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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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.

tablet vs laptop

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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HP Back To School Bundle Sweepstakes


It’s that time of year again! You may not want to think about school while you’re lying on the beach, but now is the time to start preparing to head back and we want to help. P.C. Richard & Son wants to kick off your school year right with a chance to win an HP Back to School Bundle! This bundle has everything you’ll need for studying: a desktop computer for the dorm, laptop for class, and a wireless printer!

The lucky winner could be YOU! For a chance to win you can enter on our Facebook page here or stop by any of our 66 P.C. Richard & Son Superstore locations and fill out an entry form at our convenient sweepstakes kiosk. GOOD LUCK!

Looking for help preparing for the school year? Visit our Back to School page with tips to help you survive the school year and view our checklist of what you need for studying, cooking, cleaning, relaxing and having fun. From classroom to dorm room, P.C. Richard & Son has everything you need to get ‘U’ ready for the upcoming school year!


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