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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition review: Ray tracing and 1440p gaming get more affordable

Mon, 2019-01-07 09:00

After debuting in luxury-priced enthusiast graphics cards exclusively, Nvidia’s real-time ray tracing is finally coming to the masses with the GeForce RTX 2060—although this $350 graphics card, as powerful as it is, skirts the upper limits of what could be considered mainstream.

Yes, the GeForce RTX 2060 maintains the inflated pricing of other RTX options, which effectively bumps the cost of each performance tier up a notch. The $700 RTX 2080 costs as much as last generation’s GTX 1080 Ti; the $500 RTX 2070 mirrors the price of the GTX 1080; and while the last-gen GTX 1060 cost $260, this new RTX 2060 moves into the GTX 1070’s previous territory with a $90 price hike.

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Hands on: Huawei's Matebook 13 shrinks the Matebook X Pro into a 'Whiskey Lake'-powered laptop

Mon, 2019-01-07 09:00

Just a few cut corners diminished Huawei’s Matebook X Pro 14-inch flagship notebook. The smaller, less expensive Huawei Matebook 13 appears to have solved some of these flaws, while still keeping the best features of Huawei’s premium device, including a discrete GPU. It’s also one of the first notebooks out of the gate to include Intel’s “Whiskey Lake” Core chips.

We’ve been continually impressed with the ability of Chinese hardware makers to deliver premium hardware at affordable prices, and the Matebook 13 demonstrates this: Its high-end Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake chip is paired with an Nvidia GeForce MX 150 (the same GPU as on the Matebook X Pro) for just $1,299. A Core i5-8265U model is also offered for $999, but with integrated graphics. Both are shipping to U.S. customers in early 2019.

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Nvidia reveals RTX laptop GPUs, FreeSync support for GeForce graphics cards

Mon, 2019-01-07 08:21

Nvidia didn’t pull any punches during its big CES 2019 keynote on Sunday night. The company doubled-down on its hybrid ray tracing push by introducing the GeForce RTX 2060 as well as laptop versions of its RTX graphics cards. And then hell froze over. In an unexpected move, Nvidia also announced that its GeForce GPUs will support some AMD FreeSync monitors.

The company said no fewer than 40 laptops are already lined up to feature laptop versions of the GeForce RTX 2080, the GeForce RTX 2070, and the GeForce RTX 2060. Energy-efficient Max-Q versions of each GPU were also announced.

The new GPUs are, for the most part, the equal of their desktop GPUs in core count and features, but have lower clockspeeds and power consumption. In fact, Nvidia officials say the RTX laptop GPUs are up to 40 percent more efficient than equal Pascal-based laptop GPUs.

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Belkin takes the wraps off its Linksys Max Stream AC2200 Wi-Fi router

Mon, 2019-01-07 06:00

Belkin is bucking a design trend with its new Wi-Fi mesh router, the Linksys Max Stream AC2200. Most companies do everything they can to make Wi-Fi mesh routers look, well, like anything other than a router. They design their enclosures to resemble hockey pucks, or flower vases, or other innocuous objects. And they invariably hide the router’s antennas inside their enclosure, a practice one would assume must reduce the router’s range.

Not Belkin. The new addition to its Linksys Wi-Fi mesh lineup looks exactly like a conventional router—specifically, a router from its Linksys EA series of routers—with four blade-style antennas emerging from its flanks.

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Acer's swivel-display Predator Triton 900 will include Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics

Mon, 2019-01-07 01:00

Acer first showed off the Predator Triton 900 at IFA 2018, but kept it under glass. Now the gaudy gaming laptop with a swiveling, hinged display is at CES 2019, and Acer has revealed a bit more: The Predator Triton 900 will begin shipping in March with Nvidia’s new mobile ray-tracing technology inside, and you can expect to pay $3,999 for a baseline system.


The Predator Triton 900’s screen can even be reversed—for that one time when you’ll want to deliver a presentation.

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Acer's Predator Triton 500 marries Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics with 144Hz G-Sync

Mon, 2019-01-07 01:00

You might call the Acer Predator Triton 500 the younger sibling of the mammoth Predator Triton 900. At $1,799, however, it’s far cheaper—and you still get one of Nvidia’s first mobile GeForce RTX 2080 ray-tracing GPUs inside of it.

Unlike the swiveling hinge that graces the Triton 900, the Triton 500 is a conventional gaming notebook, available this February in North America. The Triton 500 boasts a 15.6-inch 1080p display, with bezels that measure 6.3 mm on a side. But it’s a 144Hz, Nvidia G-Sync display, with 300 nits of brightness and 3ms refresh times, a solid setup for gaming. Acer showed off its new notebook at CES 2019, here in Las Vegas.

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No, really: Asus' crazy ROG Mothership is like a Surface Pro for gaming

Mon, 2019-01-07 01:00

There’s “think outside the box” and then there’s “nuke the box from orbit.” Asus choose the latter with its ROG Mothership GZ700, which is unlike any other gaming laptop—strike that—gaming device we’ve ever seen.

When closed and sitting on a desk, you would think it’s just another big and burly desktop replacement gaming laptop. But just wait until you deploy the Mothership: You turn the body so that it’s vertical and press it to the table, which causes a rear kickstand to pop out.


You know it’s for gaming because the Surface Pro-like keyboard has RGB in it.

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Ecovacs' new robot vacuum uses AI to recognize the stuff on your floor

Sun, 2019-01-06 20:00
Ecovacs debuts two new home robots: the Deebot Ozmo 960 vacuum and the Atmobot air purifier at CES in Las Vegas.

The HP Chromebook 14 puts AMD power under the hood for the first time

Sun, 2019-01-06 12:00

HP’s Chromebook 14 is one of the first Google laptops to feature AMD processors. While the A4 chip in question isn’t exactly Ryzen-class, it’s a step up from the low-end, no-name processors that crowd the Chromebook space. It also features a welcome boost from Radeon graphics. These AMD APUs help bring some much-needed performance competition to the category.

Announced at CES in Las Vegas and due to ship in January with a starting price of $269, HP said to expect performance at about the level of Intel’s Celeron processors—at very affordable prices. (Note: An AMD A6 version of the Chromebook 14 was also announced, but it won’t be available in the United States at launch, and its future availability here is not certain, an HP spokesperson confirmed.)

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AMD announces new mobile Ryzen chips and finally gets into Chromebooks

Sun, 2019-01-06 12:00

AMD’s Cinderella story started with desktops and workstations in 2018, but for 2019 the chip company is extending its reach into laptops with new Ryzen with Radeon Vega processors. And Windows laptops aren’t the only beneficiaries of AMD development. Surprise! AMD is also releasing Chromebook parts, which we discuss at the end of this story.

The Ryzen lineup will include a pair of Ryzen 7 quad-cores, a pair of Ryzen 5 quad-cores, and a pair of Ryzen 3 chips. The Ryzen 7s and Ryzen 5s all feature symmetrical multi-threading (SMT) to double execution threads to eight.

The Ryzen 3 3300 gives you quad-cores, but switches off SMT. The lowest-end Ryzen 3 3200U gives you SMT, but is only a dual-core. For more budget-focused laptops, AMD is also introducing a new Athlon 300U that features two cores with SMT.

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Acer's Chromebook 315 pairs an AMD processor with a 15.6-inch display for as low as $279.99

Sun, 2019-01-06 12:00

Acer’s Chromebook 315 continues the company’s tradition of affordable, intriguing Chromebooks, with several points of interest. It’s Acer’s first Chromebook with an AMD CPU and integrated Radeon graphics. It's also a relatively mammoth Chromebook, with a 15.6-inch display (most have displays ranging from 11 to 14 inches). But the price is worth noting, too: as low as $279.99, the company said at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

The Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C5FM) and the Chromebook Spin 11 have both shot well under the $500 price point, but the Chromebook 315 aims even lower. Acer hasn’t revealed all of the minimum specs of what it’s calling the CB315-2HT, but we know that there’s a non-touchscreen option, the CB315-2H. There’s also “up to” 8GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.

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Acer's new Swift 7 ultra-thin PC is even smaller, but adds Thunderbolt, Amber Lake and a clickpad

Sun, 2019-01-06 12:00

Acer’s Swift 7 has become synonymous with ultra-thin, ultra-light laptops. But Acer’s Swift 7 model for 2019 (known as the SF714-52T) does something incredible: It chops about a third of a pound more off the current Swift 7’s package, along with reducing bezels to create a fuller, more attractive display. 

Launching at CES 2019, the Swift 7 (2019) essentially takes the existing Swift 7, upgrades it to the latest 8th-gen “Amber Lake” Intel Core processor, adds in Thunderbolt support and a physically clickable trackpad, and packs everything inside a sleeker, lighter form factor. The new 2019 Swift 7 SF714-52T will be priced about the same as its predecessor with a $1,699 MSRP when shipments begin in May in North America.

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Palo Alto Innovation says its Node-ify Axon can transform almost anything into a smart device

Sun, 2019-01-06 09:00
This universal sensor can measure temperature, sound, motion, light, weight, and even the water level in your pet’s bowl.

D-Link partners with McAfee on new line of Exo 802.11ac Wi-Fi mesh routers

Fri, 2019-01-04 15:00

D-Link will unveil a new lineup of mesh Wi-Fi routers and mesh access points at CES next week, featuring built-in network security courtesy of McAfee. Each of the routers in the D-Link Exo product line will be based on the 802.11ac standard and will ship with five years of IoT protection for smart home devices, and two years of cloud-based McAfee antivirus for any laptop, computer, or mobile device that connects to the home network.

The routers will also have built-in parental controls that allow the home network admin to create custom user profiles for each member of the family and the devices they use, so that adults and older children won’t be limited to the lowest common denominator of access that gets assigned to the youngest. Parents will be able to choose from present content filters sorted by age, and they can create usage schedules to limit the amount of time children spend on the web.

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This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port

Fri, 2019-01-04 14:30

A brand new year! Anything is possible. We’re wiping 2018’s slate clean, resolving to be better in 2019, and—what’s that? The first news story of the year is Bethesda broke Fallout 76 again? Ominous.

That news, plus...well, not much else. We’ve rounded up what few stories we could find this week though, including a potential Catherine remaster and the disappearance of Lego: Lord of the Rings, as we slowly ease into the new year.

This is gaming news for December 31 to January 4.

Nine years later

Let’s start 2019 off right with a free game, shall we? The Epic Games Store is currently giving away various games, one at a time, in order to kick-start adoption of the new platform. That’s potentially good news for you, if you’re open to installing another launcher. And the latest? The ultra-hard platformer Super Meat Boy is free through January 10. A nearly nine-year-old game isn’t quite as exciting as the previous giveaway, Subnautica, but hey: It’s still a free game.

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Charge your devices quickly and cheaply with half off this 18W USB-C PD charger

Fri, 2019-01-04 11:10

We all know how important it is to keep our devices charged up. But all too often, the chargers that come in the box are too weak to fill up our phones as fast as we'd like (we're looking at you Apple). Today's deal solves that problem: Amazon is selling the Aukey USB-C PD 18W charger for just $11Remove non-product link with the code HWCPT8E8, a 50 percent savings off its $22 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. It's so low, in fact, that you can buy two for $7 less than Apple charges for one.

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D-Link expands its smart home presence with new smart plugs and a leak detector

Fri, 2019-01-04 11:00
In advance of CES 2019, the router manufacturer is expanding its mydlink ecosystem with a leak detector and smart plugs for lighting and appliance control.

Two graphics cards we love are on sale for mouthwatering prices

Fri, 2019-01-04 09:50

Two graphics cards we loved are on sale today with a little something for most gamers. We’ve got upper and lower price points, an AMD card, an Nvidia card, and both come with free game offers.

First up is the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce for $480 on NeweggRemove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTUTY22. That checkout code may require you to sign-up for Newegg’s mailing list. At $480, this is $20 lower than the card’s MSRP, but the card has actually been selling for around $570 on Amazon. In addition to the card, you also get Battlefield V for free.

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Origin EVO-17S review: This thin gaming laptop tames even the mighty Core i9

Fri, 2019-01-04 07:02

Origin PC’s EVO17-S says it’s okay to consider an inch-thick laptop “thin.” Sure, many mainstream laptops are mere slivers in comparison, but none of them can pack a Core i9 and GeForce GTX 1070—at least, not without the embarrassing performance nerf’s of a Macbook Pro 15. As our benchmarks show, if you have a need for speed, the EVO17-S will deliver.

EVO17-S specs: Core i9, GTX 1070 and more

The star of the EVO17-S is its CPU: The mighty Core i9-8950HK is the fastest Intel chip out there. Paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 discrete GPU, the other components almost don’t matter. What more do you need? 

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PDFelement Pro 6 review: A professional PDF editor at an affordable price

Fri, 2019-01-04 07:00

Professional-level PDF editors have a reputation for being feature-rich but complicated to use. Wondershare’s PDFelement 6 Pro bucks that trend, somehow managing to be a delight to use without sacrificing essential productivity capabilities.

The editor seemingly spares not a single business-ready feature. It converts PDFs to Excel, Word, EPUB, PPT, Pages, HTML, RTF, and text formats, and creates them from images, HTML, and text file formats. It also supports annotations, text editing, form creation, data extraction, password-encryption, and permissions-based restrictions.

But it’s most laudable feature is its uncluttered, easily navigable interface. Similar to what we saw in iSkysoft’s PDF Editor 6 , PDFelement’s home screen displays its basic capabilities—edit, create, combine, convert, and edit PDF form—on large clickable tiles so you don’t have to hunt through nested menus to find what you need. Once you select an option and open a document, a cleanly laid-out toolbar for master functions such as commenting, security, and page management, activates. Clicking on any of these opens a second toolbar with options related to that function. The experience is identical across Windows and Mac versions, so you can seamlessly switch from working on one platform to another.

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