April 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Modern laptops never seem to have quite enough USB ports for all your plug-ins. Hook up a mouse, plug in a flash drive, and suddenly you’ve got no room for anything else. And as more laptops adopt USB-C ports, some items won’t plug in at all. A port hub can fix both problems, and right now you can get an AmazonBasics USB-C to three-port USB hub for $20, the lowest we’ve seen it and nearly 20 percent off its average price.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

April 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

In this special episode of the Full Nerd,  Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by Jim Anderson, the senior VP of AMD’s computing and graphics business, to dig deep into the 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs that launched today.This is no mere spec overview though. Anderson explains how upgraded Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 technologies help 2nd-gen Ryzen chips maintain higher clocks for longer, regardless of how many cores are being stressed—a key improvement over the initial iterations. We also dig into AMD’s decision to include coolers with X-branded Ryzen CPUs after skipping them the first time around, and the…

April 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Just over a year ago, AMD flipped the PC industry on its proverbial head with revolutionary Ryzen 7 processors that democratized CPU core counts in a way never seen before. While the 2nd-gen Ryzen 7 2700X officially unveiled today (don’t call it Ryzen 2—that’s coming later) doesn’t quite shake things up the way the original Ryzen chips did last year, it’s a solidly good sequel that, in many ways, is far better than what it replaces. And it puts the squeeze back on Intel’s 8th-gen “Coffee Lake” processors, which upped their own core count to counter Ryzen’s threat.To read this article…

April 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

These days, it seems that there are more Bluetooth speakers on the market than songs to play on them, and finding a good one for a good price can be tricky. The Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker fits the bill—it’s normally only $50, looks good, and is packed with high-end features. And today on Amazon, it’s even cheaper. With this coupon, you can get 20 percent off the Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker today while supplies last, bringing it down to just $40, the lowest price we’ve ever seen.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

April 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Raspberry Pi is an incredibly flexible little computer. You can use it for a wide range of projects ranging from the pragmatic to the innovative to the nostalgic—the same hardware can power a retro gaming setup as readily as an ad-blocking server. But if you’ve never handled a circuit board in your life, getting started with a Raspberry Pi may seem intimidating.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

April 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.Gaming headset cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:Best all-around gaming headset: HyperX Cloud Alpha Best budget gaming headset: Astro A10 Best low-end wireless gaming headset: Corsair Void Pro Wireless Best mid-range wireless gaming headset: Logitech G533 Best extravagant wireless gaming headset: Astro Gaming A50 (2016); SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is…

April 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft has quietly worked to improve the basic OneNote app within Windows 10, and on Wednesday it received an unexpected show of support: The OneNote 2016 app for Office 365 will be put on hold, and the OneNote app already within Windows 10 will replace it within Office 2019.It’s a ringing endorsement for OneNote for Windows 10, whose UI overhaul in 2017 (above) migrated the pages and sections to the left-hand rail. Since then, OneNote for Windows 10 has added some of the top features of the Windows 10 app, including perhaps the best feature of the note-taking tool: audio that’s…

April 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s simultaneously a great and terrible time to go deal hunting for a new processor—especially for Ryzen fans. AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen chips hit the streets on April 19, with faster clock speeds and lower prices than the original versions. To get ready, prices of the original Ryzen and Threadripper chips have dropped to enticing lows after previously receiving a permanent price slashing in January.Here’s a look at some of the best Ryzen prices you can find right now. Few chips are hitting Black Friday prices, but deal hunters should keep an eye on the prices at retailers like Amazon, Microcenter, and…