Tips on taking care of your PC/ Desktop

22nd October 2020
"Working and playing games on your PC is fun, but have you considered the maintenance and grooming of your PC?"

Are you concerned about your PC or Laptop? And, are you looking for ideas to keep it safe and have it work efficiently for a longer period? If yes, then continue.

 

It is vital to take good care of your desktop or PC for its efficient, effective use, and durability. Playing games, watching movies, working, preparing for your exams, listening to songs, surfing the internet, etc. might be fun, but you may get anxiety once your PC gets damaged or require repair and professional help. As they say "Prevention is better than cure", let's look into ways to keep our PC safe.

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Antivirus software to prevent malicious attack

Often times as our desktop is connected or linked with the internet and WWW, the risk of unwanted viruses or malicious software increases. Such a virus destroys your files or may take up your RAM and deliberately make your computer or PC slow. So, as a child is given polio drops to avoid polio in the future; similarly, in order to avoid any kind of malfunction or ineffectiveness from viruses, install antivirus software into your PC to make it virus-immuned. 

Do not download unwanted files 

It's best to keep your desktop clean and embellished with necessary files only. So, do not download unwanted files; do not replicate or copy files recklessly; in case of temporary files, delete them as soon as they serve their purpose; and, scan your computer timely to search any unwanted, unused, or replicate files.

Don't pull the power cord

Do not pull the power cord directly from the power socket as it may result in a breakage of the cord or damage the socket as well. Also, do not kick or step upon the cords; moreover, try to refrain from bumping into the cord as you may loosen or break it.

Avoid liquids and food near your desktop

Have you ever spilled your coffee on your keyboard and ruined it? Well, many people have done this and regretted bringing coffee or any liquid near to the desktop. Your working table is not your dining table; so, make sure to keep foods and liquids away from the desktop unit. Firstly, if spilled, they will either damage the accessories or different parts of your unit or pollute your unit. You don't want any of them to happen, or do you? If not then avoid bringing liquids or foods near the desktop unit.

Place it in a clean and dust-free room

While entering an old lab, you might have seen a huge pile of dust above the CPU unit, and a dusty monitor that blurs your display. Dust and dirt easily settle down in the unit. Moreover, once the dirt settles inside the motherboard, and control unit of the CPU, your PC might not perform that effectively. So, make sure to place the unit in a cleanroom that is free from dust and is vacuumed timely.

Plug the accessories in allotted ports/ slots

Every accessory and part have their dedicated slots in the CPU. Don't force the USB cable into the HDMI port. This will not only vandalize the cable but also affect the slots. Also, some accessory may not function if they're inserted in other slots. For instance, if you insert the speaker cable into the microphone cable slot, then your speaker will be mute as its functionality won't be recognized through the mic slot. 

Clean it annually

Placing the PC unit in a ventilated room that is frequently vacuumed is one thing. Despite the location, you have to clean the CPU unit and its insides once a year. Take your unit to the nearby computer stores or call a professional to have it cleaned. But, don't try to outsmart the technology trying to clean the unit on your own as if any misplace in parts or wires occur, your PC unit will not function and you'll have to pay for more damages than mere cleaning.

 


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Asus Dual screen laptop coming soon in Nepal ? - Specs, Price

9th February 2020
"Asus Dual screen laptop, a normal size laptop with dual screen."

Laptops have become an integral part of our work as well as life. Almost all the professionals who are on the move constantly depend on their laptops. Students on the other hand, who are away from their homes to study also rely on their laptops heavily for their studies, occasional gaming, entertainment and becoming future professionals. And for the laptop it is said, the more the screen the better. But a bigger screen means a bigger laptop and a bigger laptop means heavier weight. What if there be a normal size laptop with dual screen. It seems fictional but is a reality and has been a reality for some time now. Asus is well known for its dual-screen laptops and now Asus is expected to soon launch two laptops with dual-screen: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 and Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 for the Nepali Market.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Overview

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 has an awesome design and features some awesome specs. It sports a 4K OLED touch screen as a primary display along with a 4K touch secondary panel. The secondary panel sits right above the keyboard and is stretched across the chassis.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581

To run this powerhouse of a device, the laptop features an overclockable Intel Core i9 (i9-9980HK) or a more common Intel Core i7 processor (i7-9750H). Taking care of the graphics is the Nvidia RTX 2060 and comes with super-fast nVME Gen 3 X4 SSD making it an ideal laptop for content creation gaming and productivity.

Talking about productivity, a stylus named the ASUS-pen comes with the laptop for creators out there. The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 laptop is digital art ready out of the box and stylus supports both the primary as well as the secondary display.

Coming to the secondary display, there are many possibilities of usage. One can add premier pro After effects or Illustrator tools in the secondary display, freeing the space from primary one just for the video viewing, while others could add Facebook or Twitter feed while playing games on the primary display.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Specifications

  • Display: 15.6” OLED 4K (3840 x 2160) 16:9 touchscreen

                         5mm-thin bezel with 89% screen-to-body ratio

                        178° wide-view technology

                        100% DCI-P3

           - ScreenPad Plus

                       14” 4K (3840 x 1100) touch display

                       178˚ wide-view technology

          - TouchPad

                       Precision touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK processor

                            2.4GHz octa-core with Turbo Boost (up to 5.0GHz) and 16MB cache

                                                               or

                            Intel® Core™ i7-9750H processor

                           2.6GHz Hexa-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.5GHz) and 12MB cache

  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060

                           Video memory: 6GB GDDR6 VRAM

  • RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe® Gen3 x2

                         512GB PCIe® Gen3 x2

                         1TB PCIe® Gen3 x4 Intel® Optane™ Memory H10

  • Interface: 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C™ (up to 40Gbps and DisplayPort)

                          2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (up to 10Gbps)

                          1 x Standard HDMI 2.0

                          1 x Audio combo jack

                          1 x DC-in

  • Wireless Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery: 71Wh 8-cell Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery Pack
  • Weight: 2.5kg

 

Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Overview

Another laptop expected to be launched alongside the above mentioned is the Asus ZenBook Duo UX481. There are few differences between the two devices one being a slightly smaller secondary screen measuring at 12.7-inches.

Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Overview

Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 is powered by either the Core i5-10210U or the Core i7-10510U and as for the graphics it has the Nvidia GeForce MX250 with the VRAM of 2GB. Only two options for the RAM are available for this laptop which are 8GB or the max 16GB.

This laptop is intended for the normal users who don't want a powerhouse of a laptop but still want the benefit of dual screen.

Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Specifications

Display

              : 14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 slim-bezel NanoEdge display, touch

                                                                                      or

              14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 slim-bezel NanoEdge display, non-touch

               Four-sided frameless NanoEdge design with 90% screen-to-body ratio

               3.5mm-thin bezel with 90% screen-to-body ratio

              178° wide-view technology

             100% sRGB

        - ScreenPad Plus

             12.6” touch display

             178˚ wide-view technology

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-10510U processor

                   1.8GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.9GHz) and 8MB cache

                   Intel® Core™ i5-10210U processor

                  1.6GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.2GHz) and 6MB cache

Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250

                  Video memory: 2GB GDDR5 VRAM

RAM: 8GB / 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
Storage: 256GB PCIe® Gen3 x2

               512GB PCIe® Gen3 x2

              1TB PCIe® Gen3 x2

              1TB PCIe® Gen3 x4
Interface: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (up to 10Gbps)

                 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (up to 10Gbps)

                 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)

                 1 x HDMI

                 1 x Audio combo jack

                 1 x MicroSD card reader

                 1 x DC-in

Wireless Connectivity: Up to Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0

Battery: 70Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery

Weight: 1.5kg~1.6kg

We will update soon about Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 and Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 launch and price in Nepal. Stay tuned with us.

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Tips for taking care of your refrigerator | Reviews Nepal

27th September 2020
"Are you thinking about cleaning your refrigerator? But are you worried about how? If yes, then worry no more and read further."

Are you searching for tips to take care of your refrigerator? Or, are you worried about how to clean your refrigerator? Then, worry no more. Here we are at your aid with some tips and tricks on taking care of your refrigerator.

Location

Many people ignore the fact that the location of the refrigerator is prominent. Don't place the refrigerator in a hot area and make sure that the place is well-ventilated. Also, for the condenser to work adequately, make sure the refrigerator stands at least 15 cm away from the wall. The leveling of the refrigerator should be checked thoroughly as the doors of unleveled refrigerators will not close properly and cause condensation, in plain words, the refrigerator will not function properly.

Storing foods

Refrigerators are significantly used for storing foods; but, the foods stored may cause some damage to the refrigerator. Make sure that the foods that give awful odors are tightly closed in containers so that they won't cause any contamination to other foods. Also, in case of cut veggies, fruits, and foods, make sure to cover them with plastic before storing them. 

Defrost

Defrosting your refrigerator is essential to prevent from bacterias and contaminations. So, it's better to defrost your refrigerator once in a while. Best if you defrost it once a month.

Cleaning the refrigerator

Cleaning the refrigerator can be quite stressful for some people as they don't know what should be used and what should be avoided to clean it. While cleaning, make sure to turn off the temperature control prior to unplugging the refrigerator. Any kind of soap or soap-based detergent should be avoided. Best if you clean your refrigerator with a soft sponge and a solution of 2 tbsp of baking soda and 2 cups of water, and then rinse it off, then finally dry with paper towels. Also, don't forget to dust the condenser as well.

Don't store hot foods

If you want your refrigerator to last long and stay in good condition, don't store any hot foods inside it as it manipulates the temperature inside and hinders the temperature control.

Cold is better

You might have been already instructed about the temperature suitable for your refrigerator. Normally, its best to set the temperature between 3 to 5 degrees celsius. However, you may change the temperature as the season changes. The instructions for the temperature can be found in the refrigerator below the temperature control in some brands as well.

Think and open

Most of the people open and wander through every compartment searching for food and inspiration to cook. Well, it's not healthy for your refrigerator. First figure out what you want to eat or cook, then open the refrigerator. Opening the refrigerator for a longer period of time will cause a loss of 7% of cold temperature leading to unnecessary energy expenditure.

 

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Cleaning tips for taking care of your Makeup brushes

19th October 2020
"Keep the makeup brushes clean in order to prevent your skin from acne and breakouts."

Bacterial infections are likely to grow and contaminate our skin if we do not take care of the brushes and sponges we use often as part of our makeup routine. Did you know, for instance, that dirty brushes can induce acne, close pores, and accumulate contaminants on the skin? 

So, here are a few tips for managing to safely use your beauty products. 

With brushes 

Makeup brushes collect millions of germs that can get dirty and infect the skin. That is why keeping them as smooth as possible is so crucial. Furthermore, with the same brush, you would not end up with a combination of colours. Ideally, after using them, you can clean them. If you do not have much time, at least every other week, do not forget to clean them. 

Depending on their attributes, makeup brushes should not be washed in the same way:

 

Natural hair brushes: primarily for powder coatings

With soapy water, rinse them and let them dry. When they are still damp, be careful not to put them in a vertical position, as their wooden wand might get broken. Once a month, you should also add a conditioner to your brushes, so that they stay flexible and smooth.

 

Brushes made from synthetic hair: for oleaginous items in particular

Wash it with such a solvent that is non-alcoholic. There are several leave-on cleaning methods, for instance, that can be added straight to your brush with a soft cloth.


Makeup sponges

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Single-use sponges are the most hygienic. However, if you would rather use reusable sponges, do not forget to disinfect them with a bit of washing-up liquid and a drop of disinfecting alcohol. You can also clean them with baby lotion or micellar water. Leave the sponge to dry before putting it away or using it again.

 

Brushes for lipsticks and foundation

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For those of you that apply lipstick with a brush, it is important to keep it clean. To disinfect it, use a damp cloth soaked with alcohol to give it a boost of radiance. No need to clean it too often: once a month should do.

 

Makeup bags

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They contain all your most precious treasures, but they are often neglected when it comes to cleaning, while in fact, germs and bacteria contaminate your accessories every day. To solve this problem, clean yours completely on a regular basis (every 2 to 3 months) or just put it in the washing machine. In the meantime, refresh it with a face wipe.


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