December 18, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Detroit—car capital of America—has had difficulty recovering from a decade-long economic downturn. Many companies have left the Motor City, outsourcing their manufacturing, assembly, and materials production overseas. Shinola is bucking that trend, manufacturing headphones, luxury watches and watch straps, hand-built bicycles, and high-end leather goods here. (You can read the larger story behind Shinola’s drive to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. here). It’s a noble effort to be sure, but it’s not enough to make Shinola’s Canfield on-ear headphones worthy of their substantial price tag.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 18, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Savvy electronics shoppers know Micro Center as the go-to retailer for mouthwatering CPU deals if you’re lucky enough to live near one. The company’s first-ever homegrown gaming laptops continue that devotion to damned good prices. Despite packing a full-fat GeForce GTX 1070 and other high-end hardware, the aluminum-clad PowerSpec 1510 costs a mere $1,300, and the PowerSpec 1710 just $1,400. (With in-store pickup only, of course—this is Micro Center.) That’s surprisingly little cash for such potent portable PCs!To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 16, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals has produced some amazing PC sales, and Microsoft’s spotlighting one more: the rugged, powerful Alienware 15 R3 gaming notebook, a bargain at $550 off—and with the opportunity to save $100 more. Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals sales have produced some epic bargains, notably the $550 off the Dell XPS 13 steal that has, sadly, since expired. But smart shoppers know the power of last-minute deals, and there’s still a few to be scored as Microsoft’s deals days expire.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 15, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.Powered by WPeMatico

December 15, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’re the type of person who detests autoplaying video ads with sound, Google’s Chrome provides some help. The beta of Google Chrome 64 allows you to mute a site permanently, so even if a video pops up—and Chrome can block some of those, too!—it won’t blow you out of your seat. The feature is expected to roll out to the general public sometime in January. Google’s Chrome 64 beta ships with a stronger popup ad blocker, which automatically prevents some dodgy ads from either appearing or re-routing you to other sites on the web. But it also applies some site-by-site controls, so…

December 15, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Earlier this year I finally got around to covering SteelSeries’s Apex M800 and its proprietary QS1 switch, and now it’s gone. Yes, after just one keyboard, SteelSeries has ditched the QS1 switch, with its square housing and centered LED. Taking its place is the Apex M750 keyboard designed around the all-new QX2 switch—still proprietary, but quite a bit more familiar. The QX2 falls squarely into “Cherry MX knockoff” territory, as with so many switches these days.So how does it fare?Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards of 2017 roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested…

December 15, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Finally, it’s calmed down around here. We’ve had a weirdly busy December, what with a Destiny expansion, a Battlefront II expansion, Doom VFR, and Fallout 4 VR—not to mention all the games I didn’t get to cover yet, like Reigns: Her Majesty, Okami HD, and Gorogoa.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 15, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Radeon roundupImage by Brad Chacos/IDGNot all graphics cards are created equal. Both AMD and Nvidia offer a wide range of graphics cards designed for tasks as varied as adding basic video support to a home theater PC to playing gorgeous video games at crushingly high frame rates and resolutions.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 15, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Fallout 4 VR makes a terrible first impression.Boot it up and it’s immediately clear it wasn’t built for VR first and foremost. The main menu does that thing where it’s just the original 2D menu projected in empty space. The “War never changes…” intro does the same. Then when you get into the actual game, you see a rudimentary version of the character creation sequence where you’re standing in front of a mirror—and if you step backwards, you can just walk straight through the wall.This “Oh, someone didn’t even think of this or at least didn’t come up with a…