Football Made Awesome with a Samsung Smart TV


As we say goodbye to summer, we say hello to football! Whether you’re watching the college games on Saturday or the pros on Sunday, your weekend is filled with excitement and team spirit. We know nothing can replace the experience of being at the game, but you can still enhance your viewing experience at home and we want to show you how. Select Samsung Smart TVs offer some features that you may not know about, but as a football fan we know you will love!

Football Mode

This was originally designed with soccer in mind and was rolled out just in time for the World Cup in 2014, but this functionality works with all sports including American football. With a press of a button, Football Mode delivers an amazing stadium-like experience that puts you in control. The images and the audio of the games you watch are optimized, and with the zoom feature you can decide whether or not the referee made a good call or not. The zoom feature divides the screen into 9 areas allowing you to get an even closer view of a selected area than ever before!  Most impressively, it creates a ‘highlights package’ of the game; automatically recording all the action on TV and when there’s a change in sound-  like the roar of the crowd- or when someone scores, it will save the highlights for you to watch later.

ESPN Next Level App

The ESPN Next Level  app provides information on sports events, players in the news, and picks of the day’s games across major sports. While your game plays in the background you can use the app, which appears as a sidebar, to view news and scores, or get in-depth analysis of the game you are currently watching; complete with statistics and other fans’ opinions on the game. This app is a true winner for any sports fan!

Rumble TV

Rumble is a game within the game, turning your favorite NFL matchup into an interactive experience. Test your skills and enter the challenge mode to pick the outcome of what you think will happen. Launch the Twitter feed to see what the pros are saying in real time and voice your opinion on every scoring play. This app will keep you involved with all the games throughout the day.

Yahoo Smart TV

With Yahoo Smart TV you can follow your favorite teams and players without missing a second of the action! Yahoo Smart Info enhances your sport experience with unique player stats and info for the game you’re watching. And, if you’re a Yahoo Fantasy Sports fan, you can get your Fantasy team updates while you’re watching the game. You will never want to watch another game without it.

If you were looking for ways to enhance your viewing experience this football season we hoped this helped. For more information on what select Samsung Smart TVs offer these features stop into one of our P.C. Richard & Son store locations and one of our knowledgeable sales representatives can help you out!


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BBQ Basics: How to Use Your New Tongs, Spatula & Skewers

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You are the boss of the BBQ: make the most of your cookout with the help of the best-suited tools and accessories for the job. From tongs to spatulas to skewers and more, outdoor grilling accessories—when used right— can enhance your culinary capabilities on the grill. Check out our guide for how to use your new grilling utensils from P.C. Richard & Son —and claim your rightful piece of grill glory!

Multi-tasking tongs

Most people are familiar with the user-friendly squeeze-and-grab nature of tongs. Their long, tapered design is especially handy for small portions of foods without getting your hands too close to the heat of the grill.

On the grill, BBQ tongs have a variety of uses: they can transfer raw meats to your grill, take cooked meats from your grill to your platter, and they can turn and rotate hard-to-handle foods like veggies without crushing them. Just be careful not to use tongs on anything that is delicate or won’t hold up well to compression—that’s where spatulas come in. Also, be sure you wash tongs thoroughly after touching raw meat or better yet, have one pair for raw meat and another set for moving and serving cooked meats to avoid cross-contamination.

Slip-under spatulas

There’s an art to a good flip on the grill, and the artist’s primary tool is a quality, wide spatula. BBQ spatulas are ideal for handling delicate foods or foods that may stick on the grill and fall apart. A proper BBQ spatula is able to slip seamlessly under these delicate foods and keep them together for the flip and the transfer to your dinner plate (so you can transfer the delicious taste straight to your lips!).

Skewers for the spit

Juicy pieces of meat, veggies, fruit, shrimp and more… it’s hard to go wrong with a tasty grilled kebab fresh from the BBQ grill. This is where your new BBQ skewers come in handy: metal flat-blade BBQ skewers allow you to securely keep a number of morsels of food together on the grill, and make for easy turning and rotation. They’re also reusable.

Just be sure to plan out your skewer food selection very strategically: if you’re mixing a variety of types of food on one skewer, be sure that all items on each skewer take about the amount of time to cook—otherwise you might end up with a skewer with overcooked meat and undercooked vegetables, or vice versa.

When it comes to BBQ, the choice is yours: grill smart, or get ready for disappointment. We hope you make the right decision, with a little help from our BBQ tips and tools.


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Sleep better: 5 tips for a healthy sleep routine

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There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to set you up for a successful day, yet a lack of quality, restful sleep keeps many of us, well… awake at night. If you’re trudging through your days like a walking zombie, don’t worry! Your sleep routine might be to blame. Here are some tips for how to get a better sleep, night after night.

#1. Start with your sleep set up

It might seem obvious, but many of us overlook the importance of what we sleep on when it comes to successful sleep. If your mattress is more than seven years old, if you’re sore in the morning or if you’re tired even after a night of sleep, The Better Sleep Council suggests that you might need to find a new mattress.

Once you’re sure your mattress is the one for you, check out what you put on top of it: the quality and type of pillows you use can directly impact your success at sleeping. While certain pillows might look nice, they might not be doing you and your sleep style much good. If you’re a side sleeper, you should try a medium-firm pillow for your head with another for between your legs. Sleep on your back? Try a contoured memory-foam pillow. Stomach sleeper? Try a softer option.

#2 Move more, rest better

If you’re having trouble staying still and sleeping at night, you might want to assess how you’re moving during the day. Getting a moderate amount of aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging or dancing, during the day can help you sleep more soundly at night. With our busy lives though, it can be hard to fit enough exercise into the day. One way to ensure you hit your movement mark? Activity trackers monitor and track your daily movement and show you your stats. An added bonus to activity trackers—many have sleep-tracking functionality, which can give you more insight into your sleep routine.

#3. Revamp your midnight snack

We know that what we sleep has an impact on how we feel during the day, but have you considered the effect of your food on your zzzs? Avoiding spicy and rich foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol, in the evening can help prepare your body for sleep in a natural way. If you’re starving before bed, try snacking on foods that are more likely to calm your brain and encourage sleep-inducing melatonin production in your body, like bananas.

#4 Establish a sleep-friendly environment

No matter how you prepare, it can be difficult to turn your mind off when it comes time to sleep. Strategies like pre-sleep meditation and stretching can help to relax you, while environmental aids like light-blocking curtains and sleep therapy machines can be helpful tools to create the perfect ambiance to allow your mind to drift off to sleep.

#5 Give yourself a bedtime…and stick to it

Our final tip is one that you might remember from your childhood… pick a bedtime, and consistently go to bed every night at that time. With our busy schedules, this might be the most challenging tip to follow through on—but it’s very important. By going to bed at the same time (and waking up at the same time), you can refresh your body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm, resulting in more blissfully rested mornings.


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Staying Organized During the School Year

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School is back in session!  As you say goodbye to summer, you say hello to shorter autumn days filled with early morning alarm clocks, homework, school events and activities. Before you know it, the hectic holiday season will be upon you. It’s challenging to stay organized during the school year, but all you need is a plan and a little preparation to make it easier.

Below are some great tips to prepare you for the busy days ahead:

  • Mark Your Calendar. Make a note of important dates, school events and activities like back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • Make a Morning Schedule. Jot down the tasks you need to do before everyone has to be out the door: getting everyone dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth and hair, etc. Then decide how much time is needed to get ready in the morning. If you need to be out the door by 7:30 and you need an hour to get everyone ready, you should set your alarm for 6:15 (giving yourself 15 minutes to snooze).
  • Lay Out Clothes the Night Before. This may not stop the argument on what your child wants to wear to school opposed to what they should wear to school, but at least you will get the argument out of the way at night and won’t derail your schedule in the morning… we hope.
  • Find the Shoes The Night Before. “Where are my shoes?!” We’ve all been there. Frantically running around the house trying to find a pair of shoes isn’t fun and you can lose a good 15 minutes playing that game. Best thing to do is find those shoes before bedtime and leave them in a spot right by the door.
  • Prepare Lunch the Night Before. We know this is harder than it sounds. You are exhausted from a long day, you’ve gotten the kids in bed, and all you want to do is sit on the couch and enjoy a little ‘me’ time… but you know you’ll regret it in the morning. Once you get a system down it does get easier and you can still get a little ‘me’ time, it’s a much smaller window of time… but you have to take what you can get.
  • Designate an Area for Homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house. Younger children will usually need help with their homework or lose focus in the middle of it, so designating an area in the family room or kitchen is a good idea. Check out 15 School Homework Organizing Tips To Make Your Life Easier.
  • Designate an Area for School Supplies. Create a spot for your children to place their school belongings, including backpacks, lunch boxes and extra supplies, as well as a place to put important letters and information sent home from the school. Try giving your kids the responsibility of emptying their backpacks and lunch boxes when they arrive home, and repacking their backpacks with the things they need for school the night before. Having them take on a responsibility and getting into a system will help to stay organized throughout the year.
  • After School Review.  Sit with your child and go over what they did in school and what was assigned for homework.  Find out if they had any trouble in a particular area and review that with them. If you are unfamiliar with the subject reach out to your child’s teacher and make them aware that your child may need a little extra attention in this area. Some schools are actually required to offer private tutoring.
  • Freeze Dinners. These days can get hectic quickly and you may not always have the time to prepare dinner, but ordering out can get costly and is not always the most nutritious option. Preparing meals over the weekend and freezing them can really save you time during the week. Check out 60+ Healthy Freezer Meal Recipes (+ All About Freezer Cooking) from the Thriving Home blog.


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Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation

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School is in session, and there’s so much to do: between studying, writing essays, and trying to maintain a social life, students often find themselves so busy and stressed that sleep becomes an afterthought. No matter how well-intended your all-night study session is, lack of sleep can actually be a huge detriment to your overall success. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive performance, mood, memory, and overall sense of wellbeing. While we’re all pressed for time, you can make the most of the sleep time you do have with our tips and tools for students to avoid sleep deprivation.

Check your sleep situation

Whether you’re sleeping in the dorms or on your childhood mattress, chances are that you might be sleeping on an unsuitable surface, which may cause a poor quality sleep. While finding the right firmness and support in mattress is key to a better night’s sleep, students tend to also use their bed as a multi-use piece of furniture for reading, studying, snacking and hanging out so it’s important to consider durability when shopping for a mattress. P.C. Richard & Son has some great mattress choices to keep students comfortable when they hit the hay. A prime example? Modern memory-foam mattresses offer the contouring comfort and support that students need to fall asleep faster.

For those students who use their bed as a couch, investing in mattress protector will help ensure your mattress stays pristine. Mattress protectors keep any spills from affecting your sleep area, while also keeping sleep-ruining substance allergens and mold away from your mattress.

Upgrade your pillows

In a similar way to mattresses, many students assume that any old pillow will do when it comes to sleep—and they may be tossing and turning all night as a result. Instead, students should spend a few moments studying themselves to determine their sleep style so they can pick the perfect pillow for instant zzzs.

The cheat sheet to sweet pillow selection? Back sleepers should go with memory foam or contouring pillows, side sleepers need medium support for their head and another pillow for between their legs, and stomach sleepers require a softer choice. 

Block it all out

A major disruptor to a student’s sleep is the contestant flow of blue lights from technology, sounds and information that’s been thrown at them. When it comes time to sleep, it’s important for students to separate from their smartphones. In addition to staying awake playing on their phones, many students might suffer from poor sleep quality just by having their devices near them, the blue light can make their bodies think it’s time to wake up. Counteract smartphone sleep deprivation by keeping devices away from your bed. Also, instead of using your phone to play music that lull you to sleep, use a sleep or sound machine to create relaxing sounds, while blocking out noisy neighbors.

Sleep really is essential to every student’s health, wellness, and overall performance. Luckily, with these sleep hacks and the right tools, sleep deprivation can become nothing more than an old nightmare. Here’s to a good night’s sleep—and a better school year!



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Refrigerator Buying Guide – How to Pick the Right Refrigerator for Your Needs



In addition to being energy efficient, today’s refrigerators come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Choosing a fridge for your kitchen may seem a little overwhelming, so we’ve created this buying guide to help you make the best choice.

Types of Refrigerators

Bringing home the best fridge requires that you consider the various types from which to choose.


This refrigerator type generally has the fridge on the right and the freezer on the left, with both running vertically from top to bottom. This fridge is best for kitchens with limited space. The doors take up less room than other types.

Freezer on top or bottom

These models feature a freezer on the top and fridge on the bottom or vice versa. They are a good choice for tight spaces, as the doors can swing left or right, depending on the kitchen layout.imgres

Four-door French door

French door refrigerators open to reveal a variety of compartments. They are a good choice for large families, as the average size is 28 cubic feet. They have a
French style door on top; a middle door containing items you use most and a bottom freezer.


When space is tight, a compact refrigerator fits the bill. Such models are good for dorms, family rooms and basement living areas.

Additional Refrigerator Buying Considerations

In addition to the type of fridge you buy, there are a variety of other decisions to make, including the following:

Size and capacity

Choosing the right size refrigerator requires that you measure the available space in your kitchen. When doing so, allow for extra space around the fridge to ensure proper airflow. Also consider the size of your family and the amount of food you generally buy. You don’t want to overfill your fridge, as this can lead to improper cooling. You also want enough room for your frozen goods.

Refrigerator Colors

Today’s fridges come in a wide variety of hues, which makes it possible to choose the perfect color for your décor. Find stainless steel, gray, white, black and even green, orange and red refrigerators.

Additional Features to Look for:

  • Humidity controlled compartments: Such drawers help ensure that your leafy greens and moisture-loving fruits stay hydrated and appetizing.
  • Door alarm. This helps if you have young children in the house who aren’t supposed to be getting into the fridge.
  • Automatic ice and water dispenser. Some refrigerators have the dispensers in the doors, while others are inside.
  • Multiple storage compartments. The more storage nooks and crannies a fridge has the better.

At P.C. Richard & Son, we have a wide selection of refrigerators from which to choose. Come on by and see what we have to offer.


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The Pros and Cons of Self-Cleaning vs. Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens Ovens


When it comes to being productive in the kitchen, automated appliances can make cooking tasks go more quickly and easily. Such is often the case with self-cleaning ovens. Deciding if a self-cleaning unit is right for you takes considering the following pros and cons.

Advantages of Self-Cleaning Ovens

The benefits of owning a self-cleaning oven are many. Here are just a few reasons why it pays to get a unit that cleans itself.

  • Convenience

No need to toil away scrubbing spilled, baked on casserole out of the bottom of the oven. Simply turn on the self-cleaning feature, and you’ll soon see a sparkly clean oven interior once again.

  • Energy efficient unit

Self-cleaning ovens feature especially well insulated doors and walls. This is necessary because the unit heats up to high temperatures during cleaning. These thick walls mean the oven is energy efficient compared to regular range oven units, which saves you money on energy costs.

  • No need for overpowering oven cleaners

Having a self-cleaning oven means you’ll never again have to experience the eye-stinging effects of spray oven cleaner. Such products create dangerous fumes when heated and are better not used inside the home.

Disadvantage of self-cleaning ovens

Self-cleaning ovens do have their drawbacks. Consider the following reasons why some people decide against including them in their kitchens.

  • Does require some cleaning by hand

Some parts of the self-cleaning oven do require hand cleaning, including the door frame, edge of the door and the seal. Large pieces of food must also be removed from the oven prior to turning on the self-cleaning function. In addition, racks must be removed from the oven and hand washed, as leaving them in the oven during self-cleaning may lead to damage. Because of all of these stipulations, many people feel it’s just as easy to finish cleaning the unit by hand.

  • Smelly and smoky

Self-cleaning ovens use high heat to cook away food and greasy buildup. This process generally results in smoke and foul odors. If the oven is particularly dirty, the unit may smoke excessively, causing irritation to the eyes and setting off smoke alarms. Smoke is common if you’ve used the oven to cook sugary foods high in carbohydrates.

  • Dangerous

Self-cleaning ovens reach such high temperatures during the cleaning process that the oven itself is extremely hot to the touch. This means that you can’t leave the oven unattended when children and pets are around. Birds are particularly sensitive to the smoke and gas created during cleaning so it is best to remove them from the home during the process.

P.C. Richard & Son carries a wide variety of ovens. Stop in and check out our inventory to find the right model for you.


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Basic Disaster Preparedness: Keeping You and Your Family Safe

Disaster Preparedness

Nobody wants to think about the next big storm, flood, or the many emergency situations that could happen, leaving you and your family without power or trapped within your home for a considerable period of time. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything and everything– even the zombie apocalypse! Yes, we know the chances of the walking dead happening is pretty much zero, but when it comes to any disaster it never hurts to be over-prepared.

Here are some tips to get started on prep kits:

Power Outages

One of the most common issues during a bad storms or heat waves is a power outage. Consider investing in a portable generator. Portable generators can power most, if not all, of your home’s power needs and for people with health issues that rely on electric powered machinery, it could be a life saver. However, we should mention that during a zombie apocalypse it could be risky to run the generator, as the noise may attract the walking dead. Learn more safety tips for using a portable generator here.

If you don’t have a generator, or your residence doesn’t permit the use of one, there are other supplies that will aid you when the lights go out. Below is a list of the basic supplies you should have in your home in case of a power outage:


We know that losing power can be frustrating, but the more prepared you are the less stressful the situation can be. Learn more about how to prepare for a power outage here.

First Aid/Medication

Regardless of a disaster, it’s important to always have a well-stocked first aid kit. You may not always be able to get medical attention quickly and will need to address accidents/injuries on your own until you can access help. Minor injuries could become worse if not properly taken care of immediately. Below is a list of basic supplies that you should have in your first aid kit.


Dressings and Bandages:

  • 25 adhesive bandages of various sizes
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 3 inches)
  • Gauze roll
  • Eye shield or pad
  • Roll of adhesive tape
  • Elastic bandage for wrapping wrist, elbow, ankle and knee injuries (3 to 4 inches wide)
  • 2 triangular bandages for wrapping injuries and making arm slings
  • Sterile cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs


  • 2 pairs of latex or non-latex gloves
  • Instant cold pack
  • 5 safety pins to easily fasten splints and bandages
  • Turkey baster or other suction device to flush out wounds
  • Aluminum finger splint
  • Syringe and medicine spoon for giving specific doses of medicine
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers to remove ticks, insect stingers and small splinters
  • Scissors for cutting gauze
  • Breathing barrier for giving CPR
  • Blanket
  • Hand sanitizer (liquid and/or wipes)
  • First aid manual
  • List of emergency numbers

Medicine for Treating Injuries:

  • Antiseptic solution or wipes, such as hydrogen peroxide, povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine
  • Antibiotic ointment that contain ingredients such as bacitracin or mupirocin
  • Sterile eyewash or saline, such as contact lens saline solution
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy
  • Hydrocortisone cream, ointment or lotion for itching

Other Medicines:

  • Pain and fever medicines, such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine to treat allergies and/or swelling
  • Decongestants to treat nasal congestion
  • Anti-nausea medicine to treat motion sickness and other types of nausea
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Antacid to treat upset stomach
  • Laxative to treat constipation

Keep in mind the special needs in your household, such as children or an elderly person. Does anyone in your household have specific allergies or an illness? Add supplies specific to these conditions. Be sure to check your supply kit monthly, refill as needed and check expiration dates on medication.

72 Hour Packs or Kits

A 72 hour pack/kit is a grab-and-go emergency pack if you and your family need to evacuate your home quickly. It is important to make sure that what you pack you can actually carry, especially if you need to be agile in a flood or run from zombies. Below is a list of what you will need to build your own 72 hour pack.


  • Quality Back Pack – You need 1 for yourself and 1 for each member of your household. Don’t forget your pets! This is where you will store 72 hours worth of supplies for each individual.
  • Water – FEMA recommends 3 gallons to last 72 hours, but that recommendation includes cleaning water as well as drinking and weighs 25 pounds, that’s a lot to carry. Consider purchasing a 2 gallon water carry bag, making it less weight and easier to store. You may also want to consider something with electrolytes and carbohydrates like Gatorade or Powerade to pack in your kits as well.
  • Food – You will want to pack items with lengthy expiration dates such as peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, nuts and trail mix, cereal, granola bars and power bars, dried fruit, canned tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey, canned vegetables, and canned soups. Make adjustments to the food you pack in these kits for each individual. Maybe you have an infant that requires formula, or a child that has specific allergies to certain foods, or you are packing food for your pet. Remember to check expiration dates every 6 months on food you packed and replace as needed. You may also want to consider packing some multivitamins, as these supplements will help replace the nutrients you would have consumed on a normal diet.
  • First Aid – All your kits should have small individual first aid packs that include the basic first aid supplies and a first aid manual. Check out small camping first aid kits for purchase or an idea of what you should put in your small first aid kits if you would like to assemble them yourself.  Remember to think of the individuals in your household. Does anyone require specific medications? Be sure to add that to their kit.
  • Equipment – We’re going to stick to the basics here, but know that you can always add to your preparation later on.  See more on 72 hour packs/kits here.

o   Flashlights– small water resistant flashlight in everyone’s pack

o   AM/FM Radio – Either battery operated or hand cranked. You do not need to store a radio in everyone’s pack, if you plan to be together. For example it’s you and your spouse and two children. Put a radio in your bag and your spouses.

o   Pocket Knife – always good to have and once again does not need to be stored in everyone’s packs

o   Can opener – If you packed can food you will need this.

o   Pen and Paper

o   Shelter – You want to invest in an instant pop up shelter or tube tent, if not, at the very least consider space blankets.

  • Personal Supplies

o   Extra pair of clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes. Consider special items for babies and elderly.

o   Toiletries – toilet paper (remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag), feminine hygiene, folding brush, soap, mini hand sanitizer, tooth brush etc. Think travel size.

  • Miscellaneous

o   Extra cash

o   Emergency numbers

o   Map of local area

o   Garbage bag

o   Important documents: insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

We hope this guide will help you get started with preparing you and your family for a possible disaster. In emergency situations local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in a few hours, or it might take days… and that is why it is so important to be prepared.

For more information about being prepared and keeping your family safe during an emergency check out the American Red Cross ‘Plan & Prepare’ page and you can also follow our board ‘Emergency Preparedness and Prevention’ on Pinterest for tips and tricks.


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Laptop vs. Tablet – Pros and Cons for Taking Notes

Laptop vs Tablet

With back to school on the horizon, it’s time to make a decision about the best way for your kids to take notes once class is back in session. While laptops used to be the first choice, improvements in tablets have made these mini computers another popular option. At P.C. Richard & Son, we’ve put together some pros and cons to help you and your child make the best choice.

Laptop Benefits

There’s a lot to like about laptops, which are constantly getting better and better. Here are some good reasons to buy your returning student a laptop:

Simulates a desktop. Laptops come with full keyboards, trackpads and have the option of a wired or wireless mouse. Their large screens have good resolution, which makes taking notes and writing papers easy to do. Unlike the touchscreen pad of a tablet, a laptop’s full keyboard is more accurate. A laptop’s screen at 12-17 inches is also much larger, which makes developing school projects containing photos easier.

Durable. For the most part, laptops are more durable than tablets. You’re less likely to scratch or damage the screen than a touchscreen display.

Substantial storage capacity. Laptops hold significantly more data than tablets. They also possess multiple USB and memory card ports.

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Tablet Benefits

Though tablets have only come onto the scene in recent years, they’re quickly catching up to laptops in terms of functionality. Here are the top reasons you may want to choose one for your child:

Lightweight. Most laptops weigh from three to nine pounds, which doesn’t sound like much until you’re lugging the device back and forth in your backpack. The average weight of a tablet is less than a pound, and they are thinner and smaller in size.

Intuitive. Many students enjoy the tapping and swiping of the tablet’s touchscreen rather than always having to rely on a keyboard.

Better for eBooks. Tablets are more conducive to reading virtual books than laptops. They more closely resemble a real book and you can more easily relax with them and read.

Long battery life. We all know that kids forget to charge their hardware and can use that as an excuse for not completing homework. Tablet battery life averages about 10 hours, which is two to three times longer than a laptop.

Best of Both Worlds

If you and your back to school student can’t decide between a laptop and a tablet, there are options that can offer you the benefits of both. They include opting for a wireless keyboard for the tablet, which gives you the benefits of functioning like a laptop. You can also now find 2-in-1 computers that are combining laptops and tablets into one device.

To help you make the best choice for your child, check out our computer and tablet choices online, or stop in to any of our P.C. Richard & Son locations and have one of our expert sales representatives help you make the ideal decision for you and your child.


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Laptop Buying Guide – Top 10 Features to Look For


Time to buy a laptop computer? Take a look at the options, and you’re likely to get a little overwhelmed at the many choices. Here at P.C. Richard & Son we make the process of choosing just the right computer as easy as possible. We’ve created this handy buying guide containing the top 10 features to look for in a laptop.

1. Size and weight

Most likely you’ll be transporting your laptop, so its size and weight matter. Heavier laptops weigh around 5 pounds, whereas ultra-light computers come in at around 3 pounds. The diameter of the device is also important, as you want to be able to easily fit it in your briefcase or laptop backpack.

2. Screen quality and size

How good of a resolution do you want for your computer screen and how big do you want the screen? Most screens come in 13, 15 and 17 inches. The latter two sizes work for watching videos. Generally it’s best to go for the highest resolution option.

3. Keyboard

Especially if you do a lot of typing, it’s critical that you choose a laptop with a comfortable keyboard that allows for efficiency. Look for a keyboard with a good layout that is backlit.

4. Storage and memory space

If you store a lot of info in the cloud, this may not be as big of a concern, but if you want to load your computer up with music and videos, get as much storage and memory space as possible. Get 4GB of RAM or even more. The more RAM you have, the more applications you can run at the same time and the more quickly you can access data.

5. Battery life

How long you use your computer at a sitting dictates how much battery life you require. Your computer will last according to a variety of factors, including how bright your screen is and the various tasks you run simultaneously. You can always upgrade your laptop battery if you require more power.

6. Processor and graphics

How efficiently your computer runs is dictated by its main processor, and how good the graphics look is due to the graphics processor.

7. Wireless networking capability

No doubt you’re going to want to get online wherever you go, so it’s critical that your laptop has this capability.

8. Security features

When safeguarding your information is critical, choose a laptop that comes with security feature such as a fingerprint scanner.

9. USB port

Chances are you’ll need to transfer data between your various devices. A USB port lets you readily move information.

10. Warranty

What kind of a guarantee do you have if your new computer quits working? And do you want to get accident insurance in case of a fall? These are some of the questions you should ask in order to determine what type of laptop warranty is right for you.

At P.C. Richard & Son, we carry a wide variety of laptop computers. Come in today to try a few out and determine the right choice for you.


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