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GOGroove BassPULSE review | PCWorld

If the phrase “PC speakers” still conjures images of a pair of beige boxes, GOGroove’s BassPulse may be a bit of culture shock. This 2.1 speaker system promises to turn any music listening session into an instant party with a boost to the bottom end and colored lights that pulse to the beat (choose among the blue we tested, or green or red, on Amazon). This set is at the high end of our price range compared to other budget PC…

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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mouse is over 40% off

The Logitech G502 Proteus Core and its “unprecedented levels of customization” wowed us from the instant it launched in 2014. Many years and many would-be competitors later, Logitech’s masterpiece still reigns supreme on PCWorld’s list of the best gaming mice. But now you can pick up the RGB lighting-equipped version of the Proteus Core, the G502 Proteus Spectrum, for nearly half off. It’s just $45.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. The G502 Proteus Core is one of the most comfortable…

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Logitech Z150 Stereo Speakers review

Logitech’s Z150 stereo speakers cater to those with simple needs. No flamboyant designs or crazy amounts of connectivity options for these users. It’s enough to find a pair that brings a little extra volume and clarity to our computer audio and fits on our desk. Even within our budget PC speaker roundup, this pair (not even $20 currentlyon Amazon) is notably inexpensive and unassuming. As you’d expect with entry-level speakers, the Z150 set is small, lightweight, and slim on features.…

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The best budget computer speakers 2018

Your laptop’s built-in speakers aren’t doing any favors for the gigs and gigs of music and movies on your hard drive. Even the best ones can leave your audio sounding thin and lifeless. External speakers—along with a good set of headphones—are a must for getting the best fidelity from your media files. A trip online or to your favorite electronics store will reveal a head-spinning variety of options in this category, with some systems costing as much or more than…

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Amazon’s got an LG 34-inch curved G-Sync monitor for $150 off

Today’s a good day to get a great 34-inch G-Sync monitor. Amazon’s got the curved LG 34UC89G-B on sale for $600, which is the lowest price yet for this monitor based on data from CamelCamelCamel. Usually it sells for over $700, and earlier this month it was selling for $750. LG’s monitor features a 34-inch HD PS display with a 2560×1080 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 5-millisecond response time. It comes loaded with Nvidia G-Sync so you can synchronize refresh…

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Logitech MX Master 2S vs. Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse: Which $100 mouse is worth it

You should buy premium productivity mice like the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse and the Logitech MX Master 2S for the same reason you’d purchase an expensive bed: because your hands remain in contact with them for hours at a time. Logitech and Microsoft represent the two of the biggest names in the PC peripheral industry, and the Surface Precision Mouse and the MX Master 2S are their flagship offerings. At just under $100 apiece, both are costly. But each justifies their…

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Walmart has the Intel Core i7-8700K for just over $300 today

Today’s a good day to get a deal on a powerful Intel processor: Walmart has the Intel Core i7-8700K for $313. That’s $26 cheaper than the retailer’s competition, and one of the lowest non-coupon prices we’ve seen yet. The Core i7-8700K is part of Intel’s newest line of CPUs that rolled out in late 2017. These eight-generation “Coffee Lake” chips were a notable upgrade over previous generations, due to an increase in core count: While Kaby Lake (and earlier) Core processors…

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Massive EA Origin game sale slashes prices on Battlefield, Star Wars, Mass Effect, and more

Now’s a great time to snag EA games on the cheap. The gaming giant is running a massive “Publisher sale” on its Origin storefront and Amazon through March 6, with more than 50 games and DLC packs discounted heavily. Let’s look at some of the highlights. Mass Effect: Andromeda is $10. Our resident games critic didn’t think it was a particularly great game, but still called it “eminently playable,” and you’ll get a lot of hours out of your tenner. If you missed…

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Intel expects PCs with fast 5G wireless to ship in late 2019

With the first deployments of 5G high-speed wireless technology within the U.S. scheduled for later this year, Intel and its PC partners are already thinking about the next step: rolling out 5G-equipped PCs late in 2019. Intel, along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft said Thursday that the companies expect the first 5G Windows PCs to become available during the second half of 2019. That’s about the same time that Intel plans to begin shipping its XMM 8000 commercial modems,…

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How to find your motherboard’s Spectre CPU fix

Operating system patches alone can protect against the nasty Meltdown flaw affecting Intel processors, but fixing Spectre—Meltdown’s nasty sibling, which affects all CPUs—requires firmware updates for your hardware. Those firmware fixes are finally starting to appear after Intel’s first round of Spectre patches were yanked for causing system instability and potential data loss. Stable patches for 6th-gen Intel Skylake CPUs and newer chips are now available, and both Intel and AMD are working on CPU microcode updates for other chips. Installing Spectre…

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How to test how much Spectre and Meltdown hurt your PC’s performance

With manufacturers again shipping Meltdown and Spectre updates to fix security exploits in CPUs, you may be wondering just how much of a hit your PC has taken. After testing how much the updates affected older PCs and my own Surface Book performance laptop, and studying the benchmarks run by colleagues at Techspot and PCMag as well, we believe we’ve found a simple way for the average consumer to gauge the slowdown. IDG Make sure you have all of the latest updates for Windows installed.…

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The Full Nerd episode 41: Nvidia rumors, Spectre updates, and will Ryzen APUs stay relevant?

In this episode of the Full Nerd, the crew mulls whether Ryzen APUs even matter, pick apart the Nvidia Volta / Ampere / Turing / Kardassian rumors, and update you on Meltdown and Spectre. Mentioned in this article AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off by talking about AMD’s hot new Ryzen APUs and whether they’ll even be relevant if graphics card prices settle down. If you’re a PC gamer without a graphics card,…

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How to create a multiple monitor setup with three, four, or more displays

By now, a dual-monitor setup has become commonplace. Multitasking on a single screen is just way too confining. But why stop at two displays?  I can speak from experience: Having multiple monitors (and I’m talking three, four, five, or even six) is just…awesome, and something you totally need in your life. Right now, my main PC has a triple-monitor setup: my main 27-inch central monitor, with a 24-inch monitor on either side. I use my extra monitors for a number…

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The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet

Today’s a great day for a deal on some crazy fast SSD storage. Amazon, B&H Photo, and Newegg are all selling the 500GB Samsung 960 Evo NVMe M.2 module for $200. The 960 Evo features V-NAND flash memory, sequential read speeds up to 3,200MB/s, and write speeds up to 1,900MB/s. We didn’t review the consumer-grade Evo variant of this drive, but we did review the Samsung 960 Pro and loved it. The official sticker price discount for this device is…

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Dell is selling a 24-inch 1440p G-Sync monitor for less than $400 today

The graphics card pricing crisis looms over gamers like a nightmare. Zombie machines are using as many GPUs as possible for cryptocurrency mining. But you know what part of a gaming setup isn’t in crisis? Monitors. Dell has a sale today on a 24-inch 1440p G-Sync monitor for $380. This deal also includes a $50 Dell promotional e-card (essentially, a Dell.com store credit) that expires 90 days after issuance. Dell’s sticker price for the S2417DG is $570, and the best…

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