One of the best things about having a laptop is your ability to travel with it. Whether it be to the airport or the local coffee shop, it has become easier than ever to browse the internet, write the next great novel, or do that all important homework assignment while mobile. But there are many dangers to the mobile experience. What if you’re at that local coffee shop and someone knocks your cup of tea over? Or if you need to use the bathroom but are in the middle of something, what do you do with your laptop? What about your data? Is it secure?
left-click is thrilled to announce that we're now Apple Authorized to provide service to Apple's popular iOS devices, the iPad and the iPod! We can conduct repairs both in and out of warranty. If you have a device that needs service, bring it into left-click and we'll take care of it.
Here is left-click Creative DIrector Colin talking to WGGB Springfield about Twitter's new video microblogging app, Vine.
It's that time of year again! Time to vote all of your favorite Western Massachusetts businesses into the esteemed position of "Best of" for the year 2013. We here at left-click would be honored if you'd consider us when filling out the category of Best Computer Store. Here are some reasons why you might vote for us.
- Our customers love us! Here are some quotes from reviews that were written by our customers over the last year: "I'm so glad they're here!", "I got my parts locally, and fixed my computer the same day", "I've consistently had excellent service here", "It is such a pleasure to work with them".
- We're a locally-owned and operated, full-service computer shop. Buying or repairing a computer with left-click means you're supporting the Western Massachusetts economy. But while we're local, our reach is far greater. Our partnerships with major technology companies and services like Apple, Google Apps, Carbonite, Drivesavers, and Box ensure that you're getting the best service possible, on a national level.
- left-click is actively involved in the community around us. In the last year we've directly supported The Academy at Charlemont, Safe Passage, Valley CDC, Valley Art Share, Amherst LSSE, Amherst Cinema, The Cancer Connection, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, and the Youth Action Coalition. Whew!
You can vote in the Valley Advocate's Best of Valley 2013 poll here.
A few months ago we helped set Academy at Charlemont student Eamon Wick up with an iMac for use in a recording studio he was assembling as a part of a school project. We asked Eamon some questions in order to learn more about it.
Tell us about yourself and your school.
Well, for some basics, I'm 18, from Northampton, and a Freshman at Tufts University. I've been fairly musical my whole life. Piano lessons starting at age 6 (thanks Mom!) kind of naturally led me towards that path, and over the last 4 or so years I've branched out to (but am by no means an expert at) guitar, bass, and drums. Starting in 6th grade, I started playing keyboard in a band with my friends. Over the next 5 years, along with playing shows, one of the things that interested me the most was going into the studio to record our albums and watching the producers work their recording magic. The band broke up in 10th grade, but that interest in recording stayed with me.
While the band was going strong, I was lucky enough to attend a high school that really supported my exploration of music and recording in general, the Academy at Charlemont. It's this small school up in Charlemont, MA, and I was there all the way from 7th grade through senior year. The Academy is really focused on providing an education that covers a broad scope of topics, and luckily enough, music and the arts are a heavy focus. This included all types of bands, a music room open to all students, and classes such as a recording class that I took junior year that really piqued my curiosity in recording.
Sometimes, when the wind is blowing and the snow is falling, you just want to cuddle up on the couch with that special someone (or in my case, that special kitty cat) and watch a movie. Now, thanks to the magic of services like Netflix and Hulu, doing this is easier than ever. However, there are a lot of factors that can prevent you from enjoying the ease of instant viewing. Whether it’s pop-ups or missing plug-ins, these annoyances can make your night go from warm and snuggly to feeling like you’re out in the cold. So why not bring your computer into left-click for a tune-up? We’ll make sure your PC or Mac is up to date and running smoothly so you can view your favorite television shows or movies with ease.
Update, 12/28/2012: We did it!
We're getting really close to our 1,000th Facebook fan!
When we finally hit that magic number, all non-Apple products will be 20% off in both of our stores for the rest of the day!
And our 1,000th fan will win a free Incase laptop case!
Now get Liking!
To thank all of our wonderful friends, customers, and clients, left-click webdev Alex made a digital holiday card. The tree is made out of our Twitter posts, and the ornaments are all of our employees!
Click the image below to view it (Chrome and Safari only!).
Happy holidays everyone, and here's to a great 2013!
left-click runners Rob and Tom with left-click friends Kacie and Melinda.
Looking good post-race!
This was our first year participating in the Hot Chocolate Run, which is probably the biggest public charity event in Western Massachusetts. It benefits Safe Passage, a local organization dedicated to providing resources to victims of domestic violence. left-click raised money with three runners in the 5K road race, in addition to donating 5% of our sales on December 1st directly to Safe Passage, along with these other Northampton retailers. We had a great time at the event. Spirits were high among the 5,500 participants(!), with the entire proceedings being full of enthusiasm and character.
We were thrilled to be able to support a cause as worthy as that of Safe Passage, and it sounded like it was a very successful fundraiser for them. We're looking forward to doing it again next year!