July 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Laptop deals don’t just rain from the sky for the holidays. These days, we’re flooded with short bursts of sales all year round. Case in point: the many back-to-school and “Black Friday in July” discounts.Retailers offer up a lot more chaff than wheat during these big blowouts, though, so we’ve put together this buyer’s guide. It’ll help you sift through configuration options and find the true deals (if there are any) in the sub-$500 and sub-$750 price ranges. We’ve even included an examination of some current laptops to illustrate what we’d buy and what we’d avoid during these deluges of “bargains.”For…

July 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The year of Android releases isn’t over until Google says it is. After Samsung, LG, and Apple each have their moment in the spotlight, all attention turns to the Pixel phone, and this year’s release—inevitably called Pixel 3—is shaping up to be one of the best phones of the year. At least if all the leaks come to fruition.With only a few weeks until Google shows off its new handset, we already have a pretty good idea of how it will change the game. Much like last year’s Pixel, which brought a bigger screen and stereo speakers, and dumped the…

July 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

One great thing about Windows 10 is that it has lots of small but essential tweaks for power users. For this tutorial, we’re looking at a great option for anyone running a multi-monitor setup, especially for folks rocking 4K monitors.Windows 10, like Windows 8.1, includes an option to adjust the dpi (dots per inch) scaling on a per-monitor basis using a percentage scale. This wonderful tool gives you more granular control when you’re using monitors of varying resolutions or monitors with the same resolution but different screen sizes. This is far preferable to applying a single DPI scaling percentage to all of…

July 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Seagate’s name alone will undoubtedly sell quite a few Barracuda SSDs. That’s a good thing, as it’s a very affordable drive that delivered some of the best test numbers of any 2.5-inch SATA SSD we’ve ever tested. However, there were occasional minor performance dips and lags that we’re not necessarily used to seeing in an SSD.Design and features The Barracuda SSD’s SATA 6Gbps interface and 2.5-inch drive size tells you most of what you need to know—there’s simply not a lot of deviation in the breed. But the 1TB version I tested is only 7mm thick and weighs a mere…

July 27, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The new Steam Chat is here and it’s pretty great, even if it won’t woo entrenched PC gamers from Discord. But there’s one aspect that isn’t so hot: Every time you open Steam, your friends list and the new chat automatically opens up in another window. Arg. The options menu doesn’t offer any obvious tools to stop it from happening, but fortunately, you can stop the new Steam Chat from opening when you launch Steam a couple different ways.The first method is simple. By default, Steam is supposed to remember your Chat status when you launch the application. So if…

July 27, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Loot boxes are dead. Rest in peace, loot boxes. Okay, not 100 percent, but all three of 2017’s most egregious poster children—Star Wars: Battlefront II, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and Forza Motorsport 7—have now gone so far as to remove all traces of loot boxes from their existence. Pretty cool.That news, plus a Steel Division sequel, Reaper’s shotgun gets Nerfed, Nintendo sues ROM sites, Night Dive remasters Forsaken, and Sunless Skies slips to 2019.This is gaming news for July 23 to 27.Free-kend Looking for something to do this weekend? Overwatch is free-to-try, from now through July 30. The full roster…

July 27, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the nuances of how Intel’s most powerful Core processors work—and announce a giveaway for one of the best CPUs available today. Plus, we get to dump on Apple!Yep, we start things off with the outrage du jour: The nasty throttling that occurs when you load up the beastly Core i9 processor in the new MacBook Pro. Gordon’s been helping Macworld dig into the issue. Rather than rehash all that, we delve into how overall laptop design and thermal concerns can greatly affect system…