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Tech journalist by day, badass biker by night, and a 24/7 Boston sports fan, Paul Lilly epitomizes the archetype of the modern day geek. You won’t ever catch Paul wearing a pocket protector or suspenders, but you might find him cruising down the highway on two-wheels wearing an Oregon Trail t-shirt, or sticking his head in a home brewed PC while donning a do-rag or Celtics jersey. Like so many from his generation, the Commodore 64 seduced him into the titillating world of computers, and through the years, he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to Windows 8. Paul covers the news beat and reviews, and is a general wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also a seasoned freelance writer whose work has appeared in Maximum PC, PC World, Computer Shopper, and a number of other online and print publications.

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We have long admired the build quality and performance of Dell's premium XPS 13 laptops, which blend gorgeous edge-to-edge displays and thin construction with capable hardware (see our Dell XPS 13 2020 review for our most recent hands-on evaluation). The design has not changed too drastically over the years, which has... Read more...
Dell is not giving up on the idea of an external graphics enclosure providing laptops with a major GPU performance boost, and frankly we're thrilled with the decision. Following up on its Alienware Graphics Amplifier released in 2014 (and which I tested in 2016 as part of our Alienware 13 R2 review), Dell has... Read more...
Dell has unveiled what it proclaims to be the world's thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop, the Alienware x14 (essentially a smaller version of the equally stunning Alienware x15). This svelte beauty measures just 12.66 x 10.35 x 0.57 inches and ranges in weight from 3.96 to 4.06 pounds. That's about as portable as it gets... Read more...
Dell has announced what it is says is the world's most power 17-inch class AMD Advantage gaming laptop, the Alienware m17 R5. For anyone who is not familiar with AMD's Advantage program, it's essentially a design framework with set criteria for premium gaming laptops, with the combination of AMD Ryzen CPU and Radeon... Read more...
Monitor manufacturers have taken their sweet time adopting OLED, but that is beginning to change. And as it does, Dell is laying claim to the world's first quantum dot OLED monitor through its Alienware division, with the just announced Alienware 34 QD-OLED (AW3423DW), a 34-inch curved display with a stylish design... Read more...
Lenovo is expanding its ThinkPad family with a new Z series that combines a "contemporary design philosophy" with the business chops of AMD's next-gen Ryzen 7 Pro processors. They include the ThinkPad Z16 and Z13, both of which are premium business laptops dressed in sustainable materials, such as recycled aluminum in... Read more...
At long last, Samsung's Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE) smartphone is now official, even if devoid of any major surprises, given the numerous leaks and rumors leading up to today's launch. And like its predecessor, the focus is on offering a flagship experience at a more mainstream price point, with some upgrades and... Read more...
There is little to no chance that NVIDIA will unveil its next-generation Ada Lovelace GPU at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, but if past leaks and rumors are accurate, it will arrive later this year. It's also anticipated to bring with it a massive performance uplift. How massive? We won't know until Ada... Read more...
Samsung is busting out all the tricks for its refreshed TV lineup for 2022. Sure, micro LED lighting and big screens topping 100 inches are present and accounted for, but those features are just the tip of the iceberg. How does a 144Hz refresh rate sound? And on top of that, Samsung has added a new "Samsung Gaming... Read more...
It will be a couple of days before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in earnest, but CES week is officially upon us. That means a bevy of announcements are about to come rumbling in like an avalanche. One of them will be a more detail PCI Express 5.0 controller reveal for next-generation solid state drive... Read more...
Samsung continues to expand its lineup of mini LED displays, which now includes the new Odyssey Neo G8, a 32-inch gaming monitor announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). That alone makes this a noteworthy product. However, the Odyssey Neo G8 also qualifies as the world's first 4K resolution monitor with a... Read more...
Today marks the launch of Cobra Kai season 4 on Netflix, and right on cue Epic Games has updated Fortnite with a special crossover event. You can't sweep the leg (a dirty move anyway), but there is a new Mr. Miyagi crane kick emote available, plus you can dress up in a bunch of different Cobra Kai, Eagle Fang, and... Read more...
In case anyone had any doubt about what Samsung is planning to infuse in its next-generation Exynos system-on-chip (SoC), the company set the matter straight on Twitter. Partially, anyway—Samsung confirmed its next Exynos chip will feature a custom GPU "born from RDNA 2," which is AMD's latest-generation graphics... Read more...
The transition to DDR5 memory on a large scale is going to take some time—it will likely be years before DDR5 outpaces DDR4, even as more platforms arrive that support the newer memory standard. As such, the beginning of the transition phase can be a bit clumsy, particularly right now as there's also a DDR5 shortage... Read more...
AMD has given its investors a heads up that its planned acquisition of Xilinx, a powerhouse in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) semiconductors, will not be complete by the end of this year as originally anticipated. Apparently it is taking a bit longer to satisfy regulatory concerns, though AMD says it is making... Read more...
Remember when BlackBerry was THE smartphone brand, back before the rise of Apple and Samsung as the dominant players (and now others)? It was a good, long run. Some of you may still own and use legacy BlackBerry devices, and if you do, be advised that support is coming to an end next week. When that happens, you may... Read more...
Today marks the final day of Epic's holiday free games offer, and it is ending the promotion with a mighty big bang. As in, you can claim not just a single title today, but all three Tomb Raider games that are part of the reboot trilogy. There's even some DLC sprinkled in. If you missed out on the trilogy (or just... Read more...
Time is running out to snatch up a PlayStation 5 console before the end of the year, as 2022 is breathing heavily down our necks at this point. Getting one before the calendar flips over to a new year is an arbitrary goal, though if that is what you are trying to do, hitting up your local GameStop might be your best... Read more...
ASUS is going to unveil some kind of tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, but not just any slate. According to ASUS, what it has on tap is the "world's most powerful gaming tablet." Let your mind run wild with that one and you'll come to all kinds of intriguing possibilities, including next-gen... Read more...
There's a very high chance Intel provides more details about its Arc Alchemist lineup during its virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event next week, which could potentially include an update on exactly when the first cards will release. We'll have to wait and see. That said, Intel has promised Alchemist will... Read more...
A deal that has been over a year in the making between Intel and SK Hynix has been consummated, at least for the initial portion. That being the first closing of the sale of Intel's NAND flash memory and solid state drive (SSD) business to SK Hynix for $7 billion, the companies announced. The deal was first announced... Read more...
Update (12/29/21): It's official—a reversed capacitor is the culprit. ASUS reached out to Hot Hardware and confirmed its preliminary finding, and provided a statement that it is sending out to customers. Here's what it says... To our valued ASUS Customers, ASUS is committed to producing the highest quality... Read more...
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