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Don't miss these 3 killer graphics card deals for any budget

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:02

There’s something for everybody in today’s graphics card deals, including GPUs ready to rip through 720p, 1080p, and 1440p gaming. Well, almost everybody. Sorry 4K gamers, but you’ll have to sit this one out.

First up, is the PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 560 for $85Remove non-product link after a $20 rebate at Newegg (which means you pay $105 upfront). The Radeon RX 560 is a great entry-level card for 720p gaming and a fantastic e-sports option. Be aware, however, that this is the cut-down version of the RX 560 with fewer compute units and stream processors, making it more of a glorified version of the older Radeon RX 460. Still, an extremely affordable $85 price tag takes the edge off the lower specs.

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Watch us build a video editing/gaming PC live

Wed, 2018-11-28 09:00

My current home PC, which I use for both video editing and gaming, is built around an Intel Core i5-2500K with only 8GB of RAM. Needless to say I’ve been long overdue for an upgrade. But an editing machine ain’t cheap, and I’ve been holding off for a chance to save some cash. I finally bit the bullet on Black Friday. This PC build is using my own hard-earned money, so watch what it's like with real skin in the game.


I’ve been debating this build for months, so what deals did I get and why did I choose these specific parts? Check out this prep video:

Parts list and prices paid

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Secretlab Omega Softweave gaming chair: Firmly comfortable

Wed, 2018-11-28 06:28

The Secretlab Omega Softweave gaming chair challenges the assumption that gaming chairs should be made from fake leather. Sure, leather simply looks cool, but as a gamer myself, I’ve long suspected there are more cynical reasons in play. The same stereotypes that assume we crave neon accents and flashy fonts also assume we spend our days dribbling Mountain Dew and Cheeto dust between our legs. If you buy into all of that, you’ll likely believe we’ll find fake leather more tolerant of munchie mishaps.

And so I admire the optimism and honor behind The Secretlab Omega Softweave. In its embrace of fabric, it implies its owner isn’t prone to filth. Indeed, as if to tempt fate, Secretlab sent us not the darker charcoal model but the alternate, grayish “Cookies & Cream” color, which looks, well, particularly susceptible to stains from cookies and cream. More on that later.

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Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ review: The new 1080p gaming champion

Wed, 2018-11-28 06:09

AMD’s Radeon RX 590 is the best 1080p graphics card you can buy, and at $280, it won’t break the bank. But the Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ we’re reviewing today proves it’s even better than we originally thought. 

The card draws an immense amount of power, and the XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy that AMD sent U.S. reviewers ran hot despite coming equipped with a massive triple-slot cooler. Pushing AMD’s Polaris architecture so far—this is the same GPU’s third incarnation, after the Radeon RX 480 and 580—requires heavy metal, we concluded at the time. While that’s still true, Sapphire’s graphics card shows that the Radeon RX 590 doesn’t have to be gargantuan.

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iRobot Roomba i7+ review: This robot vacuum empties its own dustbin

Wed, 2018-11-28 06:00
Robot vacuums are great timesavers—at least until their small dustbins fill up. The Roomba i7+ is smart enough to empty its own.

Best smart sprinkler controller

Tue, 2018-11-27 15:13
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

Cyber Week Special: Get These $150 Wireless Earbuds For Just $64

Tue, 2018-11-27 15:07

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes. There’s so many different options, in fact, it’s difficult to find a pair that has everything you want at a price that’s affordable. That’s where Revel True Wireless Earbuds come into play. Delivering premium Bluetooth sound in a sleek, wireless package, these earbuds are a solid choice for those looking to upgrade their listening but don't want to drop upwards of $150 on a pair of AirPods or Bose SoundSport Free earbuds. They're on sale for only $64 today when you use code CMSAVE20 at checkout.

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Google Pixel Slate review: So close, yet so far, from being a perfect Chrome-Android tablet hybrid

Tue, 2018-11-27 12:00

Reviewing the Pixel Slate was like reviewing two devices. Out of the box, it’s something of a high-end Android tablet running full-screen Play Store apps and a touch-friendly interface. But when you attach it to the Pixel Slate Keyboard, it transforms into a premium Chromebook, with a large multitouch trackpad and PC-like multitasking.

The Pixel Slate appears to be a dream 2-in-1, the rare hybrid device that truly conforms to your immediate needs. Where the iPad Pro and various convertible PCs fail to consider the jarring interface changes when switching from a touch-based UI to a keyboard-based UI, Google has designed Chrome OS’s new hybrid interface specifically with the Pixel Slate in mind. Google understands that you’ll use your Chromebook differently as a tablet than you would as a laptop.

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Three of our favorite ultra-fast Samsung SSDs are on sale for cheap—and two are portable

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:09

A good SSD can’t be beat, and even the worst SSDs are better than the best mechanical hard drives. Today, three of the best solid-state drives we’ve ever tested are on sale on Amazon at steep discounts.

If you’re looking for a PC upgrade, Samsung’s 500GB 860 EVO is $73, down from a list price of $110. And if you’re looking for speedy portable storage that you can take with you, you’ve got options! The blistering 500GB Samsung X5 is $300, down from a list price of $400, and the Samsung T5 has two sizes on sale, with the 250GB version discounted to $80 from a $130 list price and the 500GB version discounted to $98 from $130.

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Samsung 860 QVO SSD review: Big capacity on the cheap, and fast the majority of the time

Tue, 2018-11-27 10:00

Samsung’s 860 QVO SSD is an excellent everyday performer and an outstanding bargain in its 2TB and 4TB flavors. It’s also the second quad-level cell (4-bit) SSD to pass our portals, the other being Intel’s SSD 660P.

The reason I mention this competitive drive from Intel up-front is that it’s becoming clear that 4-bit NAND, while allowing greater capacity, also extracts a performance hit that vendors must work around. How well a vendor does that affects which 4-bit drive you should buy, and whether you might be better off with an MLC or TLC drive.  

Note: Samsung refers to the 860 QVO as 4-bit MLC. As the acronym MLC stands for “Multi-Level Cell,” this is technically correct. However, most refer to it as quad-level cell or QLC, which is what I assume the Q in QVO stands for. 

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Get two Google Home Mini speakers and two WeMo smart plugs for $58—a $100 discount

Tue, 2018-11-27 09:43

Target has a great deal for smart home fans. Through a combination of automatic discounts you can get two Google home mini speakersRemove non-product link and two Wemo Mini Smart PlugsRemove non-product link for $58. All you have to do is put the items in your cart, and the discount will be applied at checkout. Overall, you’re saving about $100 off Target’s regular pricing. This configuration of the deal lasts until just before midnight on Saturday, December 1.

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iHome iSB02 Wi-Fi Dual Leak Sensor review: This leak detector suffers from a flood of problems

Tue, 2018-11-27 08:30
iHome makes some good smart home products, but this water leak detector isn't one of them.

Darksiders III review: A slightly disappointing sequel that hopefully merits another

Tue, 2018-11-27 08:00

"Is it possible to die of boredom?" It's one of the earliest lines in Darksiders III, and for a while there at the start I thought I might find out the answer. There's no getting around it: The early hours of Darksiders III are slooow, a massive misstep from a series that opened in 2010 by calling down the capital-A Apocalypse and turning Earth to ruins.

But stick with it. While Darksiders III never quite finds its footing, its knack for level design and neat abilities might win you over by the end—even if both are a bit too obviously constrained by the small scope of this adventure.

Fury's road

It's been six long years since the release of Darksiders II, and part of me is happy to see a sequel at all. When THQ collapsed it seemed that might bring about a premature end to the promising series—and for a long time it did, Vigil's pulpy universe of angels and demons left eternally at war, various conspiracies and cliffhangers forever unresolved.

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Rachio Wireless Flow Meter review: A watchful eye for irrigation leaks

Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00
If you have a Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller, this add-on device will inform you if your irrigation system springs a leak.

How to reset or restart your Kindle

Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00

Most of the time, your Amazon Kindle won’t need any maintenance outside of battery charging. Like any device that runs software, however, it may occasionally become unresponsive, sluggish or unable to act the way that it should. In instances like these, resetting your Kindle could set things right.

How to restart your Amazon Kindle Seamus Bellamy

No matter whether you're resetting or restarting your Kindle, you'll need to find this menu.

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How to pick the best gaming laptop GPU

Mon, 2018-11-26 15:33

Update: We've now added AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56 to the mix of laptop GPUs

A gaming laptop's GPU matters just as much as its CPU and other components. Given that any gaming laptop worth the name has some sort of discrete graphics, we'll go through all the mobile GPUs available and tell you what to expect from each one, and point you to some laptops that carry them. 

Gaming laptop quick picks

If you’re looking for specific gaming laptop recommendations, here are a few suggestions:

For more information and a broader range of options, check out our story on the best gaming laptops.

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Microsoft's Cyber Monday laptop deals are going fast—here are the best we found

Mon, 2018-11-26 14:44

Just like Microsoft’s holiday sales last Christmas, the company’s Cyber Monday deals are going fast, though you can still hunt down a few decent ones.

The company’s Surface and Xbox deals for Cyber Monday include discounts on the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2. Historically, Microsoft has also featured a few eye-popping holiday offers, discounting good-to-excellent laptops by hundreds of dollars. What’s left among Microsoft’s list of PC deals this year are generally less-expensive notebooks and desktops with hefty percentage discounts amounting to a couple of hundred dollars or so. 

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T-Mobile is handing out free iPads and Apple Watches to new customers for Cyber Monday

Mon, 2018-11-26 13:40
T-Mobile is offering new Apple Watch Series 4 and iPads with LTE to any new customer for Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday Steal: Get A Lifetime Of VPN Unlimited For Just $31.99 (90% Off)

Mon, 2018-11-26 13:01

When accessing unsecured Wi-Fi, using a VPN is vital. With VPN Unlimited by KeepSolid, you can protect your devices and bypass content restrictions, and while a lifetime subscription normally costs $500, you can get it just $31.99 for Cyber Week.

VPN Unlimited encrypts all of your traffic to ensure your private data remains secure when accessing public networks. All of your traffic is redirected to one of over 400 servers worldwide in over 70 locations. Your IP address remains hidden, and your device will appear to be accessing the web from a different location, allowing you to bypass content restrictions while in countries like China and the UAE.

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Cyber Monday Special: Get This Wireless Charging Smartphone Gimbal For Just $76

Mon, 2018-11-26 13:00

Not too long ago, we had to buy pricey video equipment to capture our favorite moments in high definition. Current smartphone cameras blow those antiques out of the water, but one advantage videographers had over smartphones were self-adjusting gimbals to stabilize camera movement. Thankfully, motorized smartphone gimbals such as the MOZA Mini-MI have come to market, allowing you to film stable, theatrical shots from your smartphone for $75.99.

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