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iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00
The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

Antlion ModMic 5 review: The best headset mic you can get, but is it worth it?

Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00

“Why buy a headset when you could just buy a great pair of headphones and a good microphone for the same price?” So goes the conventional wisdom in comment sections around the world, every time someone dares to suggest that a gaming headset might not be so bad a purchase.

But what if the self-professed audiophiles are right? And what if you could get the same form factor as a headset, but with any top-tier pair of headphones? Wouldn’t that be a better deal?

We went hands on with the ModMic to find out.

(See our roundup of best gaming headsets for a thorough comparison of headset solutions.)

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Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro dash cam review: A little gem of a basic dash cam

Fri, 2018-09-28 03:23

Okay, the Vantrue N1 Pro by its lonesome is only an $80 dash cam. A very nice dash cam. But as we recommend GPS for legal and travel log reasons, I'm going to talk about it as if the $22 optional GPS mount were part of the deal. If you're smart, it will be. That brings us to $102.  

Either way, this tiny unit is our new favorite low-cost dash cam. Great basics, compact installation, a real battery, and excellent video captures will do that for you. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more reviews and buying advice. 

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 2018-09-27 13:49

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

Gaming headset cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. HyperX Cloud Alpha View
    2. Astro A10 View
    3. Corsair Void Pro Wireless View
    4. Logitech G533 View
    5. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless View

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about Intel 9000 series leaks and custom RTX performance right now!

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:51

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about:

- What looks to be final info on the Intel 9000 series and how it stacks up against AMD.
- Custom RTX 2080 cards vs Nvidia Founders Editions
- How stupid was Gordon to buy or not buy that 400GB Sandisk MicroSD card?

As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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How to check your PC's CPU temperature

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:53

Is your computer’s CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you’re overclocking your PC’s processor, too—you don’t want to accidentally push the performance pedal too far to the metal.

Bizarrely, Windows doesn’t offer any way to check your computer’s CPU temperature. You could dive into your system’s BIOS to find the information, but that’s a lot of hassle to find a simple sensor reading. Fortunately, several free programs exist that make it easy to see your processor’s temperature.

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The best CPUs for gaming

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:52

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.

Updated September 27, 2018 with information about Intel 9000-series CPUs leaked by a Vietnamese retailers.

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Razer Nari Ultimate review: This haptics-enabled gaming headset lets you literally feel the groove

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:00

It’s the one area PC gamers get consistently overlooked: Haptics. Haptic feedback (or rumble, in the vernacular) has been a mainstay of console gaming for almost two decades now, and for good reason. Smart usage can both increase immersion and provide invaluable feedback to players, i.e. letting you feel the moment digital tires lose traction on slick asphalt, or warning that an enemy’s shooting at you.

There have been a few experiments, like SteelSeries’s Rival 500—a mouse with built-in haptics. But it’s hard to make a mouse with rumble because it’s bound to affect your aim, and keyboards are too large and heavy.

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Oculus Quest impressions: This no-hassle wireless VR headset could be a breakout hit

Thu, 2018-09-27 09:56

Surprised. That’s how I felt coming out of Oculus Connect 4 last year, where for the first time we got a glimpse of “what’s next” in VR. At the time it was called Project Santa Cruz, a standalone VR headset—meaning no wires—that nevertheless had full position- and hand-tracking capabilities. “I thought we were further away from wireless VR,” I wrote at the time. Even now, I still feel that way.

But come next spring, truly wireless VR will be here in the form of the newly christened $399 Oculus Quest. We already wrote up most of the technical details, but after yesterday’s keynote wrapped up I had the chance to run through some demos.

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Find unprecedented sales on Ryzen, SSDs, gaming monitors, and more in Amazon's one-day PC sale

Thu, 2018-09-27 09:42

Oh me, oh my—the mid-week one day sales keep coming from Amazon. Just yesterday we saw two 24-hour sales for Logitech accessories and expandable storage. Today, Amazon’s doing us one better with a PC gaming gear saleRemove non-product link featuring SSDs, displays, processors, graphics cards, RAM, and more. Today’s sale ends on Thursday evening just before midnight PDT, and as always, we’ve boiled it all down to the top three deal picks that you don’t want to miss:

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F-Secure Freedome review: A VPN with some built-in antivirus features

Thu, 2018-09-27 06:30
F-Secure Freedome in brief:
  • P2P allowed: No
  • Business location: Finland
  • Number of servers:  N/A
  • Number of country locations: 22
  • Cost: $50-$80 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES 128-bit
  • Data authentication: AES 128-bit
  • Handshake encryption: 2048-bit RSA keys with SHA-256 certificates

There are a few VPN services that offer their own antivirus, one is Avira Phantom VPN Pro, which we looked at previously; Finland-based F-Secure is another. The company’s Freedome VPN is a premium service that offers 22 country locations around the world and extra freebies like tracker and malicious-site blocking.

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Bluesound Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Subwoofer review: Reference sound and outstanding streaming features

Thu, 2018-09-27 06:00
This soundbar/subwoofer combo is for audiophiles and cineastes who can afford to indulge their craving for refined, dynamic sound.

Android Confidential: 3 reasons why you should buy a cheap Android phone this October

Thu, 2018-09-27 06:00

It's gonna be one heck of a fall for Android fans. Over the next few weeks the Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20, and LG V40 are all due to drop, and we may even get a peek at Samsung's fabled folding phone. So I wouldn't blame you if you were already bracing yourself for the blow your wallet is about to take.

But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if you didn't need to spend nine hundred or a thousand dollars to get the best phone for you? In the latest episode of Android Confidential, I make the case for buying a cheaper phone rather than one of the outrageously expensive ones that cost as much as many laptops:

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HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Windows Mixed Reality: What's the difference?

Wed, 2018-09-26 14:49

The fierce competition between the HTC ViveOculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets has been heating up ever more in 2018, with rampant price drops and the arrival of the much-improved HTC Vive Pro.

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The $399 Oculus Quest is a premium VR headset with no wires—and no PC required

Wed, 2018-09-26 14:12

Here we are, the fifth iteration of Oculus Connect—four years since the Facebook buyout, two and a half years after the consumer release of the Oculus Rift, a year after the debut of the mysterious Project Santa Cruz. So what’s next for virtual reality, at least from Facebook? The $399 Oculus Quest.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update launch could occur during Surface event

Wed, 2018-09-26 13:52

Microsoft’s latest feature update to Windows 10, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, could go live on October 2, the same day Microsoft is expected to announce new Surface hardware.

As reported by Neowin, electronic software delivery (ESD) images were uploaded to Pastebin, with a release date of “20181002,” or October 2, 2018. Windows Central is also reporting that the current Windows 10 Insider version, version 17763, has been signed off as the final version of the October 2018 Update. 

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Upgrade your keyboard, mouse, and webcam for cheap in Amazon's Logitech blowout sale

Wed, 2018-09-26 11:27

The right accessories can make or break your PC setup. Upgrading from the cheap add-ins that came with your computer to proper peripherals not only helps your system work better, it helps your hands feel better. And if you haven’t upgraded yet, today’s the perfect day, as Amazon’s throwing a huge one-day blowout sale on all sorts of Logitech’s acclaimed peripherals. We’ll highlight a few of our favorite deals here.

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Life is Strange 2, Episode One review: The hard road

Wed, 2018-09-26 11:00

“Everything is political.” Only three words, but it’s probably the most daring statement in Life is Strange 2. Video games have long distanced themselves from any whiff of political controversy, and yet here’s one with the courage to say “Being a bystander isn’t an option.” Or at least implying that being a bystander is in itself political.

It’s one radical stance among many, in perhaps the most overtly political game I’ve ever played. Life is Strange 2 ($40 on Humble) tackles a whole litany of touchy topics, including the Trump presidency, immigration, racism, technological surveillance, gun rights, and the role of the modern police force—all through the eyes of a teenage boy and his younger brother.

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Streamline Your Email For Life With Mailstrom Pro, Now 90% Off ($29.99)

Wed, 2018-09-26 09:37

Email is one of the primary ways that businesses communicate with one another, but so much time is spent sifting through useless emails, which can kill your productivity. If you’re looking for a better way to sort through emails, you can buy a mail management app like Mailstrom Pro, which you can buy for as little as $29.99 for 1 year, or $59.99 for life. 

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