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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 all know that Samsung is planning an Unpacked event for this summer to announce its latest crop of consumer electronics devices. Over the past few weeks, we've seen some substantial leaks of the Galaxy Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. However, over the weekend, famed leaker Evan Blass struck the motherlode and... Read more...
This past March, Intel gave us some insight into its upcoming 12th generation Alder Lake and 13th generation Raptor Lake processor platforms. Technical documents on Intel's website provided an "overview of high-level compatibility guidance between Alder Lake S and Raptor Lake S" for its customers. This weekend... Read more...
The OnePlus Buds were introduced roughly a year ago, and we were generally impressed with their audio performance and features, especially for the price. While these wireless earbuds didn't offer active noise cancellation like its pricier rivals, it was hard to argue with the $79 price tag. Now, it appears that... Read more...
MSI is going all-AMD with its new Alpha and Delta gaming laptops, leveraging Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards. NVIDIA has been the dominant player in the discrete laptop GPU sector, but AMD is ready to charge into battle with its Radeon RX 6000M family, and MSI is here to take full advantage. First up is... Read more...
Windows 11 is coming, and millions of PCs will be eligible for the free upgrade. However, those reticent to upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 11 will be in for a slightly more complicated transition (if they decide to make the jump). It's worth noting that Windows 7 was first released back in 2009 and was... Read more...
By now, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will look like at launch. Several rumors have coalesced around a unique design with a multi-colored back, large camera bump, and premium materials. Now, gadget leaker Jon Prosser alleges to have a bigger scoop on the... Read more...
With all the excitement building around the upcoming fall release of Windows 11, we have some good news to share with you. Microsoft just released Windows 11 Build 22000.65 to everyone currently on the Windows Insider Dev Channel. Microsoft introduced some pretty significant UI updates with Windows 11, along with... Read more...
Although the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the most highly anticipated smartphones coming from Google this year, the company also promised to deliver a new mid-range smartphone for consumers. After a rumor claimed that the Pixel 5a was canceled for this year, Google quickly made the surprise decision to confirm months... Read more...
The OnePlus 8 is again on sale for those looking for [last year's] flagship performance at a reasonable price. The OnePlus 8 debuted initially with a $699 price tag, which has been on a steady decline ever since the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 9 family arrived. The phone is being sold directly from OnePlus today for $369... Read more...
When we think about the electric vehicle revolution, Dodge is probably the last brand that comes to mind. After all, Fiat-Chrysler is famous for throwing epic Hemi V8 engines into just about anything with four wheels, including the 797 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 710 horsepower Durango SRT Hellcat. The... Read more...
We're suckers for intriguing single-board PCs here at HotHardware, and a new entry just scurried past our news desk. Built by Commell,  the LE-370 draws attention due to the amount of power it offers and the features that it packs into a relatively small footprint. For starters, the LE-370 forgoes a miserly Arm-based... Read more...
OnePlus' behavior with its smartphones running OxygenOS came under scrutiny earlier this week. According to a new report, the company's flagship OnePlus 9 Pro has its performance throttled – on purpose – in hundreds of popular Android apps. AnandTech performed an exhaustive investigation into the throttling behavior... Read more...
The biggest news to come out of AMD in recent weeks is no doubt the release of FidelityFX Super Resolution, which is supported across multiple Radeon GPU generations as well as as number of competitive NVIDIA products. In a nutshell, FidelityFX Super Resolution, or FSR, is a hardware vendor-agnostic technology that... Read more...
NVIDIA first introduced its Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) upscaling technology with the GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs in late 2018, which was improved upon with DLSS 2.0 in April 2020. More recently, AMD debuted its competing FidelityFX Super Resolution tech, which provides similar performance benefits over running... Read more...
When we think of Lotus, we imagine sports cars engineered to be as light as possible and are absolute beasts when it comes to handling. They might not overpower your senses with brutal acceleration or top-end performance, but you'll be hard-pressed to find better corner carvers. This is why the announcement of the... Read more...
In early October 2020, Google overhauled its popular Nest Thermostat with a touch-only interface and slashed its price. Whereas the preceding Nest Thermostat E retailed for $169.99, the "new" Nest Thermostat rung up at just $129.99. Amazon is now selling the Nest Thermostat at its lowest price ever, even beating the... Read more...
Audacity sparked quite the firestorm over the weekend after the scope of changes to its privacy policy were revealed to the broader public. The changes came after Audacity was acquired by Muse Group earlier this year. Some of the key sticking points that alarmed users of the audio editing program were that while... Read more...
The many rumors about Nintendo's updated Switch with an OLED display that pelted us over the past few months were accurate, but the timing of the announcement was a bit off. The company surprised us all this morning by announcing the new OLED model without any fanfare. As expected, the new display panel measures 7... Read more...
How low can it go? In May, we reported that the Surface Duo Android flagship dropped to a low $599 versus its $1,399 launch price. But it appears that Microsoft still wasn't moving the smartphones fast enough, as Amazon-owned Woot is now selling the smartphones at an even more attractive price point. Today, the 128GB... Read more...
At present, OnePlus is a company best known for its smartphones, and to a lesser extent, its wireless earbuds and smart televisions (in certain markets). However, a new trademark filing shows that OnePlus might be looking to expand into a segment that many Android makers have long abandoned: tablets. This information... Read more...
When it comes to flagship smartphones sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, the OnePlus 9 is among the cheapest available. The smartphone has a suggested retail price of $729 versus $799 for the Samsung Galaxy S21. While the Galaxy S21 is frequently on sale (often at $699, as is the case currently at Amazon), the... Read more...
We've been hearing quite a bit about AMD's incoming Radeon RX 6600 Series of mainstream Navi 23 graphics cards, and an official launch could happen soon. We say this because board partner PowerColor activated product pages for its Radeon RX 6600 and Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics cards. Unfortunately, the listings that... Read more...
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