. In terms of maximum productivity through the power of Apple’s iPads, the Pro is always the better choice. It’s the bulkier one in terms of processing power, screen size, and compatibility. The iPad Air comes at a cheaper price tag, but you shouldn’t expect the same features you’d get from the Pro.

So what’ll it be? That’s for you to decide – but we hope this breakdown helps you shop for your recent college graduate. And from us at Genius Repair to them, congratulations on making it through!

Your Next Laptop: Our Latest Roundup

With your stimulus check in hand (or “in the mail), you might be tempted to shop laptop upgrades. Purchasing a new MacBook cover sleeve or buying a USB C converter for your laptop may both be good “upgrade” options, but you should consider buying a completely different laptop. Whether it’s outdated, has run out of storage, or simply no longer fits your pace, your laptop might be ready to throw in the towel. We took a look at some of the most recent laptop models, and each of the four contestants comes ready to impress us with their different specs. Maybe you’re debating between the MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air, or you’re ready to go beyond Apple products. We could compare every little detail of the computers we’ll be looking at, but today we’ll stick with the basics: price, portability, screen size, and battery life. 

Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)

First up we have the Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020).

Price: $999.99. Of the Apple and Lenovo computers we will be looking at, the Macbook Air takes the cake with the best price. For $1000 you buy yourself a long lasting, high performing laptop. Plus, you don’t have to worry about making ends meet after purchasing it. 

Portability: 2.8 pounds. Very portable. Coming at only 2.8 pounds, the Apple MacBook Air is ideal for anyone looking for an easily portable, lightweight laptop. Take it on a trip or, if you’re working in the office, take it with you to work. 

Screen size: 13.3 inches. You want a laptop you can work on easily, not one that either requires a magnifying glass or takes up too much space in your bag. The 13.3 inch screen is the perfect size to work on, watch a movie, and fit in your bag. 

Battery life: about 29 hours. You read that right. The Macbook Air beats our other three laptops by several hours when it comes to battery life. 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020)

Our next contestant is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8. Coming in as the lightest computer in our group, this laptop is here to make a statement. 

Price: $1,184.99 

Be ready to spend “a few” more dollars with this one than with the Apple MacBook Air, but again, you won’t have to break the bank to afford it. 

Portability: 2.4 pounds

Here is where the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes in on top. Weighing in at only 2.4 pounds, this laptop takes the cake for the lightest laptop. You can certainly take this laptop wherever you go without breaking your back. 

Screen Size: 14 inches

The laptop screen here is a tad larger than that MacBook Air. You may have to be a little more clever fitting this laptop in your backpack or bag, so keep that in mind.

Battery life: about 13 hours 49 minutes. Battery life is admittedly the biggest dropoff here. Now will you be on your computer for 13 straight hours? Maybe not, but you will have to make sure your charger is on hand for any road trips or plane rides you may be taking this year.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch

Next up we have the Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch. This laptop comes in swinging with a larger screen that many love. 

Price: $2,399.00. You may read that price and be a little shocked. While this Apple laptop is more expensive (even compared to other Apple products), it will last you for many years. If you’re looking for a long term investment, this is the laptop to consider. You get what you pay for, and this MacBook agrees.

Portability: 4.3 pounds. The MacBook Pro is on the heavier end for laptops. You won’t want to walk very far with this in your bag, but it will be a trusty pal for work and travel. 

Screen Size:16 inches. Here we have the biggest screen in our roundup. If you’re doing any type of design or just want a nice screen for movies, this should be one of your top choices. This will require a spacious bag if you plan to take this laptop with you to work or on vacation. 

Battery life: about 18 hours 40 minutes. This laptop beats the Lenovo for battery life but cannot quite compete with the MacBook Air. You’ll be able to get a lot of work done without having to be plugged in 24/7. 

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020)

Last but not least we have the MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020). If you’re looking for a computer between the MacBook Pro 16-inch and the Macbook Air, this or the Lenovo should be your choice. 

Price: $1,199.00. A little more expensive than the MacBook Air but not quite as expensive as the MacBook Pro 16-inch, this computer is a great price. A little clever budgeting and you can get this great laptop.

Portability: 3 pounds. This MacBook Pro is a nice middleweight in our laptop lineup. You can take it with you and not have to worry about an aching back or sore arms. 

Screen Size: 13.3 inches. Same screen size as the MacBook Air, the screen is large enough for movies, designing, and more while also being small enough to stick into your backpack. 

Battery life: about 22 hours 27 minutes. This laptop comes the closest to matching up with the MacBook Air. A long battery life that won’t have you attached to a plug all day long and is dependable. 

Whatever laptop you go with, hopefully the above breakdown provided some insightful reference points in your search. If you’re still struggling to narrow down your options, don’t worry – Genius Repair has a convenient location near you and is ready to offer tech advice! You may also decide to stick with the laptop you currently have. We can offer expert, professional repairs for that as well. Whether it’s a keyboard repair or a new screen, our quality repair services have you covered.

Nintendo

Through video game consoles, video games are becoming more and more accessible to all individuals of all ages. Like any other electronic, your Nintendo console can experience issues the require repair. Whether your console is having trouble powering on, is no longer registering your controller, or is just not functioning properly, our expert technicians can diagnose the cause of your issue and repair your Nintendo console.

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    Xbox

    Through video game consoles, video games are becoming more and more accessible to all individuals of all ages. Like any other electronic, your Xbox console can experience issues the require repair. Whether your console is having trouble powering on, is no longer registering your controller, or is just not functioning properly, our expert technicians can diagnose the cause of your issue and repair your Xbox console.

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      Having trouble reading discs, the drive may need to be replaced. Drives are prone to fail over time, particularly on earlier models. Our techs have experience replacing all game console drives.

      Xbox HDMI Port Repair

      If your game console won’t show up on your screen, the HDMI port may need to be replaced. We can help diagnose the issue and replace cable ports or power supply. Stop by or give us a call.

      Xbox Other Issue Repair

      Is your game console no longer recognizing memory cards, or not reading your game cartridges, or just something else is wrong. Don’t worry, our technicians can repair almost any issue fast and affordably.

      Playstation

      Through video game consoles, video games are becoming more and more accessible to all individuals of all ages. Like any other electronic, your Playstation console can experience issues the require repair. Whether your console is having trouble powering on, is no longer registering your controller, or is just not functioning properly, our expert technicians can diagnose the cause of your issue and repair your Playstation console.

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        Playstation Hard Drive Repair

        Having trouble reading discs, the drive may need to be replaced. Drives are prone to fail over time, particularly on earlier models. Our techs have experience replacing all game console drives.

        Playstation HDMI Port Repair

        If your game console won’t show up on your screen, the HDMI port may need to be replaced. We can help diagnose the issue and replace cable ports or power supply. Stop by or give us a call.

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        Is your game console no longer recognizing memory cards, or not reading your game cartridges, or just something else is wrong. Don’t worry, our technicians can repair almost any issue fast and affordably.

        Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

        We understand when your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus needs repair, it can throw you into a frenzy. From your contacts and appointments, to your documents and playlists, your phone is a crucial part of your life. Whether your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus needs a screen repair, battery replacement, or has been affected by water damage, we have the parts, skills and experience to get the repair done quickly and for an affordable price.

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          Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Battery Replacement

          Batteries age over time and lose their ability to hold a full charge. We can replace your battery and restore your device to full performance.

          Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Screen Repair

          Cracked or shattered screens are all too common, even from a short drop. We carry all of the high quality parts to get your screen repaired quickly.

          Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Speaker Repair

          Noticed your audio cutting in and out? You may have a speaker problem. Our techs are experts at speaker repair and can get your audio working like new.

          Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Water Damage Repair

          Dropped your device in water? Even the most water resistant devices can get water damage and corrosion can still occur. Bring it to our repair shop.

          Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

          We understand when your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite needs repair, it can throw you into a frenzy. From your contacts and appointments, to your documents and playlists, your phone is a crucial part of your life. Whether your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite needs a screen repair, battery replacement, or has been affected by water damage, we have the parts, skills and experience to get the repair done quickly and for an affordable price.

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            Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Battery Replacement

            Batteries age over time and lose their ability to hold a full charge. We can replace your battery and restore your device to full performance.

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            Cracked or shattered screens are all too common, even from a short drop. We carry all of the high quality parts to get your screen repaired quickly.

            Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Speaker Repair

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            Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Water Damage Repair

            Dropped your device in water? Even the most water resistant devices can get water damage and corrosion can still occur. Bring it to our repair shop.

            Samsung Galaxy Note 10

            We understand when your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 needs repair, it can throw you into a frenzy. From your contacts and appointments, to your documents and playlists, your phone is a crucial part of your life. Whether your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 needs a screen repair, battery replacement, or has been affected by water damage, we have the parts, skills and experience to get the repair done quickly and for an affordable price.

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              Common Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Repair Problems

              Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery Replacement

              Batteries age over time and lose their ability to hold a full charge. We can replace your battery and restore your device to full performance.

              Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Screen Repair

              Cracked or shattered screens are all too common, even from a short drop. We carry all of the high quality parts to get your screen repaired quickly.

              Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Speaker Repair

              Noticed your audio cutting in and out? You may have a speaker problem. Our techs are experts at speaker repair and can get your audio working like new.

              Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Water Damage Repair

              Dropped your device in water? Even the most water resistant devices can get water damage and corrosion can still occur. Bring it to our repair shop.

              iPhone 12 Pro Max

              We understand when your iPhone 12 Pro Max needs repair, it can throw you into a frenzy. From your contacts and appointments, to your documents and playlists, your phone is a crucial part of your life. Whether your iPhone 12 Pro Max needs a screen repair, battery replacement, or has been affected by water damage, we have the parts, skills and experience to get the repair done quickly and for an affordable price.

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                iPhone 12 Pro Max Battery Replacement

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                iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Repair

                Cracked or shattered screens are all too common, even from a short drop. We carry all of the high quality parts to get your screen repaired quickly.

                iPhone 12 Pro Max Speaker Repair

                Noticed your audio cutting in and out? You may have a speaker problem. Our techs are experts at speaker repair and can get your audio working like new.

                iPhone 12 Pro Max Water Damage Repair

                Dropped your device in water? Even the most water resistant devices can get water damage and corrosion can still occur. Bring it to our repair shop.