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Recent years have been tough for people buying GPUs on a budget; it was true in 2020, and it's still true today. AMD and Nvidia just don't offer good value cards like they used to. Still, there are some decent options in the $100 to $300 range for the value-conscious PC user. These graphics cards are far from being the best, but they'll do well enough for 1080p and even in some cases 1440p gaming at a good framerate.

By Karthik Iyer 15 hours ago

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Galaxy S22 Plus are different in many ways, but they share some similarities too. Both phones, for instance, have an OLED display with a bezel-less design and cutout towards the top. You also get a triple camera setup on both devices along with some other similarities including a similarly specced battery unit, almost the same physical dimensions, and more. As for which phone is better for you is entirely subjective and may come down to whether you prefer Android or iOS, but we'll try to highlight some of the stark differences between the two in this Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus comparison. Let's dive in!

By João Carrasqueira 17 hours ago

Even though it's been over a year since its release, the Surface Laptop Studio is still one of the coolest laptops Microsoft has ever made. Folio-style laptops weren't new when it launched, with the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel being another great example, but the Surface Laptop Studio definitely made them a bit more mainstream, and it's such an interesting form factor. It makes it easier than ever to go from a laptop to a tablet, and it doesn't sacrifice power to do it, so it's got plenty of performance. With that being said, the Surface Laptop Studio is over a year old at this point, and it's starting to show its age. As such, it's pretty exciting to think about what's next for this product, and what might be in a Surface Laptop Studio 2.

By Matthew Connatser 21 hours ago

A graphics card is one of the most important components of a gaming PC, if not the most. But just like most PC components, there's no single GPU that works for everyone. While some users may want the absolute ultimate gaming experience on PC, others may want something that offers the best value, albeit less powerful. Many are even looking for the best budget graphics cards for a casual 1080p gaming experience.

By João Carrasqueira 2 days ago

The Dell XPS brand has been around since the 1990s, and it's seen a few identity changes throughout the years. What started as a line of business PCs turned into high-end gaming laptop in the mid-2000s, and today, the XPS line is focused on premium consumer, or "prosumer" laptops. It's one of the most recognizable brands when it comes to Windows laptops, not just because it has a long legacy, but also because Dell XPS laptops are consistently among the best laptops you can buy each and every year.

By Adam Conway 2 days ago

Android tablets are pretty divisive, and the problem is that whatever you can get in the Android world, you're typically better off just getting an iPad instead. Android doesn't scale particularly well on tablets and is often left best as a mobile operating system. Android 12L went a long way towards improving the problem, but it's still not an ideal situation if you're looking to pick up an Android tablet. iPads almost certainly have an upper hand in the tablet world.

By Adam Conway 2 days ago

Google has tried to tap into the augmented reality world several times. Augmented reality, commonly known as AR, when used properly, can potentially be life-changing technology, but no tech company has yet managed to master it. Apple has taken the approach of using dedicated hardware, such as the LiDAR scanner included in iPads and iPhones, while other companies, like Google, are pulling everything off through software only. We're definitely getting closer to perfect AR, however, and Google is one of the companies leading the pack, with their augmented reality SDK and technology, which is dubbed 'ARCore'.

By João Carrasqueira 2 days ago

It's been almost six years since the first Windows on Arm PCs started showing up, featuring a tweaked version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Despite that long period, Arm-based Windows devices haven't caught on all that much, but in 2022, Microsoft finally started taking it more seriously. It announced a native developer toolchain for Arm and it even launched a new, more powerful Windows Dev Kit with an Arm processor, so developers can create and test apps for these devices more easily. There are also Windows Arm PCs like the Surface Pro 9 with 5G and the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s, which show increased confidence in the ecosystem.

By Timi Cantisano 2 days ago

The year's finally coming to a close, and while there's a lot to look forward to in the new year, we still have to get through one last night in 2022. Luckily, if you're the kind of person that likes to bring in the new year with music, Spotify has you covered with its newly launched New Year’s Hub, giving you plenty of playlists to jam out to.

By Adam Conway 2 days ago

LineageOS is a well-known player in the field of custom Android development. It was the successor to CyanogenMod and now supports a vast number of devices, providing a way for enthusiasts to customize and optimize their systems without being bogged down by heavy skins. The LineageOS team has recently released a major update, LineageOS 20, which is based on Android 13.

By Timi Cantisano 2 days ago

Samsung's One UI 5 update based on Android 13 has been rolling out to a number of its smartphones over the past month, and for the most part, it looks like things have been good. But apparently, the new update creates a unique issue for Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Luxe owners, where the devices can no longer sync. As you can imagine, this is a pretty big problem, but it looks like Fitbit is aware, and a fix is incoming.

By Timi Cantisano 3 days ago

As we get closer to the new year, more and more Samsung devices are hitting the web early ahead of their official announcements. While we typically keep our eyes peeled for upcoming smartphones, this leak shows off the upcoming Galaxy Book laptops that will reportedly be making their debut at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event taking place in February.

By Timi Cantisano 3 days ago

As we close out the year, companies are no longer focused on 2022, and are instead gearing up for 2023. In a week's time, some of the largest and smallest companies in the world will arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcasing their latest products and services. While Samsung will be in attendance, it is unlikely that it will reveal important smartphones at CES, instead, saving those debuts for its own Unpacked events in 2023.

By Skanda Hazarika 3 days ago

Nubia recently lifted the covers off its latest flagship gaming smartphones — the RedMagic 8 Pro and RedMagic 8 Pro Plus. The new lineup comes with incredible specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, a 120Hz 6.8-inch OLED display, up to 16GB of RAM (on the Plus variant), a pair of shoulder keys with 520Hz touch sampling support, and a lot of improved gaming features over their predecessors. Even if you can't experience the beastly hardware of the RedMagic's newest smartphones, you can now download the homescreen wallpapers, lock screen wallpapers, and several other assets, as we extracted them from the factory firmware of the device duo.

By Richard Devine and Rich Edmonds 3 days ago

UHD or 4K monitors offer the best possible gaming experience for visual clarity, not including 8K screens. With a resolution of 3840 x 2160, 4K monitors have 8,294,400 pixels and are able to create a vastly superior picture to 2K and FHD monitors. 1080p and 1440p monitors are nowhere near to being rendered obsolete, but if you're wanting to do more work simultaneously or take your gaming to the next level, a 4K panel would be a worthwhile upgrade. Thankfully, there's no shortage of 4K screens on the market, so we rounded up the best 4K monitors to help you choose the right one.