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The Microsoft Store is selling the Core i5 Surface Laptop for $200 off today

Everyone was excited when Microsoft rolled out an Intel Core m3 version of the Surface Laptop for $799 earlier this year. That was a great entry level price and it still is. But right now, the Microsoft Store is also selling the next step-up version of the Surface Laptop with a Core i5 processor for $799—that’s the same price as the Core m3 model and one of the best deals we’ve ever seen. It’s not clear how long this sale…

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Intel crushes Computex with a 28-core chip, a 5GHz 8086K, two new architectures and more

Intel’s demonstration of a massive, 28-core PC chip will cap off what promises to be a busy Computex keynote on Tuesday in Taipei, complete with a special record-breaking Anniversary Edition 8086K processor, the formal announcements of the Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processor families, one-watt panels designed to drastically improve laptop battery life, and more. “More” includes a look at mobile PCs from Asus and Lenovo with not one but two screens, of which PCWorld was allowed an exclusive sneak peek. It’s…

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Asus ScreenPad transforms the ZenBook Pro’s touchpad into a magical video screen

The Asus ZenBook Pro has always strived to offer a balance between price and performance, but its appearance settled upon the relatively mundane. No longer. The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Asus showed off at Computex features the ScreenPad, a vibrant, amazing second screen that does double duty as a touchpad. Think of the UX580 as building off the recently announced UX550G, which included Intel’s premium Core i9 microprocessor, along with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. The ZenBook…

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Riotoro’s wild Project Morpheus case shape-shifts from compact to colossal

How big do you want your computer to be? It’s one of the first decisions to make when you’re picking out the perfect PC case—but with Riotoro’s wild new Project Morpheus, you don’t need to ask the question at all. Dubbed the “world’s first convertible PC case” by the company, Morpheus can shift between the compact micro-ATX form factor all the way to a full-sized tower PC if you want to cram it full of graphics cards and liquid cooling.…

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Gigabyte gets into RAM with Aorus RGB Memory

As interest in gaming PCs continues to grow, hardware companies that used to focus on specific niches have been expanding to include more varied lineups in a bid to get more business from DIYers seeking a cohesive look inside their rigs. In 2017, Corsair dipped its toes into full PCs, and EVGA rolled out closed-loop coolers. Now, Gigabyte’s making its debut in the memory market with the simply named Aorus RGB Memory. The dual-channel 16GB kit of DDR4-3200 memory has…

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The Lian Li Strimer infuses your PC’s power connector cable with customizable RGB lights

So you’ve got your RGB LED-equipped case, graphics card, and closed-loop liquid cooler. Heck, you’ve even blinged out your power supply, RAM, and SSD with hardware capable of glowing in any of 16.8 million colors. What’s next? Well, you could slap a complementary OLED display on your already-illuminated hardware, as Asus is doing with its new ROG coolers and PSU, or you can check out the latest mad creation by Lian Li: The Strimer RGB power cable extension. Yes, it’s…

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Asus integrates OLED displays into ROG power supplies and liquid-coolers

Just when you thought there was nothing left to add to spice up PC hardware, Asus reached deep to find the extra bling in a new line of power supplies and closed-loop CPU coolers with integrated OLED displays. The ROG Thor 1200W Platinum is as its name implies: a 1200 watt, fully modular, platinum-rated power supply. What makes the ROG Thor unique—beside its Asus Aura Sync RGB lighting—is an integrated OLED that displays how many watts are being consumed by…

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An EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is finally under $500 all over the Internet

The graphics card price thaw continues, and just like Amazon’s PC sale last week you can get a fantastic graphics card today at its MSRP: Amazon, B&H Photo Video, and Newegg have the EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti SC Black for $470. Considering the ridiculous heights of graphics card prices in recent months that still counts as a sale. That’s about $80 cheaper than the “usual” price for this card in recent weeks. It’s not clear if this is a permanent…

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Norton Security Premium, our favorite antivirus, is $37 for 10 devices on Amazon—a $73 discount

Antivirus isn’t as big a deal as it once was for Windows users. Yet even with Windows Defender baked into Windows 10 it’s still worth it to have a third-party antivirus suite with more robust features. Right now, there is a fantastic deal on our favorite antivirus suite for 2018. Norton Security Premium is just $37 for a one year license covering 10 devices. That’s a whopping $73 discount. The regular price for 10 devices from Norton is $110 per year,…

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The Full Nerd ep. 54: Computex predictions, a self-cooled headset, memory that never forgets

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray gaze into their crystal balls to make Computex 2018 predictions, since the annual PC-centric trade kicks off next week—but only after talking about some new hardware that fixes age-old problems first. On tap: Witness it all in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 54 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you’re there!) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio…

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What an Always Connected PC is, and what to expect if you buy one

Amazing battery life, instant-on power, and pervasive connectivity: These are the tantalizing reasons for buying one of the new breed of Always Connected PCs. But this treasure comes with a price: app and performance penalties that will plague early PCs. The troubles stem from the uneasy partnership between the Qualcomm Snapdragon microprocessors at the heart of these ACPCs, and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Most ACPCs will ship with Windows 10 S, limiting the apps you can use. For now,…

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