There are many factors to consider when buying a new business laptop for yourself or others in your organization. To help you make the best decision, we’ve put together this quick guide to the things you should be looking out for when making your purchase.
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How will you use it?
The most important question to ask before drawing up your shopping list is what the device’s day-to-day duties will entail.
If it’s just for producing reports, presentations, and spreadsheets, then all modern laptops will easily cope with these tasks. But if you need to replace a desktop machine, you're better off going for models with larger 15in or 17in displays, as they provide a more comfortable experience for users.
Just when you thought you had seen every awful notch on a phone, Sharp is here to one-up them all. Like the Essential Phone, the Aquos R2 Compact has a small eraser-shaped camera notch at the top of the screen, which is all good. But when you get to the bottom of the screen it all falls apart.
Why? Because there’s a notch down there that wraps around the fingerprint sensor.
We know what you’re thinking, and no, we don’t know why Sharp didn’t just put the sensor on the back like with every other Android phone. We also don't know why it didn't just increase the size of the chin. But as it is, you’ll get a rectangular notch at the bottom of the screen that cuts around half of the fingerprint sensor, while the other half rests below the screen.
“Limited test escapes from early boards caused the issues some customers have experienced with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition,” a company employee wrote on the GeForce forums. “We stand ready to help any customers who are experiencing problems. Please visit www.nvidia.com/support to chat live with the Nvidia tech support team (or to send us an email) and we’ll take care of it.”
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers all things graphics! From the Radeon RX 590 launch, to ray tracing enabled in Battlefield 5, to RTX 2080 Ti failures - we'll talk about all that and more. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.
Raspberry Pi has introduced a new version of one of its most popular models just in time to stuff your stocking: the Model A+. And this time around, it’s even more attractive.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ costs $25, $5 more than the previous generation, but has a lot more going for it. Just like the top-of-the-line Model B+, the new Model A+ has a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, and you’ll also get dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz + 5 GHz), a feature that was missing from the previous A+. And you’ll have to use it, since the A+ doesn’t have an Ethernet port. It does, however, have Bluetooth 4.2 on board.
Cybercrime is a problem that likely isn’t going to go away any time soon. That’s why companies are always searching for trained professionals that can mitigate the risk. If you're looking to lead the charge in the war against hackers, the CompTIA Cyber Security Expert Bundle is a solid starting point, and it's on sale for only $59 today.
How can improvements to the GPU manufacturing process make graphics cards better? There’s no one solution, and today’s launch of the $280 Radeon RX 590 shows that Nvidia and AMD took two wildly divergent paths in the shift to the 12nm process.
Nvidia’s used the extra space and process improvements to cram its GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards with radical, futuristic hardware devoted to driving adoption of real-time ray tracing and machine learning in games. The downside? The cheapest RTX option, the RTX 2070, starts at $500. AMD took a different tack: The Radeon RX 590 is essentially identical to the $240 8GB Radeon RX 580 under the hood, but shifting from 14nm to 12nm let AMD eke out much higher clock speeds than before—and prep a new graphics card that challenges the massive price gap between the $250 GTX 1060 and $370 GTX 1070.
Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.
Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.
While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now.
We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: 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.
The headline feature of Windows 10 Insider build 18282 is probably the “light theme” for your Windows desktop. But the most useful addition is the new, Intelligent Active Hours designed to present unwanted interruptions from Windows updates.
The preview build, leading up to the next big update to Windows 10 due early next year (code-named 19H1), doesn’t boast any truly new features. Rather, these enhancements to existing features are conveniences you may try if you choose. Here they are:
The “light theme”
You’re probably aware of the existing Windows “dark theme,” which uses darker colors and accents to soften the vast expanses of white within Explorer, Edge, and so on. And you probably thought that the existing light theme was an alternative to that. Well, not so much, apparently.
We’re back (at last!) with another live build, and November’s project is particularly special: It’s time to break free of our vault with a Fallout-themed gaming PC.
NZXT sent us one of their limited-edition H700 Nuka-Cola cases just in time for the release of Fallout 76, so we’re throwing together a machine where aesthetics reign supreme as our wallet cries in a corner.
Inside will be a Core i9-9900K paired with an Asus Maximus XI Hero, along with many RGB fans and some RGB RAM. Corsair’s RM750i and some custom braided cables will also make an appearance. Storage is still to be determined.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update, officially re-released on Nov. 13, doesn’t offer the standout, marquee features you might have come to expect from earlier releases. But as our review demonstrates, a few new features highlight a longer list of under-the-hood, day-to-day improvements.
Our review is based on the final Windows 10 Insider Builds, which led up to the official October 2018 Update. Microsoft doesn’t appear to have added anything with the final build, but we’ll check and update this story to reflect any last-minute changes. (Microsoft placed the original launch of the Oct. 2018 Update, also known as version 1809, on hold after some users suffered data loss.)
If there’s any review I’ve been anxiously awaiting to write, it’s this one. Having seen demos at vendor showcases, I knew NVMe SSD setups could go far faster than what’s possible with the single M.2 slot most PCs offer.
To see HighPoint’s 7101A 4-slot, x16 PCIe NVMe RAID card reading at 11GBps reading and writing at nearly 10GBps on PCWorld’s own testbed was a major hoot. Alas, that’s using a synthetic benchmark, and in our real-world copy tests, performance was only slightly faster than with a single fast NVMe SSD.
HighPoint said that with the right software, i.e., something that does its own I/O such as synthetic benchmarks, you will get the same dramatic performance boost. We’ll have to take the company at its word, as the 7101A also served to illustrate a number of shortcomings of current PCs and software when it comes to state-of-the-art storage.
Sony's XBR X900F can handle just about any kind of material with aplomb, including HDR. But its color palette is subdued and light bleed on black backgrounds is noticeable with the Xtended Dynamic Range function engaged.
RGB is the buzzword in peripherals these days, but few have found any real use for them. It’s all well and good to have an RGB-enabled mouse or headset or keyboard, but aside from a few gimmicks like “imitating the sirens in Grand Theft Auto,” it’s still more about aesthetics than functionality.
Logitech’s G560 changes that, using RGB LEDs in a way that feels transformative. If only the effect were paired with slightly better speakers.
Way back in 2013 Microsoft showed off footage of a prototype for the Xbox One, the “IllumiRoom.” Emerging from Microsoft Research, IllumiRoom promised to make gaming more immersive by literally immersing you in it. Using a projector synced to your actual TV, the goal was to extend the picture off the screen and onto the surrounding walls.
When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.
Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons.