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May 11, 2021

The best graphics cards for PC gaming
"What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?"

That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Cyberpunk 2077 and get right to playing.

Gaming GPU cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:

Best budget GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 Super [amazon.com] Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 Super [newegg.com] Best 1440p GPU: GeForce RTX 3060 Ti [bestbuy.com]  Best 4K GPU: GeForce RTX 3080Remove non-product link [bestbuy.com] 

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May 11, 2021

Best media streaming devices
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

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May 11, 2021

CookingPal's Multo smart appliance is a food processor that can also cook
The manufacturer says its new appliance can prep your food, cook the entrée and a couple of side dishes, and then clean up after itself.

PC World Latest News
May 11, 2021

Roku Express 4K review: The new budget streaming champ
At $40, Roku's new 4K streamer undercuts the competition without major compromises.

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May 11, 2021

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 GPUs finally bring ray tracing and DLSS to the laptop masses
Samsung's loose lips whispered the truth: On Tuesday, Nvidia announced new GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti laptop GPUs designed to bring ray tracing, performance-boosting DLSS technology, and supercharged creative capabilities to the mobile masses. Nvidia timed the announcement to coincide with Intel's reveal of its heavy-duty 11th-generation Core H-series processors, and the company says the RTX 3050 GPUs will appear in notebooks starting for as little as $799.

That's a game-changer.

Last generation's GeForce graphics cards introduced Nvidia's RTX technology, which added dedicated RT cores for real-time ray tracing and tensor cores for AI acceleration tasks. But the newfangled hardware never crept down to mainstream laptops. Instead, RTX 2060 laptops launched at $1,200 and up.

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May 11, 2021

Intel launches 11th-gen Tiger Lake-H CPUs for gaming notebooks
Just a few short months after Intel launched the 11th-gen Core H35-series microprocessors for mobile gaming, Intel is at it again: On Tuesday, Intel officially launched the 11th-gen Core "Tiger Lake" H-series processors for mainstream and gaming laptops.

The product line includes five new processors, including the premium, unlocked Core i9-11980HK, the Core i7-11800H, and a pair of Core i5 processors. Quad-core processors have disappeared from the lineup. Instead, the new chips include hyperthreaded six-core and eight-core processors, offering double the cores of the 11th-gen Tiger Lake cores Intel launched in September.

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May 10, 2021

The best Dell Inspiron laptops: All the new models, features, pricing and more
The Dell Inspiron laptop line just got a huge refresh: five new models, spanning four display sizes (13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch and 16-inch) and even including a 2-in-1 (360-degree convertible). Starting prices range from $550 to $950.

How do you decide which is best for you? We haven't reviewed any of these models yet (many haven't actually shipped yet), but we can walk you through their specs and features, and make some recommendations. (Be sure to check our roundup of the best laptops for complete reviews and ratings of models from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and more.)

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May 10, 2021

Why don't we have more sound card options? | Ask an expert
Q: Why can't sound cards be more like video cards?

A: We assume that this question refers to the constant advances in graphics cards, where the release of new technology (like process shrinks and new microarchitectures) happens about every two years. Sound cards, on the other hand, tend to get released when they get released.

Why? Well...the truth is, not enough people care enough about discrete audio cards to warrant the same level of attention as discrete graphics cards. Take a random assortment of PC gamers, and the odds favor a majority saying, "Wow, this game looks incredible" instead of "Wow, this game sounds incredible." (Even if, as the old joke goes, the reason they're praising the graphics is because of an improved soundscape.) Not everyone will say this, of course—let's just make that clear before a couple PCWorld staff members protest violently. But enough gamers do, thus leading to a slow drip of sound card releases.

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May 10, 2021

Wemo Stage Scene Controller review: Almost a HomeKit home run
One flaw prevents this remote from being great. Blame it on Apple.

PC World Latest News
May 10, 2021

Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Cable review: A plug-n-play audio upgrade for everyone except iOS users
Astell&Kern's USB-C Dual DAC Cable is a simple, modestly priced way to improve your computer or Android device's audio output, but iPhone users need not apply.

PC World Latest News
May 07, 2021

Report: Microsoft has put Windows 10X on hold
Microsoft has reportedly postponed and possibly cancelled Windows 10X, the simplified alternative to Windows that Microsoft had originally intended to compete with Chromebooks.

An initial report from Petri.com claimed that Windows 10X is not shipping in 2021. Windows Central says it's confirmed the report as well, stating that development work on Windows 10X has apparently ground to a halt. Neither report has been confirmed nor denied by Microsoft; a company representative said that Microsoft has "nothing to share."

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May 07, 2021

Fight Google's data cap with a simple change to Google Photos
Until now, uploading photos on your Android phone has seemed like a perfectly good idea. But in just a few weeks beginning in June, 2021, that decision is going to hit you right in the wallet! At that time, Google will begin to enforce its new storage policy. Upload all the photos you want right now. Eventually, however, blocking photos from uploading to Google Photos, as weird as it sounds, will eventually save you money.

Let us explain. If you take a photo on an Android phone, it automatically uploads itself to the Google cloud, where it's stored in perpetuity. Today, those photos are stored in what Google calls "high resolution" by default—something close to the original resolution you shot. 

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May 07, 2021

How much is Hulu? Plans, prices, and deals for cord-cutters
Which Hulu plan is best? We explain all of Hulu's pricing plans, including Hulu Live TV, and add-ons for channels like ESPN , Showtime, HBO Max and more.

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May 07, 2021

Tested: How fast Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G chip for PCs is
HP's Elite Folio is the first laptop we've seen to be powered by Qualcomm's latest Arm chip, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. Yes, the Gen 2—supposedly a faster, more powerful upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx. Is it? We tested the HP Elite Folio and the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chip to find out just how fast it is.

This isn't a formal review. What we did was to take HP's elegant, vegan-leather-wrapped tablet and run a few early tests on it, to draw some immediate comparisons to previous reviews. While we typically run benchmarks several times to determine the average performance, in this case we've run our benchmark suite just twice—enough to ensure our results are accurate, however.

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May 07, 2021

Tested: Is Ryzen 5000 battery performance really that bad?
Is the performance of AMD Ryzen mobile on battery really that bad? 

If you're even asking that question, you've no doubt heard Intel's claims that Ryzen 4000 CPU performance tanked when running on battery. Plugged-in performance was dandy, but in tests of multiple Ryzen 4000U-based laptops, performance dropped huge amounts on battery, depending on the task.

While some reviewers checked AC and DC performance and found some nuggets of truth to Intel's claims, the issue has mostly lain dormant for the last six months. Now that Ryzen 5000 is out, we decided to circle back and see if the claims still held. As you'll see in our tests, what's "good" or "bad" depends on whether you care more about performance or battery life. 

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May 07, 2021

Samsung QN90A 55-inch 4K UHD TV review: Mini-LED meets quantum dots
Samsung's QN90A Neo QLED TV marries mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots to produce the company's most vivid 4K UHD image yet.

PC World Latest News
May 07, 2021

Sennheiser IE 300 in-ear headphone review: Stellar performance is the name of this game
This IEH delivers gorgeous sound with no drawbacks whatsoever—except maybe the price.

PC World Latest News
May 06, 2021

Tested: How Nvidia Reflex can make you a better esports gamer
"Frames win games," Nvidia likes to say, but there's more to esports domination than raw frame rates. How those frames get delivered matters too. Latency—the time it takes for an on-screen action to happen after you press a button—reigns supreme in the blink-and-you're-dead competitive esports scene. If your game looks beautiful but feels sluggish, you'll find yourself outgunned by rivals playing with crummy visual settings to increase responsiveness.

Enter Nvidia Reflex, introduced alongside the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. If you've heard of it before, you probably associate it with low-latency features being added to games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant, and Fortnite. But Reflex is actually Nvidia's overarching brand name for a wide range of new latency-obsessed tools. Yes, the Low Latency Mode being added to games is part of it, but on Tuesday, Nvidia and its partners are also rolling out blisteringly fast 360Hz G-Sync Esports monitors with Reflex Latency Analyzer built in. If you've invested in compatible accessories, Reflex Latency Analyzer keeps tabs on the entire pipeline from the millisecond you click your mouse to the millisecond the game renders your gun shooting, helping you identify which parts of your system are acting as a bottleneck.

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PC World Latest News
May 06, 2021

Google Assistant's Broadcast feature can now reach you from your phone
Family members can now get broadcasts from Google Assistant even when they're not near a Google smart speaker. Also: Family Bell gets a much-needed update.

PC World Latest News
May 06, 2021

Google will automatically enroll users in two-factor authentication soon
Most security experts agree that two-factor authentication (2FA) is a critical part of securing your online accounts. Google agrees, but it's taking an extra step: It's going to automatically sign Google account holders up for two-factor accounts.

In a way, Google sees two-factor authentication as a replacement for passwords, which Mark Risher, Google's director of product management for identity and user security, in a statement called "the single biggest threat to your online security." Because they're easy to steal and hard to remember, users will end up reusing passwords. If stolen, they can be used to unlock multiple user accounts, adding to the risk.

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PC World Latest News
May 06, 2021

Google will make two-factor authentication mandatory soon
Most security experts agree that two-factor authentication (2FA) is a critical part of securing your online accounts. Google agrees, but it's taking an extra step: It's making two-factor authentication mandatory, and will start requiring it on Google accounts.

In a way, Google sees two-factor authentication as a replacement for passwords, which Mark Risher, Google's director of product management for identity and user security, in a statement called "the single biggest threat to your online security." Because they're easy to steal and hard to remember, users will end up reusing passwords. If stolen, they can be used to unlock multiple user accounts, adding to the risk.

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May 06, 2021

Best password managers: Reviews of the top products
We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain "123456" and "password"), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential.

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PC World Latest News
May 06, 2021

Roku loses YouTube TV: What's a cord-cutter to do?
Roku loses YouTube TV: Here are the alternatives for cord cutters

PC World Latest News
May 05, 2021

How to create strong, secure passwords by learning how to crack them
Create stronger, more secure passwords: We are nagged to do it all the time, but few of us actually make the effort. Meanwhile, passwords continue to be stolen, leaked, and cracked on a regular basis. So this time we're hoping to get your attention by looking at it from the attacker's side! We'll show you how passwords are cracked and even how to do it yourself, so you can see exactly why a strong password matters.

As our brief foray with a cracking tool will show you, your only protection against a determined password-cracker is—you guessed it—a long, complex string of 10 or more characters. Anything shorter, let alone simpler, is too easy to crack. Know that, and suddenly using a password manager looks a lot easier than trying to create passwords all by yourself. We also have tips on how to pick a very strong password, too!

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PC World Latest News
May 05, 2021

The Full Nerd ep. 175: Ryzen 5900X and leaked GeForce Ti GPUs inspire rare hope
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dive deep into Ryzen machinations and rumors about "Ti" refreshes for not one, not two, but three of Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards.

Gordon kicks things off by explaining how AMD's impossible-to-find Ryzen 9 5900X somehow made Amazon's top-selling list, and why that inspires hope for future availability—but you won't be able to run it on an older X370 motherboard. Maybe that's a good thing though!

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May 05, 2021

How to make an old PC useful for someone else | Ask an expert
Q: I need to set up an elderly relative with a computer for times when a smartphone doesn't cut it—printing information from websites and documents, mainly. I've got an old machine from 2007 that still works, and it'll have to do since I've been ordered not to spend "any money whatsoever" on this project. Got any tips on making this machine semi-pleasant to use? I'm willing to spend a little on hardware upgrades and lie about it later.

A: You shouldn't need to drop much cash on that machine to make it tolerable by modern standards. Despite the age of that dual-core processor and low-end discrete graphics card, the combo can handle web browsing (including streaming video) and printing just fine. You also have 4GB RAM, which is a sufficient amount for light computer tasks. The one hardware update I recommend is replacing the hard-disk drive with an SSD—a solid-state drive will make the computer feel much newer and snappier. These days, a name-brand 256GB SSD like the Samsung 870 EVO costs $40, which should be enough space for your relative's needs. (You can find more recommendations in our list of the best SSDs.)

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May 05, 2021

Windows 10's Clipboard History is the best little tool you're not using
Sometimes the best software tools are built right into the operating system you're already using.

Case in point is Windows 10's Clipboard History tool, which lets you store multiple items at a time for copying and pasting. While there's no shortage of third-party clipboard managers for Windows—many of which cost money—Microsoft's own option might be all you need. It's especially handy if you're often juggling a lot of text or images, and find yourself re-copying and pasting the same items repeatedly.

Using the Windows 10 Clipboard History tool is easy: Press Win V, and you'll see a small pop-up prompting you to turn on the feature. From that point onward, you can press Win V to view a running list of the last 25 text snippets or images that you've copied.

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May 05, 2021

Proscenic A9 air purifier review: Powerful air flow, questionable odor
An immature app isn't the least appealing aspect of this smart air purifier

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May 05, 2021

Do Philips Hue smart bulbs need a hub? No, but here's why they're better with one
You can control Philips Hue bulbs via Bluetooth rather than a hub, but here are the features you'll be missing.

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May 05, 2021

Dell security flaw from 2009 affects 'hundreds of millions' of PCs: How to fix it
First, the bad news: Security researchers recently discovered five high-severity flaws in Dell's firmware update driver—and they've been pushed to customer computers ever since 2009. Now the good news: A fix is already (finally?) available for people who own Dell desktops, laptops, and tablets.

You'll want to take advantage if you're affected, as the secretive code won't stay a secret for long.

"These multiple high severity vulnerabilities in Dell software could allow attackers to escalate privileges from a non-administrator user to kernel mode privileges," writes Kasif Dekel, a security researcher at SentinelOne that sniffed out the vulnerability. That could let attackers bypass security software or assault the network of an organization that deploys Dell PCs. "Over the years, Dell has released BIOS update utilities which contain the vulnerable driver for hundreds of millions of computers (including desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets) worldwide."

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May 04, 2021

The best CPUs for gaming
Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn't as hard as it used to be. Now that Ryzen 5000-series and Intel's 11th-gen Core CPUs come with more performance and cores than ever before, it's hard to buy a stinker these days—especially because most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. All that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Best CPU for gaming cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:

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May 04, 2021

Livedrive online backup review: Elegant, fast, and a bit pricey
Quite often, reviewing a product is simply a matter of waiting for it to do something wrong. Sometimes, the wait is minimal. Or, as is the case with Livedrive, it's seemingly interminable—the "something wrong" just hasn't happened. The Livedrive client installed cleanly, functions smoothly, and was quite a bit faster than I expected for a service based across the Atlantic. Nice. 

See how well it compares to the competition in our big online backup roundup. 


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May 04, 2021

Windows 10 shovels dirt on Flash's grave
Adobe Flash finally died in 2020, and now Microsoft is helping to bury it.

Windows 10's currently optional "Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player" will be pushed into the operating system's monthly cumulative updates starting in July, an updated Microsoft blog post reveals (as spotted by The Verge). Windows Insiders will receive the Flash-killing update starting in June. And if you upgrade to the bigger(ish) Windows 10 May 2021 Update arriving imminently, Flash will be removed as well.  

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May 04, 2021

No, you can't run Ryzen 5000 on your old AMD motherboard, but maybe that's a good thing
No Internet, you still cannot officially use AMD's newest Ryzen 5000 desktop CPU in ancient motherboards—and now, you can't seem to do it unofficially, either.

Those who own original X370, B350, and A320 boards had already known this as stated fact for some time. But the latest dust-up, covered by WCCFtech's Hassan Mujtaba, arose when ASRock customers were caught passing around beta BIOSes that actually allowed Ryzen 5000 to go into older boards. Once AMD got wind of the underground dealings, the company put the kibosh on them.

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May 04, 2021

Anker Nebula Capsule II R2-D2 Limited Edition review: The Force is strong with this one
This tiny projector packs a big punch, just like its droid namesake. But only hardcore fans will tolerate the upsell.

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May 04, 2021

The best PCIe 4.0 SSD: If you have this cutting-edge interface, this drive is ready for it
Most computers and storage drives still use the common SATA or PCIe 3.0 interfaces to sling your bits of data around, but if you're lucky enough to own a relatively modern PC, you might be able to upgrade to a solid-state drive (SSD) built on the insanely fast new PCIe 4.0 protocol. We've tested several PCIe 4.0 SSDs, and the best one to cross our labs thus far is the Samsung 980 Pro.

"The Samsung 980 Pro is a great NVMe SSD—the fastest we've ever tested using the PCIe 4.0 bus," we said in our review. "If you're lucky or smart enough to own a late-gen Ryzen system, it's the one you want."

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May 03, 2021

Ryzen 5000: Everything you should know
Back in November, AMD fired a fresh shot across Intel's bow with the launch of its Zen 3 processors—also known as Ryzen 5000. Not only did those powerful new desktop parts win a spot on our Best CPUs list, they were joined soon after by equally impressive mobile chips in January.

Upgrading to either variant of Ryzen 5000 naturally brings up questions: Just how powerful is each line? Where can I get these right now? And whatever happened to Ryzen 4000 on desktop? We answer all these topics and more, which you'll find in the handy list below. You can use this article as a cheat sheet for quickly getting up to speed on the latest, too.

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May 03, 2021

How AMD's impossible-to-find Ryzen 9 5900X somehow made Amazon's top-selling list
We all know AMD's 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X has been unattainable since its introduction. So imagine our surprise when we saw it riding high on Amazon, reaching as high as the number-two spot on the Amazon Best Seller list for Computer CPU Processors, depending on when we checked.

How could a CPU that's been sold out—or available only at inflated prices, be a bestseller on Amazon? Are PC builders desperate enough to pay $700 or $900 for a chip with a $550 MSRP? Are there actually enough available to outnumber other CPUs for sale? Surely there must be some glitch in Amazon's algorithm. 

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May 03, 2021

I've fallen in love with this Asus miniLED 4K panel
If you're the kind of person who puts doing work ahead of playing games, you'll understand why I think the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX might be the perfect monitor.

Announced April 29 and due to ship by the end of May, the ROG Swift PG32UQX is a feature-packed panel possessing just about every acronym you can find, including: miniLED, DisplayHDR 1400, IPS, 10-bit, G-Sync Ultimate, 144Hz, and 4K.

That's probably just alphabet soup to regular people, so let me translate it for someone who works more than they game—but is tired of staring at compromise every day in the form of some random 1080p LCD.

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PC World Latest News
May 03, 2021

Wyze Plug review: A rock-solid indoor, dirt-cheap Wi-Fi smart plug
Simple does it (and does it well) with another bargain-priced Wyze smart home product.

PC World Latest News
Apr 30, 2021

Cord cutting: A beginner's guide
How to cut the cord: All the devices, services, and knowledge you need to ditch cable and save money.

PC World Latest News
Apr 30, 2021

Streaming video DVR explained
We're often asked whether there's a DVR for streaming video services. The answer is complicated.

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Apr 30, 2021

Excel percentage formulas: 6 common uses
Excel percentage formulas can get you through problems large and small every day—from determining sales tax (and tips) to calculating increases and decreases. We'll walk through several examples below: turning fractions to percentages; backing sales tax out of totals; percentage of total; percentage increase or decrease; percentage of completion; and percent ranking (percentile).

How to turn fractions into percentages Percentages are a portion (or fraction) of 100. The math to determine a percentage is to divide the numerator (the number on top of the fraction) by the denominator (the number on the bottom of the fraction), then multiply the answer by 100. For example, the fraction 6/12 turns into a decimal like this: 6 divided by 12 (which equals 0.5) times 100 equals 50 percent.

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Apr 30, 2021

The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet
The best USB-C hub allows you to add connections and ports that your laptop or tablet lacks: an HDMI connection, an SD card slot, or simply more USB ports for storage, mice or keyboards. It's also important to know whether what you're looking for is a true USB-C hub, or a more powerful, pricier Thunderbolt dock. We'll help you choose which to buy.

Laptops with USB-C ports are now almost ubiquitous, as the world moves away from slower, inflexible USB-A ports to this faster, more versatile connection standard. Some laptops only have USB-C connections—that means a USB-C hub is essential if you want to connect a wired USB-A mouse or keyboard, or an older wired printer. 

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Apr 30, 2021

The best graphics cards for PC gaming: GeForce RTX 3050 and 3080 Ti inbound?
"What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?"

That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Cyberpunk 2077 and get right to playing.

Gaming GPU cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:

Best budget GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 Super [amazon.com] Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 Super [newegg.com] Best 1440p GPU: GeForce RTX 3060 Ti [bestbuy.com]  Best 4K GPU: GeForce RTX 3080Remove non-product link [bestbuy.com] 

PC World Latest News
Apr 30, 2021

Ryzen 7 5800U vs. Core i7-1185G7: Everything you need to know before you buy your next laptop
It's pretty easy to pick between a Ryzen 5000 desktop chip and a 10th-gen or 11th-gen Intel Core: Get the Ryzen, 9 out of 10 times.

The answer isn't quite so clear-cut when you move into the most popular category of laptops: Ultraportables that weigh less than three pounds. Comparing AMD's top Ryzen 5800U mobile chip to Intel's top Core i7-1185G7 mobile chip, the choice isn't simply about which is faster. Instead, to pick the best CPU for your needs, you'll need to think about how you use your ultraportable laptop, then choose the CPU best suited for your tasks.

Because most people don't know whether their applications use more CPU cores or just need very high boost clocks for single-threaded tasks, we'll try to help you through your choice by defining usage scenarios and discussing where each CPU is stronger. Few people only do one thing, of course, so look at all the scenarios that fit you and see where they lean.  

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PC World Latest News
Apr 30, 2021

YouTube TV yanked from Roku's channel store, but it's not completely gone
Existing YouTube TV users will still be able to stream shows on their Roku devices while Roku and Google work on striking a deal.

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Apr 30, 2021

The HP Omen 30L is a new kind of prebuilt gaming PC
With component prices so terrible right now, computer builder are starting to eye prebuilt PCs as the quickest way to replace an aging system—or scratch that itch for a brand-new gaming rig. We ourselves have even recommended buying a prebuilt PC instead of going DIY as a strategy.

But some DIY builders remain skeptical of prebuilts, especially those from big companies like Dell and HP, and for good reason. Not so long ago, prebuilt gaming PCs came equipped with proprietary motherboards and power supplies, making common DIY upgrades difficult. (You couldn't easily swap in a beefier graphics card, for example.) The parts in those same prebuilts often didn't perform as well as what you could get off-the-shelf for a DIY build.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 30, 2021

Streaming TV on vacation: What cord-cutters need to know
Before you take your streaming TV bundle on vacation, read up on these restrictions.

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Apr 30, 2021

Eve Aqua review: The perfect watering timer for the HomeKit set
Support for HomeKit and Thread render this water valve smarter than most, but Android users are left high and dry.

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Apr 30, 2021

8BitDo Pro 2 review: The best 'Pro' controller for $50
The Pro 2 is the sequel to 8BitDo's SN30 Pro —a full-sized controller designed with modern features and wrapped in classic gaming aesthetics. At first glance the new controller looks almost exactly like the old one, but it packs some welcome upgrades while keeping the cost at a very reasonable $50. These features make the Pro 2 worthy of the ‘Pro' name and makes it an easy recommendation for any gamer looking for a powerful and versatile gaming option.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG 8bitDo Pro 2 Specifications Compatibility with Windows 7 and up, Android 4.0 and up, Nintendo Switch, macOS 10.10 and up, and Raspberry Pi 2B, 2B , 3B, Zero Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity 2 additional back paddle buttons Custom profile switch that can toggle among the 3 profiles on the fly Mode switch toggle (Switch, macOS, D-input, X-input) 1000mAh Li-on rechargeable, replaceable battery that lasts 20 hours on a 4 hour charge over a USB-C connection Enhanced grip 6-axis motion sensor Fully configurable in Ultimate Software for PC and mobile 8BitDo evolution The Pro 2 builds upon the controller legacy that 8BitDo has laid down over the course of multiple years—so it's important to review how we got to this point in case you haven't been following. The company started out with a suite of products that was designed to bring modern features to classic controller designs,

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Apr 29, 2021

BrandPost: The Best Free Antivirus Software in 2021
This article has been adapted from its original version, which can be read here.

Avast Free Antivirus In the cybersecurity space since 1988, Avast — that's us — knows a thing or two about keeping you safe. We've become recognized industry leaders and that's why our antivirus software is trusted by millions of people all around the world.

Leading antivirus testing lab AV-Comparatives chose Avast Free Antivirus as its Product of the Year in 2018 and again as a Top Product of 2019 and 2020. And it's why PCMag gave Avast Free Antivirus its coveted Editors' Choice award for 2021. Plus, we constantly update our software to make sure you stay protected against new threats.

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Apr 29, 2021

The best SSDs of 2021: New cryptocurrency could send prices skyrocketing
Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you'll find tiny "gumstick" SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn't as simple as it used to be.

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Apr 29, 2021

New GeForce drivers reveal Nvidia's next crypto mining counterstrike
It may be impossible to buy a graphics card right now, but the new Game Ready 466.27 drivers released today just tipped off Nvidia's next counterstrike in the war against cryptocurrency miners. The company accidentally cracked its own anti-mining "hashrate limiter" introduced alongside the GeForce RTX 3060 but it's coming back for a second round of restrictions, and these ones could be even more extensive.

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Apr 29, 2021

Can you trust a company after one of its products catches fire? | Ask an expert
Q: How can anyone recommend the NZXT H1 or any NZXT product in the future, given that the H1 has been proven to catch on fire?

A: Clearly, the NZXT H1 enclosure had issues. Back in December, 2020, NZXT temporarily halted sales of its Xbox Series X-like case and issued an advisory that the design of its riser cable could cause a fire—while also reassuring the public that the possibility of such an occurrence was low. Eventually, the company began issuing nylon screws to replace the existing metal ones and rectify the problem, then resumed sales.

But that wasn't the end of the tale. As we reported in early February, NZXT halted sales of the H1 for a second time after Gamers Nexus published two videos explaining how NZXT's fix could be insufficient in preventing fires. You can read the details in the link above, but in a nutshell, users who bought a used H1 (or a PC with the riser cable from a pre-recall H1) could innocently replace the nylon screw with a metal one, not knowing they were reintroducing the risk of a fire. Also, installation or removal of even the nylon screw could cause further degradation to the faulty element in the riser cable (the PCB board), increasing the risk of fire.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 29, 2021

Sharp FXJ80UW Air Purifier review: Breath easier in big rooms
Sharp's capable large-room purifier uses a two-prong approach to eliminate pollutants, but it suffers from a complicated, buggy setup.

PC World Latest News
Apr 29, 2021

Sharp FXJ80UW Air Purifier review: Breathe easier in big rooms
Sharp's capable large-room purifier uses a two-prong approach to eliminate pollutants, but it suffers from a complicated, buggy setup.

PC World Latest News
Apr 29, 2021

Roku vs. YouTube TV: Untangling the latest cord-cutting carriage dispute
Will Roku lose YouTube TV? Untangling the latest cord-cutting carriage dispute

PC World Latest News
Apr 29, 2021

How to spot an online scam: 3 dead giveaways
It's surprisingly easy to fall for an online scam even if you're hyperaware of all the ways bad actors can trick you. Online scammers are playing a numbers game. If they send out their scams to enough people, they'll find a few people who posses a magic combination: Folks who are distracted by life and also concerned with their online accounts.  

That's how I almost fell for an online scam. My credit card bill was coming due, but I was busy that month, and paying the bill was just one of many things percolating in the back of my mind. Then I suddenly got an email stating my bank was freezing my account if I didn't login. "Oh no!" I thought. "I'm late paying my bill."

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Apr 28, 2021

The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
The spring shower of new laptop technologies—AMD's Ryzen 5000 and Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs, plus Nvidia's RTX 30-series mobile GPUs—are bringing a welcome flowering of faster, better portable PCs, the latest of which we've just started reviewing. It's still a tight market, as pandemic-fueled sales remain strong. But if you yearn for the latest and greatest, this is your time. Keep reading for the latest news and reviews. (Psst: We also have a list of all the laptops available with RTX 30-series.)

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Apr 28, 2021

Microsoft's next Windows 10 21H1 has essentially one new feature: here it is
Microsoft has announced that' it's published the final build of Windows 10 21H1, also known as the Windows 10 May 2021 Update. So what can you expect when it hits your PC? Well, one feature. Okay, maybe two.

No one quite expected Microsoft to release a major Windows 10 feature update in the spring of 2021, given the the work Microsoft has been putting into the forthcoming Windows 10X. Still, few could predict just two consumer-facing features, with only one of them something that a typical user might do. The rest is bug fixes.

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Apr 28, 2021

Here comes the next Windows 10 update: The May 2021 Update, due soon
Microsoft said Wednesday that it has finalized the next major version of Windows 10, formally named the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, for release in the near future.

The Windows 10 May 2021 Update will also be known as version 21H1. It will probably appear as "21H1" when users launch the winver command after Microsoft begins pushing the update to client PCs. Microsoft hasn't given a formal date for when that push will begin.

In a blog post announcing the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, senior program manager Brandon LeBlanc said Microsoft is sending the final build, Build 19043.928, to the Release Preview channel of its Windows Insider program. The Release Preview channel is the most conservative of Microsoft's Insider channels, the place where users can try a final, well-polished build of the next Windows 10 feature release a bit early. Microsoft invited testers to try out the final build by joining the Windows Insider program and downloading Windows 10 21H1. 

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Apr 28, 2021

The Full Nerd Ep. 174: AMD's mysterious 4700S, Apple's M1 blitz, EVGA's Elite GPU access
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Alaina Yee, special guest Keith May of WCCFTech, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss Apple's M1 iMac and iPad, AMD's mysterious 4700S chip and whether EVGA's Elite membership for early access to GPU queues is worth it or not.

[ Further reading: The best CPUs for gaming ] As annoying as it is, the tech press can't help but talk about Apple's M1, which is now coming to the new iMac and iPad Pro. Adam tries his best to bait Gordon into yelling. He doesn't take the bait—but does discuss his loathing of Apple fanboys.

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Apr 28, 2021

Microsoft is finally fixing Windows' most annoying multi-monitor bug
If you use multiple monitors with Windows, you've probably encountered this frustrating bug: When your PC resumes from sleep, all your application windows arbitrarily rearrange themselves. Microsoft is finally fixing this.

Microsoft calls this Rapid Hot Plug Detect (Rapid HPD), and it tends to affect multi-monitor setups that can use the DisplayPort interface, or that run DisplayPort over another cable, like Thunderbolt. Now, Microsoft says an upcoming Windows update will finally fix the problem.

Here's the scenario that Microsoft says the Windows update fixes: Your PC is connected to an external monitor, with apps scattered across all of the screens. Then, you either put the PC to sleep or your PC falls asleep after it's been left alone for a while. When you return and your PC resumes from hibernation, Windows moves all of your applications to a single monitor, forcing you to rearrange them manually.

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Apr 28, 2021

Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks
Digging deep into Windows 10Image by Dan Masaoka/IDG

Windows 10's constantly evolving nature means fresh features usually arrive twice per year, most recently via the October 2020 Update (though the Windows 10 21H1 Update should be right around the corner). With all the new goodies come a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users. Others simply let you mold the Windows 10 experience into the shape you see fit. Here are some of the most useful tweaks, tricks, and tips we've found over Windows 10's many iterations.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more
Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC's operating system. Even if you're well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can't be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. 

You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program gives hackers entry to your system.

We're not suggesting that PC security software is fool-proof. Antivirus software often can't do much to stop zero-day exploits, for example. But it can detect when the undisclosed vulnerability is used to install other nasty bits, like ransomware, on your machine. Anyone who actively uses email, clicks on links, and downloads programs will benefit from an antivirus suite.

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Apr 28, 2021

Microsoft is choosing a new default font for 2022, and it wants your help
Microsoft is choosing a new default font for 2022, and it wants you to help it decide.

Microsoft said Wednesday that the company is moving away from Calibri, the default font it adopted in 2007 to replace Times New Roman within Microsoft Office. Calibri went on to be Microsoft's default font everywhere, but the company says it's time to move on. Microsoft has commissioned five new fonts as potential replacements for Calibri. 

Don't worry: Calibri will still be an option in the fonts menu within Office and other apps, as well as the five new fonts, whose names are Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview. Microsoft said it's asking its users to indicate which new font they prefer via social media. 

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PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

Oops! Unannounced Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPUs outed by Samsung
Samsung unveiled an array of super-slim, super-smart Galaxy laptops this morning, but notebooks weren't the only hardware the company announced today. Tucked into the footnotes of an infographic on Samsung's newsroom, you'll find that the Galaxy Book Odyssey comes equipped with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti Max-Q graphics cards. The only problem? Nvidia hasn't announced any RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti GPUs yet.

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Apr 28, 2021

PC Matic 4.0 review: Healing is still holistic, but with a new coat of paint
Antivirus suites with lots of features tend to focus on detecting and managing threats first, and then throw in some "tune-up" utilities as extras. Iowa-based PC Matic (formerly PC Pitstop) takes a different approach. The company's eponymous software is an optimization tool for your PC foremost, with antivirus being just one part of that larger whole.

The focus on optimization is made clear the moment you see PC Matic's use of dashboard gauges. In the world of PC Matic, your PC is a finely tuned machine primed and ready to deliver the performance you require.


PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

Can't decide what to watch? Netflix's ‘Play Something' button rolls out today
The long-percolating feature will let Netflix users skip the scrolling and start watching a video based on their viewing histories.

PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

Samsung's new Galaxy Book Pro laptops are thin, light, and smart
Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops on Wednesday. The four thin-and-light systems are designed with premium features, innovative enhancements, and close ties to the rest of Samsung's product ecosystem.

Announced at the company's virtual Samsung Unpacked event on April 28, the laptops are available for preorder immediately and will start shipping May 14. Prices will start at $1,000 for the Galaxy Book Pro 13 and $1,100 for the Galaxy Book Pro 15 clamshell notebooks. The convertible models (with 360-degree hinges) will start at $1,200 for the Galaxy Book Pro 360 13, and $1,300 for the Galaxy Book Pro 360 15. Samsung is also offering special discounts through Amazon, Best Buy, and its own online store.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

3 common PC building problems—and the tools that fix them
Working on a PC sometimes go fast and smooth—no fuss, no hassle. You pop in the components, connect all necessary cables, press the power button, and boom, a POST screen. Other times, however, you end up spending hours having to unsnarl an issue.

Of the problems you can run into while building, upgrading, or repairing a PC, some common ones are rooted in actual physical issues. Here's what you need to fix them—and how to avoid these jams in the first place.


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PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

Yamaha YH-E700A Wireless ANC headphone review: Noise cancelling that doesn't cancel any of your music
Yamaha's headphone won't wow you with extraneous features, but its superb sonic signature rings true even with its active noise cancelling enabled.

PC World Latest News
Apr 28, 2021

The live TV streaming issue no one's talking about
How some live TV streaming services make a chore out of ad skipping.

PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

AMD says more GPUs are en route to alleviate supply crunch
AMD executives said they plan to deliver more GPUs during the second half of 2021, in an attempt to alleviate the supply crunch. Discussed during the company's quarterly earnings call, the supply shortage was an indicator of company's strong sales: Revenue nearly doubled from a year ago.

AMD chief executive Dr. Lisa Su told analysts Tuesday that the company believes it's gained market share in the PC space, as the company plans to increase the number of notebooks powered by its Ryzen 5000 Mobile series of processors by about 50 percent during 2021. (Our review of the Ryzen 5800U Mobile processor shows it's on a par with Intel's latest 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips.) Revenue from the Radeon 6000 GPU lineup more than doubled from the prior quarter.

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Apr 27, 2021

Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest
There are great laptops available now (as pandemic-fueled sales remain strong), and you can see our tested favorites below. But if you yearn for the latest and greatest, check out our news and reviews of laptops with AMD's Ryzen 5000 and Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs, and Nvidia RTX 30-series mobile GPUs. (Psst: We also have a list of the first laptops available with RTX 30-series.)

Here are the latest news and reviews, along with our top picks below. 

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PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

Chia cryptocurrency threatens to spike SSD prices like Bitcoin did to GPUs
A new emerging cryptocurrency, Chia, could do to the hard drive and SSD market what more traditional cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have done to GPUs: spike prices and make them next-to-impossible to buy. In Asia, the trend has reportedly already begun.

Chia isn't just another knockoff cryptocurrency: it's led by the founder of BitTorrent, Bram Cohen, who is chief executive of the Chia Project. Chia began allowing Chia "farmers" to begin mining Chia coins in March, and will allow transactions of the coins themselves to begin on May 3.

Traditional cryptocurrencies use what's called "proof of work" to authenticate blockchain transactions, with progressively decreasing rewards as more coins are mined. In reality, this means that cryptocurrency miners have moved to CPUs to GPUs (and even specialized ASICs) to mine crypto as quickly and efficiently as possible. But because specialized ASICs are impossible for consumers to design and manufacture, demand for more available GPUs has skyrocketed, driving up prices hundreds of dollars above MSRP.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

MSCHF is up to no good with its race to win 100 pounds of cookies
The Internet is a weird and wonderful place. The latest weirdness comes from the team at MSCHF of the Lil Nas X "Satan" shoe debacle. The Brooklyn-based art collective's latest effort is a contest to win 100 pounds of cookies. All you have to do is gather the most browser cookies with MSCHF's special Google Chrome plugin by Monday, May 3 at 1 PM Eastern time.

It sounds like a fun contest but don't count on winning, as the leaderboard is already filled with shenanigans.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

How to set up your new computer
So you've got a new computer. Awesome! That humble metal box is the key to a wide world of potential. It can help you with everything from juggling your finances to keeping in touch with your family to blowing off some steam on, uh, Steam.

But a new PC isn't like a new car; you can't just turn a key and put the pedal to the metal. Okay, maybe you can—but you shouldn't. Performing just a few simple activities when you first fire it up can help it be safer, faster, and better poised for the future. Here's how to set up a new laptop or desktop computer the right way, step by step.

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Apr 27, 2021

Dell's new Latitude 7320 Detachable will take on the Surface Pro 7
The Latitude 7320 Detachable is Dell's answer to the excellent Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet, but with Thunderbolt in place of the Surface Connector, and a hidden, optional fingerprint reader to supplement the Windows Hello depth camera. Its integrated pen cubby looks virtually identical to the one on the Surface Pro X.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 tablet represented an enormous step up in graphics performance, but we knew there were competitors on the horizon. Dell's business-oriented tablet is slightly larger at 13 inches and brighter at 500 nits maximum, but slightly lower-resolution compared to the Surface Pro 7 . Dell has also recognized that the work-from-home movement continued, so it's built in an improved user-facing 5MP camera that contains an integrated image processor. 

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Apr 27, 2021

Surface Laptop 4: What to know and what to buy
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is Microsoft's latest general-purpose laptop, complete with a choice of Intel's latest 11th-gen Core (Tiger Lake) chips or Microsoft's second-generation Ryzen Surface Edition processors, which Microsoft co-designed with AMD. 

There's a lot of information to process: What Surface Laptop 4s can you buy? How much does each Surface Laptop 4 cost? How fast is the Surface Laptop 4, compared to the competition? We have all the answers that you're looking for, below.

What is the Surface Laptop 4? Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is the fourth generation of the Surface Laptop family. Compared to Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 , which is a premium 2-in-1 tablet with detachable keyboard, or the Surface Book, which is a high-performance laptop, the Surface Laptop is more affordable and is designed for mainstream users and students.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

EVGA's free Elite Priority Access offers first dibs on a new graphics card
Scoring a new graphics card may feel impossible, but a tweak to EVGA's free Elite membership may make your quest merely next to impossible instead. The company earned the accolades of PC enthusiasts around the globe by introducing a queue-based system for GPU sales on its website, and now, EVGA will give its Elite members "priority access" to the line.

Here are the key bits from yesterday's announcement:


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PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

Spotify kicks off a podcast subscription service to rival Apple's
Spotify will let podcasters keep 100 percent of subscriber revenue for a year, but there's a catch.

PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

AMD Ryzen 5800U Review: AMD's best laptop CPU takes on Intel's best 11th-gen chip
Everyone can see that AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs are enjoying a dynastic run of greatness. In our review of desktop Ryzen 5000 chips, they obliterated Intel's desktop Core CPUs turning them overnight into good value chips. The same could be said of AMD's Ryzen 5000 H-class chips in larger gaming laptops, which also outclassed the equivalent Intel CPUs.

The last win AMD is trying to notch won't be so easy. Unlike Intel-based desktops and larger gaming laptops, which are powered by older and slower 14nm chips, the thin-and-light category of sub-three-pound laptops actually feature Intel's most advanced CPUs: Its 11th-gen Tiger Lake. Built on its 10nm FinFET process using its newest cores and its best integrated graphics, Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs won't be the pushovers its 14nm siblings are. But when you're on a roll like Ryzen 5000, it's hard to see AMD coming up short. So sit back to see if Ryzen can make it three in a row.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 27, 2021

Kami Doorbell Camera review: Flexible and inexpensive porch security
You can operate this doorbell cam with your existing wiring or run it on battery power.

PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Zoom copies Teams with Immersive View
Microsoft Teams has chased Zoom and other videoconferencing apps for years, taking the best of what they have to offer and integrating it. Now, the opposite is true: Zoom is taking Teams' "Together Mode" and putting it into Zoom.

Zoom's calling this "Immersive View," but the principle is the same. Instead of stitching together a number of individual video windows into a video gallery, Immersive View uses AI to extract your face and torso and put them into an artificial background, such as a coffee shop. It's a way to humanize the experience, but also to see more faces on the screen at one time—up to 25.

Zoom isn't saying how many backgrounds you'll be to use with Immersive View. Once you turn on the feature, however, you'll be able to add Zoom participants automatically into the Immersive View virtual background. Zoom says you'll be able to rearrange participants manually around the background, and even resize individuals. Note that Zoom isn't saying that you'll be able to add 25 participants to all backgrounds, as some "smaller" scenes are being designed for smaller group settings. 

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Finally, a good use for Intel's lowly Atom CPU: Inside NASA's $2.7B Perseverance rover
Intel's underpowered Atom CPU has finally found some respect—on Mars. The lowly chip had a tough time on Earth, winning the faintest of praise for its pedestrian performance. But its energy-sipping ways were apparently a good fit for a couple of compute modules that NASA built into its $2.7 billion Perseverance rover.

Intel said Monday that there are at least two Atom SoCs embedded inside of Perseverance. The chip is the main processor aboard a COMEX-IE38 computing module developed by Israel-based CompuLab.

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Apr 26, 2021

Microsoft Viva is Teams' attempt to replace your company's intranet
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Feb. 4. It has been updated to reflect the new status of Viva Learning.

Microsoft has announced Viva, a new "employee experience platform" that integrates with Microsoft Teams. If your company uses Teams, chances are that you'll see Viva, along with some of its more familiar features like Topics and Insights, soon.

Microsoft already uses Teams as a launchpad for apps like Word and PowerPoint, plus shared resources on OneDrive and SharePoint. Inside Viva are features that Microsoft is calling Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Learning, and Viva Topics. Topics is available today; Insights is available in preview, and Insights in private preview. As of April 26, Microsoft has pushed Viva Learning live into public preview.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Even USB-C earbuds come with bloatware now
You may be used to computers and even Android phones shipping stuffed with bloatware, but a new Deezer promotion brings unwanted software installs to a new frontier: earbuds.

Gross.

Mobee-K's new USB-C smart earbuds come with Deezer "pre-installed," the music streaming service announced last week (as spotted by The Verge), and they unload much more than that when paired with select Samsung Galaxy phones.

"When Samsung Galaxy owners sync their Smart Earphones, they will launch a customized Deezer theme for their phone," the press release states. "The theme includes wallpapers, exclusive playlists, and shortcuts to Deezer, which can be accessed via the phone's lock screen and home screen menus." People who then subscribe to Deezer's Premium or HiFi plans will also receive three months free.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Roku users may soon lose access to YouTube TV due to Google standoff
Accusing Google of "unfair" and "anticompetitive" behavior, Roku says YouTube TV may soon disappear from its streaming players and devices.

PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Microsoft yanks a Windows 10 update that was wreaking havoc with PC gamers
If you've been suffering from gaming instability ever since Windows 10's monthly update rolled out a couple weeks back, the pain should end soon. The Windows 10 KB5001330 update (along with the KB5000842 update for beta testers) caused stuttering, frame rate drops, and even the dreaded Blue Screen of Death for some PC gamers, which prompted Nvidia support to tell people to roll back the update. Now Microsoft has confirmed the issue, and a fix-that's-not-really-a-fix is already rolling out.

"A small subset of users have reported lower than expected performance in games after installing this update," Microsoft's support page for the KB5001330 update now reads, as spotted by Rock Paper Shotgun. "Most users affected by this issue are running games full screen or borderless windowed modes and using two or more monitors."

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Why Microsoft needs an Xbox gaming laptop
It's been a big few months for Microsoft's hardware endeavors. Last year, the company unveiled the Surface Book 3, a unique melding of notebook and tablet that Microsoft calls "the ultimate laptop," followed by the shockingly potent Surface Laptop 4 in 2021. The long-awaited Xbox Series X console also launched on November 10, and it probably puts your PC to shame (especially since you can't buy a GPU right now). But what I want is something that straddles those two worlds and solidifies Microsoft's position as a driving force in gaming—and yes, that includes PC gaming.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?
Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? It's a common question, whether asked by parents weighing the best computer option for their children or by people who just want an inexpensive computer for themselves. We'll help you choose the right one.

Our latest update includes more answers to questions you might have: such as, how slow (and inexpensive) can a Chromebook be before it stops being usable? Or what new features are being added to Chromebooks to make them more useful, compared to a Windows PC? Read on for the answers, plus our up-to-date buying guide and more.

Who should buy a Windows PC? A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages. Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, your choice of any browser, and configure antivirus options, utilities, and more. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

How to sell old tech
Most everyone has laptops, smartphones, fitness trackers, tablets, or cameras lying around the house, no longer in use. If you don't need them, you can get cash for that old tech—it just takes a little time.

As you'd expect, the more energy you put into the effort, the more cash you'll reap. Listing the item yourself on an online marketplace yields the highest returns, while using a buyback service lowers the payout in exchange for less work.

Here are your options, plus some tips for the best experience when selling your old gear.

Sell your old tech to a buyback service The simplest method for selling devices is turning them over to a buyback service like Gazelle, Decluttr, or ItsWorthMore. These websites let you input info about your older gear—make, model, condition—and then give you a valuation. If you like the amount offered, you print a free shipping label provided by the website, pack up the item, and then drop it off in the mail.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

How to sell your old tech gear
Most everyone has laptops, smartphones, fitness trackers, tablets, or cameras lying around the house, no longer in use. If you don't need them, you can get cash for that old tech—it just takes a little time.

As you'd expect, the more energy you put into the effort, the more cash you'll reap. Listing the item yourself on an online marketplace yields the highest returns, while using a buyback service lowers the payout in exchange for less work.

Here are your options, plus some tips for the best experience when selling your old gear.

Sell your old tech to a buyback service The simplest method for selling devices is turning them over to a buyback service like Gazelle, Decluttr, or ItsWorthMore. These websites let you input info about your older gear—make, model, condition—and then give you a valuation. If you like the amount offered, you print a free shipping label provided by the website, pack up the item, and then drop it off in the mail.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub (model MYQ-G0401) review: A modest upgrade to an essential gadget
There's no need to upgrade from existing myQ systems, but this version maintains its top-shelf position.

PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Dreame Bot L10 review: A better "seeing" robot vacuum
This vacuum/mop hybrid uses advanced LiDAR to get a better understanding of your room layout and provide collision-free cleaning.

PC World Latest News
Apr 26, 2021

Surface Laptop 4 review: Microsoft returns to form with a solid notebook
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 has significantly improved where it matters—in performance and in battery life. Even though it's largely unchanged otherwise compared to the Surface Laptop 3 (and available in the same 13.5-inch and 15-inch sizes), that's not a bad thing given the product line's tradition of offering a great screen, a great keyboard, and great battery life. Microsoft has hit its mark on all three criteria once again, and the important changes under the hood make all the difference.

Our praise comes with a few qualifications. The product line is expensive. The long battery life is attained with a few tricks. We also don't know how the Ryzen 7 version we've tested here compares to its siblings with an Intel CPU inside. Despite these unknowns, we would still easily recommend buying this laptop.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 23, 2021

How to check your PC's CPU temperature
Is your computer's CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you're overclocking your PC's processor, too—you don't want to accidentally push the performance pedal too far to the metal when you're supercharging your pricey Core i9-11900K or AMD Ryzen 5900X, especially given how hard it is to acquire processors these days.

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PC World Latest News
Apr 23, 2021

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar review: High-end sound for a high-end price
Sennheiser expects to fetch top dollar for this sophisticated soundbar, but it fully doesn't deliver the immersive audio experience it promises

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