Why the Best Budget Webcam for Under $40 is Still Better Than Your Laptop’s Camera

Despite advancements in laptop and computer design, an aspect forgotten is always the camera. Most laptops – even the more impressive models – continue to come with low-quality cameras that don’t quite capture the clear 1080p video we all want.

If you use your laptop to film videos, Skype, Zoom, video call, make movies, and more, the unfortunate truth about your laptop camera is that it’s probably close to terrible. A computer webcam is your next best bet.

Searching online, you will find a lot of cams for over $50 that are average to excellent. At PrimeCables.ca, we offer a full 1080p webcam for under $40 that will do everything you need without the high price tag of similar-quality cams.

Regardless of where you buy your webcam, 1080p is the quality to aim for. Though 720p is acceptable, 1080p is the sweet spot where you really capture that clear signal you want. For professional job-related video calls, you don’t want grainy, dark, low-quality video sent to managers, business partners, clients, or your peers. An external webcam is sure to improve the experience.

They’re not difficult to use. A USB laptop webcam plugs in through the USB port and that’s it. PrimeCables.ca’s model has pan and tilt allowing you to adjust the angle of the webcam. The camera also has a privacy cover in the design, a microphone, and support for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android systems. The video image format you capture is full 1080p 1920×1080 in YUV/MJPG/H.264.

There are other budget webcams in Canada, of course, but none at this price. You can set up your smartphone, if you can, to be your webcam although this is difficult, inconvenient, and inconsistent. If you already have DSLR gear to work with, you can probably rig it up to be your webcam. Once again, it’s not the easiest thing to do, is inconvenient, and isn’t pretty to look at.

Don’t expect laptop cameras to get any better. Laptop designs continue to get thinner. Manufacturers have limited space to put in hardware and other priorities have taken over, including graphics cards, processors, and storage. Most laptop makers use 720p webcams designed to be as small as possible. This doesn’t equate to the best quality hence why we recommend picking up a webcam replacement.

Shop your next 1080p webcam at PrimeCables.ca. Plugging it in, you will immediately see the difference it makes in picture quality. There’s no reason to settle for less than 1080p. If you’re suddenly working from home and/or you need a better webcam, shop it with PrimeCables.ca.

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HDMI Cables for 4K TVs Are On Sale Today at PrimeCables.ca

Buying HDMI cables for 4K flat-screen TVs aren’t as straightforward as they probably should be. Though HDMI cables across the board are rated excellent in quality and design, they don’t all support 4K transmission.

How Do I Know What HDMI Cable Supports 4K?

Some manufacturers are known to sell overpriced HDMI cables to customers who don’t know what they’re buying. When you’re searching for HDMI cables for 4K, look for a clear indication that they support 4K. This is a huge buying point for consumers and sellers know this. If the description doesn’t have any mention of 4K, it’s best to assume the cable doesn’t support 4K signals.

What Does ‘High-Speed Certification’ on an HDMI Cable Mean?

A true high-speed HDMI cable will feature the ‘High-Speed’ logo on the packaging. This logo indicates that your cable in fact does support Ultra HD 4K resolution. Most HDMI cables are 4K cables, however, it doesn’t hurt to verify that fact – especially if you’re buying online. Any packaging or description showing the term ‘high speed’ is a sure bet that it is a 4K cable.

Can I Use an HDMI 1.4 cable or lower for 4K?

You need at least an HDMI 1.4 cable to accept and transfer 4K signals. An HDMI 2.0 cable is, however, recommended by most experts and here’s why. An HDMI 2.0 cable is faster with a transfer speed of up to 18Gbps compared to HDMI 1.4 cables which offer up to 10.2Gbps. A difference like this might not make much of a difference to the average consumer but for consumers looking to put a lot of strain on their cable, you want to ensure it has the speed to handle it.

Is HDMI the Best Cable for 4K?

HDMI is the best cable for 4K TVs because of its affordability, strong quality, and function. The design of an HDMI cable is meant to encompass high-definition audio and video in a way no other cable does. HDMI cables are also widely the standard, whether you’re using them in a Playstation, Xbox, Apple TV, media player, flat-screen, or something else.

Where Can I Buy 4K HDMI Cables in Canada?

PrimeCables has a wide array of HDMI cables to choose from, including 4K HDMI 2.0 cables. Throughout the retailer’s online catalogue, you can also find HDMI cables with Ethernet, HDMI splitters and adapters, HDMI to VGA, HDMI to DVI, HDMI micro cables, HDMI mini cables, and HDMI flat-type and ultra-slim cables. If you’re looking for an HDMI cable, it’s almost a guarantee PrimeCables.ca has it.

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9 Tips on How to Find the Right TV Wall Mount For Your Home

It’s not easy choosing a TV wall mount, especially if you’ve never purchased one before. With many models to choose from – from a basic tilt to full-motion and over-the-fireplace designs – selecting the right one can be overwhelming.

Even so, a mount is a smart purchase. Adding a TV wall mount to your home theater system is smart ergonomics through and through. If you’re like so many others and don’t know where to start in finding the right TV wall mount for your space, here are some tips.

Determine Its Location

Your wall should be strong enough to hold the TV wall mount. You need a wall with studs. The weight of the screen and mount requires it. Consider the different areas where you can place your mount.

Consider Where Other Components Will Go

A flat-screen TV isn’t an island. In your home theater, there are other elements – speakers, media players, gaming consoles, and more. If you’re going to mount your TV, anything connected is going to have to have a place to reside. This may help determine the most appropriate location.

What Features Are Important to You?

Compare the list of features of each. All mounts are relatively straightforward in their design. Differences occur only in the function. That said, ensure you’re purchasing yours from a trusted brand like PrimeCables.ca.

What Viewing Angle Will Your TV Be Watched At?

If you want to mount a TV in a public space, you may want to have at least a tilt and swivel. Articulating arms also exist that can add some more functionality. Consider what the TV experience will be watching from each seat. You may want to have a configuration for when you’re just you and another when you have friends over.

Decide on the TV Wall Mount Type

Define what kind of TV wall mount you need. There are basic, cheap yet high-quality TV wall mounts which are flat. There are tilt and swivel, articulating arms, full-motion TV wall mounts, over-the-fireplace, ceiling mounts, and more.

Check Your TV’s Weight

A mount installed correctly can only carry so much weight. Ensure you aren’t purchasing a TV mount that isn’t going to be able to handle the height and weight of your flat-screen.

Check Your TV VESA Specifications

Every TV has VESA specifications which will determine what kind of mount you need. The specifications should match on both the mount and the flat-screen. No mount is one-size-fits-all.

Don’t Overspend

The best TV wall mounts aren’t very expensive at all. A basic model can be very affordable, appropriate for anyone who is new to wall mounts and who doesn’t have light glare to combat. That said, do keep in mind the more features, the higher the price tag.

Look At TV Wall Mount Reviews

Your TV wall mount has got to be durable. Look at the reviews online. See what customers are saying. If there’s a long list of complaints, you know to avoid it. If all you’re seeing are good comments, it’s likely safe to buy.

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5 Reasons You Need An Ergonomic Sit-Stand Desk In Your Home Office

A lot of Canadians have been thrown into home offices since March. Then, we were underprepared to work from home. Now in summer, we know a lot more.

Chances are sitting wherever you’re sitting for an extended period of time is coming with consequences like stiff necks, lower pain back, and shoulder discomfort. This is normal for workstations. They’re static. We weren’t meant to be in the same position for hours at a time.

An ergonomic desk adjusts its height to where you need it. Sit when you want. Stand when you want. Whether it’s a sit-stand desk converter or a fully-fledged height adjustable desk, it’s wonderful to be able to take the stress off your body before it becomes an issue later in the day.

Ergonomic Desks Are Easy to Use

Many types of sit-stand desks exist. Most of them are incredibly easy to use. Some work electronically while others are manual. They’re all simple in their operation and working from home, you’ll notice a big difference in how you feel at the end of the day.

Ergonomic Desks Are Anti-Disease

There is a lot of research showing a connection between diseases like diabetes, colon cancer, and cardiovascular disease with extended sitting. There’s also sufficient evidence to say prolonged sitting can lead to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. By choosing an ergonomic standing desk, you’re committing to more blood and oxygen flow.

Ergonomic Desks Promote Better Mental Health

When we engage our muscles – as we do when we go from sitting to standing – it sends oxygen and fresh blood to the brain, aiding in the release of mood-regulating chemicals. The body adjustments are a positive thing all-around from both a physical and mental standpoint.

Ergonomic Desks Can Help You Lose Weight

Some home office workers have actually found they lose weight and burn more calories at a height-adjustable desk compared to a normal workstation. This is because a standing posture encourages metabolism to kick in and burn more calories. If you combine it with walking or jogging in place for five minutes at the end of every hour, you can burn even more.

Ergonomic Desks Increase Productivity

We saved the best for last. An ergonomic desk increases focus, energy, and productivity. Especially in home offices, workers have found they can concentrate longer on tasks by occasionally standing and stretching your leg muscles. Just try it and see!

For height-adjustable desks, sit-stand desk converters, and ergonomic home office desks, visit PrimeCables.ca today. Don’t settle for anything less than being your best productive self. There’s no excuse not to feel focused and comfortable when you work from home. Shop at PrimeCables.ca.

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3 Best Flat-Screen TVs in 2020 for Your Bedroom or Condo Space

Walking down the TV aisle at your local retailer, there’s a lot of big, bright, and beautiful flat-screens that look great up on the shelf but bring them into a small condo or a bedroom, and they’re way, way too big.

If you’re looking to buy a new TV in 2020, you have a lot of options. The right flat-screen for a bedroom will be thin, light, and high-definition. It also doesn’t need to be very expensive.

Examining some of Canada’s best flat-screen HDTVs, here are the three best we’d use in a bedroom or similarly sized room.

32” HD LED TV 720p – $183.99

If the #1 variable in your flat-screen search is affordability, this is the best-priced flat-screen in Canada at this size. Including free shipping, it’s quite the deal.

The 32” HD 720p TV is sized appropriately, high-definition, has a 60Hz refresh rate, dual 10-watt speakers, and HDMI inputs. Comparable to models available at far higher prices, this 720p TV can be easily mounted. Combine it with a smart TV box, HDTV antenna, and more for even more functionality.

27” Curved Gaming Monitor 1080p – $339.99

When we jump up into 1080p monitors and curved designs, you bump things up a notch. A mountable 27” curved gaming monitor 1080p is a little smaller than the previous model though not by much.

If you like to game and enjoy the curved monitor look, this is a great flat-screen. Bedroom TVs don’t need to be much larger than 27” due to the size of the room. A gaming-specific screen is also best if the primary intention is to use it for exactly that.

27” Flat Gaming Monitor 4K – $379.49

Another flat-screen we have to talk about is this 27” gaming monitor 4K. It is flat, gives you premiere-quality picture, is small enough to fit into the bedroom, and is once again easily mountable.

Do you really need UHD 4K quality in a bedroom or condo TV – no. The difference between 4K and 720p at such a small screen size will be negligible. Even so, some buyers prefer 4K and so this is why some smaller sets are built with 4K picture quality in mind.

There are a lot of excellent bedroom TVs in Canada available to buy. Whether it’s to watch movies, binge-watch your favourite series, catch sports, hook it up to a laptop or computer, or game on it, you can find your perfect monitor at PrimeCables.ca. Equipped with deep blacks, wide viewing angles, and to be matched with a TV wall mount of your choosing, these are excellent flat-screen TVs in 2020 for your home.

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Why A Smart Outlet WiFi Socket Just Makes Sense For A Home

A mini smart outlet WiFi socket uses your existing wireless Internet to help control remotely any connected products.

For a home, this means the chance to turn off appliances, lamps, fans, and plenty more when these components of daily home living aren’t in use.

A form of smart home tech, this is a great introduction to the category. If you’re interested in integrating more technology into your home to give you more control and comfort, a smart outlet’s a great choice to get going with.

How Does A Smart Outlet WiFi Socket Work?

A smart outlet plugs into your existing outlet as a single piece. It functions similarly to a USB smartphone charging outlet in the sense that it plugs in and acts as its own outlet with added functionality.

A PrimeCables.ca WiFi smart socket is compatible with existing smart home hubs and voice assistive devices like Alexa and Google Home. It also comes with a timer function that allows a user to preset how long they wish to give power through their socket.

After it’s plugged in, it is ready to go right away. No further installation required. It is compatible with all 2.4GHz WiFi networks, operates through the TUYA app, and can be controlled from anywhere in the world through this app.

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Mini Smart Outlet Wifi Socket with Timer Function, Compatible with Alexa, Google Home – PrimeCables®

What Is A Smart Outlet Used For?

We have already shared a few ways to use smart outlets. Some of the most popular are to accomplish things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do.

People enjoy using them while sleeping to operate a fan or to set a timer on their radio, music player, or flat-screen.

Some enjoy setting up meals beforehand either for breakfast or dinner and then turning on appliances in the kitchen remotely through the TUYA app. If this is you, ensure you’re doing it safely.

Homeowners also enjoy being able to control the atmosphere of their home without their presence in the room. Let’s say on a night where you’re bringing home a date, with a few WiFi smart outlets, you can set up lights and atmosphere to turn on a few minutes before you walk through the door.

Another key feature of the PrimeCables.ca smart outlet plug is that it is small enough to fit two outlets in side by side – something which isn’t always possible with other models.  Consider how a smart outlet like this could impact your home and day-to-day. For TV, humidifiers, lights, audio speakers, coffee machines, and more, a smart outlet’s a great option. Get yours today.

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How to Use Heat Shrinkable Tubes for Wire Coating And Insulation

If you have frayed sheathing on a wire or cable, have to fix a wire or cable, or are creating a custom cable or wire solution, heat shrinkable tubes come in handy. Here’s how you use them. What you’ll need are utility scissors, a heat gun, and a ruler.

Step 1

Measure the diameter of the wire. Ensure you have a heat shrinkable tube large enough to fit around the wire before heating. This will ensure once it’s heated, it fits snug as intended.

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Heat Shrinkable Tube Value Pack 100pcs/pack – PrimeCables®


Step 2

Pay attention to what the shrink ratio is as well. For example, 2:1 ratio tubing will mean a 2 mm tube will shrink with heat to become a 1 mm tube with the wire enclosed inside.

Step 3

Measure the heat shrink tube. You want it slightly longer than the section of damaged wire. Prepare yourself for the wire to shrink longitudinally up to 15 percent.

Step 4

Once it is measured, use utility scissors to cut the tubing to the right length. Then, slide the tubing onto the wire. Ensure damaged or exposed sections are fully covered.

Step 5

Use your heat gun to shrink the tubing by moving it back and forth along the length of tubing. Staying in one place with a heat gun can damage the wire. Continue doing this until you’re confident the tubing is tightly secured to the wire. You’re finished!

Bonus Tip – A Hairdryer

Please note, if you do not have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer to activate the heat shrink. Hold your hairdryer as close as you can to the heat shrink. Set it to its hottest setting.

Rotate the heat around the tube evenly so that it contracts around the wire from every angle down to the right size. This can sometimes require more time than a heat gun but is a DIY repair hack worth mentioning.

Do Heat Shrinkable Tubes Really Work?

Once the heat shrink is activated and the tubing tightens to its intended form around a wire, it successfully insulates the wire and protects it from outside interference.

Heat shrink tubes are frequently used in repairing a wide variety of wires without issue. If you have an affinity for DIY repairs and are skilled with your hands, you shouldn’t have any trouble accomplishing what you intend with a heat shrink tube.

Find a value-pack of 100-pieces heat shrinkable tubes in Canada from PrimeCables.ca. Have multiple colors to choose from and match your existing wire with ease.

Step 1

Measure the diameter of the wire. Ensure you have a heat shrinkable tube large enough to fit around the wire before heating. This will ensure once it’s heated, it fits snug as intended.

Step 2

Pay attention to what the shrink ratio is as well. For example, 2:1 ratio tubing will mean a 2 mm tube will shrink with heat to become a 1 mm tube with the wire enclosed inside.

Step 3

Measure the heat shrink tube. You want it slightly longer than the section of damaged wire. Prepare yourself for the wire to shrink longitudinally up to 15 percent.

Step 4

Once it is measured, use utility scissors to cut the tubing to the right length. Then, slide the tubing onto the wire. Ensure damaged or exposed sections are fully covered.

Step 5

Use your heat gun to shrink the tubing by moving it back and forth along the length of tubing. Staying in one place with a heat gun can damage the wire. Continue doing this until you’re confident the tubing is tightly secured to the wire. You’re finished!

Bonus Tip – A Hairdryer

Please note, if you do not have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer to activate the heat shrink. Hold your hairdryer as close as you can to the heat shrink. Set it to its hottest setting.

Rotate the heat around the tube evenly so that it contracts around the wire from every angle down to the right size. This can sometimes require more time than a heat gun but is a DIY repair hack worth mentioning.

Do Heat Shrinkable Tubes Really Work?

Once the heat shrink is activated and the tubing tightens to its intended form around a wire, it successfully insulates the wire and protects it from outside interference.

Heat shrink tubes are frequently used in repairing a wide variety of wires without issue. If you have an affinity for DIY repairs and are skilled with your hands, you shouldn’t have any trouble accomplishing what you intend with a heat shrink tube.

Find a value-pack of 100-pieces heat shrinkable tubes in Canada from PrimeCables.ca. Have multiple colors to choose from and match your existing wire with ease.

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INSPIRING TESTIMONY FROM A CLIENT

INSPIRING TESTIMONY FROM A CLIENT

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TÉMOIGNAGE INSPIRANT D’UNE CLIENTE

J’ai eu un accident de travail l’an dernier et j’ai subi l’amputation de mon coccyx. Comme j’habite dans un 3-1/2, je devais trouver une solution permanente au fait que je ne puisse pas m’asseoir plus que quelques minutes. Primecables m’a permis de reprendre le travail sans sacrifier l’espace de mon condo. J’ai pu transformer m’a table à manger en bureau ajustable ! J’ai même 3 boutons de mémoire qui me permettent d’enregistrer une hauteur pour manger, une pour mes machines à coudre et une pour travailler ! http://ow.ly/RjPA30qYk8m
La qualité de leurs produits et la rapidité de livraison feront en sorte que je les recommande énormément auprès de mes contacts! Merci encore Primecables!

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INSPIRING TESTIMONY FROM A CLIENT

I had a work accident last year and had my tailbone amputated. Since I live in a 3-1 / 2, I had to find a permanent solution to the fact that I could not sit for more than a few minutes. Primecables allowed me to go back to work without sacrificing my condo space. I was able to transform my dining table into an adjustable desk! I even have 3 memory buttons that allow me to save a height for eating, one for my sewing machines and one for working! http://ow.ly/RjPA30qYk8m 

The quality of their products and the speed of delivery will make me highly recommend them to my contacts! Thanks again Primecables!

– @ Sandy Mahoney  ~via instagram

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Best Android TV Box Apps to Use for Streaming Movies, Shows, And Browsing Internet

There are millions upon millions of hours of free content available on Android TV boxes. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear where to find it.

Having recently bought an Android 9.0 TV Box Amlogic for large-code streaming video, many apps are available that either offer free TV and movies or which allow you to build your own catalogue. Here are the best Android TV box apps in Canada to check out.

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Android 9.0 TV Box Amlogic S905X2 4GB + 64GB BT 4.1 2.4G/5G Dual Wifi, UL Power – PrimeCables­®

YouTube

Though YouTube comes preloaded on many Android boxes, we shouldn’t discount it. There’s something on YouTube for everyone, whether you’re a musician, car enthusiast, tiny home aficionado, beauty lover, or movie-watcher.

Netflix

So obvious but so needed. Arguably, there’s no better streaming option on a smart TV box than Netflix. Browse all sorts of TV and movie content in various languages from all over the world as well as some of the most popular series of all-time.

Twitch

Unlike Netflix, Twitch is completely free. The Twitch app is an opportunity to watch live programming from gamers and other broadcasters.

KODI

KODI is an open-source media player that lets you play content off your Android phones, computers and laptops, or other devices. KODI itself comes with many add-ons and plugins including a lot of free content out there. Although it can be more complex to use for the inexperienced, once you know your way around KODI on your Android box, there’s a lot to explore here.

CBC

CBC has several apps depending on what you’re into i.e. news, television shows, etc. Free programming on CBC includes shows from all over the world as well as Canadian favourites including Murdoch Mysteries, Schitt’s Creek, Dragons’ Den, and more.

CTV

CTV offers another great app where you can watch previews of shows yet to be aired and re-watch shows you may have missed. Although not as full as CBC’s programming slate, CTV’s collection of unique content can’t be found anywhere else.

Global

Like CTV and CBC, if you’re buying an Android TV box in Canada, you want your Global app installed. You get a wide range of programming available exclusively through Global, such as Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and more.

Plex

Plex is very similar to KODI. It is a media center that allows you to load in media you’ve downloaded and create your own library of shows, movies, and more. For those who enjoy downloading and keeping media on hard drives, an app like Plex alone can make buying an Android box worth it.

These are just some of the basics of how to use an Android TV box. On any TV, an Android box provides you the chance to tap into a wealth of content completely free over-the-Internet. Choose yours today at PrimeCables.ca.

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A Simple Security Safe Box to Keep Your Valuables In that You Can Rely On

“How do I keep my valuables safe?”

This question is something we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another. Whether it’s something of emotional value, jewelry, cash, passports, or an important document, we can’t leave these sorts of things in drawers or under our floorboards.

The best way to protect high-value items are in an electronic security safe box. Regardless of whether you have an intruder, a natural disaster like a flood, or something else threatening these valuables, if they’re in your safe box, they’re fully protected.

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0.5 Cubic Feet Electronic Security Safe Box – PrimeCables®

PrimeCables.ca has a high-quality 0.5 cubic feet safe that is a great starting point. It’s small enough to accommodate the items mentioned, is affordably priced, and comes with free shipping to anywhere in Canada.

On all sides of this safe, you have 3mm thick steel construction. This might not seem like a lot to some but it’s everything you need to prevent someone unauthorized from getting in. The extremely compact design makes it easy to hide this safe or position it somewhere out-of-sight.

Investing in a safe is a smart move if you have things that cannot be replaced. An important document, jewelry, or heirlooms certainly all fit the bill.

An electronic security safe box works one of two ways when it comes to entry. You have an electronic password. There are also two emergency override keys should you forget your password. For seniors who need some added peace of mind and safety around certain items, consider it.

Another advantage to having a small security safe box is that it’s heavy but not too heavy or sizeable to be portable. You can take it with you if you’re going somewhere or are moving permanently. In your travels, rest assured that everything inside is protected.

You have 3mm thick solid steel on every side as mentioned, in addition to a 4mm front door equipped with two live-door bolts and pry-resistant concealed hinge.

Once you’ve set the password, how to open a security safe box is easy. Enter your passcode through the keypad at the front and then turn the knob clockwise. The only time the override emergency keys should be needed is if the batteries inside the safe die or if you forget the passcode.

Perfect for small items, this is how you keep the important things safe. It’s the ultimate security measure 100% hack-proof. A simple safe security box from PrimeCables.ca – get yours today.

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