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Common IT Questions Answered

Here we will answer common IT questions we receive. If you have any suggestions for this page, or a question that needs answering, please fill in the form below!

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Does it really hurt to leave your laptop on charge all the time?

Answer

The answer depends on the age of your laptop. Some new laptops have a great function, where when fully charged they no longer accept power. This is great because you won't ruin your battery easily. However, be mindful that you could still be wasting electricity, so just turn it off and the power. Older laptops often do not have this function - so don't leave them constantly charging.

Question

Why should I choose a business solution when I could just use a home option?

Answer

This is a common issue we face. Why should I pay a business premium, when I could just buy a home solution? Because it comes down to budget a lot of the time. A business solution has been crafted to serve the requirements of a business environment. This generally means: expansion capabilities, professional appearance, more gadgets aimed around known business requirements, shareability, compatibility and of course security. A home solution is a very basic product, because that is all home users require. Later down the line, after buying the cheaper product, you may find you have issues with functionality. We agree with being smart with your budget, there are definitely some un needed costs you can save. But truthfully, we have had so many issues when it comes to home products being used for business. This requires fixing or getting very creative with technology, and it then costs you in support. Choose wisely now and you won't have to worry later.

Question

Why does turning your technology off and on recommended?

Answer

The basic answer is that it gets rid of errors. When further looking into this, the main reason is to try and reset the devices memory. There are many things your device may being doing at one time. One or many of these things together are potentially causing the issues you are having. By restarting your technology, you are setting some aspects of your device back to default. Allowing yourself, or someone else clean access to try and diagnose the issue.

Question

Why should I clean my emails and email folders down regularly?

Answer

Not only is it a more effective way to find what you require. When you have reached your inbox limit, it means no more emails can get through to you. If you have a system that has limited storage, then cleaning it out is essential. If you have unlimited storage clear it to declutter. Another point to make, is that if at some point you require the transfer of your email to another device, this will be a lengthy process with a lot of emails.

Question

Does it really hurt to use cheaper alternative ink cartridges in my printer?

Answer

Absolutely. With old printers you don't care about, go ahead, save the money. Although we can't guarantee you won’t run into issues. With new printers it is best to spend a little more for the right product. Why? Well for one, if the printer is in warranty, you will void it by using the wrong cartridges. As well as this alternative ink components are never built in the same way. They can cause spillages and damage. This will likely mean a new printer will be required. Print quality is also a factor here.

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What are the benefits to spending more on a printer? 

Answer

Other than the quality of printing, spending more almost always gives you more features and a longer lasting product. When we refer to quality of printing we mean, higher quality ink cartridges, the printer uses less ink each time, as it has better technology to read what you are printing, to create higher quality, vibrant results, saving you money on cartridges. Paper jams and ink spillages are less frequent (and may not happen at all.) Usually, printing is faster and therefore more efficient. Extra features could include, scanning, copying and faxing. Bigger page size options and printing on further page types. If you previously had separate technology for printing, scanning, fax and copying, having an all-in-one solution will free up some space. Tying into this, rather than potentially having four separate pieces of kit, you have one, so your running costs will reduce. (we know people don't fax often anymore, but in some cases, businesses still use this function.)  

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What does a higher quality printer have to do with the envrionment?

Answer

1. The printer uses less ink each time to create the same if not better results. Meaning less of a need to constantly buy and dispose of ink cartridges.
2. You are less likely to have to replace the printer, as higher quality parts and technology are used. Leading to you having the product for longer rather than throwing it out every year or two years.
3. You are less likely to have to buy new parts, ensuring less waste.
4. Using less power to run your technology allows you to save on costs, whilst being energy efficient. New printers generally have a power saving mode that puts the printer in a 'sleep mode', this activates after a certain period of time.
5. Less paper wasted due to printer mistakes or paper jams.
6. Allows for more efficient printing formats. Margin adaptability gives you more space on the page to ensure less paper is used.
7. Double sided printing could be an option you have, again saving more paper.
8. Scan to email capabilities, meaning documents don't have to be printed to share them. Scan and send it as an email copy.

These are the main points; we hope this gives you some insight into how you can help the environment a little more. 
 

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