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Sonarworks’s SoundID Listen software aims to wring better sound out of your headphones

Tue, 2020-04-28 09:00
The just-released software for Windows and Mac customizes and (hopefully) improves the audio your headphones deliver, based on a personalized profile.

$750 PC build challenge: Watch us debate how we'd spend our money

Tue, 2020-04-28 06:30

If we had $750 to build a new PC from scratch, what would we spend our money on? That was the challenge presented to the Full Nerd gang on PCWorld’s YouTube channel, and the selections diverged much less than in our recent $3,000 PC build challenge.

Keep reading if you don’t mind spoilers, or just watch the video below if you want to hear us walk through the hardware in our builds without knowing what’s coming.

The biggest takeaway? If you’re building a $750 gaming PC, AMD’s modern Ryzen 5 processors are what you want. While the $235 Ryzen 5 3600X earns the nod as the best pick for most people in our roundup of the best CPUs for PC gaming, the Ryzen 5 3600 is just a step behind, and it’s a killer value at just $173 right now. Every single one of us chose the 6-core, 12-thread chip as the brains of our systems. And it’s not just us: The builds submitted on the Full Nerd Discord server all tapped into Ryzen 5 as well, though some of those leaned on older Ryzen 5 1600 and 2600 chips to squeeze in even more savings while still tapping into 12 threads of goodness.

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The best internet radio stations: Streaming tips and our top station picks

Tue, 2020-04-28 06:00
Streaming music via internet radio is one of the world's best free entertainment options.

PNY Pro Elite SSD review: A fast, affordable external drive with nice extras

Tue, 2020-04-28 06:00

The PNY Pro Elite (CS2060) is a portable SSD that doesn’t break the bank. In real-world testing, it performed on a par with the Samsung T5, and even the newer T7 Touch, but it costs about $20 to $70 less. It comes with the requisite cables and Acronis True Image (one of the best backup programs you can buy), perhaps surpassing Samsung’s amenities, so you miss out on nothing. It's a great value that earns our Editor's Choice.

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Anker Soundcore Wakey bedside speaker review: Booming audio, with a side of wireless charging

Tue, 2020-04-28 06:00
Use your Apple or Samsung smartphone to configure this Bluetooth speaker, then drop it on top to charge it.