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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

Logitech Craft review: This $200 keyboard can do two things its competitors can't
The Logitech Craft keyboard is what happens when a keyboard engineer glimpses Microsoft's Surface Dial hockey-puck peripheral and decides: We can do that, too. But if you want to spend $200 for just a keyboard, don't bother: The only way the Craft makes sense is if you see value in its Surface-Dial-like navigation knob that also integrates with Logitech's PC-spanning Logitech Flow software. 

Aesthetically, there's room for improvement. The Craft weighs a ponderous 2.08 pounds, anchored by a broad metal bar that runs across the top of the keyboard and houses the 1,500mAh battery, plus the electronics driving the crown. You can't adjust the Craft's slope. And personally, I found the Craft's scalloped keys to have a shallower travel than I'd like. 

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs
Massive security vulnerabilities in modern CPUs are forcing a redesign of the kernel software at the heart of all major operating systems. Since the issues—dubbed Meltdown and Spectre—exist in the CPU hardware itself, Windows, Linux, Android, macOS, iOS, Chromebooks, and other operating systems all need to protect against the first exploits that have begun circulating. And worse, plugging the hole can negatively affect your PC's performance.

Everyday home users shouldn't panic too much, though some proof-of-concept exploits are being circulated in the field. Just apply all—well, most—available updates and keep your antivirus software vigilant, as ever. If you want to dive right into the action without all the background information, we've also created a focused guide on how to protect your PC against Meltdown and Spectre.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

How to find your motherboard's Spectre CPU fix
Operating system patches alone can protect against the nasty Meltdown flaw affecting Intel processors, but fixing Spectre—Meltdown's nasty sibling, which affects all CPUs—requires firmware updates for your hardware. Those firmware fixes are finally starting to appear after Intel's first round of Spectre patches were yanked for causing system instability and potential data loss. Stable patches for 6th-gen Intel Skylake CPUs and newer chips are now available, and both Intel and AMD are working on CPU microcode updates for other chips.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

How to protect your PC from the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws
A pair of nasty CPU exploits have serious ramifications for home computer users. Meltdown and Spectre let attackers access protected information in your PC's kernel memory, potentially revealing sensitive details like passwords, cryptographic keys, personal photos and email, or anything else you've used on your computer. These are serious flaws. Fortunately, CPU and operating system vendors pushed out patches fast, and you can protect your PC from Meltdown and Spectre to some degree.

It's not a quick one-and-done deal, though. They're two very different CPU flaws that touch every part of your operating system, from hardware to software to the operating system itself. Check out PCWorld's Meltdown and Spectre FAQ for everything you need to know about the vulnerabilities themselves. We've cut through the technical jargon to explain what you need to know in clear, easy-to-read language. We've also created an overview of how the Spectre CPU bug affects phones and tablets.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

Intel expects PCs with fast 5G wireless to ship in late 2019
With the first deployments of 5G high-speed wireless technology within the U.S. scheduled for later this year, Intel and its PC partners are already thinking about the next step: rolling out 5G-equipped PCs late in 2019.

Intel, along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft said Thursday that the companies expect the first 5G Windows PCs to become available during the second half of 2019. That's about the same time that Intel plans to begin shipping its XMM 8000 commercial modems, marking the company's entrance into the 5G market.

Intel will show off a prototype of the new 5G connected PC at Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. In addition the company will demonstrate data streaming over the 5G network. At its stand, Intel said that it will also show off eSIM technology—the replacement for actual, physical SIM cards—and a thin PC running 802.11ax Wi-Fi, the next-gen Wi-Fi standard.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service feels like playing on a high-end gaming PC
The promise of cloud gaming holds clear appeal. High-end gaming on any Internet-connected PC, even crappy old laptops that couldn't dream of running games normally? Yes please!

But the reality has been much more disappointing. Forebears like OnLive and Gaikai are remembered more for their bugginess and lag than genuine gaming goodness. The small horde of cloud gaming services popping up over the last couple of years likewise struggle with reliability issues.

Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming could be the real deal.

The GeForce Now beta finally landed on PCs in late January, and it's the first cloud gaming service I've used that doesn't require major compromises on a regular basis. Hell, it actively takes a lot of the headaches out of maintaining a gaming rig. If your network can handle it—and even my humble 25Mbps Comcast home Internet connection could—and you can wrap your brain around some weird interface quirks, you'll be pulling off headshots and executing other precision moves in-game in no time.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

How to test how much Spectre and Meltdown hurt your PC's performance
With manufacturers again shipping Meltdown and Spectre updates to fix security exploits in CPUs, you may be wondering just how much of a hit your PC has taken.

After testing how much the updates affected older PCs and my own Surface Book performance laptop, and studying the benchmarks run by colleagues at Techspot and PCMag as well, we believe we've found a simple way for the average consumer to gauge the slowdown.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

GogoToro Outlet Evaders review: A fun, powerful, and portable power bank
GogoToro recently released a series of power banks inspired by classic video games: There's the DexCharge, Cheeky-Charger, and Outlet Evaders. Each pack comes with a different color scheme, as well as a sheet of stickers for the user to customize the pack. For this review, I'm specifically evaluating the Outlet Evaders pack, available for $39 from GGTR's site or Amazon.


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PC World Latest News
Feb 22, 2018

Spectrum quietly tries a la carte TV streaming, but restrictions apply
Hands-on with Spectrum's new a la carte TV streaming service

PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

BrandPost: How new PCs can result in a smarter, more agile small business
For small businesses (SMBs) the margins between success and failure are tiny. So, it's vital to do everything possible to maximise employee performance and minimise costs, and this is where the company's choice of business technology plays a pivotal role.

Yet research has continually shown that many SMBs are slow to move to modern PCs, even though such a PC Refresh - the act of regularly upgrading computers being used in the organisation -- enables them to cut bottom-line costs and improve productivity.

A 2014 study by Techaisle[1] found that 36% of SMBs had PCs that were four years or older, which resulted in application and system performance issues, malware attacks and connectivity issues for many of the respondents. This, in turn, had a direct impact on diminishing productivity and employee satisfaction.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords
Truly wireless earbuds let you ditch all cables in our post-headphone jack world, but like with anything else, their quality varies. Our top picks offer great audio without sacrificing battery life or comfort.

PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Walmart's selling a white Philips Hue lightbulb for $10 today
Today's a good day to stock up on light bulbs for your smart home. Walmart is selling a single Philips Hue White A19 bulb for $10—or for 33 percent off the usual price. This deal is particularly nice since you can buy the exact amount of bulbs you want. Previously, the best price we've seen is a two-pack for $30.

The Philips Hue White A19 is a plain white LED bulb (read our review here). It doesn't have colors and doesn't come with a Philips Bridge. The Bridge is the go-between for the ZigBee-based Hue bulbs and a home network.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Nest Cam IQ review: Lots of exciting features, but the price tag triggers less-desirable emotions
The latest security camera from Nest Labs is super powerful (and super expensive).

PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Hands on: Blade's Shadow cloud gaming service can be a bumpy ride
In a normal year, Blade's Shadow cloud-gaming service might seem superfluous: Do you really need to stream games to your PC as components quickly drop in price? But that was before today's cryptocurrency miners began snapping up GPUs left and right. Now, the Shadow service is something of an option for leasing a pricey GPU, rather than buying one. In our hands-on time with the service, it works acceptably—though a bit of lag, bugs, and an obtuse setup process muddy the experience.

The Shadow service takes a page from its spiritual ancestor, OnLive, the cloud-gaming service that disappeared in 2012, was reborn in 2014, and then sold to Sony. Blade provides a powerful virtual PC, currently housed at or near the company's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters. You, the user, are asked to pay $49.95 per month ($34.95 per month if you sign up for a year) to use it—and for now, it's limited to Californians. 

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PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

The Full Nerd episode 41: Nvidia rumors, Spectre updates, and will Ryzen APUs stay relevant?
In this episode of the Full Nerd, the crew mulls whether Ryzen APUs even matter, pick apart the Nvidia Volta / Ampere / Turing / Kardassian rumors, and update you on Meltdown and Spectre.

Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off by talking about AMD's hot new Ryzen APUs and whether they'll even be relevant if graphics card prices settle down. If you're a PC gamer without a graphics card, should you buy one of these or a cheap Xbox One? The debate gets heated!



PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

How to create an insane multiple monitor setup with three, four, or more displays
By now, a dual-monitor setup has become commonplace. Multitasking on a single screen is just way too confining. But why stop at two displays?  I can speak from experience: Having multiple monitors (and I'm talking three, four, five, or even six) is just…awesome, and something you totally need in your life.

Right now, my main PC has a triple-monitor setup: my main 27-inch central monitor, with a 24-inch monitor on either side. I use my extra monitors for a number of things, such as comparing spreadsheets side-by-side, writing articles while also doing research, keeping tabs on my social media feeds, and, of course, watching Netflix.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Reolink RLC-422W home security camera review: Affordable, nearly vandal-proof outdoor security
With crystal clear video, 100-feet of night vision, and customizable motion alerts, this dome-style camera delivers peace of mind at a wallet-friendly price.

PC World Latest News
Feb 21, 2018

Intel ships new Spectre patches: Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake now, Sandy Bridge next
Intel said Tuesday afternoon that it's shipped updated patches to mitigate the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake Core processors, plus additional Skylake chips. Intel's patch roadmap also indicates that beta patches for Broadwell, Haswell, and Ivy Bridge-based PCs are in the works.

The microcode updates have been shipped to Intel's hardware partners, some of which have already begun passing them along to customers. As always, the best protection against Spectre and Meltdown is to patch your PCs, especially as the new, updated code appears.

It's been almost a month since Intel yanked some of its earliest patches for the Spectre vulnerabilities because of system instability and unexpected reboots. After working to fix those issues, Intel started releasing new patches almost two weeks ago, when new code for Skylake based PCs was released. 

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet
Today's a great day for a deal on some crazy fast SSD storage. Amazon, B&H Photo, and Newegg are all selling the 500GB Samsung 960 Evo NVMe M.2 module for $200.

The 960 Evo features V-NAND flash memory, sequential read speeds up to 3,200MB/s, and write speeds up to 1,900MB/s. We didn't review the consumer-grade Evo variant of this drive, but we did review the Samsung 960 Pro and loved it.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

Samsung's 30TB SSD crams massive capacity into an ultra-fast 2.5-inch drive
The solid-state drive pictured above may look like any other, but don't be fooled: Samsung's PM1643 crams a staggering 30.72 terabytes of storage into the traditional 2.5-inch SSD form factor. That's enough room for 5,700 full HD movies, Samsung says.

Samsung created its 30TB SSD by combining 32 sticks of 1TB NAND flash packages together, each built with 16 layers of stacked 512Gb V-NAND chips. This drive nearly doubles the capacity of Samsung's previous champion, which topped out at 16TB. Whether it's the world's largest SSD is up for some debate. Seagate unveiled a 60TB SSD in a fatter 3.5-inch form factor during the Flash Memory Summit in late 2016, but it doesn't appear to have ever been sold.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

Save Hundreds On The Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle
As any IT professional will tell you, certifications are essential for climbing the career ladder. The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification demonstrates an individual's ability to administer networks and reduce IT costs, which can open the door to a high-paid position as a network or computer systems administrator, or computer network specialist.

So, if you're looking to broaden your IT employment prospects, picking up this certification is a step in the right direction, and the Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle can prepare you to ace its exams for $29.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

Get a 299-Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit For $12 Today
This full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid softpack is designed to save time and frustration in the midst of an emergency. It's compact and portable, but contains 299 physician-recommended supplies.  Among the items neatly organized inside the zippered kit is a first aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, cold compress, gauze pads, trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics and all three common OTC pain medications. The kit is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon, averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 2,230 customers, and its typical list price of has been reduced to just a hair over $12. Click over to Amazon to see this deal.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

$27 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility - Deal Alert
With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has been discounted to just $26.99, or $13.50 per plug. 

PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

Ivacy VPN review: A competent VPN that doesn't mind cryptocurrencies
Ivacy in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Singapore

Number of servers: 459 *

Number of country locations: 55

Cost: $40 (billed annually)

VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default)

Data encryption: AES-256-CBC

Data authentication: MS-Chap v2

Handshake Encryption: SHA-II

* Includes virtual server locations

When you look at VPN services for regular users, you don't often see purpose-based server recommendations, such as "use this server for streaming and this one for downloading." Ivacy VPN, a 10-year-old service officially based in Singapore, stands out by doing just that. (It's not the only service to take this tack—CyberGhost has a similar purpose-based approach—but it's still rare.)

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

The best video editing software: Reviews, buying advice, and more
Video editing software ranges from free versions that are pretty bare-bones to feature-packed prosumer versions. Indeed, they vary as much as the reasons why people take up video editing—whether to make home videos, to become YouTube stars, to create VR experiences, and more.

Most video editing software for consumers and mainstream users is best used for one or another of these specific functions, but there are a few generalists out there, too. We look at the full spectrum: Free video editing software; paid consumer video editing programs that cost $80 or less; and "prosumer" versions that offer deeper feature sets, though usually for high purchase prices. 

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra review: Ahead of the pack, especially in 360 video
Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra is a prosumer video editor that aims to bring every feature under the sun, including multiple versions of the proverbial  kitchen sink, to a video editor that is accessible and affordable. It's largely successful—there's nothing else in this price range that brings you this many well-implemented features. 

Accessibility is where it falls a little short. The user interface is not always self-explanatory, and the inclusion of so many features means it can be difficult to find what you want. For other prosumer options, as well as mainstream consumer and free video editors that might be simpler, check out our comprehensive video editing software roundup.  

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PC World Latest News
Feb 20, 2018

Magix Vegas Pro 15 review: Major overhaul makes it one of the best
Vegas Pro 15 represents a major overhaul of the software that was originally developed by Sony but taken over by Magix. The company's first post-sale version 14 in 2016 fixed many compatibility issues and bugs neglected by the prior owner.

With Vegas Pro 15, the software is once more competitive with other prosumer video editing suites. It adds numerous modern features that serious video editors expect. The result is one of the best semi-pro video editing applications for the price. You can read about other prosumer packages, plus consumer and even free programs, in our comprehensive roundup of video editing software. 

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PC World Latest News
Feb 19, 2018

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition review: A classic remastered, but not remade
There are certain series where the question "Which one's the best?" is difficult to answer. Ask someone what their favorite Civilization is for instance and you're bound to start an argument. (It's Civilization IV, by the way.) The same goes for Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Fallout, Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, Tony Hawk, Assassin's Creed, Street Fighter, Elder Scrolls, and so on and so forth.

Age of Empires? Not so much. People by and large consider Age of Empires II to be the pinnacle of the series. Oh you might find a few holdouts for the original, or for Age of Empires III, but the second game is the runaway fan favorite—as evidenced by the fact Microsoft remastered it back in 2013, before the original.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 19, 2018

Zolo Liberty Truly Wireless Headphones review: Fantastic battery life but mediocre audio
These earbuds have a long-lasting battery, but come up short on sound.

PC World Latest News
Feb 19, 2018

Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill
The Meater smart thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and helps time cooks perfectly.

PC World Latest News
Feb 17, 2018

Entering year three, Rainbow Six Siege is still the only true "next-gen" shooter
It's been over a year since I last played Rainbow Six Siege for any real length of time, and I regret it. Earlier this week I went to play the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege - Year Three content ($30 season pass on Amazon) at Ubisoft's offices in San Francisco, and to be honest I'd be hard-pressed to talk about what's new. A lot has been added since last time I checked in, though from what I gather the standout new Operator is Lion—an attacker whose special gadget is basically a legitimate wallhack. More on that later.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

Confirmed: AMD will loan chips to help with motherboard updates for Ryzen APUs
If you can't get your shiny new Ryzen APU on the motherboard you bought last year, don't panic: AMD officials have confirmed that they will indeed ship you an older, dual-core chip to help you make it work.

The problem relates to AMD's new Ryzen APU and how it interacts with older stocks of motherboards. It's a classic chicken-and-egg situation: Some older motherboards won't recognize the new Ryzen APU without a BIOS update. And the only way to update that BIOS is to boot the system with a chip that it recognizes.

While some advanced motherboards allow updating a BIOS without a CPU, many budget boards don't. For those few cases, AMD said it would offer a "boot kit" (once you've provided a qualifying APU serial number and other information). That "boot kit," as it turns out, is actually an AM4-based Bristol Ridge APU. In a post by "Hansmuffin" at tech site arstechnica.com, a user wrote that AMD was sending a previous-generation APU to help perform the update.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

Intel says it's been hit with 32 separate lawsuits over Spectre, Meltdown
Intel customers and shareholders are angry about Meltdown and Spectre—angry enough that a total of 32 suits have been filed against the company regarding the two vulnerabilities.

In its annual report, filed Friday, Intel disclosed that 30 customer class-action suits have been filed against the company, plus two additional class-action suits by shareholders. Those suits have been filed both within the United States and abroad. Given a host of uncertainties—how the cases are proceeding, whether damages have been claimed, and the uncertainty of whether the suits will succeed—Intel said it was not estimating potential losses as a result of the litigation.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

Cortana's smart-home powers grow with IFTTT, Honeywell, Ecobee support
Microsoft's Cortana has added support for the IFTTT conditional platform plus a number of smart services, both helping bring Cortana more in line with competing services from Amazon and Google Home.

PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

This week in games: New THQ buys back old THQ, The Evil Within II adds a first-person mode
The biggest video game news this week is that Valve updated the format for Steam Wishlists—not because I care about Wishlists, but simply because Valve actually updated the Steam interface. Could this be the start of that large-scale overhaul we've heard has been coming for like, two years now? One can hope.

In any case, plenty of other news this week too. The Evil Within II now lets you get up-close-and-personal with your monsters, release dates for a slew of games including Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and Warhammer: Vermintide II, a bunch of free-to-try games for your long weekend, and the incredible tale of THQ Nordic slowly reforming the entire THQ library one piece at a time.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

Amazon has dropped $50 off the Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $199 today on Amazon.

PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

VPN Unlimited review: Good speeds, but what's with that map?
VPN Unlimited in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Number of servers: 400

Business location: United States and Ukraine

Number of country locations: 51

Cost: $49.99

KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited is interesting. It's a typical VPN service, to be sure, but the company appears to see it as one service in a larger toolkit. In addition to VPN Unlimited, KeepSolid offers a roadmap planning app, an eSignature solution, a privacy-centric browser for mobile, and other services.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't
If you're asking yourself, "should I buy a Ryzen APU?" for a new budget gaming PC, the short answer is yes, probably.

That's because for building a ground-up, entry-level gaming machine, the Ryzen APU is the best game in town, and possibly the only game for DIY builders, in the face of wallet-busting GPU prices.

But for everyone? Well, no. There is no one-size fits all answer, so read on to learn who should buy the Ryzen APU—and who shouldn't.

Gordon Mah Ung AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G is like getting a $110 GPU and a $100 CPU for $99—but it's not for everyone.

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PC World Latest News
Feb 16, 2018

Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office
A motorized lift and a plethora of customization options are the highlights of this inexpensive workstation.

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