September 6, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Intel’s processors excel at gaming because they deliver best-in-class single-threaded performance at fast clock speeds. When the 8th-generation Core chips hit desktops late last year, they came packing more CPU cores than ever before. It’s a great time to upgrade your old rig, in other words. Intel’s hoping to entice people to do just that with Intel Gamer Days 2018, a massive promotion rife with giveaways and big sales on gaming PCs and hardware.The inaugural event kicked off September 1 and lasts through the 16th. If you swing by the Intel Gamer Days website and click the Experience sweepstakes tab,…

September 6, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Outdoor security cameras provide a line of defense for your home, and smart capabilities elevate that by adding control and peace-of-mind to your home security system. Today, one of the best on the market, Ring’s floodlight camera, is $314 for a two-pack from Home DepotRemove non-product link, a big drop from a list price of $448. And you’ll also get a free $50 Chime ProRemove non-product link Wi-Fi extender and speaker with your purchase.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

September 6, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

AMD’s dynamic duo is coming to the masses. On Thursday, the company announced the Athlon 200GE, a $55 processor that includes Radeon Vega graphics and CPU cores built using AMD’s Zen architecture. It also radically alters AMD’s approach to the Athlon brand.You won’t get much of either at this price point, but the Athlon 200GE looks like a solid option for budget PC builders. The 35-watt chip packs two cores and four threads humming along at 3.2GHz, with no turbo speeds listed, a configuration that should handle basic office and everyday computing tasks just fine. It also includes three Radeon…

September 6, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Mechanical keyboards are a killer upgrade for gamers and people who type all day, and doubly so if you’re still using the cheap plastic plank keyboard that came with your PC. With the right type of switch under the keys, you’ll get better physical responsiveness from your keys, and in some cases an easier time for your fingers and wrists. Today, Amazon has some great deals on mechanical keyboards from Aukey.Our favorite of the bunch is this 87-key backlit keyboard with Outemu Blue switches for $26 with the coupon code MT3MZVCY. That’s a great price for a budget mechanical keyboard, especially…

September 6, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Excel Add-Ins are similar to smart phone apps and graphic plug-ins. That is, they are separate applications written by independent programmers that provide enhanced capabilities for the primary software. You can get Add-Ins for Word, PowerPoint, and other popular programs as well. Most Add-Ins are either free or have a minimal cost and, generally, use very little memory.How do Add-Ins work? Add-Ins are very diverse, so they function quite differently. They’re produced from hundreds of sources and cover every imaginable topic. These are the 10 main types, though many of these categories overlap:Charts & Graphics Data Analysis Educational Financial &…

September 6, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’re looking for fast external USB storage, you’ll do no better than SanDisk’s USB 3.1 Gen 2 Extreme Portable SSD. It’s just a tad slower than Samsung’s T5, but one-ups that worthy drive with a svelte and cleverly ergonomic design.Remember that USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers a 10Gbps data transfer rate, but it requires a Gen 2 port for full performance. Connecting this drive to a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port (5Gbps) will limit throughput to around 300MBps.Note: This review is part of our roundup of the best SSDs. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested…