December 12, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Razer Phone 2 is a gaming powerhouse. Under the hood it’s running the latest hardware, features a giant battery, and offers a viewing/listening experience that is unmatched—on top of a near-stock version of Android. But in Razer’s efforts to add flagship features like wireless charging and RGB, it feels like the company lost some of what made the first gaming phone’s design so unique—and such a good fit within the Razer ecosystem. Adam Patrick Murray/IDG Razer Phone 2 and the Razer BladeTo read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 12, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Gaming isn’t restricted to big, bulky PCs anymore. The rise of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3’s blisteringly fast data transfer speeds can now transform ultraportable laptops and diminutive desktop systems into full-blown gaming rigs when they’re connected to an external graphics card dock (eGPU). PC makers have been scrambling to meet the demand for this new hardware category. Today we’ll be examining the Sapphire Gearbox, the latest eGPU contender to throw its hat in the ring.At $339 MSRP and initially offered at $259 at Amazon, the price of Sapphire’s debut graphics dock is certainly right. The Gearbox even offers handy features you…

December 11, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft lets you know right up front its aim for the Sulpt Ergonomic Keyboard wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo. It re-imagines the shape of our most-used computer peripherals to prevent or reduce the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.Behind the scenes, Microsoft dubbed the keyboard “Manta Ray” for obvious reasons. Its partially split design bends the keys up and toward the cutaway, evoking the image of the sea animal and its winged fins. It measures just over 15 inches across and includes a full set of alphanumeric and function keys. Microsoft lopped off the number pad to save space,…

December 11, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a comparison of the ethnic regions both tests represent.AncestryDNA and 23andMe are the world’s most popular DNA tests. Combined, the companies have tested the DNA of more than 15 million people, according to the International Society of Genetic Geneology.They also both cost $99, unless you elect for 23andMe’s $199 Ancestry + Health service to get info on potential health risks and genetic traits in addition to ancestry. So what’s the difference? We took both tests to find out. You can read our full reviews of AncestryDNA and 23andMe, but below we break…

December 11, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

We all know December can get busy, and for cord-cutting TV fans, it can be hard to squeeze in time to watch all of your favorite shows. The Amazon Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR lets you record live HD broadcasts do you can watch whenever you want, and today Amazon’s running a great sale: you can grab a two tuner for $190 or a four-tuner one for $230Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $230 and $280, respectively.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 11, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

OnePlus may be a company known for crafting phones with premium specs and affordable prices but that doesn’t mean it can’t bust loose once in a while. And nothing says busting loose like a partnership with one of the fastest and most recognizable Formula One car makers in the world, McLaren.In true McLaren fashion, the Speed Orange OnePlus 6T is a glorious testament to over-the-top performance and power. While the design and specs are mostly the same as the standard edition of the phone, there are some key additions that will surely turn heads:The phone has orange ring around the…

December 11, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Somewhere between 2010 and 2018, tablets became about as exciting as a new couch. Still, just like run-of-the-mill desktops and laptops, these “home computing appliances” are still useful devices to have. Today, Amazon’s selling the base model of the Fire HD 10 Tablet for $100. That’s $50 off and the same sale price we saw on Black Friday.This tablet features 32GB of onboard storage, a 10-inch 1080p display at 224 pixels per inch, and a 10-hour battery life claim. It’s also rocking front- and rear-facing cameras, and Amazon’s Alexa digital personal assistant for checking the weather, setting an alarm, opening…

December 11, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

A USB-C hub is quickly becoming an indispensable piece of gear. Though we like to mock Apple for its rat’s nest of wired dongles for connecting legacy peripherals, more and more PC laptop and tablet makers are adopting USB-C, making it a headache to connect devices like older hard drives or mice.In fact, most ultrabooks and tablets now include just one or two USB-C ports, often without high-speed Thunderbolt capabilities. Fortunately, there are so many USB-C hubs available with various combinations of legacy I/O that finding one to meet your particular needs is as easy as ordering off a menu:…