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Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: Starting at $699.99 and $999.99 Google's latest Pixel phones are the smartest smartphones in town, and there's better battery life, brighter displays, new cameras, sleeker designs, new AI features, and more on tap here.  Brighter, flatter screens Seven years of OS updates Useful AI... Read more...
Qualcomm is introducing a new naming convention under its Snapdragon brand, as it looks to make a more aggressive entrance into the intelligent PC space. It's called Snapdragon X series and while details are light at the moment, we can expect new architectures and platforms geared towards always-connected (5G) mobile... Read more...
There's nothing more exciting about PC building than when it's time for the mighty graphics card. The last few years have certainly been a roller coaster ride of availability and pricing changes, however. These uncertainties can easily confuse even the most seasoned PC builders. As we approach the holiday shopping... Read more...
Alienware Aurora R16 Gaming Desktop PC (Starts at $1,299, as tested $1,949) Alienware's latest Aurora R16 desktop has a new look, the latest PC gaming technology, and cooling that's both quiet and efficient.  Good performance for the price Very quiet under load Plenty of external connectivity High-performance... Read more...
Samsung T9 SSD: Starting $139.99 (1TB), $439.99 (4TB) The new Samsung T9 Portable SSD is reminiscent of the rugged T7 Shield external SSD that launched earlier this year, at least in terms of industrial design, but internally the T9 features a new platform for significantly more performance.  Compact Form Factor... Read more...
Samsung SSD 990 Pro: Starting At $69, 4TB - $334 MSRP Samsung has boosted the SSD 990 Pro series cpacaity to 4TB, while maximizing performance in PCIe Gen 4 systems. High Capacity Strong All-Around Performance Single-Sided Relatively Low Power Good Endurance PCIe Gen 5 SSDs Have Arrived Middling Game Level Loads... Read more...
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED (2023) - Starting at $2,199 Gigabyte's 16-inch AERO laptop combines solid performance with a stunning OLED display and premium design, making it one of the prettiest laptops we've evaluated to date. Gorgeous OLED display Sleek design Premium build quality User upgradeable RAM and storage Top-tier... Read more...
When you hear "super-sampling", you have a certain expectation. Super-sampling is the oldest form of anti-aliasing, and it essentially amounts to just raising the render resolution. That's the type of anti-aliasing that early GeForce and Radeon cards used, as well as the last 3dfx Voodoo boards. NVIDIA's DLSS... Read more...
Dave, Marco, and Chris will be joined by Intel's Dan Rogers and Robert Hallock on this week's episode of our Two And A Half Geeks livestream to talk Meteor Lake and other happenings from Intel Innovation! Intel unveiled its forthcoming tile-based Meteor Lake processor architecture at its Innovation 2023 event this... Read more...
InfiRay P2 Pro Thermal Camera For Smartphones: Starting at $299 (With Coupon) InfiRay is an established player in the professional thermal imaging space that going after a larger piece of the consumer market with the P2 Pro for smartphones. Compact and light No batteries required Excellent specifications... Read more...
HotHardware's own Dave Altavilla is on location at Intel's Innovation '23 event, and that means he's getting to check out all the latest and upcoming hardware from the blue team first hand. Fortunately, that means you get to check it out, too, because we've captured some videos of the demos on the show floor. We've... Read more...
Intel’s Meteor Lake architecture for mobile PCs will be arriving soon and to say that Meteor Lake is the most important shift in Intel’s design and manufacturing approach could be an understatement. In fact, Intel has called Meteor Lake the largest architecture shift in the last 40 years, and it will... Read more...
Once upon a time, AMD's Opteron processors allowed it to make significant inroads into the server market. The compnay lost ground in the Bulldozer years, though, and with EPYC, AMD had to prove that it could reliably deliver competitive processors on time. We're now into the fourth generation of EPYC processors, and... Read more...
Kamrui AM08 Pro - Starting at $699 (Use Coupon Code 2C729Y55 For $100 Off) A pint-sized Ryzen-Powered mini-PC with solid performance, the Kamrui AM08 Pro is held back somewhat by a middling price-to-performance ratio. Compact micro tower form factor User configurable TDP with a twist Easy access to RAM and storage upgrades 2.5... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra - Starting at $1,199.99 The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is a big, bodacious and powerful Android tablet that's in a class of its own, but may be too big and expensive for some consumers. The 14.6-inch OLED screen looks gorgeous Excellent performance Unparalleled multitasking capabilities S... Read more...
  Lenovo Yoga Book 9i - $1,999.99 The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i is an innovative, relatively powerful 2-in-1 laptop with a highly versatile, and high quality, dual OLED display configuration.     Gorgeous Displays Impressive Screen Real Estate Easy And Fun To Use Includes Keyboard, Mouse, And Pen High Quality... Read more...
Radeon RX 7800 XT: Starting At $499, Radeon RX 7700 XT: Starting At $449 The new Radeon RX 7800 XT and 7700 XT are built on AMD's RDNA3-based Navi 32 GPU, and are competitive alternatives to the heart of NVIDIA's current midrange GeForce RTX 40 line-up. Strong Overall Performance Competitive Pricing Powerful... Read more...
Intel is hard at work executing on its IDM 2.0 strategy, with a stated goal to deliver five process node advancements in four years. The company recently brought us and other members of the tech press out to its facilities in Malaysia to see its progress first-hand. Intel has several factories in Penang and Kulim... Read more...
Ace Magician AM06PRO: Starts at $237.95 with Ryzen 5 5500U APU The Ace Magician AM06PRO is a fast, affordable and surprisingly powerful Mini-PC, packing a 6-core / 12-thread AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics. Ryzen 5 5000U 6C/12T CPU with Radeon graphics Compact form factor Great price Includes 16GB RAM... Read more...
While it hasn't reached the heights of a mega-hit like FromSoftware's previous title Elden Ring or the kind of numbers that Starfield will surely do on its release next week, the long-awaited return of Armored Core has been a solid success for the developer. It's been ten years since the last game in the series, and... Read more...
Put simply, NVIDIA's Frame Generation technology, introduced with its Ada Lovelace graphics cards and DLSS version 3, offers an increase in visual fluidity with very little downside to gamers. Yes, there's an increase in input lag compared to playing the same game with anti-lag features enabled, but it's not much... Read more...
AYANEO makes some premium AMD-based handheld gaming devices that have been well-received by mobile gamers. The Air 2 offered superior performance and a nicer display compared to the Steam Deck, for example, nearly a year before ASUS launched the ROG Ally. The company has typically stayed away from Android gaming... Read more...
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