How To Clean Your Laptop Screen (Properly)

There is nothing worse than a laptop display that has smudges and fingerprints all over it. Although getting a 17 inch laptop with a big screen is a very good choice, and most of these laptops have beautifully detailed screens, these can get pretty dirty. Maybe you left your laptop open for a long period of time and it got dusty, maybe while opening it, you accidentally touched the screen and left some greasy fingerprints on it.

Ever had that moment when a relative, friend or someone wanted to show you something on your laptop, and while doing so, they touched the screen telling you where to click? Yeah, me too. That is the worst feeling that you can get. Or if you have a touchscreen laptop, that can get even worse.

No matter what happened to your laptop screen, this guide will help you clean your display without causing any damage or scratches.

The best thing about these newer displays is that they withstand more than the older TFT screens. You don’t have to worry about breaking it, just by applying a little pressure on the display. It is simply because most of the displays are designed to have a touch functionality.

If you have glasses, you probably encountered this. The easiest fix for this is getting a microfiber cloth , because it is designed for cleaning delicate surfaces.  The good thing about this cloth is that you can use it for cleaning literally anything that needs special handling. Camera lens, glasses, phone screens can be cleaned of dust with that cloth. Because it’s soft, it won’t damage or leave scratches.

If you have been thinking about using a paper towel or a tissue for cleaning your laptop’s screen, just forget about it. These are pretty rough, and can easily damage the display and leave marks on it, not speaking about leaving behind their own litter.

First Step: Get a pack of microfiber cloth. If you have one for your glasses or phone, that can work too. Just make sure they are designed for laptop screens, glasses or cameras.

Second Step: Make sure your laptop is off. By having a black screen, you will see the dust you need to remove easier.

Third Step: Grab your cloth, and start cleaning the screen. Apply gentle pressure, and wipe in one direction. Make sure you don’t go in circles since that just moves the dust around.

Fourth Step: Continue until your screen is dust free.

What about cleaning dirty, grimy screens?

There will be cases when something dried on your screen, or is just simply more than dust. Unfortunately, using microfiber only is not going to do the job and it going to dirty it at the same time. You will need to use a damp sponge to get that dirt off.

You will need to get a completely new household sponge and deionized or distilled water. Make sure you don’t use tap water, because the minerals in it can actually damage your display. Just simply use water that has been filtered.

First Step: Unplug your laptop, remove the battery and make sure it is turned off. You don’t want to do this cleaning while the laptop is on.

Second Step: Wet the sponge with the ionized water we have mentioned, and twist it so it doesn’t drip.

Third Step: Wipe your monitor’s screen gently with the moist sponge and watch out for any drips. Make sure no fluid get’s on your keyboard or your speaker holes.

Fourth Step: Wait a few minutes, until your screen is dry. Don’t close the lid or use your machine until it is completely dry.

Oily or Sticky stuff? Ewww

To clean oily and sticky dirt, you will need more than water. You will need to make or buy cleaning solutions. It is pretty easy to buy screen-cleaning sprays from Amazon, and pretty often you can find nice deals for a whole kit what comes with a fibre cloth.

But if you want, you can make your own cleaning solution, by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and ionized water. Make sure you stay away from using any window cleaning sprays. Also, don’t spray any solution directly on the screen, or any part of your machine.

First Step: Make your laptop is shut down, unplugged from the power source and the battery is disconnected.

Second Step: Put some of the solution on your microfiber cloth, but make sure it’s only damp, and not wet.

Third Step: Gently rub in circles on the affected area on your screen, don’t apply too much pressure since that can damage your screen.

Fourth Step: Wait until the screen dries up, repeat the third step if your screen is still dirty. Make sure you don’t close the lid until it is completely dry.

How to find the right 17″ laptop backpack to buy

If you are someone that travels a lot for work or pleasure, you are likely going to find the need to bring your laptop with you at some point. Bringing a laptop can be a hassle considering the effort it takes to get the laptop out of your bag and back in it while going through security. Choosing the best backpack to carry your 17 inch laptop in is not an easy task. Because of this, a lot of laptop bag manufacturers have made laptop bags and backpacks. Thus, you might be interested in purchasing one to make your trip easier. Below, we will be going over some of the key tips for finding the top laptop backpack to purchase.

1. Size

The main thing that you are likely going to be considering when you are looking to make a purchase of a laptop backpack would be the size of the bag. This is going to be very important for multiple reasons. Not only are you likely going to have specific requirements based on how big your laptop is, to begin with, but it is likely going to be determined by how big you want the bag to be based on portability as well. Once you have determined the right size of the bag, you can move onto other factors.

2. Price

Another major thing that is likely going to dictate what bag you end up purchasing is the price of the bag that you are considering getting. Ideally, you want to find a bag that fits well within your budget and price range. That way, you will be able to find a bag that is going to be something that you can afford and something that is not going to break the bank. Along with this, you want to find the bag that is going to provide the most ‘bang for your buck.’

3. Reviews

When you are searching for your options, you should look closely at the reviews that each backpack is getting from previous customers. By doing this, you should be able to see what bags are worth purchasing and what bags might not live up to the hype. You want to really look at individual reviews whenever making a purchase like this because you can generally get great information that you can use to make better purchasing decisions such as information on usability, functionality, durability, and more. Because people generally talk about their individual experiences, you should be able to use the information that you are able to gather to make a better purchasing decision.

4. Materials

Another thing that you will want to at least consider when you are trying to pick and choose the right backpack to purchase would be the material make up of the bag that you are looking at. By considering the material make up of the bag, you will be able to get a good read on whether or not the bag is going to be worth purchasing or if it is not going to be able to handle the trips you typically go on.

5. Warranty

Whenever buying a backpack or a laptop bag for travel, you always want to factor in the warranty because you never know when the bag is going to have problems with it. Some bags are simply not built to last. Thus, you want to be sure that you are going to be fully covered with a good warranty if the bag you end up purchasing is one that is not built for the long haul. While a warranty is certainly not as good as getting a high quality and indestructible bag, to begin with, it is going to be a great way to protect your purchase.

By following the tips above and narrowing down your options based on the criteria above, you should be able to figure out what bag is going to be best to purchase for your specific needs. You want to really look at the different bags and determine which bags offer you the best value for your money in order to make the right purchasing decisions. You should be able to find the right bag to purchase using this criterion.

Now that you got the perfect laptop backpack, its time to choose a laptop that goes with it. After all, what is a laptop backpack without a laptop? Maybe you have an older machine that you want to replace, or just want to simply buy one? Check out Tibco’s 17 inch laptop list.

Which laptop suits you the best?

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when you are looking to purchase a new computer would be whether you are going to be opting for a Windows PC or a Macbook. There are a lot of things that you should be considering when you are choosing between the two. Below, we will talk about some of the key things that you might want to be looking at when choosing.

Let’s look at some Mac vs PC pros and cons!

1. Cost.

Typically, you will find a majority of the Windows-powered PCs and machines much cheaper than similar Mac desktops and laptops. While there are a lot of premium Windows machines, you have a much greater range to choose from which is beneficial for those that are looking for low budget options. With Mac, you are likely going to be paying a premium for similar devices according to specifications. Some people refer to this as the “Apple Tax.” Because of this, it might swing you to the Windows side of things as you will generally get much more power for your money.

Winner: Windows.

2. Versatility.

Microsoft has managed to surpass Apple when it comes to versatility and design. With Windows Surface 2 in 1 hybrid devices, you can now get a full tablet experience with laptop type specifications. The versatility that Windows-based devices offer is simply unmatched when it comes to hybrid devices. While you could opt for a similar type of device from Apple with their iPad Pro, you are not going to get nearly the same experience given one is running iOS and one is running a full version of Windows 10.

Winner: Windows.

3. Ecosystem.

When it comes to investing in Apple devices, you are going to end up getting a closed ecosystem that tends to be much safer than the open environment you would find on Windows. Because Apple has such a stringent quality control measure in place for its App Store, you are going to find less rogue apps, malware, and viruses present. At the same time, a lot of this has to do with the abundance of Windows PC machines out on the market versus the tiny market share Apple has in comparison. With Windows, you will find a much more open ecosystem which can be good in terms of development, but it also can be bad considering the lack of quality control measures in place and the abundance of malware and/or viruses present.

Winner: Tie.

4. Gaming.

If you are looking to invest in a laptop or desktop that you are planning on gaming with, there is no competition. Hardcore gamers are going to want to stick with Windows-based PCs because they offer a lot of customization. However, the biggest reason people that play games should stick with Windows-based PC’s is that a majority of the games will only support Windows and not Mac OSX. Because of this, you are only going to be able to play certain games on Windows-based machines. While you could use a software like Bootcamp to boot into Windows 10 to play these games, a majority of Mac machines are severely underpowered when it comes to gaming because that is not Apple’s target market with its devices.

Winner: Windows.

5. Support.

There is no denying that you are going to get increased support when you purchase Apple products. Microsoft does not compare in the support department. With Apple, you know that you can visit an Apple Genius bar to get any question you need to be answered or any problem solved.

Winner: Apple/Mac.

6. Design.

Apple previously would have had this category locked down easy. However, Microsoft has made tremendous strides in the design department and not only do they have incredibly versatile options available on the marketplace now, but they also have incredibly good looking designs on the marketplace including both their Surface Pro line and their Surface Book line. Along with this, they have an entire range of partner manufacturers that make their own versions of Windows laptops and desktops. With that being said, having different manufacturers making different Windows-based devices leads to unoptimized experiences across the board.

Mac or Windows for College?

If you are leaving for college, this question most certainly came up in your mind. Which one should you get for college a nice looking, smaller mac or a Windows laptop? Well, it depends what kind of work are you trying to do on the laptop, and how much are you trying to achieve with it.

If you want to do very workload heavy tasks like image/video edition, you should probably go with a resourceful windows laptop. If you only want to edit documents, browse the web, a mac will be perfect for you.

Keep in mind as well, that you can’t really do any serious gaming with a macbook.

Mac vs PC For Video Editing?

If you do things like video/image editing, I really recommend getting a laptop with a bigger screen. You can check out the Tibco 17 inch laptop list, and choose from there.  You can edit videos with a Mac, but because of the limited resources, rendering a video will not be as fast as on a PC.

Mac or PC for Programming?

Programming can be done on both. If you are planning on writing programs, you can either get a Mac or a PC, but will have enough power to do that task.

The results of our Mac or PC Test:

Winner: Tie.

Pros Of Windows:

1. Cost.

2. Versatility.

3. Open Ecosystem with more choice.

Cons Of Windows:

1. More Viruses and Malware.

2. Less Support.

3. Less Optimized Experience.

Pros Of Mac:

1. Design.

2. Support.

Cons Of Mac:

1. Lack Of Choice.

2. Expensive.

3. Limited Software Including Gaming Limitations.

Overall, choosing between Windows and Mac can be difficult. A lot is going to come down to what you will be using the device for and how you will be using it. Each come with their own Pros and Cons.

Best MMO Mouse – Buyers Guide


I am sure you will agree with me when I say:

Buying a mouse for playing MMO’s can be a pretty hard task. Some of us would think, you just have to go to a store, pick one, and you are done, but the reality is that most mouses are either too big or don’t have enough buttons for your macros.

Going to WoW Arenas or raiding with a cheap mouse, and binding all of your rotation macros on your keyboard? That is a big no go!

But even, if you find a mouse that has enough buttons to adapt to your playing style, it will come at a cost of comfort.

There is only one problem. How the hell should you find the perfect mouse, that is comfortable, has enough buttons, and still lightweight?

You might have a bigger hand, that can reach all of the buttons, or you might have a smaller hand, and the button placement is an issue for you. How should you choose?

Well, that is why I created this list of the Best MMO Mouses in 2017. After countless hours of gaming (pity me), testing and searching on the internet after mouses, I have shortlisted the top 5 mouses that you can buy right now.

I am sure, that these mouses are not for everyone because some of them carry a hefty price tag, but if you are looking for a cheap mouse, that you can use for gaming, then check out my best budget gaming mouse list. I am sure you will find a mouse there that will fit your budget!

But if the price is not an issue for you, you just want the best gaming experience, these are mouses that made it to our list of the best MMO mouses in 2017:

1. Razer Naga Chroma – The best looking gaming mouse

The Razer Naga Chroma is undoubtedly the best-looking gaming mouse i have ever seen in my life.  If beauty is an important factor for you when choosing an MMO mouse, this is the ultimate choice!

However, it’s awesome design is not the only trick up its sleeve. This mouse has everything that an MMO player needs. Awesome design, packed with buttons, and comfortable housing.

Look, I am not going to lie, the Razor Naga Chroma might not be the most inexpensive mmo mouse on the market right now, but it offers so many stunning features, you will not even care about the price anymore! Don’t worry, I am not bragging about this product, in this review we will take a deep dive, and look into every aspect of this mouse, to help you decide whether it’s a good or bad choice to buy it.

This gaming mouse comes with a total of 19 buttons, that are fully customizable, meaning you can program them to do anything you want. You want a button, to click somewhere on your screen? Done. Want it to press certain buttons in a certain order? Thanks to the awesome software that comes with the mouse, it can be done in two clicks.

In case you don’t want to reprogram your middle, left and right mouse buttons which I strongly advise you to not do, (trust me, clicking on windows while it is programmed to go elsewhere, can be a real pain in the ass) there are 12 mechanical buttons on the left side of the mouse, which are fully programmable to your liking.

Hate that you don’t feel the mouse button clicking, and wondering if you pressed it or not? Well, the Naga has a solution for that as well! Thanks to its mechanical switches, it gives you a tactile and audible feedback, so you can be assured that you have pressed that button, that you wanted.

The designers at Razer had an awesome idea: Give a concave shape to every each of these 12 buttons, it means you can blind-find them, so you don’t have to look every time to see which button you are pressing. It can take a little while ’till you get used to it, and learn the positions, but after some practicing it can be handy!

While the DPI of a mouse might not be the most important thing while playing an MMO, because you don’t have to be laser precise, like in an FPS game, it is still a good feeling to be able to react faster and target certain enemies/mobs at a nice and fast speed.

The Naga Chroma MMO mouse comes with an insanely precise 16000 DPI 5G Laser, which gives you unsurpassable accuracy while playing. I have personally used this mouse on many surfaces, and I can truly say, that you can use the Naga on any surface you want, it will be very accurate. Of course, it will give you the best experience if you use it on a high-quality mouse pad, but if you don’t have that, any dark and smooth surface works just as fine. Oh and one thing, don’t use it on any glass surface because you know, it is an optical mouse.

The best and most unique part of the mouse is the tilt-click scroll wheel. I have never seen anything like this on a mouse. The scroll wheel does not only go up and down like as most of the scroll wheels on simple mouses do, but you can tilt it left and right, giving you two more programmable buttons. Whether you use it for scrolling through web pages or switching hot bars in games, it is a nice aspect.

Last but not least I have to mention the awesome design feature that mouse has: You can customize the lighting for both the thumb grid and the scroll wheel. You can choose out of more than 16 million color options and I am almost certain, that you will find one that you like.

2. Logitech G600  – The Perfect Gaming Mouse For Small Hands

While the Logitech G600 might not be the smallest mouse that you can use for MMOs, the guys at Logitech really tried to compensate us with adding buttons and features on the mouse.

Logitech has been in the tech industry for a long-long time now, and i can say that i am almost certain, if you are older then 20 years, you’ve had at least one of the logitech office mouses.

While those are not the best mice you can use for gaming or MMOs, the Logitech G600 comes with 20 MMO-Tuned button. They come pre configured, for what they say “optimal MMO use”, but you and i know, that we are going to erase everything they programmed in for us, the second we installed it’s software.

The Logitech has a tiltable and clickable scroll wheel as well, that can come in handy, when gaming.

The G600 comes with an awesome software, where you can program each and every button to your liking.

Logitech has gone above and beyond my expectations with the design of their thumb panel. They created a “dual-dish” design, which is really comfortable, and it is nearly impossible to missclick. You have to get used to it, to learn a buttons for sure, but they are not slippery.

The plastic covering on the button get scraped easily, so be careful not to bash it against your desk a few times, when you lose in an arena.

Playing in the night time, or raiding long hours, but the sun didn’t come up yet? No problem, the buttons have a custom-color backlighting system, that you can tune to your own likings. You can choose out of 16 million colors. I am sure, you will find on that you like. If not, just light a candle near you, and you will see your buttons. Old style.

3. Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR Pro  – Stylish MMO Gaming Mouse

Ohh, Corsair. The flagship of gaming mouse design. Just look at their logo, it tells you! Since i’ve been involved in gaming, i always loved corsair mmo mouses, but i will try to keep my fanboyism low.

This mouse does not only look like bumblebee from the Transformers, but it is also a very great mouse to begin with. It comes with aa custom 16000 DPI optical sensor, which you can controll as well. Again, you don’t need as much DPI for an MMO, like you would for a game like Counter Strike, but it is still good to have that fast reaction.

The mouse stores your profiles and settings on itself, with hardware macro playback, which is very great, because you don’t have to carry any software or setting files around, when you are playing at your friends house, or at a LAN party, the mouse remembers your settings and macros, and it’s completely plug-and-play!

The Scimitar Pro has 17 programmable buttons, so it’s a little less then the other mice that we have looked at already, but it has a game-changer feature, what can save you from a lot of stress. “Yo, his palms are sweaty…” Do you know who has sweaty palms apart from Eminem? Gamers. Try raiding a few hours, wipe a ton, and you will see that you lose more water trough your hand, than on your body in hot summer day…

That is why the Scimitar has textured button keycaps, to save your thumb for slipping over buttons, and missclick on one. But that is not the only thing, why this mouse is so great.

The side buttons are mechanical, meaning that you get a feedback every time you press one. I really liked playing with this mouse, the mechanical effect is really similar to the one you get on a gaming keyboard.

Again, if you like playing at night, it is very essential to see from the corner of your eyes, where your thumb is. This mouse comes with dynamic multicolor backlighting, what you can fully customize. The mouse has 4 lighting pieces, and the light is adjustable.

4. ROCCAT Tyon R3  – The Ergonomic MMO Gaming Mouse

Before I start this review, I must say, that I never tried any mice from ROCCAT before. I had a ROCCAT Keyboard before, that was great, so i had high hopes for this product, and you will see the outcome.

The Tyon comes with a good amount of 8200 DPI Laser Senso, which is again, far more enough for playing MMOs, and using the mouse for everyday use.

ROCCAT has always been the king of creating ergonomical things, and the company did not disappoint with the Tyon R3 at all. The mouse itself has a very good and sturdy grip, and it is comfortable. I’m saying this because, most of the gaming mouses are uncomfortable if you use them for a longer period of time, but it is not the case for Tyon.

Although the mouse does not have a keypad, it still offers you 14 programmable mouse buttons,  with a button called Easy – Shift. This feature apart from the name is the same as G-shift. It basically allows you to assign a second command to every key on the mouse, leaving you with 28 mouse buttons in the end. That is more than enough if you ask me.

The scrolling wheel of the mouse is only 2D, meaning you can’t tilt it, unlike all of the mouses I talked before, but it has a great addition to replace it, called X-Celerator.

On the other hand, the Tyon has an awesome two-way button called “Dorsal Fin-Switch”, which is great, you can assign any command to it you would like to.

This beast has an on board processor and memory, which means the macros you assign, are stored in your mouse. You don’t need any operating OS to execute them, the processor in the Tyon does the job. This means that there is literally no lag or delay, because the buttons don’t have to depend on a software.

You can customize the lighting on this mouse as well, it has two zones where it lights up and you can tweak it with awesome effects.

5. UtechSmart Venus  – A Gaming Mouse For Big Hands

This is the bulkiest MMO gaming mouse I have ever reviewed, and it is not a bad thing! I am sure not many of you are familiar with the brand UtechSmart.

I am sure not many of you are familiar with the brand UtechSmart. It’s a smaller company from the U.S. what created different computer peripherials, for example gaming keyboards and mouses. Although they don’t have a big name in the gaming industry like Razer or Corsair has, one product gained a lot of popularity, thanks to it’s low pricepoint, and great features.

The mouse has a 16400DPI High Precision Laser sensor, what is let me tell you, very precise. This is by far the highest DPI of the mouses i reviewed, and it is awesome at this price point to be honest.

Although this mouse has eaten a lot of cheese and got fat, it has great ergonomics and comfortable design, with easy to reach thumb grid. I could easily reach all of the buttons on the grid itself, without needing to readjust them.

If you read my bio, you probably know, that i work from home, meaning i am sitting a lot at my computer, and my hands get tired every once in a while. I’m flattered to tell, but my hands didn’t get tired when using this mouse at all!

Although the buttons on the grid are not mechanical, they still don’t feel squishy, or too easy to press in. To be honest, you cant really expect better than this, at this price point. But you don’t have to, because it is simple, and great!

You still can’t beat your roommate with this mouse, but it has an incredibly durable design, with braided cables. Thanks to this, you don’t have to be afraid, of cutting the cable with the edge of your desk.

Some of us like our mouse heavy, some of us like it light. The Custom Weight System in this mouse allows you to change it to any weight, with eight 2.4 g weight put in the mouse. This system is pretty easy to change, and it is very easy to change around.

The sliders on this mouse are awesome if you are using a high quality mousepad, the give you spares, but you don’t have to worry for like about a year. Keep them close though, if you like to play with your mouse on an uneven surface, or on sandpaper (Some people, ugh….).

The built in LEDs are pretty decent, you have several options to choose out from, but they are nothing superb compared to a high end mouse, but what do we expect for this price? Also, the one on the scroll wheel seems to stay yellow, it seems to be unchangable.

None the less, for the buck, it is an awesome mouse!


So, there you have it, folks! Five of the best MMO Gaming mouses tested out and reviewed, in order to help you choose the very one mouse that fits your needs. There are so many great features and mouses in this list, that it was very hard to pick a winner. I say it’s the ROCCAT Tyon R3, that takes the first place, thanks to it’s awesome design, and added memory and processor.

The second one would be UtechSmart Venus, which is a very great mouse for your buck. It’s software isn’t that developed as some of the list leading mouses, but it is a very great choice if you are not looking for an expensive one.

I hope my list helped you choose the best mouse, and if you feel that i have left anything out, feel free to contact me!

If you want to enjoy your MMO gaming experience, we suggest getting a 17 inch laptop you can game with. Or, if you don’t like laptops, just get a gaming PC and slay those mobs with ease!

Thomas Tibco

My obsession in taking things apart and putting them back together started when i was a kid and i immediately fell in love with technology. I love reviewing stuff, plus I love getting free stuff from companies. Want to read before you buy? You are at the right place..

College Checklist for Dummies

If you’re heading off to college, you have a lot to look forward to. You should always have a college checklist in mind, when it comes for first leaving for college. Don’t have one? No problem, we wrote this article just to help you out!

You’ll be able to learn many new things and make some important connections during this time. With that said, you’re going to want to make sure you take a few things with you when you head off to college. These are some of the things you’ll want to buy for yourself.

Here are some things that you will need (Feel free to print out this checklist):

For Sleeping

  • Duvet Cover (or Comforter)
  • Duvet Instert
  • Any Sheet Set
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Blankets
  • Bedskirt
  • Mattress Pad/Topper

For Studying

For Bathroom

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Hand Towels
  • Shower Caddy
  • Body Wash
  • Bath Robe
  • Showers Shoes

Here are the most important things broken down:

Storage Containers – Something to store your stuff in

Storage containers are always going to come in handy when you’re living in a dorm. You can store all kinds of items in these containers, from clothing to books to other possessions.

Having storage containers will also make it easier for you to move items in and out of your dorm. If you have storage containers on hand, you’ll be able to use these containers instead of cardboard boxes. It’ll make transporting your items a breeze!

Bed Risers – To Get more Room

Dorm rooms are notoriously small, and they have limited storage. Thankfully, you can easily increase the amount of storage in your room by investing in bed risers.

If you purchase bed risers, you’ll be able to elevate your bed. This will give you more storage space beneath the bed. If you invest in storage containers, you’ll be able to fit all kinds of items underneath your bed.


Regardless of whether or not your school provides bedding, you should bring your own bedding to use in your dorm. You’ll want to provide your own bedding for two reasons.

First of all, having your own bedding will ensure that your bedding is clean. You won’t have to worry about using bedding that other people have slept on. You’ll know that your bedding is as clean as you need it to be.

Beyond that, buying your own bedding will allow you to add some personality to your dorm room. Bedding doesn’t just serve a utilitarian function. It’s also a fun way to decorate a small room.

Dry Erase Boards

It’s important that you communicate with your roommate. Unfortunately, if you and your roommates have different schedules, the two of you might wind up missing each other a lot of the time.

If you buy dry erase boards for your dorm room, you’ll be able to leave messages for your roommate. You’ll be able to communicate effectively with each other, which means the two of you will be able to live together in peace. Having a dry erase board can stop a lot of arguments before they start.

A Mini Coffee Maker

You won’t want to have to run to the cafeteria every time you need a cup of coffee. If you’re going to be pulling an all-nighter, you’ll want to make sure you can get the coffee you need when you need it.

Even if your dorm room is cramped, you should be able to make room for a mini coffee maker. There are some very small coffee makers on the market right now. The right coffee maker will fit in perfectly with the other items in your dorm room.

Dryer Balls

Doing your own laundry is never fun. It can be an especially big hassle when you live in a dorm. On many college campuses, you’ll be forced to use older dryers that have seen better days.

If you pick up dryer balls, you’ll be able to ensure that every item you put in the dryer comes out soft. Dryer balls will make it easier for you to keep your clothing in excellent condition. There are plenty of cute and funny dryer balls on the market, which means you should be able to find something that’s a great fit for someone like you.

A Portable Safe

When you live in a dorm, you have a limited amount of privacy. If you have valuable items that you want to keep secure, you’re going to want to invest in a safe.

When you think about safes, you might picture something absolutely massive. However, there are plenty of safes that are the perfect size for dorm rooms. You can store cash, checks, and other valuable items inside of your safe.

Something to carry your laptop in

You should definitely look at some of the best 17 inch laptop backpacks for college, in case you are carrying a laptop to college with you. These come in very handy and make your life so much easier.


You’re not going to want to put on shoes every time you leave your dorm room. Of course, you’re not going to want to walk around barefoot either. Slippers are a great compromise. They’re easy to throw on, and they’ll keep your feet protected as you walk around your dorm.

If you’re not a big fan of slippers, you might want to check out slipper socks instead. Slipper socks are like socks but provide you with traction so that you won’t slip when you walk across the ground.

It’s important to make sure you bring everything that you need when you leave for college. If you buy the right items for yourself, you’ll be able to get your college experience off to the best possible start. Make sure you pick up everything that you could possibly need.

The best gifts for 11 years old boys and girls

Choosing the best gifts or toys for 11 year olds can be challenging, especially with how quickly trends seem to change. However, there are some items that are a sure hit, no matter what the child’s particular interests might be or what direction trends are heading. The key is deciding what the ultimate goal of the gift will be and whether you want to worry about current trends or simply pick something that any child would enjoy.

How to find gifts for 11 year old girls?

One of the best ways to ensure that you are giving the best presents for 11 year old girls, you should consider purchasing them a gift card.

Some see this as a cop out from doing the hard work that can come with gift giving, but that is no longer really the case. Gift cards have become extremely popular, with good reason. It ensures that the receiver will be happy with it because they have the ability to choose it themselves.

One way to show that the card was selected thoughtfully is to give a card that is only able to be used at one of their favorite stores. For example, if they enjoy playing video games you can purchase a card from a store that specializes in this area that is local to them. If you know they love fashion and accessories you can give them a card for their favorite clothing line. Note that the store doesn’t necessarily have to be local to them as just about every store has an online presence, but it is helpful in case they prefer to do their shopping in a physical store.

If you want to be a little more unique you can give them a gift that can facilitate learning. This is ideal if you are aware of a certain topic that they have a lot of interest in. This can be something vague, such as science, or very particular, such as World War II. You just want to be sure that you have a good understanding of what their personal passions are. Once you have that information on hand you can search for products that are geared towards that topic.

For example, if they are interested in science you can give them a set that allows them to experiment with chemistry, learn how hydraulics work or a microscope set that includes slides for them to study. The options really are endless. If you want to add a trending feature you can choose something that continues to give through the year, such as a subscription give service that sends a new project to them monthly. A subscription gift lets the child know that you put a lot of effort into finding something that they can enjoy the entire year.

Some tips for choosing birthday gifts for 11 year olds

While not thought of often, books can also be one of the best gifts for 11 year olds. They are starting to mature very quickly and have a desire to learn more about what the world is all about. Reading is one of the best ways to learn about the world and also will help them to continue to build their vocabulary, which is an essential aspect of higher level education. One kind of book that is currently trending is the graphic novel. These are books that are for higher level readers, but they include pictures to help increase imagination regarding the story that they are reading. There are also always certain novels that are trending for pre-teens. A search online can help you to find something that will meet their interests.

If you are considering going this route one of the best things you can do is to learn what series they already enjoy or consider what they have interest in. Just about anything to do with zombies is almost positively sure to be a hit with kids in this age group.

Another great gift idea is something that gets them outside. With all of the technology, there is today and growing problem is kids spending too much time on their phones, video games and other devices. Giving them something fun that encourages them to get outside and play like a kid should not only help them physically but can also do a great deal to help them blow off steam and improve their mood in a healthy way. If you know that they are into a certain sport you can give them equipment needed to play it.

You don’t have to keep it as simple as just giving them a ball, but can show a little more interest by giving them other equipment that can help. For example, if they enjoy football you can give them the belted flags so they can play safely with their friends and some cones to line the field.

What are the best gifts for 11 year old boys?

Be creative with it, the more they have to enhance the experience the more likely it is that they will get outside and play. If they aren’t particularly into sports you could give them a skateboard, bike, roller blades or a scooter. Just be sure that whatever gift you give, especially if they are not your own child, that you include the proper safety equipment so that they can go out and enjoy the activity without having to make any additional purchases.

If you know that even if you give them something to get outdoors, they won’t put it to use, you can think about something that could get them playing inside. One hot item with this age group are guns that shoot foam bullets. Almost every kid that age will enjoy having the opportunity to shoot at their friends.

It can get them running around the house and even teach them about strategy. Be sure that if you do go this route that you also provide the needed goggles and extra bullets so that they can really enjoy playing and do so safely.

If you are not keen on giving guns as a gift or are concerned that the child’s parents might not appreciate it, there are many other gifts that can be enjoyed indoors. One of the best of them is board games or strategy games. This is something that they can enjoy with their entire family and will also help them to get away from their screens to interact with others in person. You can consider what they have a personal interest in with this gift as well, as there are countless themed games on the market.

Just be sure that the game is appropriate for their age group. There is a growing trend of games that are intended for adults, so check to see what age the game is recommended for before you make a purchase.

If you know the child particularly well you can give them something that can be used to decorate their room.

At this age, they are starting to want to express themselves as being different from others. Creating their own space can be a very healthy way for them to do this. You can give them something simple, such as a bookshelf or a desk to make their room a more mature space, or you can get more specific with items that they have a particular interest in, such as sports teams or a hobby of theirs. This is a good way to show that you know their personality and that you respect that they are turning into a teenager with particular interests that are more mature.

If you really want to give the best gift that will put you above all the others, then giving them a gift related to technology is the best way to go. If they are not your child it is best to ask their parents first, as many have concerns over what their children have access to and that is a sensitive age.

When giving the gift of technology you want to be sure that you know what they do and do not have as well. For example, if you know that the child loves video games you can give them something that improves upon the system that they already have or you can give them the next new system that just came out on the market. Just be sure that you know what platform that they prefer as this can be a major preference for them. If you know the system that they use and the next hot game that came out you can give that as well.

Choosing the best christmas gifts for 11 year olds

If they are not particularly into video games a new phone is a great way to go. If they are really into playing video games with their friends, you can go with a budget mmo mouse too. Again, be sure that if the child is not your own that you discuss this with their parents in advance.

If the child can have a phone, but the parents would want to monitor their activity you can include a program in the gift that allows the parents to do so. This is a great idea regardless of if the child is yours or not. Other great technology gifts include tablets and mp3 players. Think about what the child enjoys and you will be sure to be a hit with any gift that incorporates technology.

Another major gift that connects a child to technology is a laptop. This is beneficial because it has multiple purposes. In addition to being able to use it to play games and connect with their friends, it also can be a great tool for learning. These days school projects almost always require that the child have access to the internet.

This can give them that access as well as a way to write their reports. You can also install protection software that limits the sites that the child can visit, the amount of time that they can spend online each day and what apps they are able to install. As with any form of technology that gives them access to the internet, you will want to have the approval of their parents before making the purchase to prevent any hard feelings and ensure that the child will be able to enjoy the device.

Last, but not least, is the gift of contributing to their education. It might sound like a joyless gift, but one of the best gifts for 11 year olds is asserting for them that going on to continue their education past high school is important. You are also telling them through the gift that you believe that they have the ability to do so. There are a variety of ways in which you can do this. You can find out from their parents if they already have an account set up. If they do you can contribute directly towards that account.

Keep in mind that whatever you contribute in that fashion will grow exponentially over the years so even a small amount can go a long way. If they do not have an account you can give them a savings bond. This will grow over time and is redeemable after a certain number of years. A ten-year savings bond is a great option as it will be able to be cashed in while they are attending college. Even if they decide to not attend college, that is a great time to have extra money to get started in life. Just be sure that when you give this gift you explain why you did and how much you believe that they will succeed.

The key to gift giving is to be creative. This means that you have to incorporate what the child already enjoys with giving them something new that they can be pleased with. It does not require that you spend a great deal of money, just that you put thought into the present that you will be giving them.

That is what really matters most about the process and is particularly important to children that are looking for confirmation that people are listening to them and respect how they are different from others. It also confirms that you feel that their particular desires are important. No matter what category you decide to choose from, the best gift you can give them is the gift of acceptance and love.

Where To Buy a Gaming Mouse?

Computers can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Some people use them for work and others do so for recreation. Even among those broad options are many smaller options, such as those who enjoy graphics design or perhaps those who have a computer for gaming purposes. Having the proper computer and all the accessories can go a long way in helping you to get the most out of your hobby.

If you are somebody who is a gamer, you certainly would want to have everything set up so that you can fully enjoy the pastime. This would often include a high-end computer with plenty of memory, a fast processor, and an upgraded video card. In fact, a high-quality gaming computer is often one of the higher end models you will find on the shelves.

There may also be a number of different accessories that are needed for the gaming computer, depending upon why and how you use it. For many people, however, the use of a gaming mouse certainly helps to enhance the play and to make every moment you are on the computer much more enjoyable. In this article, we will take a look at some options for where to buy gaming mouse controls.

Should You Buy Your Gaming Mouse Online or Locally?

One of the first considerations for where to buy gaming mouse controllers is if you are going to buy it online or offline. There is no doubt that the Internet offers the convenience of being able to order it from home and having it delivered right to you. You may also find a number of options available online that are not available at your local store.

Before you give up on shopping locally altogether, you should know that there are a number of benefits to purchasing computer accessories face-to-face with the salesman. First of all, you have the expertize of the salesman and others who work at the store to give you some general guidance. Additionally, there is no substitute for seeing the item in front of you and holding it in your hand.

Typically, I like to have a combination of both local and online shopping. I use the Internet to do a lot of my research and ultimately, to find the best available price for any product. At the same time, I also tend to shop locally so that I can get the hands-on experience when ordering a gaming mouse or any other product.

Can you buy gaming mice in normal stores?

Most large retailers will have gaming MMO mice available at the store, including Wal-mart, Target, and similar stores. You can also shop at an office supply store, such as Office Depot or OfficeMax. Additionally, you may be able to find other items at Best Buy or a similar store. The more you look around, the more you will find that there are options available right in your local area.

Along with choosing where to buy gaming mouse controllers, you should also consider some of the many options that are available on those items. Those options could include wireless or hard-wired (hard-wired offers a better response in some cases). You might also have gaming mice that travel easily and those that are specifically designed for left-handed individuals.

There is no doubt that having a gaming mouse is going to enhance your overall gameplay. It is a simple device, yet one that you will use over and over again while playing. When you make the right decision as to where to buy it and which one to purchase, it can really help to up your game significantly.

If you are looking for a good list of gaming mouses, read our guide here.

What do you need to start Live Streaming?

Whether it’s on burgeoning platforms such as Twitch or even Youtube, Facebook, Ustream, or Instagram, live streaming has become one of the most popular forms of online internet. It makes for a wonderful hobby for anyone that wants to share their passions with the world. Anyone can jump on board to either play games, perform music, illustrate, or even simply show off whatever they may be doing at the moment. It doesn’t matter if you’re just venturing into online content creation or already an established entity. This is a very new world where all are welcome to stake their claim.

If you’re new to the entire concept, however, it can be a bit daunting and even a little confusing. Not only is there a bit of a settling in period if you’re merely watching live streams for the first time, there are certainly a lot of elements that will be difficult from the streamer’s end. Unfortunately, this presents a bit of a mountain to climb. With so much similar content already being generated, there’s a lot of competition right from the start. If you can’t keep a viewer engaged, they may leave your stream in relatively short order.

So, what can be done to make sure your stream is a success? From the very early stages all the way up to maintaining your momentum once you finally get going, there are a few key tips that will help you rise above those who were will be prepared. With that in mind, here’s how to start live streaming from your computer successfully:

1 – Make Sure Your Computer Has Some Power

First of all, it’s important to make sure your computer is up to the task in the first place. You need a strong processor, a solid graphics card, and plenty of RAM. If you have an older machine or even a budget laptop, it may hold you back. Anything having to do with video takes a lot of processing power.

If you find that you can’t afford upgrading, you can always try starting off by streaming at lower resolutions until you’re finally able to do so. Many viewers will prefer HD streaming, but you don’t have to feel overly held back at first. Note that building your own PC or merely updating your current rig piece by piece is easier and more affordable than you probably think.

2 – Check Your Internet Speeds

You also need quality internet if you’re going to be live streaming. You need to be streaming from a connection that can transfer a lot of data quickly, so be wary of any internet packages that skimp on the upload speeds. If you can’t provide a quality bitrate with a smooth connection, it’s going to be difficult to keep an audience engaged. On the same note, you should be sure you can stream from a wired connection that’s hooked directly into your modem whenever possible. Wireless should only be relied upon for mobile streams.

3 – Pick Your Streaming Platform

You’re also going to need a streaming platform on your computer to help you set up which parts of your screen will be captured. You can create certain scenes to switch between on the fly, giving your stream a professional look and feel once you get the knack for it. The two most popular options are currently XSplit and Open Broadcaster Software. OBS is a solid first choice since it’s free to use.

4 – Invest In A Quality Microphone

Even before you start thinking about webcams and the like, it’s important to grab a high-quality microphone. Something along the lines of the Blue Yeti or Blue Snowball will suffice until you have the means to upgrade to even higher-end models. Those models, in particular, are easy to use and can connect to your computer via USB. You should check out our list of the best microphones for streaming.

You should also invest in a shock mount for your mic and a pop filter. If you can keep your audio clean, you’ll already be ahead of the game. Even poor visuals can usually be forgiven if you can at least be heard well.

5 – Watch Your Audio Levels

On the same note, make sure you can monitor your audio levels within your streaming software. A lot of the most egregious rookie mistakes come from allowing your audio to soar to uncomfortable levels. Always keep your audio from peaking, which will usually be indicated graphically by level meters that turn red. Once you really get serious, you can buy a mixing board for your mic to help you adjust things on the fly.

6 – Put Yourself Out There

There are some other additional steps such as gathering some graphics for your intros, screen transitions, and overlays, but all of that is ultimately fluff. The most important step once you have all of the pieces above in place is to simply start streaming and let the world know. Keep it up consistently with a regular schedule and do everything you can to advertise on social media. Re-post your streams to Youtube as well, and with time you’ll hopefully build an audience.

Although it is not recommended, you can start livestreaming from a 17 inch laptop as well, just make sure it has enough power. If you want a good one, you can check out our awesome list of the best 17 inch laptops.

How to wash your laptop backpack the correct way

Laptop backpacks are very important for those who own laptops as they make it easy to transport laptops, serves as protection for laptops and stores laptops. However, a laptop backpack should be well taken care of so that it can last for a longer period. This is why it is a good idea to know how to wash your laptop backpack.

Learning how to wash your laptop backpack is important as dirt, dust and bacteria can accumulate in and around your bag after years of use. Additionally, stains from food residue and accidental spills of liquids could also make the laptop backpack look unsightly.

At times, an unclean laptop backpack can emit a sour odor and lead to discoloration. Do you want to save on costs for taking your backpack to the laundry while at the same time have an attractive backpack that you can carry it everywhere you go? If the answer is a big yes, then it is good that you learn how to wash your own laptop backpack. Make sure you buy a premium quality 17 inch laptop backpack, because it will be easier to clean.

What you need to wash your laptop backpack

Old toothbrush or rag

If your backpack has stains that are visible and unsightly, then it may be a good idea to use some form of light abrasion to remove the stains. A rough rag or old toothbrush can be a good option. Avoid using bathroom brushes or those brushes with metal bristles or tight plastic because they could damage the upper layer of your backpack.

Mild detergent

Those who want to remove stains from a cloth or cloth-like material should look for a surfactant in the form of detergent. This is mainly because of the fact that plain water cannot remove stains effectively. However, using harsher types of detergents could end up bleeding out the color of your backpack. Therefore, it is good to look for detergents that have a color friendly formula to avoid any discolorations.

Washing machine

Despite the fact that laptop backpacks can be washed by hand, it is also possible to use a machine wash unless the backpack’s tags indicated otherwise. A washing machine can make the process of washing more convenient. However, there are certain precautions that you should observe when using a washing machine.

Manual washing your Laptop Backpack

Empty all the contents

Before soaking your backpack in water, take out all the contents especially small electronic devices such as phone chargers, pens, papers and so on. Also, remember to remove detachable straps and pockets.

Brush off dirt, dust, and loose threads

Before you soak your backpack in water, look for any loose surface dirt and if there is any dust them off. Doing this will ensure that the water is as clean as possible. After dusting off the dirt, wipe off any stubborn dirt using a rag. If there are any loose threads hanging, especially near the seams, cut them using a pair of scissors. Avoid tugging them.

Add detergent- water mix to stains

If there are any stubborn stains caused by rust, food or drinks, then ensure that this area is pre-treated. This can be done by mixing equal parts of detergent and water and then scrubbing the residue using a soft brush. Let it sit for 30 minutes as most of these would further fade with the bag. Make sure you use environment-friendly detergent.

Fill a large basin or pale with lukewarm water

Lukewarm water can remove tough stains and this is why it is a good idea to use it to clean your laptop backpack. However, you should avoid using hot water as it may make the color bleed out. Also, remember to take caution for this step since some bags should not be soaked. Ensure that the label indicates that the backpack can be soaked before soaking it in lukewarm water.

Wash the backpack

Washing a laptop backpack involves submerging it if it is permissible and adding some mild soap. Scrub the pre-treated area for the second time using the same toothbrush you used earlier. However, avoid overdoing this step and instead stop after all the stains have been fully removed.

Rinse thoroughly

The next step is to take out all residues foam soap and detergent. To do this, you will have to soak your backpack in a basin or pail or fresh water. You can use a body towel to rinse a lot of water by wrapping the bag in it and pressing it lightly.

Hang it out to dry

It is good to let your backpack dry the natural way. Keep the bag unzipped and ensure that it hangs upside down. This allows the water to dry up.

If you are still looking for a laptop backpack to buy, you should check the recommended 17 inch laptop backpacks of Tibco.

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How to Tell What is My Laptop Worth?


If you are in the market for a “new” used laptop or if you are trying to get rid of one, it’s important to know the value of your laptop. Many contributing factors determine what your laptop is worth. With technology constantly changing it’s important to know what your laptop is worth.

In this guide, the questions of what is my laptop worth and how to tell what your laptop is worth will be answered.

How to tell what your laptop is worth?

The first thing you need to do when determining the value of your laptop is to know the precise details about the specifications of your laptop. This information can be found in the manual or the computer itself.

Most important specifications

The following specifications can be found under the About tab in the system settings of a Windows-based laptop, or under the About My Mac tab on a Macbook.

* Manufacturer name * Model * Processing speed and processor type- single-core processes are slower and less valuable than those with multiple cores. * Hard drive size * Total and type of RAM * Storage capacity * Display size and type

* Video card

Determining the value

Once you have determined the most important specifications, you can begin to determine the value based on other factors of the laptop. This includes the type of laptop that you have, the software installed, age, condition, and the accessories that are included with the laptop.

What you should know

* Parts of your laptop run on a cycle so it could be worth making a few modifications after every cycle. * Hard drive space and CPU configurations of your laptop change every 12-24 months * The value of your laptop decreases about 30% each year without modifications * Lighter laptops hold more value than heavier ones. They tend to be more advanced and have higher quality materials than the heavier laptops. There are some exceptions to this.

* The formula used to calculate the value of your laptop + (hardware+software)- damages+ accessories and upgrades.

What type of laptop do you have?

The brand and specifications of your laptop combined can make or break the value of your laptop. If you have a Dell, HP, ASUS, or Apple have higher resale values because of their branding and performance. Gaming laptops, like some of the best 17-inch laptops and high-performance laptops, hold value because of the high-value hardware included in the performance components of the laptop.

Age plays a part in the value of your laptop

The older the laptop is the less it is worth unless there have been upgrades to the RAM or hard drive. One thing that tends to show the age of the computer is the battery, older laptops tend to have a weaker battery which will reduce the resale value of your laptop because replacing them costs almost as much as the value of the laptop. Another thing to remember is that the older the laptop is, the more compromised the condition of the laptop will be.

What condition is your laptop in?

As previously mentioned, the age of your laptop can compromise the condition of the laptop. Unless your laptop has been in a protective sleeve since you have owned it, it has probably inherited a few minor dents and scratches which will reduce the value of your laptop. Things to make note of that could lower the value of the laptop, include damages to the screen, body, or display. You also want to look for water damage and damages due to environmental exposures such as smoke, or moisture. Depending on the type of laptop that you have, these damages can reduce the value by hundreds of dollars.

Software is as important as hardware

You may not realize it, but the software that you have on your laptop can be of as much value as the hardware. When you are confirming the specifications of your laptop, make a note of the software that it contains. Full sets or licensed copies of certain programs can add more value to your laptop, especially if you still have the installation discs.


Accessories can make a minor difference in the resale value amount for your laptop. This includes things like a wireless keyboard or mouse. It can increase the value of your laptop by $10-$30.

What is my laptop worth?

Now let’s put all the information together to determine the value of your laptop.

* I3 processors are typically worth $20 to $100. * I5 processors can have a value between $100-$500.

* I7 processors on the low end can value at $300 and on the high end be worth $1500.

The condition, storage capacity, and processing speed can increase or decrease those figures by 15% -30%.

Tools and resources

Some online tools and websites will help you to determine the value of your laptop by providing the information that you have obtained about the specifications of your laptop. You can also go to the website of the manufacturer of your laptop and obtain the value of your laptop from the support portal.

You can also research the value of your laptop by going to sites like eBay or Craigslist and finding similar laptops to find the fair market value of your laptop. You need to keep in mind that any upgrades that have been done to the laptop can affect the overall value of your machine.

There are many appraisal tools that you can find online that will help you determine the value. The amount that your laptop is appraised at is a ballpark figure. The condition of your laptop and the geographic location can increase or decrease the value.

Some experts suggest pricing the components of your laptop if you are unable to locate an exact match.

Bottom line

This guide should have provided you with basic guidelines to answer the question of how to tell what your laptop is worth. Remember just because computers depreciate faster than anything else you may own, it doesn’t mean you can’t increase the value. Making a few upgrades to an old laptop can have more value than a new laptop.

Thomas Tibco

My obsession in taking things apart and putting them back together started when i was a kid and i immediately fell in love with technology. I love reviewing stuff, plus I love getting free stuff from companies. Want to read before you buy? You are at the right place..