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Borderlands 3 review impressions: It's exactly what you think and nothing more
Sat, 14 Sep 2019 12:41:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Borderlands 3 is exactly what it purports to be, which is “More Borderlands.” Should that annoy me? Or anyone? Probably not. There’s something to be said for giving the fans what they want, and hey, when I was in high school I was very into Tom Petty and very excited when he played “Free Falling” at the concert I attended even though there was no way in hell he’d skip it.Point being I get it. You make a game called Borderlands 3, and it’s going to be Borderlands. Shut up and play the hits.So much of this console generation has been exactly that though. Spinning our collective wheels. Playing it safe. There are a million reasons for it, and this isn’t the best place to delve into those reasons, but suffice it to say the biggest names in games ten years ago are still—barring the odd Fortnite—the biggest names in games now.To read this article in full, please click here
The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.We’ll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. Updated 9/13/19 to include our review of the Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp, which offers great sound and a multitude of features, but at a steep price for today’s gaming headset market. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.To read this article in full, please click here
Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:17:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We’re also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.To read this article in full, please click here
Watch The Full Nerd talk about the 3rd-gen Ryzen boost bug patch live!
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:01:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers the recent 3rd-gen Ryzen boost bug patch, the state of Windows 10 in 2019, and more. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat. If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft's patch to fix Windows Search breaks Windows Search
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:24:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft will have to patch the patch. A recent patch designed to eliminate unwanted CPU spikes associated with Windows Search has apparently broken Windows Search.At least it has on my machine. Other threads on Reddit report that the entire Start menu has vanished. More tellingly, Microsoft has acknowledged the bug, and has said that it is working on a patch for the patch.Originally, a “small number of users” saw a spike in CPU consumption after installing the latest update to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or  KB4512941, Microsoft reported last week. Those spikes were apparently tied to users who had decided to block Windows Search’s ability to search the web. This week, Microsoft issued patch KB4515384 to solve the problem. Unfortunately, in fixing the CPU spiking problem, the patch presented new problems for Windows Search and, in some cases, the Start menu.To read this article in full, please click here
This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
I finished Control two weeks ago and now all I can think about is more Control. Good news on that front, as Remedy announced two expansions this week—including one themed around Alan Wake? It certainly looks that way.That news, plus a few Tokyo Game Show announcements, Civilization in Excel, Civilization-as-battle-royale, KFC’s new video game obsession, a System Shock III trailer, and more.This is gaming news for September 9 to 13.Free frights For the first time ever, Epic’s free game of the week is one I haven’t played. Conarium, released in 2017, is “a chilling Lovecraftian game” and the screenshots look neat, though it holds a middling score on Steam. Still, it’s free right? Nothing to lose by picking it up.To read this article in full, please click here
Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp review: A tough sell nowadays, but still a top-notch headset
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s been a while since we’ve seen premium Astro gear. Once known exclusively for its high-end headsets, Astro spent the past few years carving a niche at the budget-friendly end of the market. First there was the A10, delivering surprisingly great sound for only $60 (and earning our pick for best budget headset). Then Astro followed up with the A20, for entry-level wireless.But with those newcomers now firmly established it’s high time Astro returned to its signature headset, the A40. To read this article in full, please click here
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 review: this combo robot vacuum/mop is great for multi-level homes
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This robot vac can remember multiple floor plans, which is great for folks who live in multi-level homes (but no, it can't climb stairs).
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra review: A high-performance muscle car of a GPU
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Gamers, start your engines. The $440 XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra is the first custom Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card we’ve laid hands on, and it screams.The Thicc II Ultra evokes XFX’s beloved Double Dissipation design, with an ultra-clean, black-and-chrome scheme reminiscent of American muscle cars, and revved-up clock speeds to match. Like any hot rod, though, you’ll need to tinker with it a bit for the best performance, and you can hear it purring when you put the pedal to the gaming metal.It’s worth it. The XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra is extremely impressive and extremely fast, pushing AMD’s new flagship GPU well past the similarly priced GeForce RTX 2060 Super’s performance. With its optimizations, the Thicc II Ultra inches awfully close to the $500 RTX 2070 Super’s frame rates. You’ll be able to find it at retailers this week, but XFX sent us an early review sample to test. Let’s get to it.To read this article in full, please click here
Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.
Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.
Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:31:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. It’s common to see products from Anker, Mophie, and MyCharge, but how do you know which ones deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?As for the latter, be advised: Amazon voluntarily recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics-branded external power banks after they were found to potentially overheat.To read this article in full, please click here
AMD adds Radeon Image Sharpening to some Radeon RX 400- and 500-series graphics cards
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
One of the Radeon RX 5700 series’ most interesting software tricks is expanding to more graphics cards. The new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 drivers releasing today adds support for Radeon Image Sharpening to the Radeon RX 470, 480, 570, 580, and 590—AMD’s lineup of killer value mainstream graphics cards.As we said in our Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT review: “Radeon Image Sharpening uses algorithms to intelligently sharpen only the areas that need it, reducing the blurriness that can pop up when you activate various anti-aliasing methods or run games at a lower resolution than your display’s maximum. Better yet, it does so with next to no performance impact.”  To read this article in full, please click here
Mozilla tests VPN-like Firefox Private Network for Firefox browsers
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:11:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Firefox will be the second browser vendor to include a free VPN inside a browser... well, of a sort, anyway.This week, Mozilla announced the evolution of its “Test Pilot” program, where the company will test beta features with a small group of customers. In this case, you must sign up for a Firefox account and opt in to the program.The first beta is the Firefox Private Network, which the company is not advertising as a virtual private network, or VPN. Mozilla promises you’ll be able to toggle the Private Network on, which will provide some of the traditional features of a VPN: end-to-end encryption and hidden IP addresses, among others. However, the “VPN” affects only your Firefox browser, so any other apps you have open during that time won’t benefit from encryption. For now, it’s available only to desktop PCs.To read this article in full, please click here
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's educational Discovery Tour mode is here at last, and better than before
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 06:51:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
“My name is Herodotus, and I am a traveler from Halikarnassos.”That’s underselling it a bit, I think. More than mere traveler, Herodotus is generally considered the first historian in the modern sense. And here he is standing on a remote beach, ready to regale me on the battles of Pylos and Sphakteria, key conflicts in the 30-year Peloponnesian War.It’s an experience only Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’s Discovery Tour can offer modern-day fans of history, and yet more proof how special this spin-off series can be—and how much more potential there is to explore.To read this article in full, please click here
RockPals 300W Portable Power Station review: Jack of all trades, master of power stations
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Admittedly, RockPals isn’t a company I had heard of prior to receiving a sample of its 300W portable power station and the $199 100W solar panelRemove non-product link accessory, but I have a feeling we’ll all be hearing the name a lot more.To read this article in full, please click here
Don't blame AT&T and DirecTV if ESPN gets blacked out
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
As blackouts loom for ESPN on DirecTV and other AT&T TV services, remember who's instigating them.
iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: Which $1,100 giant phablet phone is best?
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
No matter which side you’re on, there’s no denying that the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 10+ are amazing. With giant screens, cutting-edge cameras, and gorgeous designs, they just might be the best phones ever made, and they’ve got sky-high price tags to match. So before you plunk down four figures for the pleasure of owning one, you should know which one is right for you. We’ve broken it down feature by feature below. iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Galaxy Note 10+: Design It’s been only two years since Apple unveiled the iPhone X to much fanfare, dumping the home button and ushering in a whole new design language for the iPhone. It’s not bad that Apple has decided to stick with it for another year, and the 11 Pro offers some fresh ideas like its square camera array and single-glass construction. But after a slew of notched copycats, the language is already starting to feel a little stale. To read this article in full, please click here
Scout Video Doorbell review: More bells and whistles than you might expect for the price
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Scout doesn't pack every important feature into its video doorbell, nor would you expect it to for the price, but it does have some nifty features.
PCWorld's September Digital Magazine: Intel's 10th-gen CPU is here
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:49:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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 features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.In the September issue In September we have the lowdown on Intel's launch of the 10th-gen 'Ice Lake' chips, pushing hard on graphics for notebook PCs. We clear the air on the Intel Core i9-9900K versus the AMD Radeon Ryzen 9 3900X: Find out which one you should buy. Plus, we’ve got a roundup of 5 great but ancient software apps users absolutely refuse to give up.To read this article in full, please click here
Gears 5 review: War has changed
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:45:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Gears 5 starts with a "Previously on…" recap, and that's when I realized I remembered absolutely nothing about Gears of War 4. I played it. I reviewed it. Judging by the review I wrote at the time, I vaguely enjoyed it.But I don't remember it.If nothing else, I think Gears 5 will escape that fate. While Gears of War still feels like a series casting about for an identity, one that could've (and maybe should've) died with the Xbox 360 era, Gears 5 at least makes an honest effort at finding a way forward. It stumbles occasionally, sure, but the seeds of future reinvention are here.To read this article in full, please click here
iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: How to decide which one to buy
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Here's everything that's different (and the same) among Apple's new phones, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Budget tablet showdown: Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2019) vs. Microsoft Surface Go
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 06:55:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In about a month’s time, Microsoft may unveil the next generation of its year-old, entry-level Windows tablet, the Surface Go. For now, however, Apple has fired the first shot: a $329 10.2-inch iPad that offers a lot of what the Surface Go does, and for slightly less.While many Microsoft Surface tablets feel bulky when detached from their Type Cover keyboards, the $399 Surface Go does not. However, it’s also powered by a somewhat poky Intel Pentium Gold processor, while Apple’s latest iPad has its optimized A10 Fusion chip under the hood. It’s not that much different than the Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018), though. The iPad also makes the camera a focus, though you’ll look slightly ridiculous taking photos using any tablet, Apple or Windows.To read this article in full, please click here
With the iPhone 11 Pros, Apple stripped all meaning from the ‘Pro’ name
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro is “the first iPhone powerful enough to be called Pro,” but that’s hardly the case.
Galaxy Note 10 tips: 10 things to do first
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Samsung’s phones always have a lot of features hidden in their labyrinthine menus, but the Note series is particularly jam-packed. Along with the usual Samsung One UI features, the 10 and 10+ also have S Pen capabilities and all the features those entail. The new Notes aren’t cheap phones, so you’ll want to actually use all those features. Here are the 10 things you ought to do first.Choose your navigation buttons Samsung still defaults to the standard button navigation system, but you can make some changes. There’s even a gesture option that’s easier to adjust to than the systems used by some other device makers. Just head to Settings > Display > Navigation bar.To read this article in full, please click here
AirTV Mini review: A streaming dongle for Sling TV diehards
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This Sling-centric streaming dongle gets the hardware right. It's the software and Sling TV service that remain iffy.
Best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ cases: Top picks in every style
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
With a near “all-screen” design that barely has a bezel, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is one of the prettiest phones we’ve ever seen, but it’s also very fragile. Even if you opt for the smaller model over the monster 6.7-inch version, you’re going to want to buy a case for your brand new thousand-dollar handset. We’re here to help you pick out one that will fit well, keep it safe, and of course, look good. We’ll keep updating this list as we test new cases, but here are our favorite picks so far: To read this article in full, please click here
Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This $100 Bluetooth speaker could do with a little more high-end detail, but its attention to mid-range audio pays dividends when it comes to delivering rich, robust sound.
Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:59:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.
Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:53:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
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