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Rivet Networks is serving up a fresh take on its Killer Networking with a new hardware and software solution called xTend. With xTend, you will in essence be able to provide additional coverage for your wireless and wired networking devices without the need for an additional network switch or Wi-Fi extender. So how... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals! On tap for you all today, we have deals on an Ajazz Firstblood Geek RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, a Hizek 1200LM Android-based WiFi Projector, a Universal USB 3.0 Display Dock, and more. Full details for all of today’s features deals are available below, but many... Read more...
It used to be that large physical dimensions were a telltale sign of a Herculean gaming PC. Looming desktop towers with wild looking exteriors indicated the presence of serious hardware inside. Cracking one open might reveal multiple graphics cards and fancy liquid cooling setups, both almost considered prerequisites... Read more...
It has been over three years since Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, and the company has thrived without him at the helm. Current CEO Satya Nadella has transitioned the company into a “cloud” powerhouse and has embraced the lucrative subscription model for its products. Microsoft has invested heavily in deep learning... Read more...
In a perfect world, we would not have to worry about intruders breaking into our homes and pilfering our belongings. Of course, we do not live in such a world, and the sad reality is that burglars and thieves exist. Fortunately there are home security products that make life tough for the bad guys. One of them is the... Read more...
Enthusiast system builders have a lot to be excited about this summer. New high-end CPUs and GPUs are on the horizon and it doesn't even matter where your allegiance lies—Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA have all announced some exciting new products. For Intel, the big news is its Core i9 line of processors. In preparation for... Read more...
Thinner and lighter gaming laptops are on the horizon, though do not mistake that to mean under powered. As we saw with the unveiling of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, a gaming notebook packing an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU in a chassis measuring just 0.7 inches, gamers can have it all. Following... Read more...
Intel officially rolled out its brand new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors earlier this week as part of its Core-X family. Processors range from the “lowly” $242 Core i5-7640X to the monster Core i9-7980XE, which is priced at $1,999. Right smack dab in the middle of the lineup is the Core i9-7900X, which has a... Read more...
AMD brought along its big guns to the Computex convention in Taipei with demonstrations of both its mighty 16-core Threadripper CPU, and no less than four Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards running in tandem. We also got our first look at Threadripper, a physically large processor with 16 cores and 32 threads... Read more...
Microsoft turned a lot heads late last year when it announced that Windows 10 would soon offer native support for ARM processors. More specifically, that support has only been extended to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of SoCs (System on Chip), which are typically reserved for smartphones and tablets. Today, Qualcomm... Read more...
NVIDIA this morning announced its Max-Q Design initiative, which allows for ultra-thin gaming notebooks that use high-powered graphics cards like the potent Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080. One of those laptop that adheres to the Max-Q Design directive is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus. The gaming notebook is just 0.7 inches... Read more...
Score one for the little guys. In a precedent-setting decision handed down this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a company’s patent rights are forfeited once they sell an item to a consumer under the “first sale” doctrine. This idea was central to Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark Int’l, Inc. and is a... Read more...
This week at Computex, Western Digital announced its first line of consumer SSDs that are based on 64-layer 3D NAND memory. Western Digital is marketing the new SSDs under both its WD Blue 3D and SanDisk Ultra 3D families, and aside from labeling, they appear to feature identical specifications. All of the SSDs... Read more...
It seems as though console makers are coming out with new and updated systems at a somewhat furious pace these days—Sony recently released its PlayStation 4 Pro, Microsoft added an Xbox One S to its lineup and is readying Project Scorpio, and Nintendo has put the Wii U in the rear view mirror with its hybrid Switch... Read more...
MSI is one of the biggest players in the gaming laptop market with a wide range of models that cover the spectrum from thin and light notebooks that pack a punch, on up to desktop replacement systems with unbridled power inside. The company added to both market segments at Computex by announcing the new GT75VR, a... Read more...
If you’ve been searching for a good deal on a VPN service, we’ve got a promo running in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. A lifetime subscription to Windscribe VPN is currently 93% off and available for under 60 bucks. Other, lower priced packages are available as well... Description Surfing the Web... Read more...
Acer whet our appetites with by teasing its Predator Triton 700 earlier this year, but today we’re hearing more about the no compromises gaming laptop. Specifically, we’re learning that the Predator Triton 700 will be one of the first products to take full advantage of NVIDIA’s Max-Q Design. As Marco explained... Read more...
Anyone who thinks that PC gaming is on the decline is not paying attention. Just the opposite, PC gaming has seen renewed enthusiasm by the industry at large over the past year or so, and things have kicked up a notch with AMD returning to its former glory with Ryzen. In response to AMD's comeback effort, Dell... Read more...
Things just got real in the enthusiast space, folks. In what amounted to a mic drop moment, Intel unveiled new high-end desktop (HEDT) processors based on Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, the top part of which is a monster 18-core CPU under the company's new Core i9 branding. With the cat officially out of the bag... Read more...
Android co-founder Andy Rubin has returned to the spotlight with his new company, Essential, and he’s making waves with the official unveil of his Essential Phone. This is a true flagship smartphone that is powered by the Android operating system (near-stock, of course) and packs in all the latest hardware and a... Read more...
We’ve heard rumors regarding Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors for the past few months, but today it's finally time for the official roll-out of these new flagship Intel CPUs. We were no doubt impressed by the initial specs that leaked (especially over the past week), but the final product may... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang just delivered a keynote speech at Computex Taipei, during which he unveiled some new mobile technology designed to optimize game performance, in smaller notebook form factors than have been previously possible. NVIDIA calls the technology Max-Q Design, and it enables NVIDIA’s notebook... Read more...
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