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Halo Home Anyplace Bluetooth Dimmer Switch review: It's not as good as the lights it's designed to control

Mon, 2018-05-21 07:00
Eaton’s slim smart dimmer switch only works with its own lights, but it’s not as good as they are.

Bitdefender Total Security 2018 review: A solid choice for your PC

Mon, 2018-05-21 06:30

Romania-based Bitdefender is increasingly one of the top antivirus choices these days. It's also a company not content to sit on its laurels, as evidenced by Bitdefender Total Security 2018, its full security suite.

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PdxCon 2018: Paradox reveals Imperator Rome, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and board games

Sat, 2018-05-19 08:39

Paradox hasn't been shy about the fact it's working on a new grand strategy game. It's been two years since Stellaris and Hearts of Iron IV, and despite the usual trickle of post-release DLC for each game it's felt like maybe time for something new. Paradox said as much in February, hinting we'd see more at Paradox Con—and that it would not be the long-awaited Victoria III.

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This week in games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets battle royale, Stalker 2 teased

Fri, 2018-05-18 15:00

If last week was the week of E3 rumors, this is the week of delays. Phoenix Point, Metro: Exodus, and Skull & Bones were all pushed back this week, meaning the first few months of 2019 are already looking busy.

There’s also a metric ton of Call of Duty news this week (including a battle royale confirmation), plus teases about Outlast III and Stalker 2, No Man’s Sky getting co-op multiplayer, Sea of Thieves and a giant shark, and details on SteamVR’s new controller mapping options.

This is gaming news for May 14 to 18.

Call of Duty: Battle Royale

Let’s get the Call of Duty news out of the way first, if only because there’s a lot of it. This week was the Black Ops IIII reveal event, and the biggest news? It’s exclusive to Battle.net on the PC. That’s not entirely unexpected, given Activision did the same with Destiny 2 last year. And yet...wow. They really did it. I guess we should probably expect all major Activision games to be Battle.net exclusive going forward, which is a huge shift in the PC market.

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EVGA moves its motherboard drivers to reusable flash drives, finally leaving DVDs behind

Fri, 2018-05-18 14:23

Say it with me: Finally. EVGA is bucking the trend and embracing the new normal by shipping the drivers for its new motherboards on a tiny flash drive instead.

“No more driver DVDs in future EVGA motherboards including the new H370,” EVGA product management director Jacob Freeman tweeted late Thursday. “Instead you get the drivers on this small 8GB flash drive.”

Optical drives might not be dead yet, but they’re certainly an endangered creature in the age of Steam and blisteringly fast broadband speeds. At a time when many cases—including Corsair flagships—don’t even include a 5.25-inch drive bay anymore, we’re baffled that so many motherboards still ship with their drivers imprisoned on discs. 

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Nvidia's first 4K G-Sync HDR monitor is available to preorder, with a cutting-edge price

Fri, 2018-05-18 10:59

The first round of G-Sync HDR displays is almost here after nearly a year of delays and they look awesome, with a specification sheet that checks virtually every box a monitor nerd could dream of. But there’s been a question looming over Nvidia’s boundary-pushing screens: How much will they cost? Now we know: The Acer Predator X27 just went up for preorder at Newegg for a cool $2,000, ready to ship on June 1.

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Get your home ready for summer with $50 off Nest, Ecobee smart thermostats

Fri, 2018-05-18 10:54

Smart thermostats are a great way to regulate your home's temperature and control your budget. Right now, two of our top-rated smart thermostats, the Ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor and the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in white, are both $200, $50 off their list prices on Amazon.

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The $1,200 Red Hydrogen One phone is coming to Verizon and AT&T this summer, but why?

Fri, 2018-05-18 10:11

Carriers can make or break a phone release. As we’ve seen with Huawei’s debacle earlier this year, selling a new handset in the U.S. pretty much requires retail support of at least one major carrier, namely Verizon or AT&T, and generally both. And getting it isn’t always an easy task.

Take a look at the phones that aren’t being sold at AT&T stores (other than the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20):

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Essential Phone
  • LG G7
  • HTC U11
  • OnePlus 6

Aside from the Pixel 2, you won’t find any of them at a Verizon store either. And a couple of of them can’t even be used on Verizon’s CDMA network. Yet, both of the biggest carriers in the U.S. sent out press releases triumphantly announcing that they would be carrying the Red Hydrogen One phone when it launches later this summer. That begs the question: Why?

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Get a sleek Asus laptop with an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU and USB-C for $479 today

Fri, 2018-05-18 09:38

Sometimes people buy laptops for its trendy or sleek looks. A lot of times, however, a bigger concern is value. Today, there's a sleek Asus laptop on Amazon that covers both of those bases. The Asus VivoBook F510UA with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 is just $479. This is the all-time low price for this laptop, which has been selling between $510 and $550 in recent months.

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Roccat Horde Aimo review: This 'membranical' gaming keyboard explores new territory

Fri, 2018-05-18 06:30

We’ve seen two attempts at a hybrid mechanical/membrane keyboard so far: Logitech’s G213 Prodigy with its “mech-dome” switch and Razer’s Ornata with its “mecha-membrane.” And I would’ve been happy if that were it, forever. Neither was that great, and it’s hard to convince me to buy an “upscale” membrane keyboard when true mechanical keyboards are so cheap these days. (Shoot, our favorite budget mechanical keyboard, Razer’s Blackwidow X Tournament Edition, is just $70.)

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The best CPUs for gaming

Fri, 2018-05-18 06:00

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Whether you’re on a budget or willing to pay for sheer face-melting speed, these are the best CPUs for gaming PCs that you can buy.

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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 2018-05-17 22:15
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 2018-05-17 22:15

You only know for sure that you needed a surge protector after your equipment fries. Then it’s too late. For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive (and cheap) electronics and the juice coming in from a wall socket. A surge protector throws itself into the line of fire, sacrificing its components again and again so that your devices stay functional.

These reviews are of surge protectors designed for a home office or cubicle, or a home-entertainment system. Such power mediators have a single function: keeping voltage from exceeding a certain rated level, beyond which equipment can blow a fuse, burn out its power supply, or completely fry its circuitry beyond repair. The surge protector takes a hit instead of your hardware or A/V system, and it could potentially save you hundreds to many thousands of dollars, depending on what you have connected.

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Tripp Lite TLP1008TEL review: Good protection for 10 outlets at a bargain price

Thu, 2018-05-17 22:00
This is the right choice for a 10-outlet surge protector with spacing that allows maximum deployment of plugs.

4 reasons why YouTube Premium will beat Apple Music (and 4 reasons why it won't)

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:16
At long last, Google is launching its new YouTube Premium service, which combines music and video under one roof. But is it a worthy competitor to Apple Music?

Spigen's R12S Bluetooth Speaker is a downright steal at $10 today

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:15

If you want to stream music to an external speaker, there are plenty of options that won’t break your bank. Few, however, are as cheap as Spigen’s R12S Bluetooth Speaker, on sale right now for $10. That’s $40 off it’s retail price, more than half off its average price of $21 on Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen it.

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Watch The Full Nerd episode 52 live today at 12:30 p.m. eastern

Thu, 2018-05-17 10:49

The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 52nd episode today! On tap:

And of course, we’ll answer plenty of questions from the audience. Tune in live at 12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Pacific on any of the platforms below to join the discussion as it happens.

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State of Decay 2 review: A surprisingly addictive fight to survive zombies (and bugs)

Thu, 2018-05-17 10:30

There’s an old saying, that war is months of boredom punctuated by moments of extreme terror. Turns out the apocalypse is remarkably similar. When the world ends, provided you make it through the initial die-off, the reasons you might perish afterwards are embarrassingly mundane. A poorly maintained weapon, for instance. Rattling some screws too loudly while searching for toilet paper. Or maybe just falling off a billboard because you’re too dumb to climb down the ladder.

In State of Decay 2, zombies are honestly the least of your concerns.

A fresh take on old ideas

Your biggest concern is the game breaking in one of a million different ways, but I’ll get to that later. State of Decay 2, like its predecessor, is a zombie-filled survival game. You’re given control of a group of survivors, average people with average skills, and tasked with corralling them into some semblance of a society.

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Save Hundreds On The Complete Cisco Network Certification Training Bundle ($59)

Thu, 2018-05-17 09:33

As the apex of Internet routing, few IT professionals are in higher demand than Cisco certified routing specialists. The Complete Cisco Network Certification Training Bundle provides nine high-power courses designed to prepare you for Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), and other Cisco certification exams. Others have paid as much as $801 for the courses in this bundle, but by taking advantage of this limited-time offer you can get all nine for only $59, or 92% off retail.

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Newegg bundles AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 with a 120GB SSD for less than the cost of the CPU

Thu, 2018-05-17 09:12

The SSD deals keep on coming in, but today’s deal is all about processing power with a helping of solid state storage on the side. Newegg’s offering a combo deal right now that bundles AMD’s hot new Ryzen 5 2600 processor with a Team Group 120GB SSD for $190. That’s $10 cheaper than the sticker price of the Ryzen 5 chip, plus you get a ho-hum $35 SSD thrown in for free.

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