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Brandon received his first PC, an IBM Aptiva 310, in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since. He cut his teeth on computer building/repair working at a mom and pop computer shop as a plucky teen in the mid 90s and went on to join AnandTech as the Senior News Editor in 1999. Brandon would later help to form DailyTech where he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008 until 2014. Brandon is a tech geek at heart, and family members always know where to turn when they need free tech support. When he isn’t writing about the tech hardware or studying up on the latest in mobile gadgets, you’ll find him browsing forums that cater to his long-running passion: automobiles.

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Motorola had hoped to take the smartphone market by storm with a nostalgic nameplate and a sleek design with its reimagined Razr, but the device instead landed with a thud. Early complaints revolved around its high price tag ($1,499), hinge durability concerns, and its lackluster Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC (given the... Read more...
There’s no question that former NASA engineer Mark Rober is a gift from the geek gods, and a person that no one should EVER cross. We’ve seen his science- and tech-filled hijinks against porch pirates on multiple occasions, and now he’s going after another class of pirates – only these thieves aren’t human. We’re... Read more...
Microsoft first announced its new wireless Surface Earbuds back in October, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that it actually went on sale. The company originally stated that the Surface Earbuds would cost $249, but later revised that figure down to a more palatable $199. Although the lower price point and... Read more...
What began as a trickle of information on AMD’s upcoming new processors is now turning into a flood. We first heard reports that AMD would release two new Zen 2 "Matisse Refresh" processors on Friday, and by Saturday, that number had grown to three new processors: the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and the Ryzen 9... Read more...
Tomorrow, those of us here in the United States will celebrate Memorial Day to honor the men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Military. Memorial Day has also become synonymous with folks flocking to the beach and taking part in sales on all types of retail items. COVID-19 may have... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on a rumor that indicated that AMD was working on new "Matisse Refresh" processors that would launch in June alongside the new B550 motherboards. According to that thin rumor, AMD was working on a Ryzen 7 3750X and Ryzen 7 3850X. We're now getting some additional clarity thanks to a new... Read more...
Leaks surrounding Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake architecture have ramped up in recent weeks, culminating with some promising benchmarks surrounding the integrated Xe graphics that will be included. Today, a flood of alleged internal slides have leaked that detail much of the architecture and features that underpin Tiger... Read more...
Intel officially launched its 10th generation Comet Lake-S desktop processor family earlier this week, and the chips deliver some strong performance with some equally voracious power consumption – especially with respect to the flagship Core i9-10900K. AMD has not been sitting idle, however, and we reported yesterday... Read more...
With the Pixel 4a looming on the horizon, discounts are starting to pile up on the current generation Pixel 3a family. That’s good news for those that don’t want to wait until July for the Pixel 4a’s arrival, and need a low-cost smartphone right now. Amazon is selling both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at record low... Read more...
We've got a heads up for you folks that tune in to our weekly 2.5 Geeks podcast. As a reminder, the next show goes live Friday (5/22) at 5PM EST, and we'll have none other than Frank Azor on the line to rack his brain on all things gaming related.  For those that don't already know, Frank serves as AMD's Chief... Read more...
The ink is barely dry on our review of Intel's brand new 10th generation Comet Lake-S based Core i9-10900K and Core i5-10600K processors, but we're already discovering evidence of their successors popping up in online benchmarks. We're talking of course about Intel's upcoming 11th generation Rocket Lake-S... Read more...
It’s been years since many of us have even thought about the first-generation Xbox gaming console. That was Microsoft’s proverbial “foot in the door” into the console gaming market to battle Sony’s PlayStation 2 with PC-centric hardware (custom Intel Pentium III processor, NVIDIA GeForce 3-based graphics). But... Read more...
The last Razer gaming laptop to go under the knife was the Blade Stealth 13, which arrived in April with a 10th generation Intel Ice Lake processor, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics, and a 120Hz display option. Now, Razer has turned its attention to the top dog Blade Pro 17, which is gaining a wealth of new spec bumps... Read more...
The Google Pixel 4a has leaked so much, that the only thing really missing right now is an official launch date. As recently as April 29th, the rumors on the internet have suggested that Google would launch its new mid-range smartphone on May 22nd, which is tomorrow. However, a tweet from Jon Prosser is casting down... Read more...
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