Becoming a computer technician is a great point of entry into the IT field. In addition, computer hardware certifications can help demonstrate your knowledge and competency in maintaining computers, mobile devices, printers and more. Below, you’ll find our pick of six computer hardware certifications to help you get your IT career off the ground.
Although we cover our favorite hardware certifications here, the idea that hardware can operate independently of software (or vice versa) isn’t true. If you dig into the curriculum for any specific hardware-related certs in any depth, you’ll quickly realize that software is in control of hardware.
Software comes into play for installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and just about any other activity you can undertake with hardware. The hardware label simply indicates that devices are involved, not that hardware is all that’s involved.
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Differing factors, such as specific job role, locality and experience level, may impact salary potential. In general, hardware professionals can expect to earn somewhere in the mid-$60,000s. SimplyHired reports average earnings at $71,946 for IT technicians, with highs reported at almost $116,000. The average national salary for computer hardware technicians ranges from about $31,000 to more than $53,000. However, some certifications command higher salaries. Certification Magazine’s “Annual Salary Survey” (Salary Survey 2018) average salaries for CompTIA Server+ at $98,060 and the A+ credential at $97,730.
The CompTIA A+ certification is the granddaddy and best known of all hardware credentials. For anyone serious about working with PCs, laptops, mobile devices, printers or operating systems, the A+ should at least be on their radar, if not in their game plan.
Since the first A+ credential was awarded in March 1993, the program continues to draw active interest and participation. With more than 1 million IT professionals now possessing the A+ credential, it is something of a checkbox item for PC technicians and support professionals. It also appears in a great many job postings or advertisements.
A+ is also ISO 17024 compliant and accredited by ANSI. Thus this credential must be renewed every three years in keeping with concomitant requirements for continuing education or regular examinations to maintain certification currency. Some 20 continuing education units (CEUs) are required for renewal.
Earning an A+ from CompTIA involves passing two exams: 220-901 and 220-902. exam 220-901 focuses on hardware, networking, mobile devices, connectivity and troubleshooting. exam 220-902 draws on knowledge of installing and configuring common operating systems (Windows, Linux, OS X, Android and iOS). It also covers issues related to cloud computing, security and operational procedures. Candidates will find a variety of question formats, including standard multiple-choice, drag-and-drop and performance-based questions on these exams.
Candidates who earn the A+ often find themselves in job roles that include technical support specialist, field service technician, IT support technician, IT support administrator or IT support specialist. The A+ is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense (in DoD Directive 8140/8570.01-M). Also, technology companies, such as Ricoh, Nissan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dell, HP and Intel, require staff to earn the A+ certification to fill certain positions.
The A+ certification encompasses broad coverage of PC hardware and software, networking and security in its overall technical scope.
|Certification name||CompTIA A+|
|Prerequisites & required courses||9-12 months of experience recommended|
|Number of exams||Two exams (maximum of 90 questions, 90 minutes): 220-901 and 220-902 (CompTIA Academy Partners use the same numbers)|
|Cost per exam||$211 per exam. Exams administered by Pearson VUE. exam vouchers available at CompTIA|
CompTIA offers several self-study materials, including exam objectives, sample questions and study guides ($178 for the eBook $198 for the print edition), as well as classroom and e-learning training opportunities. Credential seekers may also want to check out the CertMaster online learning tool. Links to CompTIA training materials may be found on the certification webpage.
Given the popularity of Apple products and platforms, and widespread use of Macintosh computers in homes and businesses of all sizes, there’s demand galore for Mac-savvy technicians.
The AppleCare Mac Technician (ACMT) 2018 credential is Apple’s latest hardware-related ACMT certification. (The credential was formerly called the Apple Certified Macintosh Technician or Apple Certified Mac Technician.) Per Apple, the ACMT 2018 “qualifies a technician to repair all the Mac products that were covered by prior ACMT certifications, plus all other Mac products that were produced before April 2018.” Technicians with the ACMT certification who work at an Apple-authorized service facility are allowed to perform service and repairs.
The ACMT’s two required exams are the Apple Service Fundamentals and the ACMT 2018 Mac Service Certification. Service Fundamentals focuses on customer experience skills, ESD and safety, troubleshooting and deductive reasoning, and product knowledge. The Mac Service exam covers troubleshooting and repair of Mac hardware (mainly Apple iMac and MacBook Pro systems). Note that the Apple Service Fundamentals exam is also required for the Apple Certified iOS Technician (ACiT) 2018 certification.
The ACMT 2018 is a permanent credential and does not require annual recertification. However, as new products are added to the Apple portfolio, AppleCare will make associated courses available through Apple Technical Learning Administration System (ATLAS). You must complete these courses to service new products.
|Certification name||AppleCare Mac Technician (ACMT) 2017|
|Prerequisites & required courses||AppleCare Technician Training recommended|
|Number of exams||Two exams (must be taken in this order):
Apple Service Fundamentals exam (SCV-17A) OR Apple Service
Fundamentals exam (SVC-18A)
ACMT 2018 Mac Service Certification exam (MAC-18A) Each exam: 70 questions, 2 hours, 80 percent passing score
Tests administered by Pearson VUE; Apple Tech ID number required
|Cost per exam||TBD|
|Self-study materials||Self-paced training: Apple Technical Learning Administration System (ATLAS)
Instructor-led training courses: LearnQuest
BICSI is a professional association that supports the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, mainly in the areas of voice, data, audio and video, electronic safety and security, and project management. BICSI offers training, certification and education to its 23,000-plus members, many of who are designers, installers and technicians.
BICSI offers several certifications aimed at ICT professionals, who mainly deal with cabling and related technologies. Two credentials, the BICSI Technician and the BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) are pertinent (and popular) in this story.
The BICSI Technician recognizes individuals who lead an installation group or team, perform advanced testing and troubleshooting of cable installations, evaluate cabling requirements, recommend solutions based on standards and best practices, and roll out new and retrofit projects. Technicians must be well versed in both copper and fiber cabling.
Candidates need a good deal of knowledge about the hardware, networking devices and communications equipment to which they connect cables.
To earn the credential, candidates must pass a single two-part exam consisting of a hands-on practical evaluation and a written exam. In addition, candidates must possess at least three years of verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the past five years. Credentials are valid for three years. Certification holders must earn 18 hours of continuing education credits (CECs) in each three-year credentialing cycle and pay the current renewal fees to maintain this credential.
Interested candidates should also check out other BICSI certifications, such as the Installer 1 (INST1), Installer 2 Copper (INSTC) and Installer 2 Optical Fiber (INSTF).
An advanced credential, the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) is so well respected that the Department of Defense Unified Facilities requires RCDD for all telecom-related design projects. The RCDD is geared toward experienced ICT practitioners with at least five years of ICT design experience. Alternatively, candidates who do not have the requisite experience but who possess at least two years of design experience plus three years of knowledge “equivalents” (combination of approved education, certifications or education), may also sit for the exam. All experience must have been within the preceding 10 years.
RCDD candidates should be able to create and prepare system design specifications and plans, as well as recommended best practices for security design requirements, for business automation systems. RCDDs are also well versed in data center, cabling systems and design for wireless, network, and electronic security systems.
To earn the credential, candidates must meet the experience requirements, submit the application plus credentialing fees, along with a current resume. In addition, candidates must submit four letters of reference two of which much be from current or former clients. One reference may be personal while the remaining references must come from the candidate’s employer.
Other advanced BICSI certifications include the Outside Plant (OSP) Designer, Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) and Registered Telecommunication Project Manager (RTPM).
|Certification name||BICSI Technician|
|Prerequisites & required courses||Three or more years of verifiable ICT industry installation experience (must be within past five years to qualify)
Adhere to the BICSI Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct
Physical requirements: Distinguish between colors, stand for extended periods, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, climb ladders, and possess manual dexterity necessary to perform fine motor tasks
Technician exam prereqs: Both the Installer 2, Copper and Installer 2, Optical Fiber credentials OR the Installer 2 credential
Note: There are no additional credentials required for candidates attempting the Technician Skip-Level exam.
50 hours review of BICSI Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM)
|Number of exams||One two-part exam, including written exam (140 multiple-choice questions*) and hands-on, performance-based exam (hands-on performance exam delivered last day of TE350 course; written exam administered the day after the completion of the TE350 course)
*If the candidate doesn’t have both the Copper and Optical Fiber Installer 2 credentials or an Installer 2 credential, the written Skip Level exam will have 170 questions.
|Cost per exam||$295 (non-refundable application fee must be received by BICSI 15 days prior to exam; retake fee of $130 applies)|
|Self-study materials||Information Technology System Installation Methods Manual, 7th edition electronic download, $220 member/$240 non-member; print and download combo, $260 member/$290 non-member; printed manual, $220 member/$240 non-member, Web-based training through BICSI CONNECT|
|Certification name||BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)|
|Prerequisites & required courses||
Five or more years of verifiable ICT industry design experience (must be within past 10 years to qualify)
Two or more years of verifiable ICT design experience (must be within the past ten years) plus three additional years of ICT equivalents from approved education, experience, or ICT licenses or certification (CCNA, for example)
Adhere to the BICSI Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct
DD101: Foundations of Telecommunications Distribution Design ($1,030) (BICSI CONNECT online course)
DD102: Designing Telecommunications Distribution Systems ($2,815)
125-150 hours of TDMM study
TDMM flash cards ($275)
RCDD Test Preparation Course ($925) (BICSI CONNECT online course)
|Number of exams||One exam (100 questions, 2.5 hours)|
|Cost per exam||$495 BICSI member/$725 non-member application fee, (non-refundable application fee must be received by BICSI 15 days prior to exam; retake fee of $225 BISCI member/$340 non-member)|
Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, 13th edition (TDMM) electronic download ($310 member/$380 non-member; print and download combo, $350 member/$435 non-member; printed manual, $310 member/$380 non-member)
Web-based training through BICSI CONNECT
Cisco certifications are valued throughout the tech industry. The Cisco Certified Technician, or CCT, certification is an entry-level credential that demonstrates a person’s ability to support and maintain Cisco networking devices at a customer site.
The Routing & Switching credential best fits our list of best computer hardware certifications, and it serves as an essential foundation for supporting Cisco devices and systems in general.
The CCT requires passing a single exam. Topics include identification of Cisco equipment and related hardware, such as switches and routers, general networking and service knowledge, working with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC), and describing Cisco IOS software operating modes. Candidates should also have a working knowledge of Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands for connecting to and remotely servicing Cisco products.
|Certification name||Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) Routing & Switching|
|Prerequisites & required courses||
Recommended training: Supporting Cisco Routing and Switching Network Devices (RSTECH) ($299)
|Number of exams||One: 640-692 RSTECH (60-70 questions, 90 minutes)|
|Cost per exam||
Exam administered by Pearson VUE.
|Self-study materials||Cisco Study Material page provides links to the course, study groups, exam tutorials, and other related content, including exam syllabus, training videos and seminars.|
CompTIA also offers a server-related certification, which steps up from basic PC hardware, software, and networking Topics to the more demanding, powerful, and expensive capabilities in the same vein usually associated with server systems.
The CompTIA Server+ credential goes beyond basic Topics to include coverage of more advanced storage systems, IT environments, virtualization, and disaster recovery and business continuity topics. It also puts a strong emphasis on best practices and procedures for server problem diagnosis and troubleshooting. Although Server+ is vendor-neutral in coverage, organizations such as HP, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Xerox, Lenovo and HP use Server+ credentialed technicians.
Those who work or want to work in server rooms or data centers, with and around servers on a regular basis, will find the Server+ credential worth studying for and earning. It can also be a steppingstone into vendor-specific server technician training programs at such companies as those mentioned above, or with their authorized resellers and support partners.
Note that the CompTIA Server+ exam is still listed on that organization’s website as “good for life,” meaning it does not impose a renewal or continuing education requirement on its holders. The SK0-004 launched on July 31, 2015. Typically, exams are available for at least two years. If CompTIA’s revision history for Server+ is any guide to future updates and revisions, then it’s likely that we’ll see a new exam making an appearance sometime before the end of 2019.
|Certification name||CompTIA Server+|
|Prerequisites & required courses||No prerequisites
Recommended experience includes CompTIA A+ certification plus a minimum of 18-24 months IT-related experience
|Number of exams||One: SK0-004 (100 questions, 90 minutes, 750 out of 900 passing score)|
|Cost per exam||$302. exam administered by Pearson VUE. exam vouchers available at CompTIA.|
CompTIA offers a number of self-study materials, including exam objectives, its CertMaster online study tool, sample questions, books and more. Formal training courses are also offered. Links to CompTIA training courses may be found on the certification web page. Additional resources may also be found at the CompTIA Marketplace.
There are many more hardware-oriented certifications available that you might want to consider. As you get into IT and start to develop a sense of your own interests and observe the hardware systems and solutions around, you’ll be able to dig deeper into this arena.
You can investigate all the major system vendors (including HP, Dell, IBM, and other PC and server makers) as well as networking and infrastructures companies (such as Juniper and Fortinet) to find hardware-related training and certification to occupy you throughout a long and successful career.
Although ExpertRating offers many credentials, we rejected them after viewing several complaints regarding the general quality of the courses. Obviously, such complaints are from disgruntled customers but were enough to make us proceed with caution.
This is also an area where constant change in tools and technology is the norm. That means a course of lifelong learning will be essential to help you stay current on what’s in your working world today and likely to show up on the job soon.
Formerly the VAR 500, the Solution Provider 500 is our annual ranking of the top solution provider organizations in North America, ranked by revenue.
As the business of being a solution provider evolves, channel partners continue to put the customer first, as they reach for new technological heights. This year, the integrators with the highest revenue in North America are part of CRN's Solution Provider 500 list.
This year's awards are presented at the SP500 conference in Charlotte, N.C., honoring companies in six technology practices. Awards also are given out for business transformation, executive of the year and company of the year.
From CRN's Solution Provider 500 conference, here are a few tips on how to develop the traits of a high-performance culture within your own solution provider organization.
Transformation needs to be a core competency of solution providers today.
At CRN's SP500 conference, solution provider CEOs say market pressures from the cloud computing services revolution is causing record merger and acquisition activity.
Solution providers should charge based on value, not volume, to protect their margins, said consultant David Stelzl at the Solution Provider 500 conference.
A panel of CIOs at CRN's SP500 conference says educating and informing them about the latest cloud technology is the key to winning them over.
IBM recently completed its bi-annual CEO study of more than 1,700 global CEOs from 18 industries. For the first time in the study's history, since 2004, "technology factors" was chosen as the leading external force that impacts the organization.
Profiles of the companies that earned special distinction at our Solution Provider 500 Awards.
HPBOSE 10th result 2022 tomorrow
HPBOSE 10th Result 2022: The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) will declare the HP Board Class 10 term 2 result 2022 on Wednesday, June 29. As per the schedule, the HPBOSE 10th result 2022 will be announced at 11 am tomorrow for around one lakh students. When announced, the Himachal Pradesh Class 10 Board results will be available on the official website -- hpbose.org. To access the HP 10th result 2022, the login credentials including admit card numbers and dates of birth will be used. HPBOSE 10th Result 2022 LIVE
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The HPBOSE conducted the HP 10th board exams between March 26 and April 13. This year, the Himachal Pradesh Board conducted the exams in two terms on the lines of CBSE and CISCE. The HPBOSE term 1 exam result was announced on February 10, and term 2 results will be announced tomorrow. The final result will be the combination of both the terms.
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After downloading the HPBOSE 10th scorecards, the students must verify their names, subjects, school name, and roll number. Students should also check the spelling of their names.
To clear the Class 10 HPBOSE board exams, the students must secure a minimum of 33 per cent marks in practical and theory exams separately. They need to score the minimum score in each subject for which they have appeared for.
Last year the HPBOSE Class 10 result was declared on July 5. The overall pass percentage was 99.7 per cent.
In a presentation at Virtual Engineering Days, Joe Cretella, applications engineering manager at ProtoLabs, offered technical examples about how multijet fusion (MJF) can best be used, while Brent Ewald, solutions architect from HP, talked about developing strategies for using MJF and encouraged companies to think about how the technology can complement their more traditional manufacturing efforts.
Cretella began by noting that the ideal applications for multijet fusion can include prototypes and end-use parts; complex geometries requiring hinging or light weighting, high strength, and temperature resistance; jigs and fixtures, brackets, clips; and component housings.
He cited a accurate case study that ProtoLabs did with a university in France and its German counterparts to produce reusable face shield. Cretella said they were able to optimize the design so that it could be printed as a single component. “So it could fit a large number of those face shields into a single build,” he explained. “And that's really going to be key on thinking about designs, especially as we're getting into talking about the parts, we want to be able to fit a high volume.”
Moving parts into a single build will maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and reduce overall time, he said, especially when compared with injection molding and the time needed to generate tooling and scale up.
Multijet fusion uses Nylon material PA 12 black and PA 12 40% glass-filled black, Cretella said. The 40% glass-filled gives a little bit better mechanical properties in terms of being stiffer and also increases the heat deflection temperature of the material itself, he said.
MJF will have a smaller minimum feature size, as compared with SLS, he said, and it is also good for slots and channels. He encouraged manufacturers to follow traditional injection molding principles of having universal, uniform wall thicknesses.
Cretella finished his portion by inviting viewers to submit their geometries to ProtoLabs for a quote. “We've seen a lot of different parts,” he said. “We have a lot of experience and can create a solution that could get you a part that's going to be really beneficial.”
Ewald pivoted the discussion to some scenarios where it might make sense to incorporate multijet fusion into manufacturing processes. He spoke of using additive manufacturing as bridge production to meet time-to-market goals. “Lost time to market will end ultimately lead to lost sales,” he said. “So, when we talk about using additive manufacturing to stay on schedule, it doesn’t even have to accelerate the schedule, but just to stay on until you have a stable design that will enable you to start production early and then change over to a lower-cost traditional tool later on,” he said.
He also spoke of bridge manufacturing for times of uncertainty. “Uncertainty comes in many flavors,” he said. “It could be that it's financial uncertainty. You don't want to spend the money on the tooling this quarter and you want to wait, there's some decision that you trigger there and additive manufacturing offers a great delay here.”
Another uncertainty he mentioned could be an unstable forecast. “You're launching a fairly new product, and you don't know what the demand will be,” Ewald explained, noting that delaying investing in tooling can be an advantage.
Ewald stressed that he doesn’t consider 3D printing to be competitive with injection molding or traditional processes; rather, it is complementary. “There are things it can fundamentally do that others can't, and that other technologies can,” he said. “By integrating it into the product life cycle, you can get better results. Through utilizing hybrid push-pull, supply chain, and other sort of other strategies, you can create a package that makes sense to integrate into your production,” he concluded.
"Tips and Tricks to Leverage Multi Jet Fusion in Your Product Development Cycle" was held June 15 and is available on demand for 30 days.
The artificial-intelligence revolution sweeping the computing industry is bringing plenty of problems along with the progress, the nonprofit concludes.
Dr. Ali Tinazli is the CEO of lifespin.health and has 15+ years in Fortune 100 corporate strategy and entrepreneurship (SONY, HP).
Society has benefited from remarkable scientific advances in the 21st century; perhaps few are more profound than the extraordinary achievements in human health, thanks to the convergence of biology, medical science and information technology. It is now possible, for instance, to sequence an individual's entire genome rapidly and inexpensively.
At the same time, developments in wireless technologies and big data make it easier to collect and store large amounts of health-related information. The convergence of these two trends and others is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of disease and ushering in a new era of deeply precise, individualized medicine that may forever alter healthcare delivery to millions of people.
One of these significant advances is in using bioinformatics, specifically the identification and utilization of human "biomarkers" to accelerate the development of improved and innovative diagnostics. An offshoot of this field is called "metabolomics," a relatively new branch of medical science that holds great promise in making precision medicine affordable and more accessible.
Metabolomics, from a health standpoint, is the study of how disease impacts a person's normal metabolism, representing the biochemical process involved in virtually everything human beings do—from moving and growing to thinking. Diseases are believed to cause a disturbance of healthy metabolism, which leaves biochemical patterns in the human body, e.g., in blood.
Physician-scientists have long believed and found, through research, that these changes in a person's biomarkers, i.e., their metabolism, can provide valuable and early indicators for disease states and other health-related conditions. For example, if two patients come to their physician with identical symptoms, a blood test would differentiate their illnesses and accurately diagnose them. But only until relatively recently, because of advances in the convergence of various technologies, has this promise become a reality.
Today, these metabolic signatures are not only traceable but are also beginning to be very accurately correlated to specific disease states, utilizing powerful digital platforms that use deep learning, advanced software solutions and artificial intelligence, all cost-efficiently scalable via the cloud. Powered by metabolomics as a new and near-universal health diagnostics modality, early and rapid identification and treatment of diseases—as well as general wellness information—may, for the first time, become far more accessible and cost-effective, not just for those living in industrialized nations with well-developed health care systems, but for the global population as well.
Here is a brief explanation of how technology will contribute to the innovative digitization of diagnostics.
Deep learning algorithms map out disease progression based on quantitatively "scanned" patient samples.
Deep learning algorithms have the potential to Excellerate diagnostic accuracy by providing a more comprehensive analysis of a patient's medical history, lab results and symptoms. Doctors can then use a more accurate picture of their condition to identify any early warning signs of illness.
In addition, deep learning algorithms can enable healthcare providers to monitor a patient's condition over time, making it possible to detect changes that might indicate the need for further testing or treatment. As a result, deep learning algorithms have the potential to vastly Excellerate the accuracy of diagnosis and Excellerate outcomes in the treatment of complex illnesses.
At my company, our focus is on using proprietary deep learning algorithms to identify significant deviations in metabolic networks of different health conditions. These deviations are captured quantitatively by "scanning" blood samples for metabolites with a physical method called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This interface between the classical diagnostics world with patient samples in a wet lab combined with information technology elevates the technology convergence in healthcare to the next level.
We use these algorithms to map out how diseases progress, which is crucial for diagnosing and developing more effective treatments. For example, our algorithms might identify that a particular illness progresses by causing a build-up of toxins in cells. We can then use this information to develop a treatment that targets the build-up of toxins rather than the disease itself.
AI elevates the analysis of metabolic data.
Understanding how different parts of the human body interact is essential for developing new diagnostics and effective treatments for various medical conditions. However, this information is often scattered across multiple databases, making it difficult to access and use—AI keeps all the data in one place.
AI is beneficial in clinical research because it can differentiate and diagnose chronic diseases through patterns in human metabolism. Doctors can now diagnose and treat chronic diseases more accurately by using AI to analyze these patterns. Analyzing metabolomic data, AI can help identify new drugs that could effectively treat diseases.
Cloud-based platforms are improving access to human health technologies.
Standard diagnostics are typically slow, cumbersome and tedious, making them costly and difficult to access. New technologies sought after for deeper clinical insights are associated with the same attributes, making it challenging to get accepted into the standard of care. These technologies at the interface of biology and IT typically require a lot of computational power but can now be handled cost-effectively in the cloud. A new diagnostics platform that can scale cost-efficiently as a cloud-based solution will lower the barriers to entry. It will be intrinsically more accessible to providers and patients.
Complex diseases are often challenging to diagnose and treat. Cloud-based digital platforms provide new opportunities for providers to offer precise diagnostics tools to their patients and facilitate tailored treatments for these conditions. These platforms can help identify patterns and trends useful in differential diagnosis by analyzing large amounts of data. Therefore, cloud-based digital platforms will be essential in supporting better treatments for chronic diseases.
The future of human health is now.
Human health has been monitored and managed for centuries using crude tools and methods. With the advent of technology, we can now digitize every aspect of our health for accelerated and improved healthcare services. Most importantly, these next-generation cloud-based tools for precision medicine will be more accessible and affordable, enabling adoption on a broad population level. Imagine the impact for millions worldwide as expedited diagnoses and disease prevention becomes an everyday reality.
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Every student is different, so the best student laptop for one user might not meet the educational expectations of the next. That’s why it’s so important to appreciate the pros and cons of one model in comparison to another. And that’s why we have taken the time to compare two of the most top-rated student laptops on the market today.
Luckily, most students are once more studying in college and university rather than at home, but the need for a good student laptop remains just as high. Indeed, with so much on-the-go work needed, having a system that can go the distance is more important than ever.
So, if you’re interested in investing in the HP Pavilion 14 or the Acer Chromebook 315, then read on to discover how each machine stacks up in all the areas that count, including performance, display real estate, battery life, components and more.
The Pavilion series has always produced easy on the eye laptops, and the Pavilion 14 continues that trend with its sleek, silver-white aluminium chassis. It’s a relatively lightweight model at only 1.54kg, and with dimensions of 12.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 it’s comfortably thin as well (making it ideal for commutes).
The Chromebook 315 is noticeably heavier at 2.7kg, and while its simple silver finish isn’t the most exciting take in terms of aesthetics it does have a very sturdy build so this is a laptop that’s ready to weather the demands of a busy student life as you shift between home working and campus studies.
The Pavilion 14, as its name suggests, features a lovely 14-inch Full HD LED 1080p 1920 x 1080 display that’s big enough for running multiple apps, or as a way to stream the latest episode of The Mandalorian in between lectures.
The Chromebook 315 boasts a larger screen at 15.6-inches with 5.6mm bezels for maximum display real estate, and features an anti-glare coating that makes it ideal for using in home working environments near a window, or when you’re studying outside in a park or safe open space.
In terms of specs, the Pavilion 14 is very respectable with an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It’s not the most powerful student laptop out there, but it will support using most study apps, web browsing and streaming services.
The Chromebook 315 has been positioned as a budget student laptop, and its specs ultimately reflect that with an Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core) CPU, Intel HD GPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD storage.
When it comes to connectivity, the Pavilion 14 has a respectable number of ports. For a start, there’s a USB Type-C, two USB 3.1 ports, a HDMI 1.4 port, a 3.5mm jack and connectivity support for Miracast. There’s support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and B&O Play.
The Chromebook 315 doesn’t have many connectivity options, but it does boast a single USB Type-C port and a single USB 3.0 port. As a Chromebook, this laptop is still a great fit for students as it comes with full integration with Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar and more. From video calls to coursework creation, this affordable little laptop does everything a student needs to get by.
Both the Pavilion 14 and the Chromebook 315 are very affordable options, offering students the opportunity to study and relax without destroying their budget. Most configurations of the Pavilion 14 go for around £500/$550-$600 making it a steal considering the decent nature of its specs.
The Chromebook 315 might not have the overall specs of the Pavilion 14, but it does beat it one crucial area: price. Models tend to come in at around the £250/$299 mark, which is astoundingly cheap for laptop. For students on a strict budget, it’s an absolute steal.
HPBOSE 10th Result 2022: The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) will announce the result of Class 10 exam 2022 by Monday, June 27. Whether the HP Board 10th result 2022 will be announced this week? the official could not confirm saying, "the result date has not been decided. The Class 10 result 2022 will be announced by Monday, June 27." A total of 1.16 lakh students appeared in the Class 10 exam 2022 this year conducted from March 26 to April 13, 2022. HPBOSE 10th result 2022 once released, will be available on the official website- hpbose.org. ALSO READ | Himachal Pradesh HPBOSE 12th Result 2022 Declared, 93.91% Pass
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To check HPBOSE 10th result 2022, click on the result link on the official website- hpbose.org. In the new page, enter your roll number, log-in credentials. HPBOSE 10th result 2022 will appear on the screen, download and take a print out for further reference. The minimum passing marks in the Class 10 exam is 30 per cent.
The Himachal Pradesh Board earlier announced the result of Class 12 exam on June 18, and a total of 93.91 percent students passed in the 12th exam successfully. The girls have outperformed boys in the 12th exam stream-wise.
This year, the HP Board conducted the exams in two terms following the pattern of CBSE, CISCE. The Class 10 result 2022 was earlier announced on February 10. HPBOSE 10th result 2022 will also be available on the private websites- indiaresults.com, examresults.net.
Welcome to T3's HP Pavilion 14 vs Dell XPS 13 (2020) guide. Laptops come in all shapes, sizes and prices, but all that choice means it’s all too easy to invest in a portable computing machine that doesn’t quite meet your needs.
And, while in 2022 most people are now working and studying once more away from the home, having the right laptop is vital to keeping you connected to the right resources, applications and platforms.
So, we’ve picked two of the top-rated systems from our best student laptops guide, comparing the important stats, features and costings to ensure you can make an informed decision on whether the HP Pavilion 14 or the Dell XPS 13 (2020) is right for you.
The XPS 13 is a premium powerhouse, so you can expect a slim and ultra-thin machine, with the thinnest bezels in the series yet, and a lightweight design of only 1.27kg. The textured carbon fibre material used for this model manages to be both sturdy and sleek, ensuring you’re not getting a cheap-feeling chassis.
The chassis of the Pavilion 14 is also sleek in design, with a silver-white aluminium finish that’s both low in price and light in weight at only 1.54kg. At only 12.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches, this is one of the slimmest laptops in this range, yet still manages to present a full-sized keyboard.
As its name suggests, the Pavilion 14 features a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 display that’s ideal for both accessing your favourite apps, video call software and video services for research. Even when you want to take a break for a little Disney Plus or Netflix, it's strong enough to balance brightness, colour reproduction and more.
The XPS 13 comes in a variety of options, ranging from a more affordable 1920 x 1200 version all the way up to an impressive 4K (3,840 x 2,400) version. The 16:10 ratio isn’t great for streaming movies, but it’s ideal for students as it gives you more screen real estate for having multiple apps and windows open at once.
The XPS 13 sports several configurations, with some of the top tier versions featuring a 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. You can pick up versions with these specs dialled down, but even then, you’re getting an impressive package that’s geared less towards gaming performance and more towards your specific needs as a student.
The Pavilion 14 boasts a decent 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD making it ideal for web browsing, video calls, word processing and running basic applications. It won’t quite hold up to running more demanding graphic arts programs like other more expensive models, but it’ll do the job for everything else.
In terms of connectivity, the Pavilion 14 comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support, and boasts a USB Type-C, two USB 3.1 ports, a HDMI 1.4, a 3.5 mm jack and support for Miracast. It also comes with dual in-built speakers supports by B&O Play and HP Audio Boost.
The XPS 13 doesn’t boast quite so many connections, even at the higher end of the price scale, but it still sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card reader, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports which also double-up as USB-C slots.
In terms of price, it’s very hard to argue with the Pavilion 14 as an all-round student laptop. Not only as it affordable (with some configurations going for less than £500), but you’re getting a machine that’s ideally suited to the demands and specific requirements of a student working remotely and from campus.
With an impressive selection of connectivity options, a strong processor, a decent amount of RAM and storage and a lovely 14-inch display, the Pavilion 14 sits atop our best student laptop list for a reason – it’s a solid offering that defies the expected limitations of its lower price point.
The XPS 13 serves up an impressive little package for students that want to invest a little more money in their portable computing tech. Its gorgeous screen will support graphic design apps, streaming, web browsing, video calls and gaming, although it is let down by a mostly average battery and a limited number of ports.
Still, if you’re willing to spend a little more on your new student laptop, the latest version of the XPS 13 delivers a sleek and powerful machine that makes for a decent gaming unit and a comfortable device for long periods of word processing and study.
If you and your company are struggling with implementing a new ERP system in your company, this blog piece will try to help you understand what aspects of your business might suffer if you don’t get professional help. Taking extra steps to ensure your ERP implementation goes smoothly could be hugely beneficial.
ERP, or enterprise resource planning, is a comprehensive system that manages your business’ resources and operations. ERP systems can help to optimize your processes and Excellerate efficiency by seamlessly integrating with other business applications.
ERP systems are now one of the most commonplace technologies in the modern business world. They provide too many advantages for companies to ignore.
ERP systems have been a staple of modern businesses due to their capabilities:
All data is stored in a central database, which can be accessed by authorized users from anywhere in the world. This gives managers real-time insight into their businesses and allows them to make better-informed decisions.
Automating manual processes and consolidating disparate systems into one integrated platform can help reduce errors and save time.
Coordinating different departments with an ERP system can help ensure that customers receive the products or services they need on time. Additionally, some ERP systems include features such as customer’s relationship management (CRM) and eCommerce that can further Excellerate the customer.
With the ever-growing complexity of businesses, it is more important than ever to have an accurate and up-to-date enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that is adequately implemented into your business’s and employees’ everyday needs.
However, many businesses don’t know how to integrate a new ERP system because they are unaware of the benefits or the risks involved.
When your business performs its day-to-day operations without an ERP system properly integrated, it can create some problems.
Implementing an ERP system on your own without the help of professionals can be risky. Here are a few reasons why:
An ERP system requires a comprehensive understanding of how your company operates, which can be difficult for inexperienced IT staff.
The initial setup and configuration of an ERP system can take months or even years. ERP consulting companies can help you avoid wasting any time.
Even if you choose the right ERP system, there’s always the risk that it won’t work as planned. However, you can effectively eliminate that uncertainty with an ERP consulting team.
When different parts of your business are managed independently through disparate applications and systems, it’s easy for data to become fragmented and difficult to share between departments. This can lead to inefficiencies and lower productivity.
Without a system to track all of your company’s data, you may find yourself losing important information about your finances, operations, and customers.
Without a clear picture of your company’s finances and operations, it can be hard to make informed decisions about investment decisions or operational changes. A trusted team of consulting specialists can help your ERP implementation easily, which will, in turn, help your decision-making become crystal clear.
Without an ERP system, you may struggle to keep up with changing industry trends. Falling behind on industry trends could lead to loss of investments or flat-out wasted time and resources.
ERP is the backbone of many businesses, providing a single platform for managing all aspects of operations. Yet, many businesses find themselves without an ERP strategy, leaving them at the mercy of inconsistent data and bloated systems. A lack of ERP implementation strategy can have serious consequences for your company, including increased IT costs, decreased efficiency, and lost opportunities.
Fortunately, there are ways to remedy this situation. ERP consultants can help you create a strategy that ensures your business operates efficiently and effectively. By working with you to identify and address any deficiencies in your current system, these consultants can help you secure long-term advantages over your rivals.
If you want to Excellerate your business operation, don’t hesitate to contact an ERP consultant. They can provide the expertise and support you need to reach your goals.