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LG Gram 17 review: A big-screen laptop that's incredibly lightweight

Wed, 2019-11-27 05:56

While reviewing the LG Gram 17, one thought persisted: Why aren’t people freaking out over this laptop?

Here we have a notebook with a gorgeous 17-inch display and monster battery life, yet at 2.95 pounds, it’s almost as light as a 13-inch MacBook Air. Factor in a cool and quiet chassis, a silky-smooth trackpad, ample storage, and plenty of ports, and you have a big-screen laptop with none of the usual big-screen trade-offs—well, aside from its steep $1,699 list price (though we've noticed a lower price on Amazon).

To be sure, the LG Gram 17 isn’t perfect, because no laptop is. It doesn’t have the best keyboard, its design feels a bit bland, and speaker quality is downright terrible. But when you’re working in luxurious comfort on an almost desktop-sized display and getting well over a full day’s battery life to boot, the LG Gram 17’s handful of issues have a way of receding into the background.

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The Full Nerd ep. 116: AMD vs. Intel behemoth CPU battle, GTX 1650 Super review, Black Friday deals

Tue, 2019-11-26 14:28

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray tackle the battle of AMD and Intel’s biggest behemoths: 32-core Threadripper 3970X versus the 18-core Core i9-10980XE. Spoiler alert: It’s a bloodbath. The gang also spends time talking about AMD’s newfound desktop dominance.

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The Steam Autumn Sale's surprisingly steep game deals feel like the good ol' days

Tue, 2019-11-26 14:09

Turkey and stuffing? Check. Mashed potatoes? Check. Cranberry sauce? Check. Steam Sale? Check. Looks like all the ingredients are here for a proper Thanksgiving.

The Steam Autumn Sale kicked off this morning, and damn there are some pretty good deals right there on the front page. Gears 5, released in September, is already 50 percent off—and to think, it was amazing to see a Gears game on Steam in the first place. Now it’s one of the leading sale items.

Other great deals: Cities: Skylines is less than $10, with all the DLC discounted by 50 percent as well. Rage 2 is all the way down to $20. The Surge 2 is discounted to $30. The Crew 2 is $15. The Room 3 is (appropriately) $3. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is under $5. Hitman 2 with all the DLC included is $25. And if you’re into hardware, the Steam Controller is just $5.

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The best Black Friday deals on laptops and Chromebooks from Dell, HP, Acer, and others

Tue, 2019-11-26 13:27

Black Friday offers some of the best deals on laptops, notebook PCs, and Chromebooks of any time during the year—and the great deals aren’t confined to just the day after Thanksgiving. We’ve rounded up the best deals on portable PCs that we know of so far, and we’ll add to this list as the week progresses.

(Note that there may be decent deals on new models, but it’s the laptops that are slightly older that often receive the sharpest discounts. In part, that’s because laptop vendors have just introduced their latest gear, and may be clearing the decks.)

[ Want all the Black Friday deals? Check out TechConnect, our home for holiday deals hand-picked by the PCWorld, Macworld and TechHive editors. ]

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Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness

Tue, 2019-11-26 12:06
And the U.S. version is now integrated with the Sonos multi-room audio system.

AMD ascending: How 3rd-gen Ryzen CPUs snatched the computing crown from Intel

Tue, 2019-11-26 11:41

Monday, November 26, 2019 was a momentous day. On it, AMD’s benchmark-shattering, floor-wiping, mic-dropping 32-core Threadripper 3970X reviews launched alongside Intel’s most potent consumer chip, the 18-core Core i9-10980XE. The wild performance difference between the two respective champions drove home a truth that’s been slowly building and is suddenly here: For the first time since Intel’s Core architecture ended the Athlon 64’s dominance nearly 15 long years ago, after an AMD Bulldozer era seemingly endless with disappointment, AMD’s Ryzen processors are firmly in control on the desktop.

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: How to decide which one to buy

Tue, 2019-11-26 09:08
Here's everything that's different (and the same) among Apple's new phones, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

How to remove your login password from Windows 10

Tue, 2019-11-26 09:00

Eliminating your login password from your PC is a bad idea—unless you own a computer that no one but you will ever touch. In that case, why not remove your password and eliminate that initial step?

In the past, we’ve discussed getting rid of the Windows 10 password by tinkering with Windows’ power settings. There’s a better way to remove the password entirely, however, so that you’ll never need to enter it. We’ve tested this with Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home, and it’s worked using the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, as well. (There’s no reason to believe it won’t work on subsequent updates, either.)

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How to set up your new Apple Watch: 5 things to do first

Tue, 2019-11-26 07:00
If you’ve got a new Apple Watch, there are a few things you’re going to want to do right away.

Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 Super review: The Radeon RX 580 is finally dead

Tue, 2019-11-26 06:45

Nvidia’s $160 GeForce GTX 1650 Super had a super bizarre launch.

Its still-available predecessor, the $150 GTX 1650, skipped the vastly improved Turing NVENC video encoder and got pummeled in performance by AMD’s Radeon RX 570, a much cheaper GPU, all to let the card fit into the motherboards with no extra power cabling required. With AMD’s next-gen Radeon RX 5500 series looming, Nvidia revealed the drastically turbocharged GTX 1650 Super—but then failed to inform press of pricing or provide drivers for launch day reviews. Those are both extremely unusual moves, ones mirrored in recent history only by Nvidia’s attempt to bury reviews of the original lackluster GTX 1650. Because of that, we went so far as to recommend avoiding the new card until reviews surfaced.

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Hisense H9F 4K UHD TV review: Great color and HDR for not a whole lot of money

Tue, 2019-11-26 06:00
The Hisense H9F, with first-rate color and HDR, is one of the best TVs in its class. However, detail acuity and blacks aren't as strong.

Oculus Link beta impressions: Connecting Oculus Quest to PCs negates the Rift

Tue, 2019-11-26 06:00

Oculus Link is both mundane and magical. Mundane, because all you’re doing is plugging a USB-C cable into your Oculus Quest headset. Magical, because doing so now temporarily transforms the standalone Quest into a powerful PC-based system. “Your Quest is basically a Rift now too,” said Mark Zuckerberg at Oculus Connect 6—and he wasn’t lying. It’s rough around the edges, but Quest is virtual reality’s future, a best of both worlds miracle.

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Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera review: This jumble of components won’t work for everyone

Tue, 2019-11-26 06:00
Adding the Netatmo Smart Siren and Netatmo Smart Door and Window Sensors to a Netatmo Indoor Camera yields a somewhat simple home security system.

Watch The Full Nerd talk about the Threadripper 3970X review live!

Mon, 2019-11-25 13:54

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is going to be a big one! First Gordon will go deep into his Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE reviews, then he'll dig into the news of a 64-core Threadripper, followed by Brad's review of the GTX 1650 Super, and finished off with Alaina's Black Friday PC deals update. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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

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Apple’s Black Friday sale is likely just as 'good' as last year’s sale

Mon, 2019-11-25 09:16
Apple has teased a "four-day shopping event" beginning Black Friday, but don't count on any great deals.

AMD Threadripper 3970X Review: 32 cores of unbeatable power

Mon, 2019-11-25 09:00

AMD is on a rampage. Its 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is the monster rising out of the sea to level Intel’s prosumer chips. This is just weeks after the company’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X cleaned the clock of Intel’s top consumer chips.

Note that “prosumer” means Threadripper is designed primarily for graphics-intensive design and content creation tasks, rather than gaming. (You could play games with this chip, but it's massive overkill.) AMD has an opportunity in this space, because the Xeon CPUs Intel makes for the same market are far more expensive. And this is just the beginning of AMD’s attack on the high end: On Monday morning, AMD confirmed that it will make a 64-core chip as well.

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Intel partners with Mediatek to bring 5G to PCs in 2021

Mon, 2019-11-25 09:00

Intel’s departure from the 5G smartphone market earlier this year left it with a portfolio of modem technology it needed to do something with. On Monday, it did: Intel announced a manufacturing relationship with Mediatek, which will build a 5G modem for PCs based on a specification Intel will author.

Specifically, Intel will define a “full 5G solution specification,” which includes a 5G modem to be developed and manufactured by Mediatek. Intel representatives didn’t confirm whether the relationship includes an actual IP licensing agreement. The first fruits from the partnership will be more than a year out, however, with products due in early 2021.

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AMD plots multicore domination with 64-core Threadripper 3990X processor, coming in 2020

Mon, 2019-11-25 09:00

In October, AMD launched the Epyc 7H12, a 64-core behemoth designed to take down Intel’s Xeon in the server market. Now AMD has confirmed plans for an, epic smackdown of Intel in the desktop PC with the 64-core Threadripper 3990X.

No, AMD’s 64-core Threadripper 3990X isn’t quite here—and boy, Intel should thank its lucky stars for that. After AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X danced on Intel’s head by topping the Intel Core i9-9900KS in both single-core and multithreaded performance, the 32-core Threadripper 3970X just added insult to injury. And with the 64-core Threadripper 3990X on the Wow. Hulk SMASH.

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Amazon Echo Show vs. Google Nest Hub Max: Which 10-inch smart display should you buy?

Mon, 2019-11-25 06:00
The two top smart displays from Amazon and Google go head-to-head.

Austere VII Series surge protector review: Beautiful protection preciously priced

Mon, 2019-11-25 06:00
You can buy a great surge protector for less than $50, so what makes this one worth $200?