Most computers these days can easily handle what most users need them to do. But when you have specific, intensive tasks to run, many off-the-shelf computers need some extra oomph. Manufacturers have put together different products to try to address those different needs, but sometimes that’s still not good enough—especially when it comes to a gaming system.
Certified Data Is Canadian
Before I get into why London Drug’s exclusive Certified Data line of computers is pretty cool, here are a few things I didn’t know:
• Certified Data is the third oldest computer manufacturer in Canada (1983), sold exclusively by London Drugs
• Certified Data is Canadian-owned and based in Richmond
• Certified Data systems meet CSA and UL certification standards, which some custom-built computer manufacturers outside of Canada (and within Canada) don’t always do
• Certified Data offers both off-the-shelf systems and custom-builds READ MORE
If you’re like me, your household is divided when it comes to computer usage. I use my computer for page layout, photo editing and light video production, which is what I do for a living. I use a MacBook Pro, and I love it like it was my third cat.
An actual kid winning $10k at the ASUS ROG Summer 2013 StarCraft II Tournament. Image from rog.asus.com
When my gaming daughter was shopping for a computer, she stopped me at “You should buy a Ma…” Apparently, my wonderful MacBook is not ideal (or in some cases, not capable) of running the games she plays. I can’t scoff at this, because kids these days are wining prizes in the neighbourhood of $10,000 at gaming tournaments, while I’m still working by the hour.
The Right Choice
Stickers on laptop = love
Taylor did her homework and bought an ASUS (pronounced “ay-soos”) laptop. How do I know it was a right choice for her? One, I never hear her exaggerated sighs about lag time or delays; two, she lovingly tattooed her personality all over it with stickers. READ MORE
It’s that time of year again – time to get back to class and back to business. London Drugs is hosting another great online event to showcase some cool tools for back to school.
Join our tech team for a Twitter party on Tuesday, August 27 to learn more about the evolution of touch screen technology, why it’s so prominent in today’s devices, and some of the latest and greatest products in touch screen technology available at London Drugs. You’ll also have a chance of winning one of several $50 London Drugs gift cards.
Did you know London Drugs has computer experts? With so many options to choose from, they’ll answer questions and walk you through any concerns. They even have iPads to help you find product reviews and compare prices. Plus, with free Wi-Fi in every store, you can research while you shop.
We build custom computers
If you’re looking to create a specific computer system, the Certified Data Build-to-Order system can help you put it together. You can pick and choose the components, parts and customize a system tailored to your needs.
Certified Data is the third oldest computer manufacturer in Canada – they’ve been making computers since 1984. Certified Data systems are sold and supported exclusively by London Drugs.
We guarantee satisfaction
If any purchase isn’t to your complete satisfaction, return it to London Drugs within 15 days for a complete refund or exchange. Just remember to return it in the original packaged condition with proof of purchase. Some restrictions apply. For more information regarding online returns see our RETURN GUIDE.
We guarantee the best price
If you find the same merchandise advertised in print at a lower price and we confirm the competitor has the product in stock, we’ll match that price for one product. Even if you find that lower advertised price after you buy, we’ll step up and match that price for 30 days.
We’ll recycle your old computer and destroy your personal data
Customers can bring in their old electronic items and appliances that were originally purchased at London Drugs for recycling. On items not purchased at London Drugs, recycling fees will apply to offset recycling costs.
We are one of the only computer recycling options where your valuable personal data is cleaned from your hard drives before they are destroyed and recycled.
And recycle the new…
Remember, you can bring back packaging from anything you buy in our stores for responsible recycling! Customers like you have helped us recycle over 100,000 lbs of styrofoam!
You may have heard of us before. We are Certified Data and we are London Drugs.
Since 1984 London Drugs have been assembling computers right here in Canada. If there’s a problem we’ll fix it at any London Drugs store; not at some anonymous and distant repair depot.
Here’s a video showcasing our desktops:
If you look at our specifications and features, you’ll find that we make stuff with some pretty amazing hardware inside, but did you know:
Every single unit we make is tested with a full Windows operating system loaded. Our technicians burn in each and every unit to make sure that each component is working to spec and talking to the rest of the machine as expected.
Our builds are all approved in the Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) program. WHQL is a process that tests all of the components inside a computer to make sure they are talking to each other and to Windows. This certification ensures our chosen configuration is fully compatible with Windows and not just a patchwork of components.
Before we sell any system we get it tested and approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). In doing this, our customers can be reassured that the computer they are buying meets or exceeds the strict Canadian electrical safety standards, which are some of the toughest in the world.
We take great care of even the smallest details. For instance: we are careful to wrap and tie all of the cables inside to ensure airflow is not obstructed which allows for more efficient cooling and greater longevity for all the components of the system.
We do not install anything that is not necessary on our computers. We install all the drivers for the machine to function. We install the Microsoft Office 2010 kit on our systems as a convenience so you can quickly install it with your product key or try it out for free and see which edition is right for you.
Recovery media is included: no need to make recovery discs or take up space with a recovery partition. In case you need it, you have it.
We offer built-to-order systems so you can pick which configuration is perfect for you and we still do all of the testing and certifications. Don’t just dream about the perfect computer for yourself. Let us know what it is and see if we can build it for you: just for you.
After nearly 12 years of hiatus, Diablo III is launching on May 15th 2012. After many delays Blizzard is finally ready to ship its latest baby – only after it was absolutely perfect in their eyes I should say. Many people may hate them for their delays, while others applaud them for ensuring the quality of the game in an age where rehashes of last year’s game have become rampant (I’m looking at you Call of Duty!).
Now that it’s finally coming, you need to make sure that your battlestation is up to the challenge of playing for hours on end. For some with old dinosaurs it might just be time for a hardware upgrade, right?
As with many Blizzard games the minimum system requirements are not that difficult, but let’s get real here, who wants to run it on basic graphics? Available for PC and Mac, you will need at least an Intel Core 2 duo or equivalent, Nvidia 8600m video card, 2 GB of ram and 12GB of Hard Drive space. Don’t forget you will also need an internet connection to be able to play at all.
Now to be able to really see your enemies fall beneath your hammer, you will want a true gaming machine. Big video cards are the name of the game here, with lots of choice coming from the ATI and Nvidia camps. Look to spend about $200 and up for a video card from either company. Possessing more RAM and processor power is never a bad thing either.
But what about those people who don’t want to build their own computer, and just want their gaming to be a turn key experience? Below is a list of some of the items that I recommend for anyone that is looking to upgrade their Diablo III battlestation.
With a huge Intel Core i7-2700K, with 16GB of ram, and ATI 6770 video card, this desktop computer will be able to play Diablo without any hesitation. It’s also backed by your local London Drugs to ensure it’s always ready to go.
Be able to see your enemies before they see you. Connect this 27” monitor to computer and see all the detail that Diablo has to offer. 3 Year warranty out of the box too, that is unless you get a little angry and break it while gaming.
Make sure that you have control of your character with the new set of gaming mice and keyboards. Bind those spells and attacks to the side of the mouse or keyboard for quick access while in battle. Offerings from Razer are a fine addition to your battlestation.
How good is a game if you can’t hear your foes tremble in fear? Audioengine A2 desktops speakers will make sure that you and everyone around you will hear you. For those in need of a quieter experience, Logitech offers a perfect wireless headphone solution with the G930 Headphones/ Mic.
Pick your food and beverage of choice; Just make sure to keep it away from your computer components! Redbull is always a good choice for when those games get on late into the night. Always make sure to follow the health warnings on any energy drinks.
If your video cards are going to be running for hours on end, making sure to have a computer clean of dust bunnies is always a good idea. The last thing you want to do is overheat the computer before a save point!
What good is all this equipment if you have no game to play? Make sure to head down to your local London Drugs and pick up a copy. They won’t be hanging around the store for long.
So how is your battlestation looking? Leave us a reply and show off what your battlestation looks like.