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For all the years I’ve been using a Mac Pro computer to record audio, edit video, and touch up high-resolution photos, I’ve had a G-Technology external portable hard drive by my side to handle my data backup. G-Technology’s storage devices have been beloved by creative professionals like me since their first external storage systems arrived on store shelves about a decade ago. And like previous... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
1 day ago
Hands-on Review
Finding the perfect laptop is no easy feat. As always, the question is―what will the laptop’s primary function be: desktop replacement, portable workstation, gaming center, multimedia entertainment system, browsing, social media interaction, or checking stocks? Or a combination of all of the above? Lenovo has a new Windows 8.1 lineup of notebooks called the Y50 series that offers enough power to... READ MORE
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3 days ago
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I have a shoebox in which I keep all of my dearest personal information. It’s a shoebox, on the large side, and inside are photos of my kids when they were babies, a couple of birth certificates, my passport, some important tax files, and inspirational letters to and from friends that I’ve kept and cherished for a long time. There are also some receipts that I should have thrown out but didn’t,... READ MORE
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4 days ago
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Data archiving and protection is one of the biggest concerns among IT professionals and consumers these days. Whatever storage capacity your desktop, notebook, or tablet comes equipped with is quickly vanquished, sometimes in a matter of minutes, thanks to large files and copious amounts of data... READ MORE
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1 week ago
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Storage is something every computer user always needs―whether you prefer a bulky drive with high capacity or a slimmed-down drive built for speed and performance is a matter of personal preference and  need―and storage now runs the gamut from SD and microSD flash memory cards to 30TB NAS servers. It was only a short... READ MORE
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Born from the synthesis between two independent computer hard drive companies in the mid 1990s, LaCie has been dedicated to the creation of high-quality external computer storage solutions ever since. Although LaCie offers a handful of products for the PC, the company mainly manufactures... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
2 weeks ago
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When using Cat5E/6 cables, USB 2.0 has a maximum effectiveness range of only 15 feet―until now. The Muxlab extender kit uses a transmitter and receiver to extend cabled USB ranges to... READ MORE
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2 weeks ago
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In the following video, Mia McCormick takes a look at the PB287Q 28" 4K monitor from ASUS, and explains why it makes a great addition to the studio of any videographer or graphic artist working with high-resolution content. Using sample footage from the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and... READ MORE

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There are monitors, and then there are Monitors. When shopping for a monitor, most casual PC users look for the two P’s—price and pretty. People who use monitors on a more professional level look much farther—color calibration, Adobe RGB color space matching, flexible input options—and they’re willing to pay for the premium. Eizo makes a series of monitors aimed at the high-end world of video... READ MORE
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4 weeks ago
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Why do we constantly stress that storage is always a premium? Is it that, without a proper storage solution, you can hamper your productivity because of your inability to work with large files? Maybe. Is it because without enough storage, you may find that you can lose valuable data that can never be recreated?... READ MORE
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1 month ago
Hands-on Review
So, you’ve bought yourself a nice, shiny, brand-new MacBook Pro. Maybe you’ve sprung for the Retina display version. Maybe you even went for a MacBook Air, to keep things light. You take your new MacBook out for a spin, marveling at its compact style and light, airy design. You take a thousand pictures or videos of all the places to which you take your virtual Mac date, and then you start to... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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When speaking about how quickly the world of technology changes, a few years might seem like a decade for anyone who doesn’t pay close attention. When the Thunderbolt interface first started arriving on Mac computer products in 2011, creative professionals such as I were excited and impressed by this new interface that could deliver 10 Gbps of data simultaneously across one input lane and one... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
1 month ago
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Streaming media players are a dime a dozen these days, and with good cause. Consumers are always looking for a way to cut back on the expensive cable TV packages that plague most middle-income families. Cord cutting is not a new concept – it’s been around in various forms and formats for years – but it has captured a lot of press lately, especially when surrounded by a nimbus of attention-... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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Gamers. Everyone knows one, many of us are one. Some of us game on our consoles, such as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Others game from their PCs, using hardcore configurations that push graphics limits and over-clock processors. But the one thing that all gamers require is awesome, crystal-clear graphics and spectacular colors. Console gamers get that from their TVs. PC gamers get it from... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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Why do I like 2-in-1 computers? As a consumer of tech gadgets, I am rarely satisfied. When something is made small, thanks to advances in engineering and technology, I want it smaller. Forget the fact that most mobile smartphones are now incredibly powerful multi-core computing wonders―I want them smaller, I want them to perform faster, and I want them powerful enough to do everything. When they... READ MORE
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