Essential IT Solutions

Full steam ahead – Let’s talk Privacy and Security

It’s full steam ahead! Computers are getting even faster, software is getting even more clever and video games are getting even more challenging.

AMD is launching new Ryzen CPUs and new GPUs, with Intel expected to follow suit. LG and Samsung are launching awesome new monitors made for gaming. A host of new smartphones and cameras have been announced.

The one thing they have in common is the drive toward interconnectivity. They talk to each other. Fewer wires, more wireless.

Read more…07/01/2019

An excellent investment

Ransomware! It is a terrible virus that will cost you a LOT of money and, on top of that, destroy all your data, including pictures, music and videos.

Too often people bring their computer in to the Essential IT Solutions technical centre to request removal of ransomware. Here is the truth: often it cannot be removed unless you pay the hijacker thousands of Rands… and then the release of your data is not even guaranteed. Read more…

04/09/2017

Between Christmas and New Year

The six days between Christmas and New Year usually is a strange time. It feels like holiday even though one might be working. Usually one has to think twice about what day of the week it is… while you’re munching on the Christmas lunch leftovers.

We trust you had a merry Christmas. But while the elves are packing away the Christmas tools and feeding the reindeer, we at Essential IT Solutions are actually working, providing server support and technical solutions. And our store is open with some great deals on refurbished laptops, computers and monitors.

We have Acer, Asus, Dell and HP laptops and Dell OptiPlex PCs on offer. We also have LG and Samsung refurbished monitors that are in perfect condition and available at excellent prices.

Read more…29/12/2021

Wishing you a very merry Christmas

From all of us at Essential IT Solutions, here’s wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.

Geseënde kersfees vir jou en jou familie.

24/12/2021

Black Friday Specials 2021

Save R70 on a Patriot 120GB SSD. Save R100 on a Netac 240GB SSD. Save R140 on a TP-Link TL-WR841HP router. Save R5 400 on a HP ProDesk 400 G5 desktop computer.

The Essential IT Solutions Black Friday Specials are on offer until the end of November. There are steep discounts on many items. The easiest way to find them is to browse the Black Friday Promotions section.

We have Black Friday prices on refurb laptops, desktop PCs and monitors. You’ll also find SSDs, keyboard and mouse combos, speakers and switches and routers on sale.

Read more…25/11/2021

How to install Windows 11 on an older PC or laptop

Microsoft released Windows 11 officially on 5 October 2011 as a free upgrade from Windows 10. If you liked Windows 10, you will love Windows 11. It is faster, more secure, has Android app support, better support for high-frame rate gaming and, in general, simply looks great.

If you have a newish computer or laptop – with Intel 8th generation or up or Ryzen 3 or up CPU – you will receive a notification of Windows 11 availability in your Windows Upgrade window. You just hit the upgrade button and follow the steps. (You also have the option to download the install, more of which is explained below.)

Read more…16/10/2021

New range of Rogueware Gaming gear and impressive gaming furniture

Rogueware Gaming is known for their ultra sleek ergonomic designs and the advanced technoligical capabilities of their gaming peripherals so the announcement of their new range is exciting news.

The new 6-button GM range of gaming mouse start with 4000 DPI GM50, all the way up to the 12 000 DPI GM300 with the Pixart PWM3360 optical sensor and integrated RG lighting.

As is now traditional with Rogueware Gaming peripherals, pre-programmed lighting or programmable lighting can also be found in the new range of GK 108-key gaming keyboards.

And… the new range of smart gaming desks also feature controllable RGB lighting which you can control from an app on your phone! The Rogueware Gaming furniture is the ultimate choice for the serious gamer.

Read more…06/09/2021

Backup power beats loadshedding

You have the perfect setup at home: fibre router connecting your smart TV, computer, laptop, tablet and mobile phone. Everyone in the house is happy. Until the lights go out.

You don’t need to endure the frustrations of loadshedding interrupting your entertainment or your work flow. An easy-to-set-up backup power system can keep you – and your family – on power during loadshedding.

In our Backup Power category you’ll find solutions for small to large home or small business computer-related networks.

Read more…26/07/2021

Essential IT Solutions Month-End Sale April 2021

Acer, Asus, Dell, HP or Lenovo laptop? Which to choose?

While we all might have our favourite brands, it usually is up to what’s in the wallet that determines the choice of the purchase. Fortunately, we have all these famous brand laptops available as refurbished laptops at vastly reduced prices.

If you’re in the market for a laptop – either to replace your old laptop or if you need a second laptop – our range of laptops start with entry-level Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, through to Intel Core i3 mid-range performers and right up to Core i7 performance laptops.

The prices are reflected in the processor generation model and other technical features. An i5 fifth-generation will typically be cheaper than a sixth, seventh or later generation model. A laptop with a touch screen usually costs a little more than one with a traditional screen.

Read more…27/04/2021

A good desktop computer at a good price

The challenges that COVID lockdowns and loadshedding brought resulted in at least one social synergy: bargain hunting.

We all are looking to save a Rand or two wherever we can, now more so than ever. And one of the ways to save is refurbished desktop computers and laptops because you get what you need at a reduced cost, often up to half of the original price.

This is particularly good news since so many of us now have to work or study from home and might need to either purchase a computer for the first time – perhaps having previously only used the computer at the office – or need to upgrade that old home computer.

Read more…18/01/2021

Remote computer technical support

Worried about COVID when leaving home or the office? You don’t have to leave your office or home to get computer technical support on your computer or laptop. Essential IT Solutions provides remote computer support through either the AnyDesk or TeamViewer platforms.

Both are highly secure; your personal data or sensitive business data will not be exposed; these platforms allow only you to share the sections on your computer which you want to allow access to.

Read more…15/01/2021

Happy, Happy New Year 2021

Happy, happy New Year!
We wish you all the best,
Great work to reach your fondest goals,
And when you’re done, sweet rest.

We hope for your fulfillment,
Contentment, peace and more,
A brighter, better new year than
You’ve ever had before.

All of us at Essential IT Solutions wish you a happy, happy new year.

Read more…31/12/2020

Festive Season Deals 2020

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Lots of fun for everyone… 🙂

When you start hearing Jingle Bells over the radio and in the shopping malls it just brings on a smile, doesn’t it? Although the song has no original connection to Christmas, which is not mentioned in the lyrics, it certainly announces that very special time of the year when the world seem to be a little bit more at peace and there is an air of excitement in the neighbourhood.

This year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, you won’t be allowed to jump onto Father Xmas’s lap to whisper to him which new gaming gear items or CPU or graphics card you wish to have. But we’ll gladly step in for him and have your dream Xmas gift delivered to your door.

Read more…11/12/2020

Black Friday Sale 2020

Black Friday Sale 2020. It’s a BIG one! Loads of bargains and lots to choose from. Point your browser now to Black Friday Sale.

Check the Gaming Gear items that are on sale: gaming keyboards, gaming mouse, gaming keyboard-and-mouse combos and big gaming mouse pads. And to go with that, also see the PC speakers on specials.

Yes, let’s make some beautiful noise. Rocka and Volkano Bluetooth speakers are the Black Friday Sale list too. These are well-built products that also make ideal gifts.

Read more…20/11/2020

Now on sale at Essential IT Solutions

Time is running like a high-speed train toward the end of the year. And what a year 2020 has been thus far! Never a dull moment!

The Corona virus lockdown had a huge impact on our wallets. In our store, we’ve noticed the increased interested in refurbished and demo computers and laptops – nothing wrong with that; most are as good as new and are covered by warranty – and bargain hunting on components and peripherals.

We’re doing our best to source PC and laptop demo models and while we may be struggling to keep up with demand, the latest offers will always appear first on our Facebook and Twitter timelines and in our newsletter (sign up here) and then added to our online Promotions page.

Read more…16/10/2020

Keeping my internet connection on the boil with 12V

My house has more than its fair share of inverters and 100 a/h batteries lurking around but using such devices to keep my fibre connection (ONT fibre box and modem) operating during Eskom shutdowns was something of an overkill, especially as the internet equipment lives in the kitchen.

So, I bought an 850va UPS device to keep the internet alive but aside from the fact that such equipment is not meant to run for long periods, it turned out that this machine could not quite manage to stay alive (phone system was also connected) for the usual 2 hour blackout which meant a loss of connectivity.

Read more…22/09/2020

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