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Razer Hyperflux: A Wireless Mouse That Has No Battery Inside—believe It!
Razer’s Mamba Hyperflux mouse and Firefly Hyperflux charging-pad combo sound like science fiction. Get this: It’s a wireless mouse…without a battery. When I heard about it at CES, I didn’t believe it would work. Now that I’ve had it in my hands for a
PCWorld7 min read
Lenovo Mirage Solo: No-wires VR Arrives, And It’s Pretty Awesome
Lenovo’s new Mirage Solo with Google Daydream separates “good” VR from a glorified View-Master experience because of one thing: the ability to move. No, not turn your head as though locked in a brace, but actually kneel on the floor and feel as thoug
PCWorld4 min read
Samsung 970 EVO: Strong Competition For The Best Budget NVMe SSD
Samsung’s EVO series has owned the title of fastest TLC-based M.2 NVMe SSD since there has been such a thing. But unfortunately for the company, that distinction went the way of the dodo with the release of the WD’s game-changing Black NVMe in April.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen: A Speedy, Premium 2-in-1 With A Lofty Price Tag
Tough, fast, and generous with battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a lot going for it, but a bargain price isn’t one of them. We certainly admire the ThinkPad’s top-notch construction, impressive performance and clever touches, like its ret
PCWorld10 min read
Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Small Fixes Now Hint At Better Things For Later
Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update barely received a formal title, which understandably makes you wonder how much importance the company ascribed to it. But as our review shows, what Microsoft internally referred to as the “Redstone 4” release
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Stream PC Games On Twitch
Not so long ago there was pretty much one way to interact with a video game: You sat down and played it. Maybe you watched an older friend or sibling play while pointing out all their mistakes, but gaming was never what you’d call a “spectator sport.
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Google Assistant Works With Over 5,000 Smart Devices, But Alexa Is Far In The Lead With More Than 12,000
The smart home assistant battle has shifted. No longer is it about how well your speaker can understand what you’re saying, it’s about how many devices can understand what it’s telling them to do. And Google Assistant just made a big leap in that dep
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Nvidia Kills Controversial GeForce Partner Program Due To ‘Conjecture And Mistruths’
After weeks of rumors and a counterattack by AMD’s Radeon, Nvidia is ending its mysterious, controversial GeForce Partner Program. “A lot has been said recently about our GeForce Partner Program,” Nvidia’s John Teeple wrote. “The rumors, conjecture a
PCWorld2 min read
Valve’s Steam Link App Will Let You Stream PC Games To Android And IOS Devices
Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. First it helped kill off the company’s own short-lived Steam Machines, with the $50 Steam Link perfectly capable of putting PC gaming in your living room without t
PCWorld5 min read
LG’s G7 Is Boring Because All Android Phones Are Boring Now—and It’s Apple’s Fault
In case you missed it, LG recently introduced its latest flagship phone, the G7 ThinQ, which is packed with all of the things premium smartphones need in 2018: good looks, lots of screen, a Snapdragon 845 processor, Android Oreo, AI, wireless chargin
PCWorld4 min read
What Still Isn’t Clear About The Future Of Windows After Build 2018
We leave Microsoft’s Build developer conference with more questions than answers about the state of Windows, and that’s not a good thing. We wrote rather optimistically about a March reorganization that erased Windows from the roles of senior managem
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Everything Revealed At Google I/O 2018: Android P Beta, Huge Maps Overhaul, Google Assistant Gets Personal
Google always pulls out the stops for the keynote at its annual I/O developer conference, and this year was no exception. Google I/O 2018 lacked the flashy flagship hardware that defined previous keynotes—nary a new Chromebook, Pixel, or Google Home
PCWorld7 min read
Windows 10 April 2018 Update: The Best Hidden Features
Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 upgrade, known as the April 2018 Update, improves Windows in numerous ways. But Microsoft has also added innumerable under-the-hood adjustments. That’s why this roundup exists: to underscore smaller additions you might m
PCWorld5 min read
How To Use Fonts In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, And More
We have access to more fonts today than ever before, and so many are free! Fonts, like graphics, can make or break a presentation (such as a PowerPoint slideshow); sell a book, magazine, or newspaper (or leave it on the shelf); and make an advertisem
PCWorld3 min read
SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 3D SSD: High-end performance at bargain prices
The SanDisk Extreme Pro NVMe offers nearly the same performance as Samsung’s class-leading 970 Pro, but costs the same as that company’s slower and lower-priced 970 EVO. Targeted at creative types and power users with lots of big files to store, it’s
PCWorld7 min read
Google Assistant: 12 Awesome Features You Should Be Using
Google has had voice search features in Android for years, but when Google Assistant rolled out on the Pixel in October 2016, everything finally came together. You can now get Assistant on all modern Android devices, and Google has already announced
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What To Do After A Data Breach
It happened again. Another major web service lost control of its database, and now you’re scrambling to stay ahead of the bad guys. As much as we hate them, data breaches are here to stay. The good news is they don’t have to elicit full-blown panic n
PCWorld4 min read
Star Wars: Episode I Racer Roars Back Onto PCs And It’s Still One Of The Best Racing Games Ever
There are a few games I remember exactly where I was when I first played them. Star Wars: Episode I Racer is one of them. It was an N64 demo kiosk at a Toys ‘R’ Us in New Jersey. I stood there craning my neck up at the tiny CRT screen enraptured for
PCWorld4 min read
Windows 10 Timeline: How To Use Microsoft’s New Organizational Tool
Windows 10’s Timeline feature helps answer the question: what was I working on? This handy, optional feature can track the documents and Web pages you’ve been working on over the past weeks and months, organizing them into a collection of documents y
PCWorld4 min read
Cortana Gets The Power Of Sight In Microsoft’s Future Vision Of Conference Rooms
Cortana can see you. Maybe. A mysterious, cone-shaped device, shown in a demo at Microsoft’s Build event in Seattle, hinted at a big leap in capability for the company’s digital assistant: the ability to see and identify people. In the ruthless war a
PCWorld4 min read
Hands-on: Radical Heights Is A Free Battle Royale Game Oozing ’80s Neon And Early Access Bugs
Recently, Boss Key said it was moving on from Lawbreakers to a “passion project.” Now that passion project is out on Steam. I didn’t expect such a fast turnaround, but the game is called Radical Heights, and it’s a free-to-play, ’80s game show–themed
PCWorld5 min read
Selecting the best Intel 300-series motherboard to fit your needs was straightforward when the initial wave of 8th-gen Core desktop processors launched in October 2017, because only the enthusiast-class Z370 chipset released alongside the new chips.
PCWorld4 min read
How To Set Up Android Auto In Any Car
Android Auto will work in any car, even an older car. All you need is the right accessories—and a smartphone running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher (Android 6.0 is better), with a decent-sized screen. Add a few handy apps and phone settings, and yo
PCWorld4 min read
Is Your VPN Secure? How To Check For Leaks
A trustworthy virtual private network (VPN) is a good way to keep your internet usage secure and private whether at home or on public Wi-Fi. But just how private is your activity over a VPN? In other words, how do you know if the VPN is doing its job
PCWorld6 min read
9.7-inch IPad (2018): Apple’s Tablet Is ‘Pro’ Enough For Many Of Us
Pull it off the shelf at the Apple Store, and you’d be hard-pressed by sight alone to distinguish the new sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad from last year’s model. And under the hood, it’s not much different, where there’s simply a speedier A10 processo
PCWorld3 min read
Intel’s Kaby Lake-G Mystery: Why Radeon Vega M May Be More Polaris Than Vega
Intel’s Kaby Lake-G chip harbors a mystery. PCWorld has learned the company’s exciting CPU/GPU combo chip may actually be based on AMD’s older-generation Polaris cores rather than the newest Vega cores. This revelation doesn’t change how we feel abou
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Dell’s Updated XPS 15 Could Crush The MacBook Pro 15—again
Know why the MacBook Pro 15 is so thin? It’s because of all the times Dell’s powerhouse XPS 15 has stomped on it. Yes, that’s a cheap shot, but it’s been mostly true—and Apple’s beatdown will only get worse as the newest XPS 15 (model 9570) ups the a
PCWorld4 min read
Intel’s Debut 6-core Core I9 CPUs Could Push Gaming Laptops Past 5GHz Speeds
For years, PC gamers have needed to pick a poison: Buy a desktop with the most powerful components available, or sacrifice some performance for a laptop they could take on the road. Intel’s new 6-core mobile Core i9 chip, its fastest notebook CPU eve
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If you’re asking yourself: “Should I buy a Core i9 laptop?” don’t worry. We can help you cut through the hype, innuendo, and specs so you can make the right decision. Frankly, the name itself is enough to confuse casual observers. In desktops, the Co
PCWorld5 min read
Corsair Void Pro: The Best $100 Wireless Gaming Headset
Corsair’s carved itself out a nice niche. Wireless headsets have come down in price a lot over the last five years, but still average around $150 list price—a category that includes Logitech’s G533 and G933, HyperX’s new Cloud Flight, the SteelSeries
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