Gift Certificates for the tech lover in your life!



The 2016 holiday season is fast approaching. That means one thing: gadget time. These are the TIME technology team’s suggestions for everything from stocking stuffers, like powerstations, to high-end cameras like Fujifilm’s X-T2. Our suggestions are sorted by budget, from least to most expensive.

It can be hard to know exactly what the tech lover in your life is looking for, especially if your interests run more to exotic teas or refinishing antique tabletops! We have a great solution at Mentor Computers:

Gift certificates!


A Mentor Gift Certificate can be used towards the purchase of any of the products and services we offer, and every gift certificate saves you 10% !

Mentor Gift Certificates – the perfect gift for tech lovers!

Keyboard repairs


There are many situations that can result in a broken keyboard! A keyboard is just one component that can be replaced or repaired. Keyboards on laptops especially can be incredibly complicated to repair and replace, or they can be quite easy. When we build a computer for you at Mentor, this is one of the things we consider: how easy is it to replace the component parts that tend to suffer wear and tear?

At Mentor, we build computers that are personalized for you! This means they work for you, in the ways you need them to work, and when problems and issues arise, we can easily and quickly resolve them.



More on liquids and laptops….

Liquids meeting laptops is a fairly common occurrence. They are totally wrong for one another, but can’t seem to stay away from each other. It’s a highly dysfunctional relationship that shouldn’t be encouraged, yet there is also a certain inevitability to it, too.

What can you do?

The real danger with liquids and laptops is that you can get a nasty, possibly even fatal electrical shock. It’s not the raw voltage that matters, it’s the current.  A laptop plugged into a standard household outlet of 110 volt current can easily kill you. If water or any other liquid gets into your computer…..


Cut off the source of electricity. There is a second source of electricity that can also give you a pretty nasty shock – the battery. Many laptops have easily removable batteries, but some, like the ASUS one I am writing this one, has the battery buried under the keyboard. I did not think to check the ease of battery removal when I bought this laptop. A mistake I hope you won’t make.


Removing the battery from this computer is a complicated process, and one that really should be managed by a skilled technician. The clamps holding the keyboard in place are quite delicate and break easily! Add water to the equation, and the job becomes even more complex.

The best solution to this problem is not to buy a laptop with an embedded battery to begin with. At Mentor Computers, we do not sell laptops with embedded batteries for precisely this reason: the risk of electrical shock is too high should you spill liquids on your laptop.

This is just one of the ways that we provide personalized service! Come and visit us on Cumberland Street to discover the other things we can do to create a computer that is right for you.