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Mullvad vs. NordVPN: Two popular VPNs do battle

Tue, 2019-01-15 06:30

Choosing a VPN is no easy task when there are so many choices available—as our comprehensive roundup of VPN reviews demonstrates. Everywhere you look online, some service is offering to help obfuscate your location and protect your browsing habits from your internet service provider (ISP) and anyone else lurking around the web.

Before you plunk down your cold hard credit card number, however, there are many questions to ask. Can you trust the company? What are the speeds like? Is there a desktop app and is it easy to use? How many country locations are there, and can you still watch Netflix while connected?

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Fiio M7 digital audio player review: aptX HD and LDAC support for streaming high-res audio over Bluetooth

Tue, 2019-01-15 06:00
This entry-level player delivers wireless high-resolution audio in a pocket-sized package for the audiophile on the go, but it's dearth of features might be too bare bones for some.

HDHomeRun teases simpler hardware and (maybe) a Roku app

Tue, 2019-01-15 06:00
The HDHomeRun Scribe Duo and Servio can record broadcast TV channels without a separate server device.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mon, 2019-01-14 18:24
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Intel's new 'F-series' Core chips lack an integrated GPU, and probably aren't worth your money

Mon, 2019-01-14 14:43

When Intel tipped a half-dozen new desktop processors during its CES keynote, the company kept quiet about specifics. Now we know: The new chips end with an “F” suffix—and they lack an integrated GPU. So you probably should skip them.

Why? Because right now, they’re priced identically to chips that do include the integrated GPU. No, it doesn’t mean that Intel’s new F-series processors are worthless, especially if you already own a PC with a discrete GPU. It does mean, however, that the discrete GPU will be powered on for every task, consuming more power than your PC normally would. Tom’s Hardware, which noted the new pricing, called the processors a manufacturing “relief valve” to help alleviate the shortage of its other 14nm chips, and that’s probably an accurate assessment.

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Anker's 5-port USB charger helps all your gear survive long days, and it's cheaper than ever

Mon, 2019-01-14 11:23

Keeping a bag full of devices all charged up can be a juggling act. A multi-port charger can help with that, and today you can grab Anker’s Premium 60W 5-port USB charger for $35 on Amazon, its lowest price ever and a sharp discount from its list price of $50.

This wall charger comes with five ports, including four high-speed USB-A ports with PowerIQ and one USB-C Power Delivery port. An LED indicator light shows when it’s plugged in. To keep all your devices safe, this charger comes with features like temperature control and surge protection, while a durable exterior keeps the charger itself safe from drops and scratches.

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Our favorite low profile mechanical keyboard, Corsair's K70 MK.2, is nearly half off today

Mon, 2019-01-14 09:40

One of our favorite keyboards is available at an outstanding price today. Best Buy is selling the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire mechanical keyboard for $90Remove non-product link. This keyboard doesn’t go on sale all that often, and most of the time it’s priced at its $170 recommended price. If you like Cherry MX Speed switches or are at least willing to give them a try, this is a sale you don’t want to miss.

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Best organizer bags, fanny packs, and pouches for your gear

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:45

Smartphones are bigger than ever, and they bring plenty of cords, adapters, headphones, and power banks along for the ride. Getting all this gear packed for travel or daily outings can be a headache. So we reviewed and picked out some of the trendiest and most durable pouches, crossbody bags, and waist packs to help.

Moshi Tego Slingpack Dominik Tomaszewski/IDG

Moshi’s Tego Slingpack was the largest bag we reviewed.

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Cooler Master CK552 review: A fantastic RGB-backlit budget keyboard

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:30

Mechanical keyboard prices keep dropping and dropping. The latest miracle deal? The Cooler Master CK552, a fully RGB-backlit mechanical keyboard retailing for a mere $90—and often on-sale for far less. That’s even more affordable than the Cougar Attack X3 RGB, our previous “How is this possible?” recommendation.

But as with anything in life, you (to an extent) get what you pay for. Let’s dig into the CK552, both its many strengths and a few noteworthy weaknesses.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Electrolux Pure i9 review: This robot vac is a few features short of justifying its price tag

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
The storied brand has produce a robot vac that boasts excellent suction and superb navigation skills, but the Electrolux Pure i9 lacks the extra features of comparably priced robot vacuums.

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Bluetooth headphones review: Affordable noise cancellation, but the sound lacks sparkle

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones feature noise cancellation and a very comfortable design, as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0. But the sound leans heavily towards the bottom end of the spectrum and lacks high-end brilliance.

Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated

Fri, 2019-01-11 18:34

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at six PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other.

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This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free

Fri, 2019-01-11 14:30

They cheered. Bungie split off from Activision this week, taking control of the Destiny franchise with them, and staff reportedly cheered when the announcement was made. If that doesn’t tell you everything about the Bungie/Activision relationship circa 2019, I’m not sure what else to add.

But I do have some thoughts. You’ll find them below, along with a bevy of other news this week—including a new Metro Exodus story trailer, delays for Tropico 6 and Dead or Alive 6, free Edith Finch and Fallout, Paradox acquiring Prison Architect, and more. It’s been a really busy week.

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This 8-in-1 USB-C hub is 25% off at Amazon today and your MacBook needs it

Fri, 2019-01-11 12:19

All Macbook users know the pain of a paltry port situation. Today, you can fix your lacking I/O with a pretty slick deal: Amazon is selling the Vava USB-C Hub 8-in-1 adapter for just $45Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've seen.

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Store all the things with this massive 4TB WD hard drive for $85

Fri, 2019-01-11 09:32

Every PC can benefit from more storage, and if you need a spacious drive to stash a slew of bulk files, we’ve got a deal for you. Newegg is selling a WD Blue 4TB 3.5-inch desktop internal hard drive for $85Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTUUU24. This hard drive—and most others with this much capacity—usually costs around $100, so you’re saving $15.

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Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30
From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about

Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30

The PC’s been enjoying a resurgence over the last few years, and judging by what we witnessed at CES, the pedal will remain planted firmly to the metal in 2019. AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all hosted blockbuster keynotes brimming with big announcements. Monitors evolved beyond being simple 27-inch rectangles. Gaming laptops embraced innovation in wildly different ways. And there’s a lot of gear coming that’s just plain badass.

These are the big CES hardware reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about. Buckle up, and be sure to hit those links if you want deeper details about any of these topics.

Nvidia

Nvidia kicked CES off with a bang in its Sunday night keynote.

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Best of CES: The coolest PCs, PC components, and PC spectacles we saw

Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30

Put aside all misconceptions that CES is a smart home show, a home entertainment show, or even a car stereo show. CES is a computer show, and we’ve got the battle scars to prove it. For the last four days, the PCWorld staff has immersed itself in all the laptops, chips, components, accessories and outright PC monstrosities it could find, and now we’re read to name the Best of CES 2019.

IDG

To win a Best of CES award, a product has to show unique promise and technical innovation—but do keep in mind these aren’t final reviews. Check back throughout the year as we test this gear, and issue our final review verdicts. For now, just bask in the spectacle...

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Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant

Thu, 2019-01-10 18:20
Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.

Lisa Su on the record: AMD's CEO talks Ryzen, Vega, ray tracing, and lots more at CES

Thu, 2019-01-10 18:18

On Wednesday, AMD chief executive Lisa Su sat down with a small group of reporters following her CES keynote, in which she formally announced the Radeon VII GPU and the third-generation Ryzen CPU. During our roundtable, Su disclosed that there will be more cores to come with the third-generation Ryzen chip as well as the presence of a ray tracing GPU under development within AMD. 

But there were even more details and context from the roundtable—and, well, if you’re as interested as we are in what’s coming down the pike from AMD, you’re going to want to read our full transcript of the event here.

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