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Mark Zuckerberg's power on the internet continues to grow whether you like it or not. After a year of operation, Zuck's X/Twitter alternative Threads has reached a whopping 175 million monthly active users. The Meta CEO made the announcement this week on, you guessed it, Threads. This new metric comes as Threads... Read more...
AceMagic StarShip M2A Mini Gaming PC: As Tested - $1,039 The AceMagic StarShip M2A is a mini PC with a retro-futuristic design, which packs in potent but previous-gen processors that can keep up with many of today's top gaming laptops.  Good Performance Quiet And Cool Operation Relatively Small Form Factor... Read more...
Watching shows like Tulsa King and Star Trek is about to get more expensive. For a brief, shining moment, content owners almost defeated piracy. Instead of bringing the content to where people were streaming, popular movies and TV series have become increasingly siloed in various streaming platforms, each of which... Read more...
Geekom A8 Mini-PC with Ryzen 9 8945HS: $849 As Tested (Sale Price) use code HOTHRDA8 for 5% extra OFF Geekom has updated to its sleek aluminum 4x4 Mini-PC with one of AMD's 8C/16T Hawk Point processors with Radeon 780M graphics, ample DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen4 storage. Current flagship AMD mobile... Read more...
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024): As Tested - $1,999  - Starting @ $1599.99 - $1,349.00 On Sale The 2024 ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is a compact, capable gaming and content creation laptop that packs AMD Ryzen 8000 series Zen 4 firepower and up to a GeForce RTX 4070 into a svelte, 3.3lb frame with very clean lines. Solid... Read more...
Razer Firefly V2 Pro Illuminated Mouse Mat: MSRP $99 Razer's new Firefly V2 Pro RGB-enabled mouse mat looks wild and offers a ton of customization options via Razer's Synapse app. 16.8M color customizable RGB lighting Near frictionless mouse movement Rubberized base holds mouse mat secure Expensive Fairly large We're... Read more...
Helldivers 2 has been an unexpected hit for developer Arrowhead Game Studios, but Sony almost screwed it all up. The publisher recently announced that it would force all PC players to connect their game to a PlayStation Network (PSN) account. The player base revolted, and then Valve got involved. Now, Sony is backing... Read more...
For as long as the Apple App Store has existed, iPhone owners have been clamoring for retro game emulators. This class of apps is common Android, but Apple's protectionist policies were designed to push people to buy more iPhone games rather than use game ROMs that Apple could not monetize. It looked as if things... Read more...
Alienware m16 R2 Gaming Laptop: Starts at $1,499, as tested $1,849 Dell has reimagined its new mid-sized Alienware m16 R2 gaming laptop, and the result is a more efficient yet still potent, Intel Meteor Lake-powered beauty. Clean Understated Design Solid, Balanced Performance Quality Keyboard... Read more...
It's been nigh on nine months since Jeff Kampman from Intel's Graphics Technical Marketing team raised the question: does AMD's 3D V-Cache actually help that much if you're not running a top-end graphics card? Well, we've been busy and haven't had time until just recently to get the testing done, but now we have and... Read more...
Razer Iskur V2 Gaming Chair: MSRP $649 Razer's Iskur V2 gaming chair is easy to assemble and offers an adjustable built-in lumbar support system that can pay off if you take the time to find your sweet spot. Sleek Design 4D Adjustable Armrests Looks And Feels Premium Generous Recline Angle (Up To 152 Degrees)... Read more...
Maingear ZERO Legendary Boost Gaming PC: As Configured - $3,389 @ Maingear The culmination of over a decade of design, Maingear's ZERO moves critical connectors to the back of the motherboard, giving it the cleanest looks of any computer we've reviewed to date. Beautiful Build With Back-Side Connectors Unconventional... Read more...
Steam hit an all-time peak yesterday with a whopping 35 million online users, 11 million of whom were in games. Of course, this record was helped along by newcomers Palworld and Helldivers 2, as well as some familiar faces that are still topping Steam’s charts. However, we might see quite the jump in this record as... Read more...
Lenovo Legion Go (starts at $699, as tested $749) Lenovo's entry into the handheld PC gaming device space has great performance for its size, solid battery life, and a beautiful display.  Beautiful, high-resolution screen Comfortable controllers Good performance for a handheld PC Low-power battery life, including streaming, is great Innovative... Read more...
MSI Aegis RS 14th: Price As Tested $2,100 MSI Aegis RS 14th Gen desktops gaming PCs are priced competitively and are built around MSI's enthusiast-class components that are designed to work together seamlessly. Priced Fairly Uses MSI's Standard Components Solid Performance, Well-Balanced Build Balanced Fans Speed /... Read more...
Today, playing a game is as simple as downloading a few (or many) gigabytes of data over the internet, but in the past, we had to get our game data from optical discs. If you've still got some of those lying around, you might be able to put them to use even if they've got the discontinued SafeDisc DRM. A new project... Read more...
The original Max Payne is now more than 20 years old, designed for the era of the PlayStation 2 and first-gen Xbox. Some fans of the title refuse to let it die and have released a new mod to bring Max Payne into the modern era. You can now run Max Payne with full path ray tracing, but be warned, it's going to be... Read more...
Palworld is the newest shooting star in the world of PC games, and it just rocketed to 1 million concurrent users on Steam. The highly popular game has also sold an astounding 4 million copies in less than 3 days. The multiplayer open world Palworld video game brings players into a fantastical universe where Pals... Read more...
If you're a regular HotHardware reader, you've likely played Tetris. It's one of the most iconic games in the world, and it's been around for about 34 years. So, how did someone just now beat it? A 13-year-old who goes by Blue Scuti has managed that feat, and it was more difficult than you can probably imagine. As... Read more...
No one likes to lose things, so Facebook's new "Link History" sounds okay at first. It's a new feature rolling out to the Android and iOS mobile apps that promises to keep a list of the links you've recently visited from Facebook. Is this a rare instance of benevolence from Mark Zuckerberg? Nope, Link History might... Read more...
Chrome's Incognito Mode isn't really incognito. Google still tracks users browsing in Incognito Mode, which led to a $5 billion class action lawsuit in 2020. Google has reportedly agreed to settle the case in order to avoid a messy trial, but the exact terms of the deal are not yet available. Chrome users will... Read more...
Sony just released a slim variant of the PlayStation 5, but the rumor mill says a Pro update is still coming. This supposed Sony console won't reinvent the wheel, but reportedly will offer a substantial speed boost. The latest round of leaks claim higher clock speeds and a big GPU upgrade. For gamers who want to play... Read more...
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