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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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2 months ago
Hands-on Review
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 |
2 months ago
Hands-on Review
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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2 months 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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2 months 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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3 months ago
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I love tablets. You should know that before we proceed. If I could, I would own multiple tablets. I love how the iPad Air feels, I like how the Dell Venue 11 Pro is productive yet fun and I love the way the Transformer series from ASUS is presented as hybrids, complete... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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You put a lot more work into customizing your computer workstation than consumers did in the past. Fast fading are the days of one-box solutions―unless we’re talking about All-in-One computers, most desktops are sold sans monitors. The underlying notion is that consumers want to make their own... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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With all the technology surrounding smaller, faster, and more powerful mobile devices these days, one aspect of mobile technology that continues to expand is the need for storage. Many smartphone users lament at the fact that their storage options are limited to the onboard storage of the phones. Many more seek out mobile devices that include an SD or microSD card slot so that storage can be... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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MacBook users have always looked for ways to maximize their ports. The standard dual USB 3.0 ports were nice, but quickly used. When Thunderbolt ports became a standard on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line, the excitement was palpable—until consumers readily used that... READ MORE
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5 months ago
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Backing up data is one of the most critical operations you can perform for maintaining your PC’s health. In the past, most consumers backed up data by shuffling the data from their hard drive to some external component (I’m old enough to remember backing up critical files to floppy disks, then hard floppies, then Zip disks, and now, external drives). But backing up your data manually can be... READ MORE
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5 months ago
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WD has a long history and solid reputation for crafting unique, convenient, and innovative portable external hard drives for both Mac and PC operating systems. WD is also known for its variety of available internal hard drive options and external multi-drive RAID enclosures. For years, the company’s portable hard drives have... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
5 months ago
Hands-on Review
HP is already established as a manufacturer of high-end workstations that rival the Mac Pro and offer some of the most powerful processors, highest RAM loadouts, and most flexible video options. These desktop workstations are made specifically for professionals looking to maximize video, audio, and digital workloads that demand something more than standard PCs have to offer. "To help integrate... READ MORE
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5 months ago
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Why do All-in-One computers hold such sway over desktop computer users? Is it because the clean lines of the old iMacs were so futuristic and forward-thinking that PC users wanted to adopt them like shiny new robot puppies? Or are PC desktop users longing for the day when they can break the surly bonds of tried-and-true tower workstations and keep their desktop systems out in the open for... READ MORE
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5 months ago
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There are many who believe that even though we are only in the first quarter of 2014, the desktop computer industry is dying. Rest assured, even with declining sales and the intrusion of better mobile processing options aside, the desktop industry... READ MORE
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5 months ago
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If you’ve never heard of the HP Z workstation line, you’ve probably never seen one of these powerhouses in action. The HP Z line, which includes tower workstations, small form factor workstations, and mobile laptop workstations, is mostly designed for creative professionals who need power, speed, and flexibility in their systems. These computing behemoths don’t mess around with mid-level... READ MORE
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