Buying a new PC guide for non-tech users

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


August 24 - (10 Min Read)

Purchasing a new laptop or computer may seem like a daunting task, what with all the brands, models, technical parameters, shapes and sizes available on the market. This is where our guide comes in handy. It’s divided into 2 sections: before and after you buy, as the whole buying a new PC experience shouldn’t just end with the purchase. Why? Well, how you maintain it matters a lot, as it defines how well and for how long your new PC is going to serve you.

Before you buy

You really need to understand what you need first, and then build up upon that. So here are a few pointers you should take into consideration before you purchase.

1. Usability

You need to consider what the purchase is for. Is it for home use, gaming or work? If you’re looking to use your device to simply surf the net, to stay in touch with your family and friends and for the usual day-to-day stuff, then it might be best not to over invest and stick to less expensive models. If you intend to use it for work purposes, video editing or gaming, then you might want to look at higher-end devices.

2. Mobility of your lifestyle

What is your daily PC routine? How are you planning to use your new device? Will you be stationed in one place or roaming around? Will you be traveling and need to take your PC with you? If you’ll be working from one location then you might want to opt for a desktop. If you’re always on the go, then a laptop would be ideal since you can carry it around with you.

3. Price

Always take into consideration your budget. Sometimes it’s a good call to pay a bit more for an extra feature or part that boosts the performance of the whole device in a significant way.The device might serve you a bit longer and that little extra splurge would, in fact, result in savings. Ka-ching!

Once you choose your model, take a good look at different sites and visit various sellers to get an idea of the price range. Keep an eye out for offers, you might find yourself a good deal!

4. Warranty

Warranties are important! Make sure to check the specifics before purchasing. Usually, all computers and laptops come with a standard one-year warranty, however, if you feel like you need additional coverage you can pay extra for an extended warranty.

Yet, even with a proper warranty, the well-being of your device lies in your hands. Do you know how to maintain it so that it performs at its best and serves you well in years to come? This is why the next section comes in handy.

After you buy

We could provide you with pages and pages of instructions on how to maintain your PC, but keeping it simple is our thing. So instead, we present you with one simple and free toolbox that offers significant shortcuts to what can be done manually and much more!

Meet Ellp, your new PC Assistant that lets you automate your daily routine with a flip of a switch. Its simple and colorful layout allows you to identify and choose those crucial actions you want to automate so that your PC serves you for years to come.

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Ellp can take care of a wide variety of tasks for you, divided into four categories:

1. Performance

Ellp will take care of your storage space. Ellp tracks any temporary or junk files, along with any long overdue files stored in your folders, and points them out to you so that you can remove them and get back that much-needed space. Just activate the three following cards and you’re all set:

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Ellp also helps with managing your PC’s temperature and alerts you every time your PC is about to overheat. It also monitors your battery levels so that you always know when to plug in and out (and save on energy bills). It will also check the quality of your Internet connection for you and notify you if you are offline. And yes, if any application is slowing down your startup, Ellp will also point that out to you.

See how easy it can be? Ellp does all maintenance for you and invites you to take action only if needed. And since it’s compatible with Windows tools, it is safe to download!

2. Security

Hackers attacks on one hand, all aspects of life happening online on the other. So how can Ellp help you stay safe online? Every day at a given time Ellp will perform a security cleanup for you, making sure all personal and other sensitive data are cleared out so that no one can access them without your knowledge and permission. It will also alert you in case any accounts you signed in with your email address are involved in a data breach. Then, all you have to do is change your password and you’re in the clear. Phew!

3. Productivity

From helping you organizing the files you download and managing your folders, to reminding you of anything important during your day and even giving you a weather update, Ellp is there to help you be more productive. Why not check out the three most popular cards within the productivity category (and make sure you activate them, too).

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4. Entertainment

Have you ever wondered if the International Space Station is passing over you? Well, crazy enough, Ellp can tell you the exact time that’s happening! Other than that, it can organize your songs, movies, FB pictures, set up your wallpaper and open your favorite app when you plug in your headset.

Have I mentioned that Ellp is totally free, is trusted by over 80,000 users and is recommended globally by well-known industry experts? You can download your copy here:

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All you need to do next is to install it, choose the cards you want to have active and enjoy your new PC for years to come!

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New on Ellp this month

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Written by Janice
Writer


August 10 - (4 Min Read)

It’s August everyone! And that means a new month that brings with it a whole lot of great updates, from the awesome product team here at Ellp. Over the past months, the team has been focusing on making your life easier just by adding a little automation to your daily routine, so that you can focus on what matters most.

So what’s new in Ellp?

Well, this time round, the latest product updates revolve around 3 categories: Productivity, Performance, and Entertainment, and therefore we present you a new card for each of the aforementioned categories. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the latest card additions.

When my battery is fully charged, let me know

Kristina spilled the beans about this card, which was inspired by Ellp users, in yesterday’s blog post! The thing with PC battery notifications, is that you’re notified when your devices’ battery is running low, however, there is no available setting to let you know when your device has been fully charged. Well, our product team has created an Ellp card just for that purpose. The ‘When my battery is fully charged, let me know’ card, which falls underneath the Performance category, once activated will notify you whenever your battery is fully charged. This will not only help you to save up on your electricity bill but also prolong your battery’s lifespan.

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When I turn on my PC, open my favorite application

Isn’t it annoying having to waste time searching for, and then clicking on your favorite application to open? Now you can get straight to the tasks that really matter, as when activating this new card, found within the Productivity category, Ellp will launch that one application that you use on a daily basis upon PC startup. Isn’t that neat?! By using this card you can rid yourself of morning mayhem and let Ellp set the right tone for the rest of your day.

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When the International Space Station passes over me, let me know

Those of you who are obsessed with Space know what the International Space Station is and what’s its purpose. For those of you who don’t, the ISS, is a large spacecraft in low orbit around the Earth. It completes 15.5 orbits a day and serves as a home for astronauts and cosmonauts. Just in case you’d like to see it, once this card is activated, Ellp will let you know when the ISS is passing overhead.

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With this latest update, now there are 34 Ellp cards made available to you, enhancing your Ellp experience. We promise you that we’ve got more up our sleeves and that more amazing updates will be available to you soon.

If you feel that Ellp is a tool that you will enjoy in months to come, make sure to download it now. It’s completely free for you to keep!

 

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If you’re enjoying Ellp, why not spread the word and share it with your friends and family for them to enjoy as well. We appreciate every share 😉

How to clean out, sort and organize your files

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


July 24 - (7 Min Read)

It’s Friday and you just managed to finish off a work task and ready to head home for the weekend, when Ding! You just received an email from one of your colleagues, asking for a particular file that you had worked on a couple of years back. I’m pretty sure that at that point in time, your mind would be like, “Oh no! In which folder did I place it?”

Not to worry it happens to the best of us! For me, emails like these result in instances of panic, looking up old files in the hope of finding the one I really need. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always go the way I want it to, and sometimes a search that should have taken a minute, had I organized my folders, spans to hours.

The thing is, we’re so busy that we tend to brush off organizing our files for later, but then we never actually get to it. In the meantime, our files keep on accumulating. By the time we actually get to organizing our files and folders, our hard drive is stuffed to the brim with downloaded files, music, movies, duplicate files, etc. This does not only make it even harder to go through all the files and organize them, but also takes its toll on PC performance.

So how can you create order from chaos?

With the following 3 simple points or with flipping the proper switch within Ellp, you’ll find that you’ll start introducing small changes into the way you organize your files.

 

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1. Cleaning

First things first! Ideally, we start by going through all the files, deleting any duplicate files and other unwanted files. You’d be amazed by the amount of space such files take up on your hard drive.

To save yourself the ordeal of going through multiple duplicate files in the future, why not activate the Ellp card, ‘When I download the same file twice, let me know’. This way Ellp would notify you of any duplicate files and get rid of them for you.

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2. Sorting

Once you’ve cleared any duplicate and unwanted files, move each file type to its respective folder. That is if it’s a document move it to the Documents folder, if it’s a song move it to the Music folder, photos in the Pictures folder, and keep doing this for all your files.

You might say but isn’t that the obvious thing to do? Well, yes it is. But it wouldn’t be the first time that you’ve downloaded a song or document and left it in the Downloads folder. Am I right? Only saying this because I do it too!

Ellp can help you sort out your files in an easy and hassle-free manner. Simply activate the following cards, and whenever you download a document, picture, movie or song, it will save it to your preferred folder, which you specify before activating the card. Easy, no?!

  • When I download a song, save it to my preferred folder
  • When I a document, save it to my preferred folder
  • When I download a movie, save it to my preferred folder

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3. Getting organized

The last thing to do is to create folder structures. Creating folders and sub-folders helps not only to streamline your folder system but also to free up storage space, giving your PC the performance boost it so needed.

With such a neat folder system, sorting your files wouldn’t take up a lot of time, as once downloaded you can easily move it to its respective folder. Making it easier for you to locate files, as you wouldn’t have to sift through hundreds of files, but go directly to the folder you saved it to.

 

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We encourage you to make this small change in the way you sort and organize your files, as it not only simplifies your PC daily routine but also boosts PC performance. And why not get Ellp to help you out, whilst you’re at it? This way you can focus on more important tasks at hand.

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Here’s to more productive days!

The story behind the Ellp categories

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Written by Janice
Writer


July 13 - (4 Min Read)

Ellp’s latest update brings a number of new infrastructural changes, including a new navigation menu and a sharing facility. However, the most noteworthy of them all would be the redefined categories. So far we’ve introduced you to Ellp and its automation mechanism – the Ellp cards. Now, it’s high time that we go into detail about the Ellp categories themselves, without which Ellp would be a huge pile up of disorganized cards/ disaster in the making. It’s not the case! Yet knowing where we want to take Ellp in terms of variety of cards and functionalities, it just cannot make do without categorization.

At the beginning of it all, back in September 2016, Ellp started out with 6 categories and 8 cards which have now been redefined into 4, covering: Productivity, Performance, Security, and Entertainment, allowing for easy navigation of the cards, which now add up to almost 30 cards. This not only facilitates a better user experience but also increases the visibility of the Ellp cards you really need and want to make use of.

 

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So what do these categories cover?

Taking care of your PC, whilst handling multiple tasks at one go can be a headache at times – to say the least! We’ve all been there, I’m afraid! With the help of categories, you can have peace of mind, as you can easily find and activate the cards you need to perform the tasks for you. Let’s take a look at the 4 categories:

1. Productivity

It is so easy to get stuck wasting time on menial tasks or just wasting time in general, especially on social media. Busted! However, work still needs to be done, and the reality is that with such a busy life we lead, we all wish we could be more productive and get more done in less time. As the saying goes, time is money, so why not get Ellp to help, this way you make better use of your time and believe me, you’ll find yourself soaring through your daily tasks in no time! Here are Ellp’s top 3 productivity cards to help you declutter and increase your productivity, and stay focused:

  • When I’m spending too much time on Facebook, ping me
  • When I download the same file twice, let me know
  • When I download a document, save it to my preferred folder

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2. Performance

Sometimes your lack of productivity may not necessarily be your fault, it could be affected by your PC performance. It’s frustrating to get work done when your PC isn’t cooperating – maybe it takes longer to start up and runs slowly or takes an infinite amount of time to perform even the simplest and easiest of tasks. Don’t you worry, Ellp’s got you sorted! These are our top 3 performance cards, but there’s more from where these came from, so go ahead, download Ellp and get the full range.

  • When an application is slowing down my PC startup, alert me
  • When my hard disk is getting full, free up space
  • When it’s time, check my internet speed

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3. Security

I guess PC security and privacy is a number one priority on everyone’s list, especially considering the amount of cyber attacks the world has experienced in the past couple of months. No one wants to have their personal credentials, whether bank account details or personal emails or files circling the web for everyone to see. So if you’re worried about having your PC and online activities being compromised, why not try these 2 Ellp cards:

  • When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me
  • When it’s time, perform a privacy cleanup

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Best part – there’s no need for you to break the bank, as Ellp is completely free!

The production of security cards takes much longer as this is a more complex task. For the time being, we’ve perfected the 2 cards mentioned above and we’re working on new security cards to be released soon. Stay tuned as they’re going to be awesome!

4. Entertainment

Everyone has his or her own way of chilling out after a hectic a day – maybe a drink after work with friends just to ease that stress or simply chillax at home listening to some music or watching that last episode from your all-time favorite series. With this in mind, we came up with solutions to save you those extra minutes, and jump straight into relaxation mode! that after a busy day can make a difference.

Our reasoning behind the cards is to give the fastest access to whatever you want to do to relax, as those couple extra minutes can make a difference after a busy day!

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  • When I download a song, save it to my preferred folder
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This is one of those articles where we help you navigate through Ellp more effectively and proactively so that you can experience the full functionality of the product and ease your daily routine.

 

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With Ellp you don’t need to worry about boring PC tasks as it takes care of them for you, so you can focus on the things that matter most.

At times even we are surprised how creative are our users with applying these simple rules in their everyday tasks, so if you have some tips for others, feel free to share them with us. Remember to share this article with your friends, so that they can save time and money and be forever grateful to you 😉