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Paul is a seasoned geek who was first seduced into the world of computers and technology by the Commodore 64, and through the years he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to the latest version of Windows. Having joined the HotHardware team in 2011, Paul is now a mainstay of the site covering the news beat and reviews, and resident wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also an experienced freelance technology writer whose work has appeared in a number of online and print publications.

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There is still time to bag yourself a Prime Day deal, and perhaps you already did on the heels of us posting a roundup of discounted gaming desktops as well as gaming laptop bargains (among other things). If that's the case, you should consider fleshing out your new system with peripherals and other hardware. Now is... Read more...
We typically like to build our own rigs around these parts, and if you do too, be sure to check out our recommendations on discounted Prime Day parts to piece together a bodacious gaming PC for ~$1,000. Of course, there are benefits to going the prebuilt route as well. We have you covered there too, as Amazon is... Read more...
Today is the last day to take advantage of Amazon's Prime Day event, and one of the more interesting deals the mega online retailer is promoting consists of a cloud gaming bundle. In no uncertain terms, Amazon touts the ability to "Stream Xbox Games" and "No Console Required" as its headline text in one of the images... Read more...
Corsair is expanding its modest but growing lineup of gaming chairs with its TC500 Luxe, a flagship entry that the company claims offers an "unparalleled level of luxury and comfort." Key to that claim is a four-way adjustable lumbar system that aims to relieve lower back pain—gamers and office dwellers can twist a... Read more...
Even if you reside underneath a rock, you're probably aware that Amazon's Prime Day sales event is now in full force. If not, well, heads up—Prime Day has officially begun and will run through tomorrow, July 17. There are bargains galore, including some nifty discounts on gaming laptops from many of the major players... Read more...
Three and a half years ago, Intel veteran Pat Gelsinger returned to the Santa Clara chip maker to replace Bob Swan as the company's chief executive officer (CEO). He stated right from the beginning that his main goal was to restore process leadership, and almost immediately put into motion the company's IDM 2.0... Read more...
There's not a wide selection of gaming monitors with a 540Hz refresh rate, likely because that kind of speed comes with numerous caveats. However, the market for such an animal just grew by one with the launch of AOC's Agon Pro AG246FK, a modestly-sized 24.1-inch display with a incredibly fast refresh rate for... Read more...
Officially, the only Copilot+ branded PCs on the market right now are Arm-based machines powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite and Plus silicon. However, there will be another wave of Copilot+ PCs running on x86 chips from AMD and Intel. In the meantime, system builders readying machines based on the latest x86... Read more...
At the risk of making a mountain out of a mole hill, Seasonic, a major power supply unit (PSU) maker for both first-party and rebranded third-party models, has included thermal design power (TDP) specifications for several unreleased graphics cards in its online PSU calculator tool. Among the seemingly leaked TDPs is... Read more...
The next Prime Day sales event is right around the corner (July 16-17, 2024), but you do not have to wait in order to score some great deals. That's because Amazon has already unlocked several bargains, including limited time deals and discounts exclusive to Prime Members. We've gathered up a handful of sale items... Read more...
If you haven't shopped for a TV in a long time, you're in for a treat. Today's displays offer a ton of bang for your buck, and it's gotten to the point where even premium panel technologies such as OLED are attainable without taking out a second mortgage. Highlighting this is Best Buy's deal of the day, which is a... Read more...
You only have to wait a few more days before Amazon kicks off its next Prime Day sale, which starts on Tuesday, July 16 at precisely 12:01 am PDT, and runs through Wednesday, July 17. If you're looking to score a bargain right now, however, some early deals are already in effect. One of those deals is an all-time low... Read more...
AT&T on Friday issued a notice saying it suffered a data breach that affects "nearly all" of its cellular customers (not to be confused with a separate AT&T data breach earlier this year). At last official count, AT&T said it serves around 109 million wireless subscribers, and given that most of those customers are... Read more...
We've seen a million and one NUCs and NUC-like mini PCs over the past several years (including the first-ever ROG NUC that ASUS recently announced), but never one with a built-in touchscreen display. Until now, that is—a company called Miniproca has found a way to separate its latest mini PC from the pack and it's... Read more...
Try not to fall out of your chair in sheer shock, but it turns out that the market for a $3,500 mixed reality headset may not be as big as Apple anticipated. Or viewed from a different lens, the Vision Pro may not have the same cachet as an iPhone or Mac. In the wake of lukewarm sales, Apple's management team is... Read more...
Whenever there is a data breach, there's a risk that the stolen data will find its way to the dark web, a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines like Google Search and Microsoft Bing. Like a seedy alleyway, the dark web is a place where illicit transactions can (and do) take place. Stolen credit... Read more...
In case you missed it, Microsoft is raising the price of several Xbox Game Pass tiers, and is adding a new "Standard" subscription option that does away with day-one access to first-party Xbox games. The price hikes are in effect now. However, thanks to the ability to stack membership codes, at least one of which is... Read more...
The artificial intelligence (AI) arms race is reaching a fever pitch, bolstered by AMD signing a definitive agreement to acquire Silo AI, Europe's biggest private AI lab, in an all-cash deal valued at around $665 million. That's not chump change and we could see more big-dollar investments like this as companies look to add to their AI arsenal, Read more...
Nintendo has posted an intriguing and disturbingly creepy game trailer to YouTube, and to quote one of the top tongue-in-cheek comments, "Man, weird direction for Luigi's Mansion 4." And that would be true, except this obviously isn't a Luigi's Mansion game. Apparently, however, it is an upcoming horror game for the... Read more...
Market research firms International Data Corporation (IDC) and Canalys are in agreement that the global PC market continues to recover, with the former highlighting a 3% uptick in year-over-year shipments to 64.9 million units, and the latter counting 62.8 million shipments for a 3.4% growth rate compared to last year. Where they're not in Read more...
Most of the leaks and rumors pointing to NVIDIA's eventual GeForce RTX 5090 graphics card suggest it's going to be an absolute monster of a GPU. The latest one is no exception—according to Panzerlied over at the Chiphell forum, the base clock speed of the GeForce RTX 5090 will settle in somewhere close to 2.9GHz... Read more...
Remember when Amazon released an Alexa-powered alarm clock called Echo Spot? You could be forgiven if you forgot all about the first-generation model, which Amazon unveiled back in 2017. Now seven years later, Amazon has unveiled a brand new Echo Spot with a slicker design, and Prime members can snag one for 40% off... Read more...
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