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 2021-07-23 10:47 

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How to benchmark your graphics card...

Sure, benchmarking your graphics card may sound like rocket science, but it's not as difficult as you might think. Roll up your sleeves, because this guide will show you just how easy, enjoyable, and important it is to benchmark your GPU. And not just...

 2021-07-23 10:15 

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RIG's new HX gaming headsets look great, feel phenomenal, and sound ho-hum...

RIG's gaming headphones may have been around for a long time, but they're new to me. I've never had an opportunity to try a pair before. Now that the company is owned by Nacon, however, I was sent over not one but two pairs—the RIG 700 P...

 2021-07-23 03:30 

PCWorld

The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more...

The best laptops are getting better. Computex 2021 (virtual) brought a heavy rain of news from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia, everything from new CPUs to technologies that enhance gaming performance. The laptop market is still tight, but if you yearn for the lat...

 2021-07-22 15:59 

PCWorld

Beware pirate gamers: This malware targets you...

In 2021, crime doesn't pay if you can't be found on Google. That's apparently what the creators of the new MosaicLoader family of malware discovered. PC security company Bitdefender recently published a whitepaper detailing the new malicious s...

 2021-07-22 15:00 

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Framework laptop review: This DIY laptop wants you to take it apart and repair it...

Framework wants you to take its laptop apart and repair it. Seriously. While most laptops are difficult to impossible to repair or upgrade, this debut product from Framework not only can be dismantled and upgraded, but the company actually encourages you ...

 2021-07-22 10:30 

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PDF Architect 8 review: A PDF editor for every need...

PDF Architect is easily the most unique PDF program we've come across. It's offered as a free download and three different paid packages, each containing a specific set of PDF tools it calls "modules." As you move up the payment tiers, mor...

 2021-07-21 19:12 

PCWorld

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice...

Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Rest assured, we've done the legwork to determine if a VPN s...

 2021-07-21 18:33 

PCWorld

Amazon's new game might literally destroy your graphics card...

If you have a GeForce RTX 3090 , you'll want to skip loading up the beta test for Amazon's New World MMO, because the game might literally break your graphics card . Yes, and by "break" we mean it just might permanently stop working—...

 2021-07-21 15:57 

PCWorld

How to set up and use Teams Chat in Windows 11...

Microsoft has begun rolling out the integrated Teams Chat function to a small subset of Windows Insiders testing out Windows 11 , Microsoft said this week. Here's how to use Teams Chat (formally called Chat from Microsoft Teams) within Windows 11 . Fo...

 2021-07-21 14:43 

PCWorld

The Full Nerd ep. 184: Valve Steam Deck, Intel Alder Lake rumors, DirectStorage on Windows 10...

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung , Brad Chacos , and Adam Patrick Murray are back in the saddle, broadcasting live from our studio for the first time in a long time. And we had a heaping helping of delectably geeky topics for our big return. F...

 2021-07-21 10:45 

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HP Elite Dragonfly Max review: Premium business convertible with a killer webcam...

The HP Elite Dragonfly Max is designed for executives who are on Zoom calls as much as they are in in-person meetings. The Elite Dragonfly Max features a five-megapixel (1440p) webcam that offers twice the resolution of the standard 720p laptop webcam, an...

 2021-07-21 10:30 

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AVG Secure VPN review: An easy-to-use VPN from a well-known security brand...

AVG Secure in brief: P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Czech Republic Number of servers: 700+ Number of country locations: 35 Cost: $59.88 per year VPN protocol: OpenVPN Data encryption: AES-256 Data authentication: decided on-the-fly, changes frequentl...

 2021-07-20 22:45 

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PCWorld's July Digital Magazine: Intel's new Tiger Lake H laptop chips take the fight to AMD...

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld's Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful featur...

 2021-07-20 14:30 

PCWorld

How to unzip files in Windows 10...

A ZIP file contains multiple compressed files inside, reduces the overall size of the files to save storage space. But to use those files, you'll need to unzip them. Luckily, Windows 10 has a built-in tool to do just that. Here's how to unzip file...

 2021-07-20 13:00 

PCWorld

Dropbox wants your photos in the wake of Google's data cap...

Dropbox said Tuesday that the company has beefed up its password management mechanisms even more, while bringing photo upload capabilities into its basic tier. Dropbox also announced some general UI changes, as well. Dropbox first introduced a password ma...

 2021-07-20 10:45 

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4K vs. HDR monitor: How to choose...

4K and HDR are the peanut butter and jelly of modern televisions. Where you find one, you'll find the other. Together, they're the recipe for a delicious eye-candy sandwich. Monitors aren't so lucky. While it's possible to find 4K HDR moni...

 2021-07-20 10:30 

PCWorld

11 powerful websites that can replace your desktop software...

Web browsers used to be a place where folks could only play flash games, check emails, hang out in chat rooms, and torrent music (and malware) from LimeWire . Those days are long gone. Thanks to the sophisticated development of web technologies such as HT...

 2021-07-19 18:21 

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Best Buy will sell Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs this Tuesday (if you have a ticket)...

If you've been searching in vain for a graphics card during the crippling GPU shortage , tomorrow might just be your best chance yet at snagging one. Best Buy announced that it will be selling GeForce RTX 30-series graphics card in select stores Tuesd...

 2021-07-19 17:21 

PCWorld

The best SSDs of 2021...

Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices speed up boot times, improve the responsiveness of your programs and games, and generally makes your computer feel fast . But not all solid-state drives ...

 2021-07-19 14:13 

PCWorld

Microsoft's next-gen storage tech won't be locked to Windows 11 after all...

Put down your pitchforks, fellow gaming geeks. Windows DirectStorage—the next-gen storage technology that powers the Xbox Series X's blazing Velocity Storage system —will be coming to Windows 10 as well as Windows 11 , Microsoft confirmed ...

 2021-07-19 10:13 

PCWorld

Slow Wi-FI? This simple router settings tweak might fix it...

Sometimes a little software adjustment is all it takes to fix your Wi-Fi problems. I realized this much when I bought a brand-new router, a hulking monstrosity with support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard. What should have been a major network upgrade ins...

 2021-07-19 09:45 

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Valve Steam Deck vs. Nintendo Switch: Which gaming handheld should you buy?...

You'll often hear PC enthusiasts—including yours truly—say that the Nintendo Switch is the perfect companion console for your gaming rig, thanks to its handheld mode for on-the-go gaming, deep indie library, and access to Nintendo-exclusiv...

 2021-07-16 20:22 

PCWorld

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 h...

 2021-07-16 16:49 

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Watch PCWorld try out AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution in Godfall...

Head over to PCWorld's YouTube channel to watch us try out Godfall using AMD's new upscaling tech, called FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). Brad goes in-depth on the ins and outs of FidelityFX Super Resolution in a recent article, but we wanted t...

 2021-07-16 15:34 

PCWorld

What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck's live-or-die Linux software, explained...

Looking at the spec sheet alone, the just-revealed $399 Steam Deck gaming handheld should be a winner. Valve's PC-centric Nintendo Switch rival features a big 7-inch touchscreen, plenty of control inputs, an all-AMD chip based on the same hardware ins...

 2021-07-16 13:30 

PCWorld

Windows 10 isn't dead yet, as Microsoft reveals '21H2' feature update...

Microsoft announced Windows 10 21H2 on Thursday afternoon, the latest Windows 10 feature update and evidence that Windows 10 isn't quite dead yet. With Windows 11 on the horizon, however, it was reasonable to expect that Windows 10 21H2 wouldn't h...

 2021-07-16 10:30 

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EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra review: Pure souped-up power...

The new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is basically a 3090 , but for gamers, we said in our review of Nvidia's Founders Edition model. The GPU inside is barely cut-down, and while the RTX 3080 Ti gets half the memory of its bigger sibling, 12GB of GDDR6X is capa...

 2021-07-16 10:00 

PCWorld

AZZA's diminutive pyramid case is an antidote to boring builds...

As its name states, the AZZA Pyramid Mini 806 is a pint-sized version of the company's ATX glass-and-steel pyramid case. But while the Pyramid 804 was large enough to flip over and use as a table (as described in this Anandtech article from Computex 2...

 2021-07-15 19:46 

PCWorld

Elgato FaceCam review: Truly made for streamers...

The FaceCam is a $200 webcam from Elgato aimed at the gaming/streaming crowd—and it's a unique first foray into the crowded camera business. Why would anyone spend so much on a webcam? The streaming business is booming. You could easily drop tho...

 2021-07-15 18:00 

PCWorld

Valve's Steam Deck handheld is like a Nintendo Switch built by PC nerds...

The rumors were true. Valve officially pulled the curtain back on the Steam Deck on Thursday—a $399 gaming handheld designed to bring your Steam gaming library to the palms of your hands, powered by AMD hardware and Valve's own Linux-based Steam...

 2021-07-15 17:53 

PCWorld

Hey Microsoft, the last things we need are animated emoji...

We've simply dealt with too many damn distractions over the past year. Politics. Climate change. Kids pestering you for a snack. And just two days after Microsoft tells us that the fundamental principle of Windows 11 is "calm," another Microso...

 2021-07-15 16:46 

PCWorld

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 ...

 2021-07-15 14:56 

PCWorld

How to turn on Power Mode in Windows 11 for increased performance...

If you're wondering how to increase the performance of your Windows 11 PC, you may already know one way: Use the Windows power-performance slider. But in Windows 11, Microsoft has hidden it. We'll show you where. Microsoft offers you an easy way t...

 2021-07-15 10:30 

PCWorld

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 review: Tiny camera with good image quality...

If you like your dash cams small and unobtrusive, easy to use, with good day and night captures, then Garmin's tiny, $130 Dash Cam Mini 2 is what you want. It's so miniscule, it was completely hidden behind my MX-5 Miata's dwarfish rearview mi...

 2021-07-15 10:00 

PCWorld

How to turn your iPad into a true laptop replacement...

Can an iPad replace a laptop? It's a silly question because it has an obvious answer: yes, it can. It has a screen, runs apps, and can connect to the Internet. The real question is not if an iPad can replace a laptop, but if you can use it without rag...

 2021-07-14 19:23 

PCWorld

What's a Cloud PC? Microsoft's video offers a first look...

Microsoft's new Windows 365 and its Cloud PCs promise to change PC computing by putting your PC in the cloud? Confused? A Microsoft video helps explain it in more detail. Windows 365 is a new service that will allow businesses to provide virtualized W...

 2021-07-14 16:43 

PCWorld

Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller review: New tricks from the market leader...

Rachio didn't need to improve its top-of-the-class smart sprinkler controller, but it did all the same. With its third generation, this irrigation controller pulls even farther away from the rest of the field . From a hardware perspective, Rachio hasn...

 2021-07-14 15:00 

PCWorld

Razer launches new Blade 17 gaming notebook for both work and play...

Razer has launched the latest generation of its Razer Blade 17 gaming PC, though with numerous enhancements that the company says will make it usable for both work and after-hours gaming. Razer's Blade 17 (previous generations were known as the Razer ...

 2021-07-14 15:00 

PCWorld

Windows 365 launches Microsoft's Cloud PC era...

Windows 365 is Microsoft's name for the Cloud PC, a new Microsoft service that will stream Windows in the cloud to Android phones, tablets, Macs, and more. Windows 365, available to businesses starting August 2, was announced Wednesday morning at Micr...

 2021-07-14 10:30 

PCWorld

What to do when your laptop is stolen (and how to prepare for it)...

Having your laptop stolen isn't just stressful because you need to replace a pricey piece of hardware—it also poses a threat to your digital security. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself both before and after your lapto...

 2021-07-14 10:00 

PCWorld

Does the Windows 11 preview slow down your PC?...

Microsoft's Windows 11 introduces a lot of new code into your PC: a new UI, new Widgets, a revamped Start menu, and more. But does it slow down your PC—or, conversely, speed it up? We ran a few benchmarks to find out. Let's make one thing cl...

 2021-07-13 13:05 

PCWorld

Five Windows Hello webcams you can buy right now...

Specialized webcams that support Windows Hello are still, surprisingly, rare. Microsoft's secure-login system using fingerprint, biometric, and facial recongnition technology is, after all, a unique feature of Windows 10. It makes sense users would wa...

 2021-07-13 13:01 

PCWorld

Speed up Windows 10 for free: Tips for a faster PC...

It's a common complaint: My Windows PC is running slow. Annoyingly slow. You can add RAM, or buy a faster SSD, but that costs money. No, your first order of business should be an attempt to wring free performance from Windows. In the following nine st...

 2021-07-13 10:03 

PCWorld

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga review: Budget business style, with shortcomings...

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga is a capable 2-in-1 convertible that could be a great fallback option if your budget manager rejects your request for a ThinkPad X1 Yoga or another premium 2-in-1 business convertible. It keeps the spirit of the product line ...

 2021-07-13 09:52 

PCWorld

Someone left this gaming PC in the gutter and all it needed was some love...

We indeed live with first-world problems in the United States. I know this because amid a global chip shortage and a 1,000-year drought of GPUs, I stumbled across a fully functional gaming PC literally thrown to the gutter. Nerd's honor (which you pro...

 2021-07-12 14:16 

PCWorld

How to check what motherboard you have...

When you're looking to upgrade your computer's hardware, one of the most difficult things to understand is whether or not an individual component is compatible with the rest of your PC. And of all the various aspects to consider, the specification...

 2021-07-12 10:40 

PCWorld

How to turn your laptop into a desktop workstation...

The big difference between laptops and desktops is that the latter are, well, big: ideally placed on a nice comfy desk and festooned with accessories. But if you have a laptop already, you have all the components of a desktop, and then some. If you're...

 2021-07-12 10:28 

PCWorld

Are ultrawide monitors worth it?...

Buying an ultrawide monitor for your PC is the most dramatic choice you can make short of purchasing a full-sized HDTV and slapping it on your desktop. Ultrawides are massive monitors that will dominate your desk and may even require a re-think of your ex...

 2021-07-09 21:06 

PCWorld

Watch PCWorld stream Warframe on YouTube!...

Tune in live on PCWorld's YouTube at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time Friday, July 9,to watch us stream the ever-popular Warframe on a custom-built, all-AMD-based gaming PC. We built this PC live earlier this week in order to show off the powerful tools enabled...

 2021-07-09 20:01 

PCWorld

Net neutrality, right to repair, broadband fees: How Biden's order will affect tech users...

President Joe Biden issued a sweeping executive order on Friday that encourages government agencies to begin enacting reforms across the tech spectrum, including re-enacting net neutrality, enforcing broadband competition, enacting "right-to-repair...

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