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Kingston KC600 SATA SSD: Top-tier performance, top-tier price

Mon, 2019-11-18 06:30

If you’re looking for top-tier 2.5-inch SSD performance, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better than Kingston’s KC600. It’s thin, light, and there’s no drop in performance during long writes, as is the case with many bargain drives. But you’ll pay for the privilege. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best SSDs. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

Design and specs

The KC600 is a 7mm, 2.5-inch, SATA 6Gbps drive. We tested the 1TB version available via Kingston for $140.40.  You can find the 256GBRemove non-product link and 512GBRemove non-product link capacities on Amazon as well as Kingston’s site. There’s also a 2TB flavor, though it’s not for sale yet. You might be able to find the KC600 cheaper elsewhere, but discounts were modest in my searches.

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TiVo Edge review: A once-great DVR in decline

Mon, 2019-11-18 06:00
The TiVo Edge DVR is new and improved, yet the experience is still sliding backwards.

EZVIZ DB1 video doorbell review: Local video storage is this wired doorbell’s best feature

Mon, 2019-11-18 06:00
But a quirky app, limited chime compatibility, and an expensive cloud-storage plan limit its appeal.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 6 14 (2019) review: A solid, bargain-priced 2-in-1 saddled with iffy battery life

Mon, 2019-11-18 06:00

One of the best things about Intel’s 10th-gen Ice Lake processors is that we’re seeing much cheaper prices for laptops powered by 8th-gen Intel CPUs, and here’s a case in point. The Lenovo IdeaPad 6 14 manages to pack in a quad-core Core i5 chip and a full-HD touchscreen into a 2-in-1 form factor, all for just $500. It’s a solid system by any standard, delivering impressive productivity performance for its price. Unsurprisingly, however, you’ll have to settle for some compromises, including a dim display (typical for a budget system) and mediocre battery life.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested. 

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Mon, 2019-11-18 06:00
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Intel debuts Ponte Vecchio, its first Xe GPU for servers

Sun, 2019-11-17 19:00

Intel continues to talk up its entrance into the discrete graphics market, with its first Xe chips for the PC space planned for 2020. Now the company has revealed a few more details about its plans for the datacenter, as it has announced the “Ponte Vecchio” chip as well.

Ponte Vecchio will be manufactured on Intel’s own 7nm process, a process that's roughly comparable to where AMD is today. But Ponte Vecchio will probably debut in 2021, rather than next year. Intel didn’t actually confirm those details in its press release, but chief executive Bob Swan had said during Intel’s October earnings call that Intel is “on track to launch our first 7-nanometer based products, a datacenter-focused discrete GPU in 2021.”

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Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

Fri, 2019-11-15 20:04

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's second round of Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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10 surprisingly practical Raspberry Pi projects anybody can do

Fri, 2019-11-15 15:40
Practical Pi projects

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The Raspberry Pi single-board computer and all its variants (including the dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi Zero and a turbo-charged Raspberry Pi 4) have captured the imaginations of DIY enthusiasts and budding hobbyists alike.

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This week in games: Sonic loses his teeth, John Carmack steps back from Oculus

Fri, 2019-11-15 15:00

Most of this week’s news came via Microsoft’s X019 event on Thursday. We saw our first real Age of Empires IV trailer, a new Obsidian game, a new Wasteland 3 trailer, and a bunch more, so if you haven’t already perused that recap? Better get on it.

But there were still some bits and pieces around the edges, including deep dives into Crusader Kings III and Diablo IV, a handful of launch trailers, and a redesign for the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog movie. They took away his human teeth, and for that we can all be thankful.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

Fri, 2019-11-15 14:25

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.

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.

We’ll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. 

Updated 10/15/19 to include our review of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero, a wireless version of the Elite Atlas, which offers a host of welcome improvements, albeit at a steeper price. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.

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The Full Nerd ep. 114: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X review, Black Friday PC deals, MacBook Pro 16

Fri, 2019-11-15 11:28

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray review AMD’s monstrous Ryzen 9 3950X, which we dubbed “an epic end-zone dance over Intel.” Yes, AMD’s 16-core processor reigns supreme as the most powerful consumer CPU we’ve ever seen.

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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero review: This wireless Elite Atlas is better in every way except price

Fri, 2019-11-15 06:30

Late last year Turtle Beach stunned me with the Elite Atlas. After years of frankly unimpressive budget headsets, here was a truly beautiful bit of design work—and a PC-first headset, too. It gave me hope for the brand, and some interest in what would come next.

And what came next turns out to be a wireless version, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero. It’s a mouthful of a name, sure, but can it overcome that unfortunate stumbling block and recapture the magic of its wired predecessor? I put it through its paces to find out.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of best gaming headsets. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them. All-Elite

Despite the name, the Elite Atlas Aero isn’t quite a one-to-one reproduction of the Elite Atlas. It’s similar though, with generally the same elements as its wired compatriot—piano black earcups, minimal branding, floating headband.

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Arlo Pro 3 review: 2K video, motion tracking, and more highlight the latest Arlo security camera

Fri, 2019-11-15 06:00
The third-generation indoor/outdoor leaps forward on the shoulders of the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra.

Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

Fri, 2019-11-15 06:00
While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

Microsoft Xbox X019: Age of Empires IV, new Rare and Obsidian games, xCloud on PC, and more

Thu, 2019-11-14 16:39

Last year Microsoft resurrected its X0 fan gathering in triumphant fashion, announcing that it had acquired veteran developers InXile and Obsidian. This year, at Xbox X019, we saw the first payoff as Obsidian announced a new game and InXile pinned a release date on Wasteland 3

Finally.

That news, plus the first proper trailer for Age of Empires IV, details on Project xCloud’s forthcoming PC launch, a release date for Halo on PC, a new game from Rare, and more as we recap all the announcements at Xbox X019. Microsoft’s event has become very relevant for PC gamers.

Grounded

A survival game, eh? I didn’t expect that to be Obsidian’s first project under Microsoft’s tutelage. Actually, I assumed the Obsidian purchase wouldn’t bear fruit for another few years, and would culminate in an Outer Worlds-style RPG.

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Google is turning on RCS for all in Android Messages as everyone wonders what took so long

Thu, 2019-11-14 15:24

After years of false starts, empty promises, and a whole lot of frustration, Google has announced that it will be upgrading the stale SMS experience to RCS-powered chat. This change will bring an iPhone-like experience, with Wi-Fi support, read receipts, high-res media, and typing indicators. Google says it expects the new messaging service to be “broadly available in the U.S. by the end of year.”

So that’s that. After all this time, all Google had to do was flip a switch on their end, bypass the carriers, and give everyone what they wanted. The upgrade doesn’t seem to be tied to anything related to Android or OEMs specifically, so the question everyone should be asking is, “what the heck took so long?”

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Microsoft plans to kill off Windows 10's My People app

Thu, 2019-11-14 13:25

Pour one out for the (My) People.

In its latest list of Windows 10’s deprecated features, Microsoft has said that the My People app, which normally lives in the Taskbar, is no longer being developed and will be removed in a future version. For now, My People lives on within the Windows 10 November 2019 Update.

My People was introduced within the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and normally dwells within a small “people” icon on the Taskbar. When clicked, it allows you quick access to email or Skype three close friends. Even better, those friends could send you a quick emoji that popped up on your screen simply to remind you that your friends were thinking about you.

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Microsoft plans to kill off Windows 10's People app

Thu, 2019-11-14 13:25

Pour one out for the People.

In its latest list of Windows 10’s deprecated features, Microsoft has said that the My People app, which normally lives in the Taskbar, is no longer being developed and will be removed in a future version. For now, My People lives on within the Windows 10 November 2019 Update.

People (also sometimes referred to as “My People”) was introduced within the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and normally dwells within a small “people” icon on the Taskbar. When clicked, it allows you quick access to email or Skype three close friends. Even better, those friends could send you a quick emoji that popped up on your screen simply to remind you that your friends were thinking about you.

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The new Motorola razr preys on your 2004 nostalgia (and 2019 FOMO) with a $1,500 folding clamshell

Thu, 2019-11-14 09:44

In a year that brought thousand-dollar creases, ”holeless” handsets, and waterfall displays, it’s only natural that the final phone of the year would be the craziest of all. Meet the new Motorola razr.

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Ryzen 9 3950X review: AMD's 16-core CPUs is an epic end-zone dance over Intel

Thu, 2019-11-14 09:00

Conclusion: The 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X is simply the fastest consumer CPU in town. Period. Full stop. Review over.

While that may seem like the most unorthodox way to start a review of AMD’s new 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, anybody expecting a different outcome at this point was just fooling themselves.

Most rational people can admit that the game was essentially over once AMD’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 chips hit the shelves in the 6- to 12-core range. Sure, Intel had a claim to gaming performance, but for many people it probably wasn’t enough of a justification.

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