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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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We've always been big fans of the XPS 13 line of mobile devices (in both laptop and 2-in-1 form-factors), and now Dell is stepping up its game when it comes to displays. The XPS 13 was last refreshed in early 2020, and with that design switch-up came a shift to a 13.4-inch IPS 16:10 display panel available in... Read more...
When we think of MediaTek, the first thing that often comes to mind are budget-oriented SoCs used in low-end smartphones and Chromebooks. On the other hand, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX brand invokes high-end gaming GPUs in gaming desktop and laptop PCs. However, it looks as though those two forces are linking up thanks to a... Read more...
The move from traditional cable and satellite TV packages to streaming options was supposed to give consumers more freedom and control over video plans. However, the streaming landscape has become muddied with multiple competing services and rising prices over the years. One of the biggest offenders concerning price... Read more...
The automotive industry is quickly moving towards autonomous capabilities for cars and trucks to make driving from place to place less demanding/stressful and safer. However, a lot of computing power is needed to process data from the various cameras, sensors, and collision avoidance hardware mounted on today's... Read more...
If you're a fan of LG's smartphones, it was probably heartbreaking news to learn last week that the company announced plans to exit the business. LG cited an "incredibly competitive mobile phone sector" for its decision, which was compounded by the fact that the division has been a money loser for six straight... Read more...
It's been a few months since Samsung launched its Galaxy S21 family of smartphones, which means that attention is starting to shift towards the next iteration of the Fan Edition. Luckily for us, some new information has come down the news pipeline concerning the Galaxy S21 FE, and it could be a compelling entry into... Read more...
It seems as though smartphone pricing is getting out of hand these days, with flagships easily cresting the $1,000 mark before discounts. Decent mid-range smartphones with 5G will run you around $500. But what about folks that want to spend less than $200 and still get a device that then can daily drive? Well, Woot... Read more...
NVIDIA's GTC 2021 keynote will kick off this coming Monday (April 12th) at 11:30 am EST broadcast from CES Jensen Huang's now-famous kitchen. With that initial announcement came a teaser video that featured a neuron with blinking lights. Some rather astute onlookers guessed that the blinking lights were using morse... Read more...
Many people didn't know what to think of Xbox Game Pass when it initially launched for the Xbox One back in 2017, but it has grown to become a formidable and "sticky" feature for Microsoft's game consoles. For $9.99 per month (or $14.99 per month with Xbox Live Gold included), you get access to an ever-expanding... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its support pages to confirm both AMD and Intel SKUs for its upcoming Surface 4 Laptop family. This revelation wasn't exactly earth-shattering, as the current Surface Laptop 3 also offers Intel and AMD options depending on which screen size you select. Today, however, frequent... Read more...
A new Ryzen 5000 processor is waiting in the wings for customers, and we're not talking about the incoming Zen 3-based Cezanne APU family. Instead, AMD is ready to release the Ryzen 9 5900, the "non-X" counterpart to the potent Ryzen 9 5900X. Like the Ryzen 9 5900X, the new Ryzen 9 5900 is a 12-core/24-thread... Read more...
It looks as though Facebook isn't the only online platform dealing with the fallout from a massive user data breach. Following reports of a data breach that includes information from 500 million LinkedIn users, officials for the company today confirmed those findings. According to a new report, hackers scraped the... Read more...
ASUS has a new laptop on the way, and it is shaping up to be an exciting entry in the company's gaming hardware portfolio. An incomplete listing for the ROG Zephyrus M16 was spotted over at Amazon China, and it is rocking Intel's still unofficially launched Tiger Lake-H processors. The ROG Zephyrus M16 will come with... Read more...
The ongoing global chip shortage has had wide-range effects across the tech sphere. Everything from AMD Radeon RX/NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards, to Ryzen 5000 processors, to PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S consoles have been significantly impacted and in incredibly short supply. Even auto manufacturers have been... Read more...
When it comes to PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the sky is the limit with performance. When the first-generation SSDs landed with sequential read speeds surpassing 5,000 MB/sec, we were impressed. Things have only progressed from there, with SSDs using second-generation PCIe 4.0 controllers like the Adata XPG Gammix S70 delivering... Read more...
For long-time fans of the Halo franchise, we have some excellent news for those that own Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC). For those not in the know, The MCC includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. The April 2021 update for The MCC (version 1.2241.0.0)... Read more...
When T-Mobile acquired Sprint, it made big promises regarding blanketing the United States with 5G connectivity. T-Mobile has made good on those promises with a rapid rollout of low- and mid-band 5G spectrum in addition to mmWave spectrum where possible. Today, the company has announced a couple of initiatives to... Read more...
It is tough to find a graphics card in stock at MSRP these days. Not only are current-generation graphics cards from the GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000 series' selling at two to three times their MSRP, but even previous-generation GeForce RTX 20 and Radeon RX 5000 series graphics cards are selling at inflated... Read more...
In June 2020, Hewlett-Packard launched an all-new Omen 15 gaming laptop that gave enthusiasts a choice of either AMD Ryzen 4000 or 10th generation Intel Comet Lake-H processors. AMD systems were only available with a GeForce RTX 1660 Ti GPU, while Intel systems could have a GeForce RTX 2060 or GeForce RTX 2070. It... Read more...
Google's Pixel 5 has been around since October 2020 and has seen regular updates via Pixel Feature Drops and monthly security updates. So, when the Android Pixel Security Update landed this month, we assumed that it would just be another run-of-the-mill release. However, a curious addition in the release notes hinted... Read more...
When we stumble across PC components deals, they typically come from online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, or various other well-known names. It's not often that the device's actual manufacturer provides the best price to consumers. Western Digital is bucking that trend today with a killer deal on its... Read more...
We have some good news in store for folks out there firmly in the AMD camp concerning gaming hardware. ASUS is reportedly developing a version of its incoming 2021 ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop that will feature AMD's brawny Ryzen 9 5900HX Zen 3 APU and the unannounced Radeon RX 6800M processor. The Ryzen 9 5900HX is... Read more...
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