Formerly known as DirecTV Now, this service was a good option for cord – cutters for a time, but AT s hunt for profit has stripped away much of its appeal.
Crucial’s X8 Portable SSD (1TB as tested) is affordable, fast with everyday tasks, and sports a classy design. It feels nice in the hand and looks good emerging from your pocket. But there is a performance caveat for those who work with very large files and data sets. Design and specs Crucial takes a slightly different approach to the design of its X8 Portable SSD by mixing materials. The main body is anodized aluminum, and there are plastic inserts running across each side, with grippier end caps. They’re all shades of black, and the overall effect is quite nice. The X8 is one of the larger portable drives I’ve tested. Measuring 4.33 x 0.45 x 2.08 inches (width/depth/height), and weighing just shy of 3.5 ounces, it’s not quite as husky as Samsung’s X5, but more like Sandisk’s Extreme Pro Portable SSD. It sits in your hand nicely. To read this article in full, please click here
The third component in ADT’s DIY home security system delivers good value for the money.
Plenty of Windows laptops try to position themselves as Mac Book Pro alternatives, combining slick designs and vibrant displays with powerful PC performance, but the Lenovo Yoga C940 15 is no mere copycat. While the Yoga looks sharp and has a bright display, it also leans into its differences as a Windows PC. It has a touchscreen that flips around into tablet mode, a built – in stylus for writing or sketching, and—thank heavens—a full – sized USB – A port to complement its two USB – C connections. It even fits in a number pad without cramping its excellent keyboard. This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. To read this article in full, please click here
You can use it as a stand – alone security for your front door or integrate it into a larger DIY system, with optional professional monitoring.
With strong human detection and facial recognition that trumps bigger camera brands, the Blurams Outdoor Pro is a great (and affordable) security camera.
If you appreciate volume, thump, and durability in a speaker, the Braven BVR – XXL/2 should be at the top of your short list. It s IPX5 rated, sounds good for the weatherized category, and even features a magnetic bottle opener.
This is the best video doorbell we’ve tested, but not everyone will want the professionally installed and monitored smart home/home security system that it s part of.
The Blue Indoor Camera is a DIY home – security cam from ADT that will alert you should it hear a CO2 or smoke alarm going off.
Even if you use your garage only as an oversized storage locker, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a smart controller for your existing garage door opener.
This garage door controller is difficult to install, and suffers significant problems, including frequent disconnects.
Only a second ago, there was a wall here. Now there is the suggestion of a wall—which is to say, nothing. Bricks lay scattered across the street and as the dust settles a shadow appears in the hole where the wall used to be.I am already running. Running back to safety, to the room where (for some reason) the Nemesis can’t find me. Running as fast as I possibly can and knowing it’s still not fast enough. Bracing for the fist in the back of my skull, or the tentacle to grab my leg and trip me up. It’s that nightmare where you run and run from something but can’t quite get away—except it’s no nightmare, and I am running through the streets of Raccoon City screaming. To read this article in full, please click here
We’ve tested the new ROG Zephyrus G14, which debuts with AMD’s stellar Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, and we can safely say: Just give Asus your money. This laptop packs a stupid amount of performance into a stupidly small and stupidly light frame. To give you an idea of just how impressive this 3.5 – pound, Ryzen 4000 – based laptop is, you’re talking about a weight class that typically gives you lower – power CP Us and GP Us. Yet the G14 can hang in CPU performance with laptops that weight 10 pounds. Obviously the star of the show is the Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, which we review in detail separately. But the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as a whole package is nearly as impressive, so keep reading to find out more. To read this article in full, please click here
When AMD introduced its Ryzen 4000 mobile CP Us at CES, the company made bold claims of game – changing performance. Coming off of years of underwhelming laptop chips, AMD promised it had optimized Ryzen 4000 for mobile computing. Now we’ve tested those claims in AMD’s Ryzen 9 4900HS chip, which AMD announced March 16. It’s a 7nm, 8 – core/16 – thread chip with a base clock of 3G Hz and a boost clock of 4.3G Hz. It also offers 8 Radeon Vega cores. The ‘H’ means it’s intended for power users, and the ‘S’ means it’s for “slim” – profile laptops. We’re stunned at the CPU’s impressive tour de force that defeats just about every Intel 8th – and 9th – gen laptop CPU we’ve ever seen. To read this article in full, please click here
A great – sounding, compact, vibration – free solution for vinyl lovers.
Awair s latest indoor air – quality monitor has an updated design, but still makes it easy to track indoor pollutants.
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you re breathing.
Compared with a smartphone s built – in DAC/amp, the sound of this gem is a revelation.
WiZ’s smart BR30 floodlight is easy to set up, boasts more than a dozen dynamic color lighting modes, and it can even turn “dumb” light switches into smart ones.
The Fiora Ultimate Wireless Desk Charger looks sleek, and frankly, pretty darn cool. It’s a small square slab of glass that has a premium quality to it. The bottom and edges of the pad are made of aluminum. The power port is found on the back edge of the pad, while the front edge features an indicator light that’s green whenever the pad has power, and blue when it’s wirelessly charging a device. Note: This review is part of our roundup of wireless charging pads. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods for both Android phones and i Phones. Looks are only part of the story, however. I put the Desk Charger through our standardized testing process, and the results were surprising. To read this article in full, please click here
A high price tag and a rough – around – the – edges app keep Securam’s first consumer lock from being a runaway success.
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.
It’s hard to know how to review a game like Half – Life: Alyx. So much is expected of it. For Half – Life fans it’s the culmination of a decade – plus wait, not quite the sequel people want but at least a sign of life from a series long – dormant. Fans of virtual reality likewise pinned their hopes on Alyx to reinvigorate flagging interest in the platform and prove its worth. Can you divorce a game from its context? And if not, then how can you possibly review a game like Alyx? Could it ever be enough? Playing through Alyx this past week, I found myself vacillating between the two by the hour—and sometimes by the minute. Having finished, I think Half – Life fans will be pretty damn excited. I’m less sold on Alyx as VR’s savior, though. To read this article in full, please click here
These cans put you in the sonic picture with three – dimensional clarity, but you might not like wearing them for long stretches (though a fix may be in the works).
Whether you re looking for an over – the – ear, on – ear, or in – ear model, we ll help you find the perfect pair.
The LG Gram 14 – inch laptop we tested may not be the fastest we’ve seen, but with its Intel Core i7 Comet Lake CPU, it offers solid mainstream performance in a durable 2 – in – 1 design. It also boasts a bright full – HD display with impressive viewing angles. The Gram really comes into its own in the battery life department, making it a great choice for productivity – minded professionals who don’t want to be tied down by an AC adapter. You’ll see us compare it to two other convertibles we’ve reviewed recently—the budget – friendly Lenovo Yoga C740 (currently $790 on Lenovo.com) and the similarly priced Lenovo Yoga C940 14 (currently $1,430 from Microsoft.com). Both those competitors earned high ratings from us (as does the LG Gram) and are well worth considering, but the Gram beats them both on battery life. To read this article in full, please click here
Marshall s Tufton Bluetooth speaker certainly invokes the brand name, as well as delivering decent sound with a lot of thump, but the price is a bit steep and there s a caveat concerning stereo.
Never. Stop. Moving. Stillness is death, and the only way forward is through—through the thousands of demons trying to stop you, for you are the Slayer, and it is your job to Slay. And so you dash into the fray wielding your shotgun like a hammer of the gods, doling out judgment to the wicked and the nonbelievers. Dash. Boom. Dash. Boom. The shots are deafening, and your eyes begin to burn from forgetting to blink. Your palms sweat. You leap up, rip a Cacodemon’s eye out. You land, and cut an Imp in half with a chainsaw. You spin and shoot the turret off an Arachnotron, then force its spiked foot into its own face. All the forces of Hell fall before you, for you are Wrath, and you are Eternal. To read this article in full, please click here
Mouse reviews are extremely subjective. I’d argue that they’re the most subjective hardware reviews we do at PC World, and that makes them some of the toughest. Sure, I can tell you if anything is obviously busted, rattle off some facts about the sensor and the number of buttons. But that doesn’t really tell you much. It’s the shape that matters, the feel of the mouse in your hand. You don’t really know how a mouse performs until you give it a spin—and unfortunately the rise of the internet has made that difficult. Where do you go to try a mouse before buying? Enter Zowie with an ingenious idea: It brings the mice to you. Note: This review is part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.A mouse for all seasons It’s not a new idea, obviously. The internet is rife with these sorts of schemes, be it for clothing, jewelry, glasses, skincare products, and so on. The move from retail stores to a shipping economy has made it hard to feel sure about anything you buy online, but especially anything with a highly subjective design. To read this article in full, please click here
When I picked up the box, I thought it was empty. That’s how light Razer’s Viper Mini is, the latest mouse to vie for the featherweight crown. Coming in at a mere 61 grams, or 2.1 ounces, it feels less like a mouse and more like a prototype, an empty plastic shell. It’s hard to believe there’s actual hardware under the hood—and yet it’s a proper gaming mouse. And in this case, small size is paired with a similarly small price tag. The Viper Mini can be yours for just $40. That had us asking, “ What’s the catch?” Is there a catch? Read on to find out. Note: This review is part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them. Tiny terror Okay, caveat number one: It’s very small. Obviously that’s by design. It’s the Razer Viper Mini. I am not a small person though, and I find the Viper Mini too narrow for all – day use. The original Viper’s faux – ambidextrous (symmetrical, but not intended for left – hand use) chassis measured approximately 2.6 inches left – to – right. The Viper Mini is just over 2 inches across. It’s enough of a difference that I find not just my pinky but my entire ring finger dragging across the mousepad. To read this article in full, please click here