The Ultimate Drone Buying Guide


Drone Buying Guide

The drone is a remote-control (RC), multi-rotor flying device that can offer live first-person viewing or FPV of terrain, nature and other outdoor areas. Personal drones are not military equipment. A personal drone is ideal for photography enthusiasts and both RC and aviation hobbyists.

Hobbyist Drones: Basics

The RC drone puts you into the pilot’s seat without ever having to leave terra firma. With a hobbyist drone you can enjoy a thrilling flight from a pilot’s viewpoint. Some drones are perfect for performing aerial stunts, while others are designed for racing. Depending on the drone’s camera quality, you can experience vibrant and detailed pictures or video shots that are accessible only from a bird’s eye point of view.

Drone prices vary greatly and the drone you choose will depend on the type of experience desired. Do you plan to take hundreds of aerial photographs of your neighborhood and your home? Are you looking for a comprehensive flying experience? Do you dream of hours practicing loops and other aerial stunts to show off to your friends and family?

When you have an idea of how you plan to use your drone, then it’s time to look at the features different types of drones offer.

Drone Buying Guide: Features

When shopping for a drone there are specific features to consider. The complexity of these features will influence the price of the drone.

  • Skill level
  • Battery life
  • Flight time
  • Camera specifications
  • Wingspan
  • Sensors

Skill Level

Beginner: Entry level or beginner drones typically cost less than $100 and are lightweight, small and often compatible for indoor use. They’re designed to be ready-to-fly (RTF) and if it includes a camera, it will be enough to capture images but the resolution may not be as high as cameras found on intermediate and advanced level drones. Consider a model like the AWW Quadrone, a quadcopter with a control range of 100 feet, seven minutes of flight time and a 30-minute battery life.

Intermediate: The intermediate level features larger models that work better outside. Some of these drones come equipped with an onboard camera or can be fitted with an external action camera of your choice. These are ideal for flights above the neighborhood park or if you want to capture bird’s eye images of your home and property. Consider this level if you’re looking to perform aerial tricks. The DJI Phantom 2 is an intermediate level drone with 25-minutes of flight time plus autopilot mode and an auto return feature.

Advanced: Any advanced drone will be at the highest end of the price point but it will offer multiple features and may include as many as six or eight rotors to supply the drone with maximum lift and superior stability. Look for cameras on the advanced models to offer 1080p video or better plus a high-quality stabilizing mount to ensure the best and smoothest picture quality. P.C. Richard & Son offers the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with 4K UHD camera plus 12.0 megapixel resolution, image stabilization and a flight time of 18 minutes.

Wingspan and Sensors

Wingspan is used to determine the size of the drone — it measures from one blade tip to the other opposite blade tip. For indoor use or drone flying in the backyard or neighborhood park, a smaller wingspan will suffice. For capturing video footage and high-quality pictures, you’ll need a drone with greater wingspan.

Sensors often are featured on intermediate and advanced drones. The GPS sensor offers various functions including the auto-return feature and the ability to program the drone with longitude and latitude coordinates.


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Shopping to fit your laundry space

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It’s time to get clean! Choosing a new washer and dryer set can be a big investment in both space and money, so it’s important to consider the features of your laundry area—as well as the features of your machines of choice—before you buy. Do you have a large, dedicated laundry room that can fit a side-by-side configuration or are you looking to maximize the cleaning capacity of a smaller space in your home? Whatever your future laundry location, we can help you find the perfect pair.

Before you shop, measure the space

Before you fall in love with any machine, it’s important that you determine the exact size of the space that you have to fill. Beyond the size of the room or area, be sure to measure and consider the space you have to move and install your potential new machines. For instance, even if you have a large laundry space, if there isn’t clearance to move large front-loader machines into the room, you might want to be more strategic with your shopping selection.

A roomier fit: dedicated laundry rooms and basements 

If you have a separate laundry room in your home, you likely have the luxury of some space. Side-by-side front-loading washer and dryer sets tend to offer greater capacity, making them ideal for large families with lots of laundry to tackle on a regular basis; however, if you have smaller loads to do but a large space, you might want to consider a stacked washer/dryer combo and use the extra dedicated laundry space for storage, ironing or other laundry organization functions.

Similar to a dedicated laundry room, a basement laundry area likely offers a bit more room in terms of the capacity of washer and dryer that may fit in the space. In this case, choose models that have the capacity that you need, but that fit through doorways and down the stairs.


If your laundry space is more compact in an area like a closet, a stacked washer/dryer combo is likely your first instinct because it takes up far less floor space. However, not all combo washer/dryers are made alike, especially when it comes to space. Combo machines come in a variety of capacities, so—depending on the size of your closet—you might be able to fit a generous-capacity set.

Are you ready to create the laundry space of your dreams? With a little planning, a little shopping, and plenty of measuring, you’ll be on your way to a more efficient, pleasant laundry experience in no time.


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5 Signs it’s time to buy a new mattress

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There is no greater pleasure in life than waking up refreshed from a good night’s sleep—so what can you do if your sleep isn’t as restful as you’d like? One of the most common sleep-stealing criminals is living right in your bedroom: your mattress. You might not think of it, but the everyday wear and tear on a mattress can replace your once peaceful nights with restless nights that leave you sore and groggy. If you’re not getting as good of a night’s sleep as before, it’s time to consider a new mattress. Here are the top five signs that it’s time to buy a new mattress.

It looks like it’s seen better days

The easiest sign that you need to replace your mattress is that it looks like it needs replacing. Common symptoms of a worn-out mattress include lumps, bumps, sags, and fabric wear-and-tear. If you aren’t sure, do a sight and test: evaluate your mattress based on looks and feel, sans sheets.

It’s silently hurting you 

You might assume that just because your mattress looks okay, that it’s okay for you; unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you wake up feeling sore and tired when you’re at home (but you sleep great at a hotel), it’s time to consider looking for a new mattress to support your particular body’s needs.

It’s crying out to be replaced

Lay down and listen up… can you hear that? If you hear your bed creaking and moaning with every movement, it might be a cry for help. Check your mattress and your foundation—if they’re screaming, they might be keeping you from falling into a deep sleep, and from waking up refreshed.

It holds on to you… even when you’re gone

Another telltale sign that it’s time to replace your mattress is if you leave an impression once you get up. Lasting impressions are the result of deep sagging, which means you aren’t getting the support you need to reach a deep sleep. 

It’s over 7 years old

They say all good things must come to an end eventually; sadly, this old adage is true when it comes to mattresses. No matter how wonderful your mattress once was, the simple passage of time (and repeated use) wears on it. In general, the experts at The Better Sleep Council say that you should replace your mattress if it’s more than seven years old and has had regular use.

So, is it time? If you’re ready for a new mattress, check out the selection at P.C. Richard today.



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4 Homework Hardware Essentials!


When you think of homework, do images of an exhausted kid sitting hunched over a dusty stack of books come to mind? The process of homework doesn’t have to be such hard work—a smart, organized, strategic, ergonomically designed study space can do wonders for improving student success, morale, and health. Choosing the right essentials for a student office can make the most of study time by saving time, reducing distractions, and creating a more productive homework process.

Set the foundation for success with a smart desk

Every work space starts with a great work surface, and student study spaces are no exception. The key to a great student desk is to consider what it will be used for. Will it be primarily a computer workspace? If so, a simple work center with a keyboard tray can help keep things clean and reduce distractions. Will it be used to store and organize notebooks, supplies, and books as well as to do work? Keep everything organized and close at hand with a desk featuring attached shelving or storage options to save time.

Type, surf, research and study with the right computer

Having the right computer can make homework much easier to tackle, but choosing the right computer isn’t always simple. P.C. Richard & Son has a variety of desktop and laptop computers to choose from. How do you choose? Laptops are great for studying anytime and anyplace; but a desktop, can offer a more powerful, all-in-one solution, and a more ergonomic set up. Will your child be studying on the go or in a dedicated area in your home?

Connect the computer to the web with a router

While a computer is a definite homework essential on its own, its power is amplified with the help of a router. Perfect for connecting devices to the internet and setting up WiFi networks, a router is a key to a smart, efficient student space.

Finish the project with a printer

Don’t forget the final step! When the report is done, when the instructions are on the screen, or when the project needs to go offline, the ability to print materials at home can save students plenty of time, making the homework process more efficient and streamlined. Choose a printer that fits your student space: depending on the size and arrangement of the space, a wireless printer might provide an even more efficient set up, allowing you more options in where you store the printer for on-the-go use.

Don’t let their education—or their morale—suffer. Setting up a smart homework station is simple with the right tools and a solid strategy. Do that and you and the kids will have success this school year.


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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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