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PC World Latest News
Nov 27, 2022

Missed out on the Powerball? This puzzle might help, and it's $20 today only.

So, this year, why not take an additional foray with Lady Luck with The 2 Million Dollar Puzzle, a unique prize puzzle? Today only, you can get it for the Black Friday doorbuster price of just $19.99. Prices will return to normal after that, but with limited inventory, we might sell out before the sale ends!

As the name suggests, this puzzle might pay you a lot of cash. Designed by MSCHF, the makers of The One Million Dollar Puzzle, this puzzle doubles down on the original best-seller by offering two grand $1,000,000 prizes. And all you have to do is complete a puzzle. Scan your 500-piece completed puzzle (it's a giant QR code), and you'll find out immediately how much you've won. Prizes can run as low as $1, but with several prize tiers, you might get a nice chunk of change.

Right now is your chance to get 

PC World Latest News
Nov 26, 2022

This leading VPN is under $60 with this Black Friday weekend doorbuster deal

That VPN is Windscribe, a leading service that goes beyond just VPN services to offer a desktop app and browser extension that give you a range of security features. At 11:59 PM Pacific on November 27, the price will go back up, but with limited inventory, we might sell out before then!

With the VPN, you can access servers in 70 countries and browse securely on an encrypted network with zero logging. The desktop app adds an elite firewall and proxy gateway, while the browser extension can block ads and improve your overall browsing experience.

We gave Windscribe VPN a 4 out of 5-star rating in the past, and now's your chance to purchase it at its best price ever. Until November 27, you can get a three-year Windscribe VPN Pro Plan for just $55.20 (reg. $207) with promo code WINDSCRIBE. That's the b est price you'll find on the web!



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Nov 25, 2022

Finally! A pair of affordable Thunderbolt docks on Black Friday

Technically, the latter Plugable 13-in-1 USB-C dock uses the DisplayLink protocol, a USB-C dock that uses compression to approximate the performance of a Thunderbolt dock. But we've been impressed with the performance of DisplayLink docks across a variety of products, including Plugable's own products. We haven't yet reviewed the Plugable 13-in-1 USB-C docking station, but we're confident that it should live up to the standards that have helped Plugable products reach the top of our list of the best Thunderbolt docks. Unfortunately, many of those are priced well north of $300, and even close to $400.

What we like most about both the Plugable as well as the Cable Matters Hybrid 14-in-1 Dock is that both manufacturers believe in a variety of display ports. HDMI? DisplayPort? No problem. Both docks include options for both display ports, and for both monitors. That's terrific flexibility, and even better news if you're buying these docks as a gift — whoever receives it won't have to buy an additional dongle or worry about which cable

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Simplify your chores with this $99 Black Friday special on a robot vacuum

This basic model handles just vacuuming, unlike much more expensive options that also do mopping. But for the price, this quiet little bot does a lot. It run up to 100 minutes at a time, and will automatically return to its base to recharge. It accepts commands by touch, from the companion smartphone app, or even your voice if you have an Alexa or Google Home compatible device. It even knows how to avoid falling down stairs.

The main "issue" with the eufy 25C is that it performs better on hard surfaces (e.g., wood floors) and as a budget vacuum, its navigation system isn't as sophisticated. You also have to clean it more frequently.

But for this stupendously low sale price, those are quibbles you could easily forgive. In exchange, you'll get a friendly assist with light cleaning to keep dust and dirt to minimum in between your deeper cleans. And it'll never shirk its duties or forget, either. At least, not until it joins a robot uprising.



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Nov 25, 2022

This is the best Chromebook under $100 to buy on Black Friday

The $79 Lenovo Chromebook 3 (normally $139.00) at Best Buy doesn't offer the flashiest discount, but it has the best combination of features that avoids the pitfalls that other retailers offer. It's one of the leading offers on our list of the best Chromebook deals of Black Friday, which also includes higher-priced but more full-featured options.

We prioritize 8GB of RAM, a large, detailed screen, and a relatively fast processor as the key attributes for a Chromebook. At under $100, these are rare. Lenovo's Chromebook 3 offers just 4GB of RAM and an 11-inch, 768p screen. But for the price, these are acceptable steps down. We also like the fact that the Chromebook 3 includes a Celeron N4020, a relatively modern dual-core chip, and Google support that only expires in 2026.

We're going to warn you: there are other sites offering Chromebooks for this $79 price or less, especially Walmart. Beware of refurbished or "recertified" Chromebooks, and watch out for Chromebooks offering an N2840 or a Celeron N3000-esque processor inside. These were made several years ago, and just aren't worth the savings.

If your Chromebook budget is $100, we'd ask that you try and squeeze an extra $20 out of it and opt for the

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

The Xbox Series S is $50 off on Black Friday. Includes a $50 gift card too!

If you shop at Target often (i.e., you'd spend $50 on groceries or other goods in the future as a matter of course), this makes the effective price of the Xbox Series S just $200. That's 33 percent off the $300 MSRP and a smoking price. You can make it sweeter too, if you have a Target Red Card—you can stack your usual 5% discount on top of this special.

In the box you'll get the console, plus a controller, power cable, and HDMI cable. As Microsoft's entry-level Xbox Series machine, the S has a smaller 512GB SSD and 10GB RAM, and lacks an optical drive. But it still plays games at high-quality 1080p and 1440p gaming, which is plenty for diving into the latest titles. Plus, given its all-digital nature, it pairs nicely with Xbox Game Pass.

Target lists this deal as available until Saturday, November 27th, and is only available for online orders. The $50 gif

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

You can build a $500 gaming PC with these Black Friday deals

Building at this time of year is great. You can stack the deals to get nice parts at big discounts. The results put prebuilt desktops in the same price range to shame. Right now you can roll a system capable of 1080p Ultra at 60fps, with an easy path for future upgrades, for $500 or less. All the parts are new and are sold by first-party sellers only.

Have different needs? You can also move up to $700 for a 1440p build or scale down to under $400 for 720p, too. Just check out the example builds below.


PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

The Fitbit Charge 5 has dropped to $100 this Black Friday

The Charge 5 is one of the top-selling smart watches and fitness trackers on Amazon and for good reason. It tracks everything from your steps to heart rate to sleep patterns and more. It also has built-in GPS so you can ditch your phone while out on a run or bike ride. Fitbit even tricked out the Charge 5 with a posh feeling design made from aluminum, glass, and resin. Additional features include a battery life of up to 7 days, stress level monitoring, and it is capable of monitoring your ECG readings with an app.

Not sure which Fitbit is right for you? Check out our Fitbit comparison guide to find out which Fitbit has the features you need.

Get the Fitbit Charge 5 for $100 at Amazon

Smartwatches

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Nov 25, 2022

Black Friday: Save $900 on Samsung's elite 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 monitor

That's a lot to spend on a monitor, but the Odyssey Neo G9 is worth it even at full price. It's a massive 49-inch curved 5120×1440 display, the equivalent of running two standard 27-inch 1440p monitors side-by-side. But that's not all: Samsung's stunner also runs at a blistering 240Hz—four times faster than a standard 60Hz display, gamers—and comes infused with cutting-edge mini-LED technology that rivals OLED displays in terms of image quality. Better yet, this is a quantum HDR2000 screen, so you'll get eye-searingly bright HDR visuals in compatible videos, games, and apps.

Add in wide 178-degree viewing angles, support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, VESA mounting options, and a picture-by-picture feature that takes full advantage of the ultra-wide width, and it's easy to see why Samsung normally charges $2,300 for this truly cutting-edge display. $1,500 is still by no means cheap, but saving $900 on one of the world's best monitors is a deal you don't want to miss if you can afford it. And if you can't, our roundup of the best Black Friday monitor deals can point you towards abundant options for un

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Save 62% on Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements this Black Friday

As a standalone purchase, this software is far friendlier on your wallet—you pay only once, unlike with a Creative Cloud subscription. This discount on the new 2023 edition, which just launched at the end of September, sweetens the appeal further. You'll pay about the same as earlier deals on the 2022 edition, while getting additional features.

And those features, like animating parts of photos, are what make Adobe's Elements products so great. They're easy to learn and use, while simplifying tasks that used to take pros a long time to master. You get tools to make common edits a snap, plus AI assistance that transforms previously heavy work like selecting parts of a photo into a single click of a button. You can also lean on a series

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Costco's $700 HP Victus is the best Black Friday gaming PC deal

If you're looking for a new gaming desktop on a budget, this HP Victus offers stellar value for your money—something that's been hard to find the last two years. Loaded with a Ryzen 7 5700G CPU and a Radeon RX 6600XT, you'll be able to easily handle modern games at 1080p resolution with the eye candy cranked, though you'll need to be wary enabling intensive ray tracing effects on any mainstream GPU. It also comes with a potent 32GB of RAM so you can conquer all of those productivity tasks you've been putting off and a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD to load all of those maps faster than your opponents. This is the cheapest we have ever seen this combination of CPU and GPU in a desktop PC, and the plentiful RAM and lightning fast SSD just sweeten the deal.

Time is already running out on Black Friday sales, so grab this killer gaming PC deal from Costco while you can.



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Nov 25, 2022

You need Office. Get it cheap with 44% off Microsoft 365 this Black Friday

For just $4.66 per month, up to six individuals can use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, OneNote, Skype, and a host of other services and apps across all devices. You also get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, which also syncs across all devices and supports automatic photo and video backups on mobile. OneDrive also has Personal Vault, a unique security feature that helps safeguard your sensitive files in the cloud.

If you fill all six seats, your total works out to just $0.77 per user per month. That's a smoking deal: Competitors charge the same list price (or more) for a shared pool of 2TB data. And you don't get access to other software apps, either.

Making this deal even sweeter is that bonus software. If a VPN isn't your thing, you can

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Save $950 on this powerful Gigabyte gaming laptop on Black Friday

The Gigabyte Aero features an Intel Core i7-12700H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. That's a powerful configuration for gaming or content creation tasks alike. The 15.6-inch AMOLED display is positively stunning with a resolution of 3840×2160 and a refresh rate of 60Hz. This screen should provide ultra-sharp details as well as a vibrant picture, which is important for photo or video editors. For ports, you're getting three USB Type-A, one Thunderbolt 4, one mini DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI, one RJ-45, and one headphone/microphone jack.

This is a delicious deal, but we suspect it won't last very long. Jump on it now before it's gone!

Get the Gigabyte Aero 5 XE4 for $1,249.99 at Newegg

Laptops

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Nov 25, 2022

This $189 Asus 2-in-1 is the best Black Friday Chromebook deal

What makes this a great deal? Discounts aside, this 2022 Asus Chromebook offers what we look for in a quality Chromebook: 8GB of memory; a large, 1080p screen; and a decent processor—in this case, a Core M3 chip. That's a 2018 chip, but it's capable of four threads and has better single-threaded performance than the Celeron N4020 that is commonly found in Chromebooks.

This Chromebook is listed at $599, and at press time Amazon is selling it for $249, or $60 more. We don't expect this deal to last long, so jump on it fast if you need an affordable, yet capable new laptop.

See the Asus 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook for $179 at Best Buy



Chromebooks

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

The swanky Apple Watch Ultra is on sale for the first time this Black Friday

The Apple Watch Ultra comes with all of the fitness and sleep tracking features you could want including Blood Oxygen sensing, ECG, heart rate, and body temperature monitors. It also comes loaded with a ton of specialized exercise programs to help you keep track of your workouts. The watch face is also extremely customizable and has an absolutely stunning always-on retina display. With purchase you'll also gain access to the richest library of apps for any smart watch around. If you're an Apple fan than this is the biggest and best smart watch available—just make sure you have an iPhone to sync with the watch.

Get the Apple Watch Ultra for $60 off on Amazon

Smartwatches

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Nintendo's Black Friday Switch deal is the ideal Switch starter pack

Nintendo's Black Friday Switch deal isn't technically a discount—the system costs the same $299 as usual and it's only available with the red and blue Joycon controllers. But you'll get some very nice extras tossed into the pot too: A free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a code for three free months to Nintendo Switch Online, which you'll need to play games online. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the game to pick up on the Switch and usually costs $50 to $60 on its own. I've been playing it weekly for years now, both on the go and hooked up to my TV!

You'll find the Black Friday Nintendo Switch deal at the usual retailers:

Amazon

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

The best 1080p graphics card plunges to just $190 for Black Friday

The card is the MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600, packing 8GB of GDDR6 RAM and a compact, dual-fan cooler design. The vendor is Newegg, which discounted the standard price of $280 down to $210. You can get an extra $20 off with a rebate card, bringing the final price down to $189.99 — that's $140 off the $330 retail price of the RX 6600 that AMD set at its launch a little over a year ago.

But wait, there's more! On top of the discounted card, AMD is throwing in its latest "Raise the Game" bundle, which includes online codes for zombie shooter Dead Island 2 and sci-fi horror title The Callisto Protocol. That's a $120 value, though it's admittedly a much more subjective one (y'all couldn't throw a non-horror game in that bundle?).

The Radeon RX 6600 isn't going to win any polygon-pushing contests with the biggest and most expensive cards on the market, but it's a fantastic affordable option for anyone who's targeting 1080p visuals. PCWorld executive editor Brad Chacos called it "fast and power efficient," but lamented its relatively high price. Thank

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Black Friday showstopper: This 4K Samsung monitor is only $200

This 31.5-inch Samsung monitor has a resolution of 3840×2160, a refresh rate of 60Hz, an 8ms response time, and an aspect ratio of 16:9. This pixel-packed display would be an excellent gift for a video or photo editor. It also functions like a smart TV, which means it can run Netflix and Microsoft Office 365 without being connected to a computer. Cool, right?

Act now. Black Friday will be gone before you know it and so will this wonderfully scrumptious deal.

Get the Samsung LS32AM702UNXZA 4K monitor for $199.99 at B&H

Monitors

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

How to check your laptop's battery health

Windows has a secret feature called Battery Report that can help. It's what we use while testing notebook endurance at PCWorld—and it's how you can tell if your laptop's battery life is dropping faster than you think. Here's how to access Battery Report and understand what it reveals you about your laptop.

How to create a Battery Report Battery Report is not a new feature, but it remains under-the-radar because there's no way to access it through Windows' settings menus. You can only create a Battery Report through the Command Prompt. Here's how to do it:

Perform a Windows Search for CMD or Command Prompt. You'll see Command Prompt appear and the search results. Open it. Alternatively, you can find Command Prompt listed under Windows System in the Windows Start menu.Once open, you'll see a command line starting with C: and ending with the name of your user account. A blinking cursor will appear at the end of this command line. Type powercfg /batteryreport and press Enter on your keyboard.If successful, the Command Prompt will tell you a battery life report was saved to your user folder.Navigate to the folder li

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Monitor buying guide: How to choose your next display

If you want a quick, easy recommendation: Go for a 24-inch monitor with 1080p resolution or a 27-inch monitor with 1440p resolution. An IPS panel is preferable, though VA is also good. Gamers can spend a little more to snag either option with a 144Hz refresh rate, which offers a smoother and more responsive experience. For more concrete recommendations, be sure to check out our roundups of the best monitors overall, the best gaming monitors, and the best 4K monitors. We also have more specialized guides to the best USB-C monitors, the best monitors for graphic design, and the best monitors for programing. Our picks are the result of hundreds of hours spent testing the latest monitors from Acer, Asus, BenQ, Dell, LG, Samsung, and other major brands.

Not sure that's right for you, or want to know more about the tech? Here's the lay of the land.

Monitor types: TN, IPS, VA, and OLED panels

PC World Latest News
Nov 25, 2022

Best Amazon Black Friday deals: TVs, SSDs, laptops, and more

We get it: The sheer scope of discounted products on Amazon can be daunting. But our guide to the best Amazon Black Friday tech deals will help point you to the very best bargains.

Our expert product reviewers have unearthed the best Black Friday deals on laptops, Chromebooks, TVs, SSDs, soundbars, and more. We'll be updating our list throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday, so bookmark this page and check back often for the latest killer deals on tech from Amazon.

Best Amazon Black Friday deals on laptops Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3, AMD Ryzen 5/RTX 3050/8GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $599.99 (33% off at Amazon)Dell XPS 17, Intel Core i7/RTX 3050 GPU/16GB RAM/17.3-inch 2400p display, $2,099 (13% off at Amazon)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday monitor deals: 4K displays and gaming monitors

Best Black Friday gaming monitor deals There's nothing more annoying than playing a competitive game on a monitor that lags. When every second matters, you need something that can keep up with the flow. That's where gaming monitors come in. Their high refresh rates are designed to make your game look as smooth as possible. Check out the options below.

Lenovo G27-20, 27-inch 1080p display/144Hz refresh rate/AMD FreeSync, $229.99 (17% off at Lenovo)Lenovo Legion Y25g-30, 24.5-inch 1080p display/360Hz refresh rate/Nvidia G-Sync, $499.99 (28% off at Lenovo)Samsung Odyssey G5, 27-inch 1440p disp

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Buy's best Black Friday deals: Laptops, TVs, tablets and more

Many of today's best-known tech devices have gotten exciting discounts. TVs, laptops, tablets, and Apple gear are just the tip of the iceberg. Headphones, smartwatches, PC components, and much more have dropped in price, too. Best Buy covers it all, and we've picked through the sales to find the best bargains. Our selections either scored high in our reviews or are extremely popular, with discounts that put them near or below the previous all-time low price.

If you don't find what you're looking for below, check out Best Buy's Black Friday landing page for more deals.

Apple device deals AirPods Pro (2nd gen) - $200 ($50 off)AirPods (2nd gen) - $100 ($30 off)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday SSD deals: Big discounts on SATA and NVMe drives

But with sales happening everywhere, it can be hard to spot the excellent SSD deals amid the ho-hum. That's where we come in. Below is a list of the best SSD deals you can pick up at the moment. These drives are not only well-rated and popular, but they're at or very near all-time low prices, too.

Best early Black Friday 2.5-inch SATA SSD deals 4TB SATA SSDs Samsung 870 Evo, 4TB SATA SSD - $300 (40% off on Amazon)2TB SATA SSDs Samsung 870 Evo, 2TB SATA SSD - $160 (38% off on Amazon)Teamgroup CX2, 2TB SATA SSD - $48 (40% off on Newegg)1TB SATA SSDs Samsung 870 Evo, 1TB SATA SSD - $85 (44% off on Amazon)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday iPad deals: Score big savings on Apple tablets

If you want even more tech deals, be sure to check out our complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday iPad and iPad Mini deals iPad 64GB (9th gen), $269.99 ($60 off) at AmazoniPad 64GB (9th gen), $269.99 ($60 off) at Best BuyiPad 64GB (9th gen), $299.00 ($30 off) at WalmartiPad 64GB Cellular (10th gen), $499.99 ($100 off) at Verizon with contractiPad Mini 64GB (6th

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday laptop deals: Gaming laptops, mainstream PCs, 2-in-1s and more

Whether you're on the hunt for a lightweight convertible for marking up documents or an everyday machine for surfing the web, we've got something for every type of person. We've also got a robust gaming laptop deals section. If you're looking for more tech deals in different categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday deals coverage.

Best Black Friday mainstream laptop deals Sometimes all you need is a barebones machine for web surfing and checking e-mail. Personally, for writing and editing I use a low-powered Chromebook (like the Chromebook deals here!) and I couldn't be happier. I dig the simplicity of it. But if you're looking for a straightforward Windows laptop for productivity of personal use, check out these deals.

HP Pavilion Aero, AMD Ryzen 5/AMD Radeon graphics/16GB RAM/13.3-inch 1200p display, $479.99 (45% off at HP)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday graphics card deals: AMD and Nvidia GPUs on discount

If you want to see which GPUs we rate highest, check out PCWorld's rankings of the best graphics cards of 2022. Some of our top picks could be on sale. And if you're looking for other tech deals, make sure to check out our full Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday Nvidia graphics card deals  MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super — $200 ($55 off) at NeweggPNY RTX 3050 — $320 ($10 off) at Best BuyZotac RTX 3060 Ti —

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Nov 25, 2022

Black Friday smartwatch deals 2022: Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin and more

But not all smartwatch deals are actually legitimate savings. Indeed, sometimes advertised Black Friday pricing is no different from the prices we've seen throughout the year. With that in mind, we've curated a list of the very best Black Friday smartwatch deals so you can rest assured the price drops are legit.

We're already seeing some great discounts on fitness-focused watches from the likes of Fitbit and Garmin and even some elusive Apple Watch deals, as well. Looking for more great tech deals? Check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday smartwatch deals We're seeing solid discounts on smartwatches from online retailers such as Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart. But more are likely to come throughout the day, so keep your eye out here for more great deals during this year's Black Friday event.

Fitbit Versa 3, Multiple colors available/40mm, $144.64 (37% off on Amazon)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday desktop computer deals: Save big on gaming PCs and all-in-ones

Be sure to bookmark this page as we'll continue to track down the best desktop PC deals on offer during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Looking for more great tech deals in other categories? Check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday desktop computer deals Impressive deals are on offer from Dell, HP, Newegg, and Adorama. We will update this list as more deals become available, but the PCs below are all great values and we're confident the prices on these models won't get much cheaper than they already are.

Dell XPS, Core i7/RTX 3060/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/1TB HDD, $1,249.99 (31% off on Dell)Alienware Aurora R

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday dash cam deals: Big savings from Amazon and Best Buy

Still, not all dash cam deals are actually worth the savings. When shopping for a dash cam, it's important to know what deal is truly a great value. To help, we've curated a list of the very best Black Friday dash cam deals—hardware that's both high-quality and actually selling at a legitimate discount.

If you want to see our top dash cam picks, see our rankings of the best dash cams of 2022. And if you're looking for deals in other tech categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday dash cam deals A few of our favorite dash cam brands are on sale, and we expect more to come through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If any of the deals below catch your eye, it's probably best to purchase them sooner rather than later, as stock can sell out quickly.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini, 1080p front view/no LCD screen, $109.99 (15% off on Amazon)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday TV deals: Save big on LG, Sony, Samsung and more

We scanned all the top online retailers for the best TV sales, and then select the best deals. Our method is simple: Based on our list of the best TVs, we find the best TVs available at the steepest discounts, looking for a variety of price points and technologies. This includes deals on OLED TVs, all listed below in the "premium" deals section.

TechHive's straightforward explanation of what TV sizes matter, TV display types and display technologies, and LCD backlighting tech can help inform your choices from what we've uncovered. Also, if you're looking for deals in other tech categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday budget TV deals Amazon 50-inch 4K Fire TV: $249.99 (47% off at Amazon)

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Nov 25, 2022

Best Black Friday Chromebook deals: Save big on Lenovo, Acer, HP and Asus

Our mission: find good Chromebooks, find them on sale, and recommend them to you. You can reference our list of the best Chromebooks to help make a decision, or our laptops versus Chromebooks explainer to help you with the finer points. We'll also explain our reasoning below the deals themselves, but our preferred choices are at the top of the category lists. If we don't recommend a particular deal, you won't see it listed.

And if you're looking for other great tech deals, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday budget Chromebook deals Lenovo Chromebook 3 (Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 11.6-inch 768p display), $79.00 (43% off at Best Buy)Asus 14-inch

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Nov 25, 2022

Join Sam's Club for $20 with this Black Friday deal

Sam's Club is a membership club with over 500 locations throughout the U.S. Your local Sam's Club warehouse offers extraordinary deals on bulk products ranging from groceries and office supplies to electronics and furniture. It's an efficient way to save on all the everyday items you plan to purchase anyway.

You could potentially buy everything you need under one roof, and we're not just talking sundries. Members also get significant discounts on hotels, rental cars, live events, attractions, movies, and more. Certain locations even offer tire rotation services and health screenings!

Black Friday is all about savings, so why not lock in even more throughout the year? New members can sign up for 

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Nov 24, 2022

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tip: How to get 3 years of access to hundreds of games for dirt cheap

(Update November 2022: This trick still works as of Nov 24, 2022.)

When you activate Microsoft's promotion, it not only begins the trial, but also converts existing Xbox Live Gold and standard Xbox Game Pass subscriptions on your account to Game Pass Ultimate (normally $15 per month) at a 1:1 rate. Any prepaid time up to the maximum of three years gets the upgrade.


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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday TV deals: Nov. 24

We scan all the top online retailers for the best TV sales, and then cherry-pick the best values. Our method is simple: Based on our list of the best TVs, we find the best TVs available at the steepest discounts, looking for a variety of price points and technologies. This includes top-echelon OLED TV deals, all listed below in the "premium" deals section.

TechHive's straightforward explanation of what TV sizes matter, TV display types and display technologies, and LCD backlighting tech can help inform your choices from what we've uncovered. Also, if you're looking for deals in other tech categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday budget TV deals Amazon 50-inch 4K Fire TV: $249.99 (47% off at Amazon)

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Nov 24, 2022

Secure your family with 1Password's huge 50% Black Friday discount

1Password's edge on other excellent password managers is its flexibility—it can easily accommodate large families (or, ah, "families"). Additional users beyond the included six are just another $1 per month, unlike rival plans that hard cap you at a fixed number. You get more robust features than other extra-large plans, too. Speaking of features, 1Password offers an unique one all its own: Travel Mode, which lets you temporarily remove passwords from a device (e.g., your phone) while on the move, then restore them later. It's a extra layer of protection.

Don't need a family plan? The individual plan is also 50% off, or $18 for the first year. By the way, you can save money on future renewals, too. Just purchase one of

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Nov 24, 2022

Get a year of Hulu for just $2 a month with this incredible Black Friday deal

This deal is available if you're a new subscriber, or if you've subscribed before and canceled more than a month ago. Unfortunately, you can't apply this discounted to an upgraded plan, either removing ads or adding live television streaming. But if you're already subscribed to Hulu, you can add Disney on top for $2.99 a month. (Hulu is now majorly owned by Disney — hooray for corporate consolidation!) This works even if you use it after subscribing to Hulu through the $1.99 a month deal, giving you both libraries for about five bucks a month. Nice.

This deal works as a standard subscription discount, so unfortunately you can't just pay for a year upfront. And if you should cancel or change your subscription status, the discount goes away. So before signing up, you need to be pretty okay with ad breaks in your movies and TV shows. Paying just $2 per month makes them a lot more tolerable!



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Nov 24, 2022

$500 off: This amazingly portable Asus RTX 3060 laptop is $899 for Black Friday

The Zephyrus is rocking an AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. In other words, this machine should be able to chew through most games on high or ultra graphics without breaking a sweat. The 14-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz, so the picture should be both sharp and buttery smooth. For connectivity options, you're getting one HDMI, two USB Type-A, and three USB Type-C.

This is an absolute gem of a laptop going for a fantastic Black Friday price, so you best hop on it sooner rather than later. Game on, people.



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Nov 24, 2022

Score this ultra-sharp 1440p HP gaming monitor for $170 ahead of Black Friday

This 27-inch HP monitor has a 2560×1440 resolution, a 165Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time. In other words, you can expect a sharp picture as well as smooth visuals. According to the manufacturer, the monitor has a maximum brightness level of 400 nits, which is pretty darn bright. It's also packing AMD FreeSync Premium, which lines the monitor's frame rate up with your GPU's. This helps reduce any annoying screen tearing issues, which can happen when the monitor and GPU are out of sync.

This is a killer deal. You better act now before it vanishes into the nether.

Get the HP X27q gaming monitor for $169.99 at Amazon

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Nov 24, 2022

Expand your PlayStation 5 storage with these can't-miss Black Friday SSD sales

Thank goodness for this week's Black Friday sales. Right now you can pick up M.2 SSDs that are fast enough for peak PS5 performance and meet Sony's heatsink recommendations, all while saving a solid chunk of cash. They're all down 20 percent or more from their recent street prices, with the fastest of the lot a satisfying 32% percent off. Nice how that works out.

PS5 Black Friday SSD deals Crucial P5 Plus ( free Be Quiet! heatsink), 1TB - $94 (28% off on Best Buy)
[Click on "Hot offer: Free SSD cooler with Crucial P5 Plus" to add bundle to cart]Crucial P5 Plus ( free Be Quiet! heatsink), 2TB - $200 (20% off on Best Buy)
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Nov 24, 2022

How to buy a budget laptop without getting screwed

There's just one problem: the brands are on to you. They've flooded the market with hundreds of slightly tweaked configurations designed to maximum profit. Choosing the right budget laptop is difficult if you don't know what to look for. It can get especially tricky with sale models, as you'll often find retailers trying to offload less desirable older or poorly configured models amongst all the deals.

We can help. Our roundup of the best laptops under $500 includes concrete, up-to-date recommendations on the greatest low-cost laptops to cross our labs. But since most cheap laptops never get reviewed, this guide can help you buy a budget laptop without getting screwed by its specifications. For more concrete buying recommendations across a mix of budgets, our regularly updated roundup of the best laptop deals also shines a light on killer laptops going for a lot less than usual.


Operating system: Windows or ChromeOS? The most important choice you must make is the operating system. Budget laptops run Microsoft Windows or Google ChromeOS. The latter is often les

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Nov 24, 2022

Why you should buy a USB-C hub monitor

The result is a tidy, flexible workstation. However, not all USB-C monitors are the same. Some hardly qualify as a USB hub while others can replace a high-end USB-C dock. Here's what to know before you buy, though if you don't want to spend time researching all the relevant specs, our roundup of the best USB-C monitors can point you to the best options available with minimum fuss.


Why should you buy a USB-C hub monitor? Dell

A USB-C hub monitor will remove numerous cords from your desk.

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Amazon Black Friday deals: TVs, laptops, SSDs, and more

It's nice to be able to do so much shopping at one website, but the sheer scope of available products on Amazon can be daunting. Our guide to the best Amazon Black Friday tech deals will help you find the best bargains.

Our expert product reviewers have unearthed the very best deals on laptops, Chromebooks, TVs, SSDs, soundbars, and more. We'll be updating our list throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday, so bookmark this page and check back often for the latest killer deals on tech from Amazon.

Best Amazon Black Friday deals on laptops Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3, AMD Ryzen 5/RTX 3050/8GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $599.99 (33% off at Amazon)Dell XPS 17, Intel Core i7/RTX 3050 GPU/16GB RAM/17.3-inch 2400p display, $2,099 (13% off at Amazon)

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday Chromebook deals: Nov 24

Our mission: find good Chromebooks, find them on sale, and recommend them to you. You can reference our list of the best Chromebooks to help make a decision, or our laptops versus Chromebooks explainer to help you with the finer points. We'll also explain our reasoning below the deals themselves, but our preferred choices are at the top of the category lists. We've been doing this for several years, now.

And if you're looking for other great tech deals, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday budget Chromebook deals Lenovo Chromebook 3 (Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 11.6-inch 768p display), $79.00 (43% off at Best Buy)Asus 2-in-1 Chromebook (Core m3-8100Y, 8GB RAM, 64

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday SSD deals: Nov 24

But with sales happening everywhere, it can be hard to distinguish the excellent SSD deals from the ho-hum. That's where we come in. Below is a list of the best SSD deals you can pick up at the moment. These drives are not only well-rated and popular, but they're at or very near all-time low prices, too.

Best early Black Friday 2.5-inch SATA SSD deals 4TB SATA SSDs Samsung 870 Evo, 4TB SATA SSD - $300 (40% off on Amazon)2TB SATA SSDs Samsung 870 Evo, 2TB SATA SSD - $160 (38% off on Amazon)Teamgroup EX2, 2TB SATA SSD - $96 (30% off on Newegg)1TB SATA SSDs Samsung 870 Evo, 1TB SATA SSD - $85 (44% off on Amazon)

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday monitor deals: Nov 24

Best Black Friday gaming monitor deals: Nov 24 There's nothing more annoying than playing a competitive game on a monitor that lags. When every second matters, you need something that can keep up with the flow. That's where gaming monitors come in. Their high refresh rates are designed to make your game look as smooth as possible. Check out the options below.

Lenovo G27-20, 27-inch 1080p display/144Hz refresh rate/AMD FreeSync, $234.99 (16% off at Lenovo)Lenovo Legion Y25g-30, 24.5-inch 1080p display/360Hz refresh rate/Nvidia G-Sync, $524.99 (25% off at Lenovo)Samsung Odyssey G5, 27-

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday graphics card deals: Nov 24

If you want to see which GPUs we rate highest, check out PCWorld's rankings of the best graphics cards of 2022. Some of our top picks could be on sale. And if you're looking for other tech deals, make sure to check out our full Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday Nvidia graphics card deals  MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super — $200 ($55 off) at NeweggPNY RTX 3050 — $320 ($10 off) at Best BuyZotac RTX 3060 Ti —

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday iPad deals: Nov 24

If you want even more tech deals, be sure to check out our complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday iPad and iPad Mini deals iPad 64GB (9th gen), $269.99 ($60 off) at AmazoniPad 64GB (9th gen), $269.99 ($60 off) at Best BuyiPad 64GB (9th gen), $299.00 ($30 off) at WalmartiPad 64GB Cellular (10th gen), $499.99 ($100 off) at Verizon w

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday laptop deals: Nov 24

Whether you're looking to nab a screaming fast laptop for those late night gaming sessions or an everyday machine for surfing the web, we've got something for every type of buyer. If you're looking for more tech deals in different categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday deals coverage.

Best Black Friday mainstream laptop deals: Nov 24 Sometimes all you need is a barebones machine for web surfing and checking e-mail. Personally, for writing and editing I use a low-powered Chromebook (like the Chromebook deals here!) and I couldn't be happier. I dig the simplicity of it. But if you're looking for a straightforward Windows laptop for productivity of personal use, check out these deals.

HP Pavilion Aero, AMD Ryzen 5/AMD Radeon graphics/16GB RAM/13.3-inch 1200p display, $519.99 (35% off at HP)

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Buy's best Black Friday deals: Laptops, TVs, Apple gear, and more

Many of today's best-known tech devices already sport tantalizing discounts. TVs, laptops, and Apple gear are just the tip of the iceberg. Headphones, tablets, smartwatches, and much more have dropped in price, too. Best Buy covers it all, and we've picked through the sales to find the best bargains. Our selections either scored high in our reviews or are extremely popular, with discounts that put them near or below the previous all-time low price.

If you don't find what you're looking for below, check out Best Buy's Black Friday landing page for more deals.

Apple device deals AirPods Pro (2nd gen) - $200 ($50 off)AirPods (2nd gen) - $100 ($30 off)

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday desktop computer deals: Nov 24

Be sure to bookmark this page as we'll continue to track down the best desktop PC deals on offer during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Looking for more great tech deals in other categories? Check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday desktop computer deals Impressive deals are already on offer from HP, Newegg, and Adorama. More deals are sure to come, but the PCs below are all great values and we're confident the prices on these models won't get much cheaper than they already are.

Dell XPS, Core i7/RTX 3060/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/1TB HDD, $1,249.99 (31% off on Dell)

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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday TV deals: Nov 24

We scan all the top online retailers for the best TV sales, using reviews and technology as a guide. Our method is simple: Based on our list of the best TVs, we find the best TVs available at the steepest discounts, looking for a variety of price points and technologies. This includes top-echelon OLED TV deals, all listed below in the "premium" deals section.

TechHive's straightforward explanation of what TV sizes matter, TV display types and display technologies, and LCD backlighting tech can help inform your choices from what we've uncovered. Also, if you're looking for deals in other tech categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.



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Nov 24, 2022

Best Black Friday dash cam deals: Nov 24

Still, not all dash cam deals are actually worth the savings. When shopping for a dash cam, it's important to know what deal is truly a great value. To help, we've curated a list of the very best Black Friday dash cam deals—hardware that's both high-quality and actually selling at a legitimate discount.

If you want to see our top dash cam picks, see our rankings of the best dash cams of 2022. And if you're looking for deals in other tech categories, check out PCWorld's complete Black Friday coverage.

Best Black Friday dash cam deals A few of our favorite dash cam brands are already on sale, and we expect more to come through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If any of the deals below catch your eye, it's probably best to purchase them sooner rather than later, as stock can sell out quickly.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini, 1080p front view/no LCD screen, $109.99 (15% off on Amazon)

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Nov 24, 2022

Join Dollar Flight Club for its lowest price ever this Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Trusted by more than one million users, Dollar Flight Club is one of the top flight alert services on the market. Members have saved thousands on flights worldwide to destinations like Madrid, Cancun, Casablanca, and more.

With a Premium Plus account, you'll get lifetime access to the best flight deals in Business, Premium Economy, and Economy classes delivered to your inbox so that you can book your ticket as soon as it's available. Just add your home airport(s) and start discovering deals. You'll also get insightful travel tips from DFC's experts and discounts of up to 50% from partners like Babbel, Acanela Expeditions, Huckberry, and more.

Find out why Dollar Flight Club earned 4.4 out of 5 on Trustpilot. Today through the end of Black Friday — two days only — you can get a lifetime Dollar Flight Club Premium Plus subscription

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Nov 23, 2022

If your kids love Roblox, check their browser for this malware

According to BleepingComputer, at least two extensions posted to the official Chrome Web Store were fronts for a backdoor program that gathers a Roblox player's user info and potentially makes them a target for hacking, especially if they're also a user of the third-party Rolimons.com currency trading system.

The "SearchBlox" extensions claim to allow you to search quickly for other users, and were apparently legitimate at some point, but have been compromised within the last month. While one of the extensions has been downloaded less than a thousand times, the other has more than 200,000 installations. There's circumstantial evidence that one or more people are stealing Roblox currency with the data gathered by the hidden backdoor.

At the time of writing, both "SearchBlox" extensions are still live in the Chrome Web Store, with the primary listing enjoying a "Featured" badge. This, despite the fact that Google culled similar compromised extensions just last month.

As always, be wary of third-party browser extensions, and check their updates to make sure they haven't been "injected" with unnecessary or malicious code. And on a bit o

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Nov 23, 2022

Get Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023 for 62% off during Black Friday

As a standalone purchase, this software is far friendlier on your wallet—you pay only once, unlike with a Creative Cloud subscription. This discount on the new 2023 edition, which just launched at the end of September, sweetens the appeal further. You'll pay about the same as earlier deals on the 2022 edition, while getting additional features.

And those features, like animating parts of photos, are what make Adobe's Elements products so great. They're easy to learn and use, while simplifying tasks that used to take pros a long time to master. You get tools to make common edits a snap, plus AI assistance that transforms previously heavy work like selecting parts of a photo into a single click of a button. You can also lean on a series

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Nov 23, 2022

Nintendo's Black Friday Switch deal is the perfect starter pack

Nintendo's Black Friday Switch deal isn't technically a discount—the system costs the same $299 as usual and it's only available with the red and blue Joycon controllers. But you'll get some very nice extras tossed into the pot too: A free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a code for three free months to Nintendo Switch Online, which you'll need to play games online. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the game to pick up on the Switch and usually costs $50 to $60 on its own. I've been playing it weekly for years now, both on the go and hooked up to my TV!

You'll find the Black Friday Nintendo Switch deal at the usual retailers:

AmazonGamestop

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Nov 23, 2022

The best Thunderbolt docks for your laptop

Thunderbolt docks help fill the gaps as laptop makers slim down, cut costs, and eliminate multiple ports in favor of a do-it-all Thunderbolt port instead. That may seem like they're pushing those costs on to you (which they are) but it also means you can pick and choose a dock with exactly the ports you need. Not only are there budget Thunderbolt docks, but you may even be able to get by with one of our best USB-C hubs and dongles, alternatively.

Note: More bandwidth allows for more devices to be connected. Thunderbolt and USB-C devices share the same physical USB-C interface, but Thunderbolt delivers 40Gbps versus USB-C's 10Gbps. (A good laptop—and dock—will label these ports to help you distinguish between the two.) The key difference is in display support: Thunderbolt allows for up to two 4K displays at a standard 60Hz, while USB-C allows only a single 4K display, at a 30Hz refresh rate that will tire your eyes. Good Thunderbolt docks also supply power to charge your laptop and smartphone.

While there are extremely subtle differences between Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4, they're essentially the same. Our FAQ at the end of this article explains more.

Our recommendations use some specific terminology: We use the term dock as one that supplies the ports you need for legacy devices, like USB-A and HDMI. We define a

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Nov 23, 2022

Save $500 on PCWorld's favorite Samsung laptop during Black Friday

The Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is rocking an Intel Core i7 1260P CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. The gorgeous, vivid 15.6-inch AMOLED display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and is touch-enabled. It's wonderfully luscious for streaming video or general use, and overall performance is peppy. According to our reviewer, "the display is a real selling point—battery life, too." When we put the Pro 360 through our battery benchmark, the laptop lasted over 14 hours, so you won't need to sweat if you forget your charger at home. That's well more than a full work day, for sure.

This is a killer deal, especially for a light, powerful convertible with an AMOLED display. You best scoop it up now before it's gone forever.



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Nov 23, 2022

Roku's Streaming Stick 4K, the best media streamer, is $25 for Black Friday

Our reviewer sums up its highlights perfectly: "This $50 streaming dongle feels fast and fluid, and it supports 4K HDR video with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 ," he wrote. "More importantly, it's a straightforward streaming device full of helpful features, and its improved Wi-Fi receiver helps it get better reception than previous low-cost Roku players."

Roku's interface could be more helpful at suggesting new content, and the Roku Streaming Stick 4K only supports wireless connections, so skip it if you need an Ethernet connection. If you can overlook those ultra-minor quibbles, however, this is the stick to buy to add streaming capabilities to any TV—especially at this steep Black Friday discount. This $25 device would also be a massive quality of life upgrade if you own an older streaming stick that struggles to keep pace with your menu navigation. Plus, you can check out Roku's new Weird Al movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. Don't miss out!



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Nov 23, 2022

You need Office. Save 44% on Microsoft 365 during Black Friday week

For just $4.66 per month, up to six individuals can use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, OneNote, Skype, and a host of other services and apps across all devices. You also get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, which also syncs across all devices and supports automatic photo and video backups on mobile. OneDrive also has Personal Vault, a unique security feature that helps safeguard your sensitive files in the cloud.

If you fill all six seats, your total works out to just $0.77 per user per month. That's a smoking deal: Competitors charge the same list price (or more) for a shared pool of 2TB data. And you don't get access to other software apps, either.

Making this deal even sweeter is that bonus software. If a VPN isn't your thing, you can instead

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Nov 23, 2022

Best monitors for video editing: Screens that make a splash

To learn about what to look for in a monitor for video editing, scroll below our recommendations.

1. Asus ProArt OLED PA32DC - Best monitor for video editing Pros

The best SDR image quality yet Good HDR performance Long list of image qu

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Nov 23, 2022

Asus ROG Strix X670-E Gaming WiFi review: Everything a gamer needs

Price When Reviewed499.99

Best Prices Today: Asus ROG Strix X670-E Gaming WiFi Retailer Price

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Nov 23, 2022

Score a year of Hulu for just $2 a month for Black Friday

This deal is available if you're a new subscriber, or if you've subscribed before and canceled more than a month ago. Unfortunately, you can't apply this discounted to an upgraded plan, either removing ads or adding live television streaming. But if you're already subscribed to Hulu, you can add Disney on top for $2.99 a month. (Hulu is now majorly owned by Disney — hooray for corporate consolidation!) This works even if you use it after subscribing to Hulu through the $1.99 a month deal, giving you both libraries for about five bucks a month. Nice.

This deal works as a standard subscription discount, so unfortunately you can't just pay for a year upfront. And if you should cancel or change your subscription status, the discount goes away. So before signing up, you need to be pretty okay with ad breaks in your movies and TV shows. Paying just $2 per month makes them a lot more tolerable!



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Nov 23, 2022

Get this MagStack charging stand for over 40% before Black Friday

Designed for iOS users with a busy lifestyle, this stand features a foldable design that lets you charge up to three devices simultaneously. The wireless charging platform is MagSafe and Qi-charging compatible, so you can power up the latest iPhones, Androids, and more. There's also a place to charge your Apple Watch and AirPods, giving you a portable charging solution that will support you through your workday while traveling.

We're thankful for deals this year and dropping the 

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Nov 22, 2022

The Apple Watch Ultra is on sale for the first time ever this Black Friday

The Apple Watch Ultra comes with all of the fitness and sleep tracking features you could want including Blood Oxygen sensing, ECG, heart rate, and body temperature monitors. It also comes loaded with a ton of specialized exercise programs to help you keep track of your workouts. The watch face is also extremely customizable and has an absolutely stunning always-on retina display. With purchase you'll also gain access to the richest library of apps for any smart watch around. If you're an Apple fan than this is the biggest and best smart watch available—just make sure you have an iPhone to sync with the watch.



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Nov 22, 2022

Astro's A10 gaming headset is just $20 with this incredible Black Friday deal

The Astro A10 gets around iffy compatibility issues by using an old-fashioned headphone jack, making it compatible with more or less every platform: PC and Switch users can plug it in directly, while Xbox and PlayStation users can plug headsets into their controllers. You can also use it with most phones, though some newer models will require a USB-C (Android) or Lightning (iPhone) cable adapter.

The Astro A10 isn't fancy. It uses basic 40mm stereo drivers that are compatible with Dolby Audio and not much else. But the integrated mic boom can be tilted up to automatically mute it. The cable is six feet/two meters, which should be fine for most players. The headset comes in a standard black with red trim color, but you can also get it in

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Nov 22, 2022

The best VPN for torrenting: Speed, privacy, and support matter

So what's the best VPN for torrenting your favorite flavor of Linux and maybe a little Open Office? Here are our top picks.

1. ProtonVPN - The best choice hands down

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Nov 22, 2022

Ubisoft returns to Steam with Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft is the latest huge publisher to venture out on its own with its a PC-based game launcher, then return to Steam's profitable fold. Ubisoft's brand of bloatware was called Uplay, which became the exclusive home of the publisher's major franchises in 2019, and was rechristened Ubisoft Connect in 2020. EA and Activision pulled similar moves in an attempt to loosen Steam's stranglehold on PC game sales, and eventually returned to the store as well. Perhaps having a viable, cross-company alternative in the Epic Games Store has made Steam more appealing.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla was released a little over two years ago, and Anno 1800 is even older, though Ubisoft's upcoming Steam titles are a little more recent. The multiplayer esports hopeful Roller Champions got a final release in May. Presumably the company will be using a multi-store approach going forward. "We're constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a consistent playe

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Nov 22, 2022

Early Black Friday stunner: Grab this 32-inch 1440p monitor for just $134

The 32-inch LG monitor has a 2560×1440 resolution, a 75Hz refresh rate, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 5ms response time. Although we've seen gaming monitors with much higher refresh rates, this one should be perfectly fine for most games, especially if you aren't into twitchy esports titles. This monitor also has AMD FreeSync, which should help reduce any screen tearing issues.

As of this writing, 93 units have sold within the last 24 hours. You better jump on this deal sooner rather than later, as stock is quickly running out.



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Nov 22, 2022

Kensington SD5780T review: An excellent, if pricey, Thunderbolt 4 dock

Price When Reviewed$399.99

Best Prices Today: Kensington Thunderbolt 4 Dual 4K Dock (SD5780T) Retailer Price

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Nov 22, 2022

Save 25% off our favorite password manager in LastPass's Black Friday sale

At its regular price of $36 for individual plans and $48 for family plans, our favorite password manager is already affordable. With this discount, it's an easy decision. New subscribers can snag LastPass Premium for the first year at just $27 for individuals, and $36 for families. The Families plan is an especially great deal, since comes with six seats, or $6 per person for the whole year. 

No matter which plan you chose, everyone gets Premium's robust set of features. First and foremost, you can access passwords on multiple devices, with unlimited sync between them. (The free plan limits you to just one type of device, either mobile or desktop.) Password sharing, advanced two-factor authentication methods (like hardware keys), emergency access for trusted contacts, and up to 1GB of file storage is also included. LastPass also monitors data breaches and the dark web for any compromised passwords.

This deal runs through 11:59pm Pacific on November 29, so be sure to squeeze this deal in among your other Black Friday purchases. Solid online security is honestly one of the best gifts you can get yourself, at any time of year.



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Nov 22, 2022

Ludicrous! This RTX 3060 Acer gaming laptop is just $650 for Black Friday

We get excited when we see RTX 3060 laptops on sale for $800 or even $900. At $650, this is an insta-buy if you're looking for a gaming laptop that won't break the bank. It's hard enough to find any gaming notebooks going for this cheap and when you do, they virtually always pack a substantially weaker RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti GPU. The GeForce RTX 3060 lets you crank a game's eye candy to 11 and still hit the hallowed 60 frames-per-second mark (or higher!), especially in titles that support Nvidia's vaunted DLSS technology.

Acer slapped a blistering 144Hz 1080p display on this puppy, so you'll enjoy buttery smooth frame rates while you're working towards prestige in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. An AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, 8GB of memory, and a 512GB NVMe SSD round out the package and will deliver plenty of speed to keep pace with the speedy RTX 3060.

Black Friday isn't even here yet but this could be the best Black Friday gaming laptop deal you'll see this year. Don't miss out!



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Nov 22, 2022

Get a 13-course ASL training bundle for $20 ahead of Black Friday

That's because we're thankful for you, and we want you to lock in all the savings you can get. For instance, if you've ever wanted to learn American Sign Language (ASL), the All-in-One American Sign Language Bundle is on sale for just $19.99.

This 13-course bundle is taught by Able Lingo (4.7/5-star instructor rating) and Intellezy Learning (4.4/5-star instructor rating). Designed for beginners, the bundle can help you learn basic skills like the alphabet, fingerspelling, and numbers before slowly elevating your skills to tell stories and have full conversations. You can learn in your own time, at your own pace, with lifetime access.

We're thankful for you this year, so we're dropping all kinds of prices this November. For example, you can get the All-in-One Am

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Nov 22, 2022

This common time-saving shortcut can freak out your new PC

The first problem related to exceptionally high CPU utilization moving the mouse around the desktop. The then-brand-new Core i9-12900K would idle cores when the mouse wasn't being moved, but move it just a little and bam! Cores spike up to 100 percent.

The second problem related to a completely different system: A new Core i5-13600KF on a Z790 motherboard.

During file transfers from that system's Samsung 980 Pro SSD to a larger hard drive, the file transfers would eventually stall out and never finish. This despite no problems copying from a USB key to the desktop. New drivers, removing and reinstalling devices from the device manager, and pulling drives all made no difference.

I would spend an hour or so trying to trouble shoot each problem with no success but you know the one easy trick that would I'm certain would have prevented these problems?

Installing a clean copy of Windows in those new builds.

Yes, I'll say that again: Installing a fresh copy of Windows on any new PC would have 100 percent eliminated these issues.



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Nov 22, 2022

The best monitors for graphic design: What you see is what you get

This guide rounds up the best monitors for graphics design across a range of budgets. Scroll below our recommendations to learn more about what to look for in a monitor for graphics design.

1. Asus ProArt OLED PA32DC - Best monitor for graphic design Pros



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Nov 22, 2022

Save nearly 90% off this heated jacket before Thanksgiving

This good-looking insulated puffer jacket is made for all-winter wear, from the grocery store to the ski slopes. Inside, it has heating panels made of ultra-fine carbon fiber that activate to pump heat directly to your body when it's especially frigid. It also has an advanced heat-trapping insulated layer and water-resistant material to protect you from the wind, rain, and snow.

All you need to power everything up is a power bank (not included), which stores neatly in the inside zipper pocket. You can use the CALDO-X for up to eight hours and remove the hood whenever you'd like.

This year, we're thankful for deals like this one on 

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Nov 21, 2022

This $189 Asus Chromebook is the one to buy before Black Friday

What makes this a great deal? Discounts aside, this 2022 Asus Chromebook offers what we look for in a quality Chromebook: 8GB of memory; a large, 1080p screen; and a decent processor—in this case, a Core M3 chip. That's a 2018 chip, but it's capable of four threads and has better single-threaded performance than the Celeron N4020 that is commonly found in Chromebooks.

This Chromebook is listed at $599, and at press time Amazon is selling it for $249, or $60 more. We don't expect this deal to last long, so jump on this deal if it's still available.

See the Asus 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook for $179 at Best Buy



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Nov 21, 2022

Save $730 on this gorgeous OLED TV before Black Friday

Visually, OLED TVs are probably the most beautiful TVs that you can buy, with inky blacks that contrast exceptionally well with the rest of the screen. When an OLED pixel is off, it's off, which makes everything else look great. Some third-party reviews say that this is basically one of the best TVs you can buy for watching movies, with perfect black levels, absolutely no light bloom, or judder when watching movies. And even better, this LG A2 4K WebOS TV at Best Buy is more than $200 less than the same TV on Amazon.

This smart TV does run at 60Hz and it's a bit smaller than some of the massive TVs that we've featured in our Black Friday TV deals — which just means that it will work just fine in a smaller room. That said, it'll make it up for it with the visual quality and the massive discount. Buy it now before it's gone.



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Nov 21, 2022

The best 1080p graphics card plunges to $190 for Black Friday

The card is the MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600, packing 8GB of GDDR6 RAM and a compact, dual-fan cooler design. The vendor is Newegg, which discounted the standard price of $280 down to $210. You can get an extra $20 off with a rebate card, bringing the final price down to $189.99 — that's $140 off the $330 retail price of the RX 6600 that AMD set at its launch a little over a year ago.

But wait, there's more! On top of the discounted card, AMD is throwing in its latest "Raise the Game" bundle, which includes online codes for zombie shooter Dead Island 2 and sci-fi horror title The Callisto Protocol. That's a $120 value, though it's admittedly a much more subjective one (y'all couldn't throw a non-horror game in that bundle?).

The Radeon RX 6600 isn't going to win any polygon-pushing contests with the biggest and most expensive cards on the market, but it's a fantastic affordable option for anyone who's targeting 1080p visuals. PCWorld executive editor Brad Chacos called it "fast and power efficient," but lamented its relatively high price. Thank

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Nov 21, 2022

StarTech Thunderbolt 4/USB4 dock review: Just too expensive

Price When Reviewed$483.99

Best Prices Today: StarTech Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 Docking Station (TB4CDOCK) Retailer Price

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Nov 21, 2022

This $899 HP gaming PC is a can't-miss early Black Friday deal

Under the hood of this HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop you'll find a Ryzen 7 5700G CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD, and a 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Even with the recent drop in GPU prices and the announcement of the next-gen graphics cards, it's hard to find gaming PCs with RTX 3060s going for less than $1,000. Add in the solid Ryzen 7 CPU and a crazy amount of storage and you're getting an absolute bargain. For gaming, this PC will easily handle modern AAA titles at high settings and decent framerates. The RTX 3060 can even handle ray-traced graphics, meaning you'll be able to enjoy all of those gorgeous lighting effects in demanding games, bolstered by Nvidia's DLSS technology.

While this is not a time-limited sale, if you're considering buying you may want to purchase the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop sooner rather than later, as stock migh

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Nov 21, 2022

Dell's awesome XPS 13 is just $999 in this early Black Friday deal

The XPS 13 has an Intel Core i7-1250U CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of fast PCIe NVMe SSD storage. It's zippy enough to handle web browsing, spreadsheet work, Word processing, checking e-mail, and so on without breaking a sweat. The 13.4-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a refresh rate of 60Hz. According to the manufacturer, it has a brightness level of up to 500 eye-searing nits. With those numbers, the display should produce a vibrant picture.

Availability is limited (it's 63% claimed as of this writing), so we'd recommend jumping on it sooner rather than later.

Get the Dell XPS 13 for $999 at Dell

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Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability

You will almost always have the need for more storage as data files continue to get larger and you accumulate more of them. An external drive is one of the best ways to cover yourself in case of an emergency. We've tested numerous external drives and curated the best picks below. We've included external drives with blazing-fast performance as well as a pick for best budget option, best portable SSD, and everything in between. Below our recommendations you'll find additional helpful information on what you need to know to choose the best external drive for your needs.

1. Samsung T7 Shield - Best performance USB drive

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Nov 21, 2022

Killer Black Friday iPad deals are already here

Both retailers are also offering the discount on higher-capacity models and those with an LTE cellular radio upgrade. That brings the price of the various models to:

iPad (9th gen) 64GB Wi-Fi — $330 $270iPad (9th gen) 256GB Wi-Fi — $480 $420iPad (9th gen) 64GB Wi-Fi Cellular — $460 $400iPad (9th gen) 256GB Wi-Fi Cellular — $610 $550Take note that there's a newer version of the basic iPad available,

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Nov 21, 2022

LG's new 240Hz OLED gaming monitor is the cheapest yet

Granted, that still puts it on the higher end of monitors out there. But this 27-inch gaming display justifies the high price, particularly with a blistering 240Hz refresh rate, something that's hard to find on other OLED monitors at the moment. It also claims a lightning-fast .03-millisecond response time and 2560×1440 resolution, making it an ideal contender for eSports players who demand speed and frames in equal measure. HDR10 support is a nice bonus.

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Other hardware goodies include a pair of HDMI ports, one DisplayPort input, support for G-Sync and FreeSync/ActiveSync, a pair of USB-A 3.0 ports for peripherals, a headphone/microphone port, and a splash of RGB lighting. The display is compatible with a standard 100mm VESA mount, if you'd li

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Nov 21, 2022

Best power banks: The top portable chargers for devices

Well, that's where we come in. We've tested a wide range of power banks from different manufacturers, across different price points, and curated a list of our favorites. We put each power bank through a battery—pun intended—of tests. You can read more about our testing process below our picks. While our recommendations reflect a range of needs, you might also consider our roundup of USB car chargers if you spend a lot of time commuting; or check out our roundup of best power stations if you're in the market for something more substantial that can power your appliances in an emergency or while off-grid.

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Nov 21, 2022

Act fast! Dell's swanky XPS 13 laptop is just $999, but stock's limited

The XPS 13 has an Intel Core i7-1250U CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of fast PCIe NVMe SSD storage. It's zippy enough to handle web browsing, spreadsheet work, Word processing, checking e-mail, and so on without breaking a sweat. The 13.4-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a refresh rate of 60Hz. According to the manufacturer, it has a brightness level of up to 500 eye-searing nits. With those numbers, the display should produce a vibrant picture.

Availability is limited (it's 63% claimed as of this writing), so we'd recommend jumping on it sooner rather than later.

Get the Dell XPS 13 for $999 at Dell

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Nov 21, 2022

AMD's Ryzen 7000 CPUs get massive discounts ahead of Black Friday

If you've been waiting for a price drop to hop onboard AMD's new AM5 platform, now might be the time. Here's how the Ryzen deals shake out, with links to their Amazon listings:

Ryzen 7 7950X: $574 (from $799 MSRP)Ryzen 7 7900X: $474 (from $549 MSRP)Ryzen 7 7800X: $349 (from $449 MSRP)Ryzen 7 7600X: $249 (from $299 MSRP)These Black Friday Ryzen deals could give AMD's new processors a shot in the arm. The

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Nov 21, 2022

The best monitors for programming: Size matters

This guide will help you find a great monitor that can handle all the above—and at a reasonable price.

1. Asus ProArt PA348CGV - Best monitor overall for programming Pros

Excellent SDR image quality  Sturdy, hefty design  Wide range of customization

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Nov 21, 2022

Windows 8.1 is on its deathbed. Prepare now

Microsoft will kill off Windows 8.1 support on January 10, 2023. There's no out: Microsoft will not be offering an extended support package for Windows 8.1. At that point, you'll have a choice: buy a new Windows PC, or officially pay to upgrade to either Windows 10 or Windows 11. (Here's how to get Windows for cheap.)

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Nov 20, 2022

Give thanks for early Black Friday savings on this projector and screen bundle

The Wemax Go, which raised nearly $275,000 on Indiegogo, uses an ALPD laser to project super-sharp images up to 100 inches wide at 300 lumens. That's bright enough to see even in full sunlight! It's got ports for HDMI, USB, or USB-C, and you can even connect the projector to your tablet or phone via WiFi. The Wemax Go packs all this tech into a package no bigger than a smartphone, so you can deliver stunning presentations or stream movies from Netflix or Roku anywhere the party goes.

The bundle also includes a 40? screen tailor-made for the Go. It's a lightweight rod that pulls out into a screen made of multilayer fabric with a black backing, so there's no bleed-through from the projector's powerful light source. Combine the two, and you can make it a movie night or game day anywhere the party is.

Get this 

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Nov 19, 2022

Here's a lifetime Microsoft Office deal to be thankful for

The world's most ubiquitous software suite is often out of reach for casual consumers, given Office 365's pricey subscription-based model. Thankfully, we're offering it as an early Black Friday special. Until November 23 at 11:59 PM Pacific, you can take advantage of this limited-time offer on two Microsoft Office Professional 2021 licenses for Windows for just $59.99 (reg. $698) — no coupon necessary.

Microsoft Office Professional includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, OneNote, Publisher, and Access — everything you need to do your job more effectively, all at one low price. From organizing your communication to making better presentations and performing smarter data analysis, Microsoft Office gives you all the tools you need to thrive.

We're saying thanks by offering this special deal ahead of Black Friday. Purchase two 

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Nov 18, 2022

Nvidia finally responds to melting RTX 4090 cable controversy

The company, which thus far has been mum other than to confirm it was investigating the problem, issued a statement to Gamers Nexus that also confirmed how many cases it knows of.

"We are actively investigating the reports. We are aware of about 50 cases globally," a company spokesperson told Gamers Nexus editor-in-chief Stephen Burke, according to a video Gamers Nexus posted to its YouTube channel Friday morning.

"Our findings to date suggest that a common issue is that connectors are not fully plugged into the graphics card," Nvidia told Burke. "To help ensure the connector is secure, we recommend plugging the power dongle into the graphics card first to ensure it's firmly and evenly plugged in, before plugging the graphics card into the motherboard."

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Nov 18, 2022

Best Black Friday SSD deals

That said, with discounts everywhere, it can be hard to distinguish the good ones from the merely so-so. But not to worry, as that's where we come in. Below is a list of the best deals you can pick up right now. These drives are not only well-rated and popular, but they're at or very near all-time low prices, too.

Best early Black Friday 2.5-inch SATA SSD deals Samsung 870 Evo, 4TB SATA SSD - $300 (40% off on Amazon)Samsung 870 Evo, 2TB SATA SSD - $160 (38% off on Amazon)Teamgroup EX2, 2TB SATA SSD - $98 (30% off on Newegg)Samsung 870 Evo, 1TB SATA SSD - $83 (45% off on Amazon)WD Green, 1TB SATA SSD - $60 (45% off on Amazon)

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Nov 18, 2022

The best Chromebooks: Best overall, best battery life, and more

Chromebooks come in all sorts of varieties, so the PCWorld team has put together a list of the best Chromebook options on the market today, whatever your needs may be. Below our picks you can find helpful buying advice as well.

If you're still not sure whether a Chromebook is the right choice for you, take a look at our in-depth comparison of Chromebooks vs. Windows laptops to help you decide. And before you pull the trigger on a new computer, be sure to double-check our best laptop deals, which are updated daily. Finally, check out our complete guide to the best laptops to see our top picks across all operating systems.

If you're looking to stretch your college budget even further, be sure to check out our

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Nov 18, 2022

Upgrade your setup with this near-silent Razer keyboard for $40

This keyboard features individually backlit RGB keys that you can customize. It also works with Razer's Synapse software. This allows you to rebind buttons, assign macros, and so on. If you're a PC gamer, you know how important customizing your gear is, as it makes a world of difference.

This is a solid deal. It's not a mechanical keyboard though, so you won't be able to swap out the keycaps. If that's not a deal-breaker to you and you prefer a quieter keyboard anyway, then the Razer Cynosa is well worth considering.

Get the Razer Cynosa Chroma gaming keyboard for $39.99 at Amazon

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Nov 18, 2022

The best free VPN for Chrome

Even better, depending on your needs, you can get this service for free. There are a number of free "VPN" extensions in the Chrome Web Store. The problem is the same with all other types of free services, however. Namely, which ones do you trust? All of the extension recommendations we have here have been tested by us and the services have been reviewed on Windows.

VPNs vs. proxies The services recommended here also come as full VPNs when you download their respective desktop apps. But as Chrome extensions, these services are almost always proxies.

What's the difference? A VPN connects all of your computer's traffic to its servers. When that happens, no matter whether you're connecting with Chrome or the Epic Games Launcher, your computer programs believe they are in whatever location you selected in the VPN app.

A proxy via a Chrome extension, meanwhile, only tunnels the traffic for the browser it's running in. The only exception to this is on Chrome OS where Google provides an API that allows Chrome extensions to function as a VPN. That API is not available on other operating systems such as Windows or macOS. In this article, however, we won't worry about that distinction. Nearly all of the extensions identify themselves as proxies with the exception of ZenMate. We've asked ZenMate to clarify their status on Chrome OS, but have yet to hear back.

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Nov 18, 2022

Best laptop deals: Top picks from budget to extreme

Right now, we're seeing epic discounts on Chromebooks, everyday Acer Aspire machines, and some early Black Friday laptop deals. To help steer you in the right direction, we've also included a shopping advice section at the end of this article. If you're looking for something different, be sure to check out our roundup of the best laptops.

The best laptop deals in 2022 Acer Aspire Vero 14 From: Costco

Was: $899.99

Now: $599.99 ($300 off)

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If helping the environment while getting stuff done is important to you, the Acer Aspire Vero is a great choice, as it's made of recycle

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Nov 18, 2022

The best CPUs for gaming

The rough part is the complexity of these new chip lineups. There's more nuance to understand, especially when deciding between the new hotness and last-gen's best. Sure, you can throw your cash blindly at the best out there, but if you want the most bang for your gaming buck, smart shopping will leave more cash for higher priorities: that is, your graphics card. A few specific chips stand out from the rest as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras. You can choose from a whole raft of runners-up too, thanks to a current pricing war between AMD and Intel. (It's even amplified by holiday sales at the moment.)

Whether you're on a budget or willing to pay for sheer face-melting speed, these are the best CPUs for gaming PCs that you can buy.

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