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Jun 21, 2024

New Windows update makes it easier to move files around


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Jun 21, 2024

How PCWorld tests and evaluates external storage

PCWorld has been reviewing external storage since the 1980s and the era of floppy drives, though these days we stick with SSDs and the occasional hard drive. Everything else seems, well… quaint. Not to mention, drearily slow.

What does PCWorld look for in an external storage device? Capacity Generally speaking, more capacity is better, but determining capacity takes no effort on our part — it's generally written plainly on the box. Capacity by itself doesn't score a lot of points unless it's a jump from the norm, however…



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Jun 21, 2024

You've never been able to get a 49-inch OLED monitor this cheap

The Aorus CO49DQ features a massive resolution of 5120×1440—that's basically two QHD panels smooshed together with a slight 1800R curve—with a 144Hz refresh rate. That's not the fastest around, but it's about as much as you'll need for any gaming PC that's pushing this many pixels in any sort of taxing game.

But this monitor is more than just a pretty face. In addition to certification for AMD FreeSync and VESA HDR True Black 400, you get DisplayPort 1.4, double HDMI 2.1, and USB-C video support.

At 18 watts, it's not going to power a gaming laptop alone, but two extra USB-A ports should be good for a few extra goodies. Plus, there's a one-button switch to hop between USB-C and regular video inputs.

And yes, it has those 5-watt speakers that manufacturers keep putting into monitors (which you absolutely should not use). The display supports standard VESA mounting, though you'll probably need an extra-sturdy monitor arm if you don't want to use the included stand.

Looking for a gorgeous way to show off your gaming PC's prowess at an incredible bargain price? Head over to Amazon and

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Jun 21, 2024

Best antivirus software 2024: Keep your PC safe from malware, spyware, and more

Most systems come with security software baked into the OS, but for some folks, an upgrade can help demystify and simplify online security. To help you choose a good suite, we've identified products that offer excellent protection, worthwhile features, and minimal performance impact on your PC.

Why you should trust us: PCWorld has been deep in the trenches of testing computer hardware, software, and services since 1983—including security suites. For antivirus apps, we continually evaluate popular or noteworthy software. We consider the user experience, strength of protection against threats (online and offline), and how well it addresses the ever-expanding types of attacks. Our guide on how we test antivirus software at PCWorld gives the full details of our review process, but for the results of our work, read on.

Update June 21, 2024: Not sure if your PC has been hacked? Read up on the classic warning signs—and if your protections are inadequate, consider switching to a different antivirus suite (like one listed below). Also, if you're curious about how private your activity is when using a VPN, you can also read up more on

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Jun 21, 2024

Get $70 off on Samsung's rugged 1TB portable SSD right now

The T7 Shield is a super-fast storage option that's sleek, gorgeous, and rugged enough for almost anything you throw its way. It was designed to withstand the elements—IP65 rating for water and dust resistance—making it a solid portable SSD for when you're out and about.

When we reviewed the Samsung T7 Shield, we found it to be excellent, granting it 4.5 out of 5 stars and our Editors' Choice award.

Thanks to PCIe NVMe technology, the T7 Shield offers blazing-fast read and write speeds up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s. "The T7 Shield was also the fastest 10Gbps external SSD we've tested writing 450GB, and somewhat surprisingly, bested two of the 20Gbps drives we've tested," wrote our expert Jon Jacobi in his review.

Compatibility isn't an issue with this tiny portable SSD, either. Samsung's T7 Shield works just as well with Windows PCs, speedy Macs, Android devices, gaming consoles, and more.

The 1TB version is the most affordable, but there are also larger storage options: the 2TB version is $195 (down from $285) and the

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Jun 21, 2024

Best laptops for video editing 2024: Work faster with these expert picks

Why you should trust us: PCWorld has been covering PCs since 1983, and reviews more than 70 notebooks a year in our never-ending quest to find the best laptops. Our expert reviewers evaluate every machine using a combination of performance benchmarks and rigorous usability standards, with an eye toward identifying the best laptops for specific needs and at various price points. We also edit lots of videos ourselves, with the results appearing on PCWorld's YouTube channel. Take a look at our top picks for video editing below, followed by buying advice and more details about our testing process.

If you're on a budget or just looking to save some money, you may also want to check out our daily roundup of the best laptop deals to scope out any discounts on content creation notebooks.



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Jun 21, 2024

This 27-inch Dell monitor is a great daily driver — and it's 27% off

And if you need another monitor, today's your lucky day because this 27-inch Dell monitor is on sale for its best price yet of $160. This limited-time offer will save you $60 on a superb QHD monitor.

QHD means you'll get a crisp 2560×1440 resolution, and that's paired with a 100Hz refresh rate. While that's far from the best you can get for gaming these days, it's still above average for the price.

This monitor also comes with two integrated 5W speakers that promise clear audio, so you can keep your desk decluttered without separate speakers. It also has several audio preset profiles, including ones for watching movies, listening to music, or gaming.

As far as connectivity, you get two HDMI 2.1 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 port, with an HDMI cable included with it. And the monitor stand is height-adjustable, with adjustments available on all three axes (tilt, swivel, and pivot). It's a solid and versatile daily driver.

This 27-inch monitor is going fast with a limited stock before the deal runs out, so grab one quick if you want it!

Save $60 on this 27-inch Dell monitor

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Jun 21, 2024

This 27-inch, 1440p Dell monitor for $160 is an absolute steal

And if you need another monitor, today's your lucky day because this 27-inch Dell monitor is on sale for its best price yet of $160. This limited-time offer will save you $60 on a superb QHD monitor.

QHD means you'll get a crisp 2560×1440 resolution, and that's paired with a 100Hz refresh rate. While that's far from the best you can get for gaming these days, it's still above average for the price and a perfect setup for home, school, or work use — especially since this panel rocks vibrant IPS technology, rather than the lackluster TN panels you often find at this price.

This monitor also comes with two integrated 5W speakers that promise clear audio, so you can keep your desk decluttered without separate speakers. It also has several audio preset profiles, including ones for watching movies, listening to music, or gaming.

As far as connectivity, you get two HDMI 2.1 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 port, with an HDMI cable included with it. And the monitor stand is height-adjustable, with adjustments available on all three axes (tilt, swivel, and pivot). It's a solid and versatile daily driver.

This 27-inch monitor is going fast with a limited stock before the deal runs out, so

PC World Latest News
Jun 21, 2024

Watch PCWorld build a pair of SFF video production PCs!

Adam's AMD-based build is going in the brand new Fractal Design Mood, a vertical SFF case that was revealed at Computex. Alex's Intel machine is a little more conventional in the SSUPD Meshroom S, which is all about maximum airflow in a tiny 14.9-liter space. Both of them are getting some serious parts in there despite the small dimensions and might need some PC building expertise to fit everything in.

The full double-machine build is just over three hours long — a great background video if you happen to be building your own PC, or I dunno, assembling some Ikea furniture. Give it a watch to see how the pros build itty-bitty and

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Jun 21, 2024

Gamesir Nova HD review: A budget controller contender

Price When Reviewed$34.99

Best Prices Today: Retailer Price

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Jun 21, 2024

Latest Windows update patches critical Wi-Fi vulnerability

This week's update has a critical patch for a known Wi-Fi vulnerability, which Microsoft rates as an 8.8 out of 10 in terms of danger—so, go ahead and spin up Windows Update sooner rather than later.

As The Register reports, the CVE-2024-30078 bug fix prevents remote code execution (that means "running scary stuff on your PC from somewhere else") via a Wi-Fi driver. The details of this vulnerability aren't public, and it doesn't appear to be being exploited "in the wild," but Microsoft isn't leaving things up to chance. Hackers might be able to figure it out now that it's been addressed.

The same can't be said for the critical CVE-2024-30080 patch, which allows remote code execution via the Microsoft Message Queuing system. This one's dangerous enough that it gets a 9.8 rating, and it may be being exploited at the moment.

Rounding out the security patches is an older issue, CVE-2023-50868, which can be used as a remote denial of service method by overloading resources using Domain Name System Security Extensions. It's mostly a server issue and less important for regular users.

These fixes should be applied for all Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, so don't delay. Get crackin' on your Windows updates today!

Windows

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Jun 21, 2024

Fast charge 4 devices at once with Anker's compact charger, now $40 off

Down from its normal $110, you can get it for just $70 right now—a spectacular 36% discount for a powerhouse device.

Imagine this: Your laptop is running low on battery, your smartphone isn't far behind, and your wireless headphones are about to die, too. But there's only one power outlet and no power strip.

One option is to plug in your laptop, then charge your phone and headphones through the laptop. But that would take a while. Why do that when you could instead fast charge all three at once?

The Anker 747 offers high-speed charging for two simultaneous laptops, four simultaneous smaller devices, or an impressive 100W output for a single device. It has four total ports: three USB-C and one USB-A. Altogether, it can deliver 150W total power.

Powered by GaN technology, this charger isn't just fast—it's also more energy efficient than traditional chargers. And it's pretty darn compact, about 38% smaller than Apple's 140W charger.

So, whether you're a frequent traveler, a tech enthusiast, or someone who just hates clutter, the Anker 747 Wall Charger is a game changer. It's small, it's versatile, and, most importantly, it's on sale right now!

This 4-device Anker wall charger i

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Jun 21, 2024

Use Kaspersky antivirus? The US is banning it, so prepare to switch

But while federal subsidies could no longer be spent on Kaspersky, individuals and private businesses were still free to buy licenses. This will soon change with an upcoming US ban on Kaspersky's products.

Announced Thursday by the Bureau of Industry and Security (a branch of the Department of Commerce), the prohibition applies to antivirus and other cybersecurity software developed and distributed by Kaspersky and its affiliates. The Biden administration cited high potential for interference from the Russian government in Kaspersky's operations as the reason for its decision—the first of its kind.

The ban will roll out in two phases: starting on July 20 at 12:00am ET, Kaspersky can no longer sell its products to new US persons or agree to integrate its software into third-party products (like white-labeled services); then, on September 29 at 12:00am ET, all reselling, existing integrations, and licensing must cease. Virus definition and app updates will end, as will operation of the Kaspersky Security Network within the US and on devices belonging to US residents and citizens.

This window gives consumers and businesses time to transition to new software—and there are no legal penalties for continuing to use Kaspersky while you hunt for a replacement.



PC World Latest News
Jun 21, 2024

Still use Kaspersky antivirus? The US is banning it, so prepare to switch

But while federal subsidies could no longer be spent on Kaspersky, individuals and private businesses were still free to buy licenses. This will soon change with an upcoming US ban on Kaspersky's products.

Announced Thursday by the Bureau of Industry and Security (a branch of the Department of Commerce), the prohibition applies to antivirus and other cybersecurity software developed and distributed by Kaspersky and its affiliates. The Biden administration cited high potential for interference from the Russian government in Kaspersky's operations as the reason for its decision—the first of its kind.

The ban will roll out in two phases: starting on July 20 at 12:00am ET, Kaspersky can no longer sell its products to new US persons or agree to integrate its software into third-party products (like white-labeled services); then, on September 29 at 12:00am ET, all reselling, existing integrations, and licensing must cease. Virus definition and app updates will end, as will operation of the Kaspersky Security Network within the US and on devices belonging to US residents and citizens.

This window gives consumers and businesses time to transition to new software—and there are no legal penalties for continuing to use Kaspersky while you hunt for a replacement.



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Jun 21, 2024

Buying a prebuilt gaming PC is like eating Fugu - it's all about trust

If you haven't already guessed from that opener, I'm not in the "buy a pre-built gaming PC camp." That's not just because I'm a tech editor who likes to painstakingly oversee and choose every component in a new build until I reach performance perfection.

I also don't have any illusions about wanting to be the go-to tech support guy among my family and friends — I am that guy anyways. No, it's just that pre-built gaming PCs are incredibly risky business.

In fact, I'd go so far as to liken buying one to dinning on a meal of Fugu, a Japanese delicacy made from the porcupinefish (puffer fish). If you're unfamiliar with Fugu, parts of it are so full of poison it needs meticulous preparation by a chef, and not just any chef, one with the know-how and steady hands of a brain surgeon.

Dinning on Fugu, then, is like taking the ultimate leap of faith. Sure, you could get a delicious, safe meal of tasty puffer and not keel over. Or a single bite may see you drop your chopsticks and leave your mortal coil for good. The big question then is: Do you trust the chef?



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Jun 21, 2024

Best gaming laptops 2024: What to look for and highest-rated models

Why you should trust us: It's in our name! PCWorld prides itself on laptop experience and expertise. We've been covering PCs since 1983, and we now review more than 70 laptops every year. All of the picks below have been personally tested and vetted by our experts, who've applied not only performance benchmarks but rigorous usability standards. We're also committed to reviewing gaming laptops at every price point to help you find a machine that matches your budget.


Update June 21, 2024: We've updated the list of recent laptop reviews to include the Acer Aspire Vero 16 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 2-in-1.



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Jun 21, 2024

9 vital gaming laptop settings to tweak even faster performance

Even so, no gamer has ever said they don't need even more performance, that they're perfectly content with their frame rate and visuals. Nope. More is almost always better!

But what can you do? Upgrading a gaming laptop isn't as straightforward as upgrading a gaming PC. Unless you're gaming on a Framework Laptop, you can't just slot a new graphics chip in there and call it a day. You have to be a little more creative.

Here are several features and settings you can tweak to make your gaming laptop run even faster and make your games look better.


Use dynamic upscaling One of the biggest advances in PC gaming in recent years has been in dynamic upscaling, where AI is used to enhance picture quality without demanding more resources, thereby improving performance while making the game look better, too.

This feature is available via Nvidia's DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), AMD's FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution), and Intel's XeSS (Xe Super Sampling), and you can use dynamic upscaling in a range of games across various hardware.


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Jun 21, 2024

9 vital gaming laptop settings to tweak for faster performance

Even so, no gamer has ever said they don't need even more performance, that they're perfectly content with their frame rate and visuals. Nope. More is almost always better!

But what can you do? Upgrading a gaming laptop isn't as straightforward as upgrading a gaming PC. Unless you're gaming on a Framework Laptop, you can't just slot a new graphics chip in there and call it a day. You have to be a little more creative.

Here are several features and settings you can tweak to make your gaming laptop run even faster and make your games look better.


Use dynamic upscaling One of the biggest advances in PC gaming in recent years has been in dynamic upscaling, where AI is used to enhance picture quality without demanding more resources, thereby improving performance while making the game look better, too.

This feature is available via Nvidia's DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), AMD's FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution), and Intel's XeSS (Xe Super Sampling), and you can use dynamic upscaling in a range of games across various hardware.


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Jun 21, 2024

Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i review: Close to perfection

Price When Reviewed$1,699.99

Best Prices Today: Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i Retailer Price

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Jun 21, 2024

Get a $20 Digital Costco Shop Card* with a Gold Star Costco membership

Costco offers unrivaled value on everything from groceries and furniture to electronics and more. With hundreds of locations across the country, you can always find a store nearby, and start locking in savings on all kinds of products. You can also enjoy discounts on travel by shopping with Costco Travel, save at the tank with Costco Gas, and find all kinds of great deals online at Costco.com.

Lock in a year's worth of savings and more. Right now, when you sign up for a $60 Costco 1-Year Gold Star Membership, you'll also get a

PC World Latest News
Jun 20, 2024

Age verification laws threaten Pornhub, but a VPN can help

This is the recent reality for many in the U.S. after certain states have passed age verification laws for adult websites. In March of this year, the popular adult site PornHub went dark in Texas in order to protest new strict laws imposed by the state requiring just such verifications, following similar standoffs in other states.

Now, Pornhub is set to block access to five more states including Indiana, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, and Nebraska in response to similar age verification laws in those states as well. Fortunately, even if you live in one of these states, getting around site-specific geographical restrictions is easy enough with the right VPN. Below you'll find more info about these new laws, how to use a VPN to access mature content, and why you should use a VPN no matter what websites you visit.

What are age verification laws and why do they matter?

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Jun 20, 2024

Microsoft hunts for fix to annoying Windows 10 taskbar bug

This problem is apparently caused by some of the latest updates that Microsoft provided for Windows veterans in recent months. Windows 10 version 22H2 and Windows 10 version 21H2 are both affected.

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Jun 20, 2024

This dual USB wall plug is just $18 and charges phones really fast

And now's a great time to stock up because Belkin's Dual Wall Charger is currently on sale for $18 at Walmart, down from its usual $25.

This compact and speedy Belkin charger is perfect for when you need a reliable charging plug, whether at home or out and about.

This charger features dual USB ports—one 25W USB-C and one 12W USB-A, for a total output of 37 watts—and it has Programmable Power Supply (PPS) technology that dynamically adjusts voltage depending on what kind of device is plugged in.

It's ideal for charging multiple devices simultaneously, and it's versatile enough to work with iPhones, Samsungs, and more.

Another nice point: it's tiny! While the prongs don't fold away, it's still small enough to toss in a bag and take with you while traveling if needed. Otherwise, keep it plugged in at home without being an eyesore.

If I were you, I'd hurry because this deal won't last forever. With the Belkin Dual Wall Charger for jus

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Jun 20, 2024

This humble flash drive is really a speedy 1TB SSD - and it's $50 off

This compact stick-type SSD is a solid solution for gamers and professionals who require high-speed data transfer in a small enough package that can slip right into a pocket.

The SK Hynix Tube T31 boasts lightning-fast data transfer speeds of up to 1,000MB/s (10Gbps), making it possible to transfer large files in seconds. And with its 1TB capacity, you'll be able to load and unload all kinds of size-heavy files, like videos and games.

You can use the Tube T31 with pretty much any device, including PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, as well as Windows and macOS computers. Imagine seamlessly moving your data between different devices and platforms in a flash!

The 1TB version of the SK Hynix Tube T31 at $85 is a remarkable deal you won't want to miss. (Don't forget to apply the $15 coupon!) If you want to spend a tiny bit less, you can opt for the 512GB version that's down to $80—but the extra $5 is worth it for double the storage space.

The 1TB SK Hynix Tube T31 is only $85

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Jun 20, 2024

This tiny 1TB stick SSD is so cool — and it's only $85 right now

This compact stick-type SSD is a solid solution for gamers and professionals who require high-speed data transfer in a small enough package that can slip right into a pocket.

The SK Hynix Tube T31 boasts lightning-fast data transfer speeds of up to 1,000MB/s (10Gbps), making it possible to transfer large files in seconds. And with its 1TB capacity, you'll be able to load and unload all kinds of size-heavy files, like videos and games.

You can use the Tube T31 with pretty much any device, including PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, as well as Windows and macOS computers. Imagine seamlessly moving your data between different devices and platforms in a flash!

The 1TB version of the SK Hynix Tube T31 at $85 is a remarkable deal you won't want to miss. (Don't forget to apply the $15 coupon!) If you want to spend a tiny bit less, you can opt for the 512GB version that's down to $80—but the extra $5 is worth it for double the storage space.

The 1TB SK Hynix Tube T31 is only $85

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Jun 20, 2024

Best monitor arms 2024: The ultimate in flexibility

The only catch is the price. Most monitor arms worth buying will cost close to $200, and heavy-duty arms capable of holding two large displays are even pricier. The good news is that if you buy a good-quality monitor arm, you'll likely never need to replace it. That's why it's important to choose wisely with your first monitor arm purchase.

To help you with that, we've put several popular monitor arms through their paces to find the best of the bunch. Below you'll find our curated list of recommended monitor arms, with thorough explanations of what qualities made them stand out. And below that, we point out some arms that we weren't so keen on — to provide a point of comparison.

If you're still on the fence about whether a monitor arm is worth the money and the time it takes to set up, read our article that answers why a monitor arm is most definitely worth it.

If you're looking for a new monitor to go with your monitor arm, see our roundups of the best monitors and

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Jun 20, 2024

Stay cool this summer in any room with this $190 portable AC

This Coolblus Portable AC is down to $190 right now, down from its list price of $248 for a savings of $58 (23% off).

Suppose you're looking to cool down a specific room in your home and you don't want to upgrade your central AC system—or you don't even have one to begin with. That's when you need a portable AC, like this one that delivers 3-in-1 functionality.

In addition to cooling down your room, it also works as a dehumidifier and a fan with adjustable speed and auto air swing, which helps distribute the cold air better and cool the space down faster.

This 8,500 BTU model is perfect for rooms of up to 360 sq. ft., able to cool things down to your desired temperatures within 15 minutes. It also has a Sleep Mode, which quietly keeps you cool through the night with reduced volume.

It's also energy efficient with a CEER of 6.5, and it uses eco-friendly R32 refrigerant for peace of mind that your energy bill won't explode.

Important: As with any portable AC, you'll need a container for the drainage pipe (to eliminate condensation) and you'll need to place it close to a window where you can connect the exhaust hose (to eliminate the hot air that's pulled from your room). Fortunately, it comes with a window slide bar and adapter for easy setup.

With summer now heating up, you'll want a portable AC sooner rather than later.

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Jun 20, 2024

Jonsbo's new wood SFF case is adorable and functional

Jonsbo is a smaller China-based case manufacturer that doesn't pop up much here in the west, but I've admired some of its unique designs, like the D41 that puts a case-mounted screen somewhere it might actually be useful. The T6 is more about trending wood aesthetics and teeny-tiny mini-ITX sensibilities, but it's also got a few ideas that make it more useful than the standard SFF design. The top-mounted handle not only matches the front wood finish, it makes this thing "luggable" in the old-fashioned sense.

"But Michael," I hear you cry, "I haven't been to a LAN party since 2003. After I build my fabulously stylish mini-ITX PCs, they sit on my desk until I build another one." I'm glad you pointed that out, convenient strawman reader. If you prefer your SFF builds a little more sedentary, you can move that handle to the front of the case where it makes a perfect headset holder. You can even put it on the side to…hold tiny figurines, apparently. Of course if you prefer a cleaner look, you can just leave the handle off entirely.



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Jun 20, 2024

Good news! Most apps I've tried on Microsoft's Copilot Surface just work

After receiving a Surface Pro (2024) 11th Edition from Microsoft for review, I spent a good chunk of my first day just downloading various applications and seeing if they'd run—and if they did, how well.

I came away with three key conclusions:

First, this is indeed a productivity tablet, and Microsoft and Qualcomm have done a good job making sure most common productivity application work without hassle.

Second, Copilot PCs are not gaming PCs, and there's a good chance your favorite games won't even run.

Third, the type of app you run on the tablet matters in an absolutely enormous way. If you run an emulated app, especially on battery, expect battery life to drop considerably as the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite chip chews through the unoptimized code.

Here's what I've found through my testing so far. This is not an absolutely exhaustive list! There may be apps that I haven't tried out that hide issues or performance problems.

Browsers on Arm: Spoiled for choice Most browsers are now available in Arm versions, so I didn't expect much trouble running any of the popular ones. (The only major browser without a native Arm version is the latest Arc browser, which Arc won't even let you download to a Copilot PC right now.)

Chrome, the most popular browser by user count, worked just fine browsing a number

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Jun 20, 2024

Best laptops 2024: Premium, budget, gaming, 2-in-1s, and more

Why you should trust us: It's in our name. PCWorld prides itself on laptop experience and expertise. We've been covering PCs since 1983, and we now review more than 70 laptops every year. All of the picks below have been personally tested and vetted by our experts, who've applied not only performance benchmarks but rigorous usability standards. We're also committed to reviewing PC laptops at every price point to help you find a machine that matches your budget.

Looking for sweet discounts? Check out our regularly updated roundup of the best laptop deals available right now.

Updated June 20, 2024: In addition to updating our list of recent laptop reviews, we also added the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 ($2,761) as an alternative option underneath our Best 2-in-1 pick. Not only is it a long-lasting machine (17 and a half hours!), but it also comes with a touchscreen and a pen. That said, the high price tag is a hard pill to swallow.

The best laptops we've tested

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Jun 20, 2024

Framework adds a RISC-V motherboard to its laptops

If RISC-V isn't ringing any bells, that's probably because it's not all that relevant to standard PCs. Reduced Instruction Set Computer Five is an open-source architecture for both basic hardware, including the CPU, and the software that runs on it. It's a popular option for a lot of integrated electronics like the internals of your new washing machine or your car's computer. But thanks to no licensing fees and extreme flexibility, it's increasingly showing up in more conventional consumer electronics like smartwatches and fitness trackers.

The RISC-V motherboard for the Framework 13 was developed in conjunction with DeepComputing, with a quad-core Starfive JH7110 processor. Unlike Framework's consumer-focus

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Jun 20, 2024

Seagate Expansion Desktop HDD review: Vast and fast

Price When Reviewed4TB: $120 I 6TB: $110 I 8TB: $160 I 10TB: $270 I 12TB: $300 I 14TB: $430 I 16: $230 I 18TB: $250 I 24TB: $540

Best Prices Today: Seagate Expansion Desktop Retailer

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Jun 20, 2024

The Copilot key isn't working on some Copilot PCs. Here's how I fixed it

When I was testing the Surface Pro (2024) 11th Edition, the Copilot key just didn't work. Period. After negotiating Microsoft's unresponsive Flex Pro keyboard and its need for a firmware update, I was shaking my head. What now?

As it turns out, I'm not sure if my unresponsive Copilot key was a quirk of the review process or a broader problem with Copilot PCs, but here's what happened and how I solved it. (Note that a colleague of mine, freelancer Matthew Smith, and former Microsoft Most Valuable Partner Rafael Rivera also experienced similar issues.)

Copilot is now an app—one that Microsoft may be classifying as another of those "apps" that are really shortcuts to the Microsoft Store, similar to the Instant Games feature that rolled out a short time ago. I'm not sure if Copilot comes "installed" on the PC, but if you ask for it via searching (like I did), it downloads in a flash.

The problem is that even after I "downloaded" the Copilot app, the Copilot key didn't work.

On the Surfa

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Jun 20, 2024

Got a new Copilot PC? Don't rush to install Chrome

One of the questions I'm interested in regarding Copilot PCs is simply how well they run conventional software: browsers, utility applications, you name it. It's impossible to test every application, but a set of top web browsers is reasonable—after all, most of us spend a considerable chunk of time just simply browsing the web.

Which browsers did I test? As part of my testing, I downloaded Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Vivaldi, and Brave, in addition to Microsoft Edge. I spent a few minutes trying out a few multimedia-heavy sites, using extensions and passwords, and so on. These weren't extensive tests, but they allowed me to see quickly what worked and what didn't.

All of these browsers now have dedicated Arm versions, including Brave, which added an Arm64 version in February. (The new Arc browser does not, and the default version refused to download on the Surface Pro.) Opera allows you to download a dedicated Arm browser, but all of them also auto-detect your PC and supposedly feed you the right one. (I'm doubtful about Vivaldi.)

It's important to note that I used the stable versions of these browsers delivered by the browsers' websites, and I didn't hunt down optimized beta software (if it even existed).

Which benchmark tests did I use? I ran two benchmarks: Principled Technologies' WebXPRT 4 (which uses a combination of HTML5, JavaScript, and WebAs

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Jun 20, 2024

Today's best laptop deals: Save big on work, school, home use, and gaming

We've separated the recommendations below by best laptop deals under $500, best home use laptop deals, best gaming laptop deals, and best premium laptop deals, to make it easier to find a notebook that fits your budget and needs. For more options, check out PCWorld's roundup of the best laptops available right now.

Best laptop deals (at a glance) Lenovo Flex 3, $349 ($130 off at Best Buy) Dell Ins

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Become a PowerPoint pro: 7 must-know tips and tricks

So, if you suddenly find yourself needing to make a PowerPoint presentation and have no idea how to make it good, rest assured that you aren't alone and there's hope for you.

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5 cheap laptops to play Roblox on

But what kind of laptop hardware does it take to run Roblox properly? Lucky for you, Roblox can practically run on a potato, so you don't need an ultra-powerful laptop with the latest bling. An Intel Core i3 processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz or higher will do you just fine!

So, here are the best cheap laptops to play Roblox on. Not only are they affordable, but they're also decent everyday machines. We've personally tested and reviewed every single one of these.


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Make the Windows 11 Pro upgrade for just $25

Windows 11 Pro is loaded with security and productivity features to help you work smarter and stay safer no matter where you work. With snap layouts, smart redocking, improved voice typing, and more productivity features, you can work seamlessly with a customized experience. Security features like Smart App Control and TPM 2.0 give you better protection, while Microsoft's Copilot AI helps you streamline workflows, do research, and much more. 

Make the upgrade to Windows 11 Pro for a great price. From 6/18 through 11:59 pm PT on 6/26, you can get Microsoft Windows 11 Pro for just $24.97 (reg. $199).



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Best free password managers 2024: Online security doesn't have to cost a thing

While paid password managers offer nice extras, a free password manager still protects you from the risks of using weak passwords (or worse, using the same one everywhere). Instead of remembering all of your passwords, you just have to remember one password to access a single, secure place where all of the rest are stored.

And because free password managers come in different flavors and styles, you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Even Google's password manager, built into Chrome and Android, can work as a no-cost option with a nifty Windows tie-in. Plus, if you find that the free versions aren't enough, down the road you can always upgrade to a paid service as your needs grow.


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Jun 19, 2024

How to check Microsoft Word documents for plagiarism

Load the document into Word and open the Review tab in the ribbon. On the far left side of the ribbon, you should see an Editor button. Clicking on that will open a sidebar with various editorial insights.

Scroll down to the section labeled Similarity, then click on the button labeled Check for similarity to online sources to initiate plagiarism checking. Word will switch on Bing and search the internet for similar texts. This search could take a while.

Once the plagiarism check is done, questionable parts of the text that match online sources will be highlighted in the document. Plus, an info window will show a link to the source of the original.

This feature is also useful for citing quotations. If the Editor finds similarities with online sources, you can click on Similarities reviewed to see a list of them. For each one, you can optionally insert a citation.


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Jun 19, 2024

The ideal gaming processor: Buying tips for AMD and Intel CPUs

However, that measly gain in gaming performance isn't enough to knock the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D off its throne. The AMD processor wins the duel of the fastest gaming CPU thanks to its sizeable 3D cache.

The biggest disadvantage of AMD's 7000 series? The platform costs. You have to pay at least $100 for a motherboard with a B650 chipset. (And for motherboards with the top AMD X670E chipset, you're spending at least $250.) Plus, the additional costs for DDR5 RAM. In many cases, the AM4 platform can be the cheaper way to upgrade.


The same applies to the 13th and 14th Gen Cores from Intel: for motherboards with the top Z790 chipset, you'll pay at least $200. Suitable motherboards for the AMD Ryzen 5000 series are significantly cheaper (from $50), and DDR4 memory can still be used here. Plus, both AMD series usually offer better multi-core performance per dollar.

So, let's check out AMD's and Intel's CPU ranges. We'll help you find the ideal gaming processor for your

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Jun 19, 2024

Supercharged home Wi-Fi with mesh networking: What you need to know

But not all devices connected to the same wireless access point experience the same connection quality. In fact, the quality of one device's Wi-Fi connection is mainly determined by its distance from the router and what obstacles sit in between.

The Wi-Fi router alone isn't enough If you want to serve Wi-Fi to a larger home or one with an unusually shaped living area with structural obstacles, you may find that a single access point isn't good enough.

In this case, you may need several access points—ideally distributed throughout your home so that each device has a sufficiently good connection to at least one of these access points.

Multiple access points can be integrated into your home network in several ways: via Ethernet cable, via Wi-Fi repeater, or via Powerline Wi-Fi extenders. As a rule, they all use the same Wi-Fi access name (i.e., the SSID) with the same encryption (usually WPA2) and password.


In this kind of setup, devices that are closer to Access Point 1 connect to Access Point 1, devices closer to Access Point 2 connect to Access Point 2, and so on. All devices end up with strong Wi-Fi connections.

At least, that's the theory.



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Jun 19, 2024

LCD monitor panels explained: TN vs. IPS vs. VA

The simple idea of a monitor hasn't changed a lot since we all moved from cathode ray tubes (CRT) — the big, old-fashioned gray boxes that some of you are too young to remember seeing in real life — to relatively tiny liquid crystal displays (LCD). LCDs have been around for decades, first being paired with simple computer displays way back in the 1970s.

The physics of how they work are fascinating, complex, and frankly too much to cover in an article you probably Googled just to figure out something on a spec sheet. I'm going do my best to bottom-line the most common variants, and why you should know and care about them. I'll be linking to the relevant Wikipedia articles if you want to do some deep dives on the actual physics behind these displays.

There are three major types of LCD panels used in computer monitors, including the screens built into laptops. These are twisted nematic field effect (TN), in-plane switching (IPS), and vertical alignment (VA).


TN monitors 

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Jun 19, 2024

Acer Aspire Vero 16 review: Could be better, but doesn't need to be

Price When Reviewed$749

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Jun 19, 2024

Surface Pro (2024) first impressions: This AI tablet needs more I

In fact, the one thing that I think consumers may hate about this new "Microsoft Surface Pro, 11th Edition" — and I never believed I would say this — is the new Surface Pro Flex Keyboard. Out of the box it was unresponsive, fidgety, and…underpowered? Yes, you need to charge it up, and that's something that you'll have to get used to.

Let's back up a bit. When Microsoft botched its AI-powered Recall feature, pulling it from the initial launch of the Surface Pro (2024) / Surface Pro 11th Edition and the new Surface Laptop, that screwed up the entire review process for everyone. Microsoft removed any review embargoes, meaning that reviewers like myself are free to publish anything at any time. The problem is that there's an inherent tension between the demand for a hot take (publish or perish!) and a measured review, which takes some time with the device.

I'm setting out to do both: tell you what's right and wrong out of the gate, as well as sit down and play with the Surface Pro (2024) in more depth. Another reviewer will be handling the new Surface Laptop. And we'll both also be trying to answer the questions you have as the reviews progress.

The first question: Yes, the Windows interface on the Surface Pro feels super quick and snappy. Whether it's the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor (a 12-core X1-E80-100 is in the review

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Jun 19, 2024

Get Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for just $50 for a limited time

Microsoft Office includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. That's a powerhouse of top-tier tools to help you do your best work, whether you're writing up a storm, crunching numbers, need to create a beautiful presentation, want to streamline communication, or anything else. Everything you need to work more effectively and productively is included in this suite.

Don't break the bank for a great set of professional tools. From 6/18 through 11:59 pm PT on 6/30, you can get a lifetime license to Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows for just $49.97 (reg. $219).

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Jun 18, 2024

Squarespace: Create professional websites with ease

Squarespace offers a special all-in-one solution for this. The user-friendly platform not only helps you to create an appealing web design, but also assists you with administrative issues, such as the creation of customer invoices - all from a single source.

Small companies and freelancers can thus quickly and smoothly create their own functional website and concentrate directly on the essentials - the actual business.

Whether you work as a graphic designer, want to create your own online portfolio, or need a suitable platform as a consultant, with Squarespace you can present a wide range of services and also directly accept orders, arrange appointments and create invoices. This makes the platform the ideal choice for creating and managing your own website for your business.

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Jun 18, 2024

Best VPN services 2024: Top picks for speed, price, privacy, and more

There are a few things you'll want to consider when looking for a VPN: First, it should be able to keep your internet usage private and secure without leaks. Speed is another factor — privacy and security are crucial, but you don't want the service to cripple your internet speed either. And if you're concerned with anonymity, you should seek out a VPN with data collection policies that are clear and transparent. Finally, the number of available servers and country locations a VPN offers is worth bearing in mind if you're trying to get around region locks in specific countries.

Why you should trust us: Here at PCWorld we've been testing computer hardware, software, and services since the 1980s. We're continually testing all of the major VPNs on the market and many lesser-known services in order to curate a list of the very best VPNs across a variety of categories. For a more in-depth guide, you can check out our article on how we test VPN services at PCWorld. Below you'll find our favorite VPNs and additional information about how we test these services as well as helpful advice about what to look for when choosing a VPN on your own.

Granted, not everyone wants or needs a premium VPN service—although if online privacy is important to you, we think it should be a priority. You might just want a VPN for occasion

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Jun 18, 2024

Best 4K monitors 2024: HDR, 144Hz, budget, and best overall

After extensive testing, I've determined that the recommendations listed below are the best 4K monitors available today, covering a variety of budgets and use cases. If you're looking for additional options, see our roundups of the best monitors overall, the best gaming monitors, and the best monitor deals. 

Also, make sure you optimize the ergonomics and comfort while viewing that new 4K monitor with a proper monitor arm for your desktop setup. Check out our roundup of best monitor arms to see our top picks.

Updated June 17, 2024 to include the Dell S2722QC as our pick for the best budget 4K monitor. See our summary below to learn more about this great bang-for-buck monitor that offers a compelling combination of 4K resolution, USB-C connectivity, and affordability.



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Jun 18, 2024

Linux gets its own Windows-style Blue Screen of Death

The BSOD—with the official name "DRM Panic"—will be included in the operating system for the first time with Linux 6.10, prompting users to reboot. Its usefulness will be further expanded in the near future.

The whole thing was solved by direct rendering manager drivers (DRM drivers) and kernel mode setting drivers (KMS drivers). In Linux 6.10, the new DRM panic handler will be integrated into the kernel for the first time. At launch, DRM & KMS drivers SimpleDRM, MGAG200, IMX, and AST are supported, with more to follow.

Nouveau-DRM panic patches are already in preparation, but will probably only be integrated in Linux 6.11 as they won't be ready in time for Linux 6.10. Systemd already introduced a similar error screen as a BSOD for its version 255 in December 2023.

What the Linux blue screen looks like Red Hat developer Javier Martinez Canillas showed a first screenshot of the BSOD for Linux on Mastodon. Lo and behold, the blue screen for Linux is far less cryptic than Microsoft's famous BSOD.

You'll see a fully blue screen with an ASCII art penguin in the top left corner. In the center of the screen is the text "Kernel Panic!" with a smaller statement below it, prompting the user to reboot the computer.

In the future, the error message will be named even more precisely and comprehensibly and suppl

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Jun 18, 2024

This RTX 4060-powered, 240Hz Gigabyte laptop is absurdly cheap today

The Aorus 16's 13th-generation Core i7 processor is among the best you can get in any laptop at the moment. And the Nvidia RTX 4060, while not the beefiest GPU ever, should be more than enough to handle even the latest 3D games. The screen is impressive too: with 2560×1600 resolution and 240Hz of refresh, it's a notable upgrade over most laptops even at this size. The keyboard is big enough to include a number pad if that's your jam.

A 1TB Gen4 SSD should be big and fast enough for anything you can throw at it, and the 16GB of DDR5 RAM is sufficient for multitasking in Windows. But if you want to upgrade either one, that's an option — the Aorus 16's beefy body (with a capacious 99 watt-hour battery) gives you access to to the removable M.2 and SO-DIMM slots. The Aorus 16 has plenty of ports, even dedicated Ethernet and a MicroSD card reader, so you should be good to go even without a dock.

Unlike Woot's standard deals, this one is good for multiple days — there are four days left on the ticker at the time of writing. That being said, Woot's overstock deals are limited by how many they have on hand, so if you're ready to buy it's best to place an order.

Get the Gigabyte Aorus 16 for

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Jun 18, 2024

Score the single best charger for iPhones for just $13

We've done a deep-dive analysis of the secret to buying the best iPhone 15 USB-C charger, and our own Gordon Ung concluded: "Just buy this Anker 511 GaN charger that's tiny and can charge your phone at its maximum rate. I'm a big fan of [it] … and have personally purchased at least four of them for personal use and ‘loans' to family members."

Gordon further explains that the Anker 511 Nano 3 is the size of Apple's original 5-watt USB-A charger but can supply up to 30 watts over USB-C. Plus, it has those folding prongs that make it easy to pack away and prevent it from accidentally breaking.

The Anker 511 Nano 3 harnesses the power of GaN technology, which means it can deliver high-speed charging in an ultra-compact form.

And while this is our absolute favorite charger for iPhones, it's also really good for other devices, including laptops, Android phones, tablets, and almost anything else you'd need to charge.

It's a clear winner, no contest. And given that the Anker 511 Nano 3 GaN charger is only $13 right now, you owe it to yourself to grab one of these while it's still available at its best price.



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Save $700 on LG's humongous ultrawide OLED monitor

The LG UltraGear monitor has a 45-inch curved OLED display with a 21:9 ratio, a UWQHD resolution of 3440×1440, and a 800R curve. It's designed to immerse you in your games, with an expansive screen and dramatic curve that pulls you into the action.

One less thing you'll have to worry about as well: no delay between your device and your monitor. The ultra-fast 240Hz refresh rate on this OLED monitor offers smooth gameplay, paired with a near-instantaneous 0.03ms response time for virtually no lag or ghosting.

It's complete with an anti-glare coating that minimizes light reflections, plus both HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 inputs. And if you're concerned about performance consistency, the LG UltraGear is compatible with both Nvidia G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium.

This massive 41% off discount makes for a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on one of the most impressive gaming monitors on the market—snag one for the never-before price of $1,000.

Save $700 on this 45-inch LG UltraGear monitor

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Baseus Spacemate USB-C dock review: Too clever for its own good

Price When Reviewed$199.99

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Jun 18, 2024

Snapdragon X Elite-powered Copilot laptops hit retail, sans Recall

The first round of these next-gen laptops, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X chips, are finally available to buy… minus the much-touted Recall feature, which has been put on hiatus for the launch.

If you buy a new laptop with the coveted "Copilot " label, be aware that one of the key differentiating features that Microsoft has been pushing so hard won't actually be available at launch.

Recall—the Copilot tool that records more or less every interaction you have with Windows and its applications—has been recalled delayed. After a huge amount of initial feedback (including privacy and safety concerns), Microsoft has decided to test the feature with Windows Insiders first before releasing it to the general public at a later date.

The showpiece for the Copilot program is the new Surface line, including the refreshed Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, but

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Jun 18, 2024

Samsung's 4TB portable SSD just hit its lowest price ever

Relying on cloud storage is risky, which is why you should also have a physical drive—ideally one that's portable, with tons of space, that you can take with you on the go as needed.

Well, one of our favorite options just fell to its best price ever: the 4TB version of Samsung's T7 portable SSD is on sale for $300, a significant drop from its usual $480 (38% off). Lesser capacities of the T7 are also available at steep discounts.

The Samsung T7 is designed for creators, photographers, and anyone who has lots of media. With PCIe NVMe technology, this SSD has lightning-fast read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s. It's fast enough to record 4K 60fps videos directly to the drive.

With a massive 4TB capacity, the Samsung T7 can store everything from "fat" work files to 4K videos to game data for massive AAA games. The T7 allows you to organize all your important files on one compact device that fits easily in your pocket or bag.

And yes, it's seriously compact. At just 3.3 inches long by 2.2 inches wide and 0.3 inches thick, with a feather weight of 2.5 ounces, this thing is almost invisible and you'll forget you even have it on you.

Samsung's T7 SSD is built out of solid aluminum, providing shock resistance and fall protection up to six feet. Whether you accidentally drop it or it gets tossed around inside a bag, you can trust the T7 to withstand those bumps along the way.

Portable SSDs with 4TB capacity don't come cheap, bu

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Jun 18, 2024

Microsoft: Expect new Surfaces to excel in productivity, not games

I've asked the Windows on Arm "app compat" question before — in April, for example, of Kedar Kondap, the senior vice president and general manager of Compute and Gaming for Qualcomm, told me that the days of app issues on Arm were pretty much over. But Pete Kyriacou, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices, said in an interview that Microsoft is focusing in on productivity apps first and foremost.

I asked Kyriacou what we should expect in terms of application compatibility running on the new Surface devices.

"It's great," Kyriacou responded. "The app compat gets better. Like I would say three different [points]….One of them is many more app developers have gone native with their app. So we'll see that — especially browsers, where people spend most of their time. All major browsers are native. Now we've got… input from Adobe. And we saw some of the creative apps across Blackmagic and DaVinci. Slack is now native as well. And so we just see people coming natively.

"The second [point] is our Prism emulator where you're able to run the apps faster," Kyriacou added. "Windows is redesigned from the bottom up to take advantage of it. So that helps a lot in terms of when apps are being emulated. They're being emulated in a really fast way, efficiently by Windows."

Kyriacou also said the Snapdragon X Elite's multithreaded CPU would not only increase the performance of emulated apps, but also increase

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Jun 18, 2024

Buying a printer? 6 tips to avoid one that sucks

It is much better to ask yourself a few questions about your future printer model before making a purchase. The more precise your answers are, the better the output device will ultimately suit your application scenario.

It's worth the effort when you consider that a well-chosen printer will usually serve you for several years without complaint.

The focus here is not so much on output quality. After all, there is no such thing as a really bad printer these days. The printing units in all printer classes are too sophisticated for that. Bad purchases are more likely to be caused by the wrong choice of printing technology, a lack of features or excessive follow-up costs.

What do you need: Printer or multifunctional device? The first decision before buying a printer is simple:

Do you only want to print or should the new purchase also be able to make copies and scans?

In the first case, a pure printer (single function) will suffice. In the second case, you should focus on a multifunction device. Then ask yourself whether you need a fax or not. This allows you to quickly rule out certain device series.



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Jun 18, 2024

Everything you need to know to buy a printer that doesn't suck

It is much better to ask yourself a few questions about your future printer model before making a purchase. The more precise your answers are, the better the output device will ultimately suit your application scenario.

It's worth the effort when you consider that a well-chosen printer will usually serve you for several years without complaint.

The focus here is not so much on output quality. After all, there is no such thing as a really bad printer these days. The printing units in all printer classes are too sophisticated for that. Bad purchases are more likely to be caused by the wrong choice of printing technology, a lack of features or excessive follow-up costs.

What do you need: Printer or multifunctional device? The first decision before buying a printer is simple:

Do you only want to print or should the new purchase also be able to make copies and scans?

In the first case, a pure printer (single function) will suffice. In the second case, you should focus on a multifunction device. Then ask yourself whether you need a fax or not. This allows you to quickly rule out certain device series.



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Jun 18, 2024

The 10 most important laptops of all time

The first laptop, the first thin-and-light design, the first 2-in-1 laptop, the first business laptop—they all made their marks on the industry and helped bring us to where we are today.


Let's take a look back at some of the most important, innovative, and iconic laptops in history and how they got us to our current state of high speeds, high connectivity, and incredible battery life.

1981 — Osborne 1

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Jun 18, 2024

ViewSonic XG272-2K-OLED review: A gaming monitor in a suit

Price When Reviewed$899.99

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Jun 18, 2024

Get the phenomenal game Heads Up! for $20 off

In the Phones Down Edition, players turn their backs to the computer or TV screen while friends and family offer clues to help them guess the word or phrase. It's a souped-up version of Charades, where absolutely everyone can play, regardless of age or knowledge. It's a simple party game that includes everyone, with more than 90 decks of cards covering pop culture, movies, trivia, celebrities, animals, and more topics. You can even build your own deck or randomize the cards to keep everyone on their toes!

Bring on the party! Right now, you can get Heads Up! Phones Down Edition for 52% off $39 at just $19.



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Jun 17, 2024

Are there too many handhelds now? We ask Steve from GamersNexus

Long story short: Yes, there are too many PC gaming handhelds right now—at least according to Steve, who notes that while there are plenty of innovations and unique features, it's all way too complicated for regular consumers who will generally default to the Steam Deck anyway. We apologize for crushing the dreams of Computex vendors.

So, if there are too many options right now, is it a passing fad? Will we see all these devices abandoned within a couple of years? Adam hopes not.

The Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck have shown that there's demand for gaming devices of this size, and it seems to be particularly popular outside of the US, where smaller homes and mass transit make this niche much more relevant for a larger number of buyers.

Who's going to thrive if the space endures? Valve seems like they're in an unassail

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Jun 17, 2024

DOJ sues Adobe for hiding fees when you try to cancel a subscription

"For years, Adobe has harmed consumers by enrolling them in its default, most lucrative subscription plan without clearly disclosing important plan terms," the DOJ alleged in its suit, filed in district court in Northern California.

Specifically, the DOJ alleged that Adobe only disclosed the fact that signing up for an "annual, paid monthly" plan forced consumers to commit to a year's subscription as well as "hefty" early termination fees in the hundreds of dollars. Adobe only makes the ETF clear after a consumer tries to cancel, the suit says. Otherwise, they're hidden behind optional textboxes and hyperlinks, it said.

"Adobe then deters cancellations by employing an onerous and complicated cancellation process," during which it surfaces the cancellation fees, the DOJ said.

In one exchange cited by the government, a consumer cited a "negotiation" that they went through to get out of their subscription. "I have corresponded with Adobe on the phone and via their chat support over three times in the last few months to try and cancel my membership," they said, as cited by the DOJ. "Each time I try to cancel, there is a rigorous negotiation and instead of allowing the user to cancel their account, they offer two months at no charge."

The DOJ is asking for, among other things, fines and a permanent injunction against Adobe's behavior.

Adobe h

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Jun 17, 2024

LG's ultrawide OLED gaming monitor hits its lowest price yet: $550 off

Today's deal puts an LG 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor at the lowest price we've seen yet of $750.

This monitor has a familiar set of specs if you've been hunting for an OLED deal: 34 inches wide, the usual 3440×1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate (very speedy for this size), yadda, yadda. All good stuff.

LG's UltraGear 34GS95QE also includes support for Nvidia G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync plus HDR10. If you're building a multi-monitor setup, note that the 800R curve degree is much higher than most 34-inch monitors, but it still supports VESA monitor arms.

The LG 34GS95QE has a two-port USB hub and headphone jack in addition to DisplayPort and double HDMI inputs. But it does not support USB-C video or charging—there's a mistake on the Amazon listing, and I've checked the original specs and reviews to be sure.

Also of note is a two-year warranty on the OLED panel, which should cover any burn-in errors.

This deal was previously available at Best Buy, but the monitor is back up to its more typical $900 price there. Amazon still has it for $750 right now, which is an impressive $550 off retail, but it's a limited-time deal s

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Save $550 on this LG ultrawide OLED gaming monitor today

Today's deal puts an LG 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor at the lowest price we've seen yet of $750.

This monitor has a familiar set of specs if you've been hunting for an OLED deal: 34 inches wide, the usual 3440×1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate (very speedy for this size), yadda, yadda. All good stuff.

LG's UltraGear 34GS95QE also includes support for Nvidia G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync plus HDR10. If you're building a multi-monitor setup, note that the 800R curve degree is much higher than most 34-inch monitors, but it still supports VESA monitor arms.

The LG 34GS95QE has a two-port USB hub and headphone jack in addition to DisplayPort and double HDMI inputs. But it does not support USB-C video or charging—there's a mistake on the Amazon listing, and I've checked the original specs and reviews to be sure.

Also of note is a two-year warranty on the OLED panel, which should cover any burn-in errors.

This deal was previously available at Best Buy, but the monitor is back up to its more typical $900 price there. Amazon still has it for $750 right now, which is an impressive $550 off retail, but it's a limited-time deal s

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Jun 17, 2024

Best free VPN of 2024: It's important to choose wisely

With many free VPNs you'll encounter a lot of restrictions such as speed constraints, bandwidth caps, or a limited country network. These restrictions can add up, making the experience of using a free VPN feel pointless. That's why it's important that you choose the right free VPN service based on your own needs.

While I advise that you opt for a premium VPN, such as those in our roundup of the best VPNs, I understand that sometimes you just need quick and easy basic protection without having to pay for yet another service. Therefore I've curated a list of the best free VPNs around. I lay out any restrictions they may impose and what activities they're best used for — streaming, torrenting, browsing, etc. Following my recommendations you can read about what to look for in a free VPN and how I test.

Updated June 13, 2024: Check out my latest review of

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Jun 17, 2024

Windows 11 is finally getting a popular time-saving Windows 10 feature

According to a Microsoft blog entry, the test version "Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3785" (also known as KB5039319) will have new features for Windows 11 version 23H2, including:


Windows 11 will show you files in the Start menu that you last opened with certain applications. The prerequisite for this is that the application (e.g., PowerPoint) needs to support Jump Lists.

How to test jump lists in Windows 11 Windows 11 Pro

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Jun 17, 2024

Watch and feed your pet from anywhere with this $109 smart device

A nifty device like the Petkit automatic pet feeder, however, can help alleviate a lot of that worry—and this thing is currently on sale for $109 (down from its usual $179) if you're a Prime member. Not a Prime member? Start a 30-day free trial to snag this deal.

If your cat or dog is on a feeding schedule, you don't want to just leave out a bowl of food and hope they'll regulate themself. That's when this automatic pet feeder comes into play.

This Petkit automatic pet feeder features two feed hoppers, allowing you to serve two different types of food or put the same type of food in both hoppers but change the portion sizes of each. It's especially ideal for gradually transitioning from one food to a new one. When a hopper is almost empty, you'll get a notification so you can fill it back up.

One cool thing is that you can use the same "meal call" you do when you're at home by recording a voice message that plays at feeding time. Or you can use the two-way audio via microphone and speaker to talk with your pet when you're away.

Since no smart pet device is complete without a camera, this Petkit feeder also has one. It captures 1080p HD videos with live streaming, allowing you to monitor as they eat. And it works at night, too!

Make your life as a pet owner easier with the

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Jun 17, 2024

Razer Basilisk Ultimate review: A mouse for hyper-realistic MMO gaming

Price When Reviewed$179

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Jun 17, 2024

First Nvidia SFF card designs shown off by Asus and Zephyr

Nvidia's standard keeps the cards under 50mm thick (2.5 slots in case terms), 304mm long, and 151mm tall—and Asus and Zephyr are now showing off the first cards that fit the new standard.

These SFF ("Small Form Factor") cards still aren't as svelte as the old one- and two-slot powerhouses from back in the day, but they should open up considerably more options for builders who want to get a polygon-pushing gaming PC into an ITX case like the Fractal Design Terra or Cooler Master NR200P.



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Jun 17, 2024

Intel denies root cause for CPU instability, still investigating

"Contrary to recent media reports, Intel has not confirmed the root cause and is continuing, with its partners, to investigate user reports regarding instability issues on unlocked Intel Core 13th and 14th generation (K/KF/KS) desktop processors," an Intel spokesman told PCWorld on Friday afternoon. "The microcode patch referenced in press reports fixes an eTVB bug discovered by Intel while investigating the instability reports. While this issue is potentially contributing to instability, it is not the root cause."

The report Intel is referring to comes from Igor Wallosek of Igorslab.de, who said he had obtained an internal statement indicating that the root cause was an incorrect value in the microcode algorithm associated with the chip's enhanced Thermal Velocity Boost (eTVB) feature.

eTVB partially to blame The eTVB feature opportunistically boosts the clock speed of some 13th and 14th Gen desktop chips if the chip senses the thermal headroom is available.

Wallosek said he obtained the internal statemen

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Jun 17, 2024

Level up with Samsung's budget-friendly monitor, now 28% off

With its high pixel density and QHD (2560×1440) resolution, the Odyssey G55C delivers detailed, super-sharp images. That's perfect for pretty much any gaming world you inhabit, with deep colors that'll help you have a most immersive experience.

This Samsung monitor has a 165Hz refresh rate paired with a 1ms (MPRT) response time, eliminating lag and minimizing blur for a smooth gaming time, allowing you to react faster in action-packed moments.

The Odyssey G5 has a 1000R curved display that matches your viewing angles and depth perception as closely as possible. This not only gives you an advantage when playing (since you'll be able to see everything on the screen more easily) but also puts less strain on your eyes.

Also, this monitor has an Eye Saver Mode that filters out blue light, keeping your eyes relaxed and comfortable during longer gaming sessions and throughout a full workday.

If you need an affordable curved gaming monitor, now's a great chance to jump on the Samsung Odyssey G5 while it's just $215 at Amazon. You can also get the same monitor at

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Jun 17, 2024

Best PC computer deals: Top picks from desktops to all-in-ones

We've also included some helpful answers to common questions about buying a computer at the bottom of this article. If you're considering a laptop instead, be sure to check out our best laptop deals, updated daily.

Note: Tech deals come and go quickly, so it's possible some of these computer discounts will have expired before this article's next update.

Best gaming desktop computer deals Alienware Aurora R16, Core i9/RTX 4070 Super/32GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,999.99 (17% off on Dell)

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Jun 17, 2024

VPNs and the law: How often does law enforcement actually request VPN logs?

How does your VPN handle your data? When the police or governments come knocking, what does your VPN do? The history of law enforcement subpoenas of VPN logs is murky to say the least. Major VPNs can get hundreds of data requests per year, but what they turn over is not so straightforward. I'll try to clear the water and help you understand how your data is being handled and how safe it truly is.

VPN warrants and data request handling VPN providers typically receive two different kinds of data requests, those regarding copyright violations through a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) request or requests from law enforcement or government authorities following up on other possible illegal activity.

By far the most common are DMCA requests, which can oftentimes range in the tens of thousands per month. Law enforcement requests are much less common and may range on average from a few per week to one per day for the largest VPN companies.

Our best overall Pick for VPNs ExpressVPN

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Jun 17, 2024

WD My Passport, Works with USB-C review: A fat 6TB for not a lot of cash

Price When Reviewed2TB: $85 I 4TB: $135 I 5TB: $150 I 6TB: $185

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Jun 17, 2024

7 warning signs your computer has been hacked — and what to do

When we talk about your computer possibly being "hacked," that's exactly what we mean: a cybercriminal has gained access to your PC and compromised it in some way.

The hacker in question may be a criminal organization that's installing malware on millions of PCs (e.g., to spy on you and steal your credit card numbers), or the hacker may be an individual using a remote access Trojan (RAT) to personally spy on you through your webcam.

Here some common warning signs that your PC might've been hacked, exposing your personal data and system resources.

Is something fishy? Run an antivirus scan First things first: If you're concerned that your computer has a virus or another type of malware, you should run a scan with an antivirus program—ideally one of our recommended antivirus software picks.

You should also consider using the free Norton Power Eraser (or a similar tool). Tools like this will reboot your PC into a special scanning environment outside of Windows so they can spot and remove malware like rootkits that normally evade detection.

Perhaps you've already run a scan. If your scan didn't find anything wrong but you're still concerned, I rec

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Jun 17, 2024

Lock in 250GB or more cloud storage for up to $110 off

FolderFort is a high-speed, intuitive cloud storage service that's accessible from any modern browser, PC, Mac, or mobile device without any installation needed. It's an organization-focused cloud storage platform, giving you support for unlimited workspaces and users so you can seamlessly collaborate with others, manage your files and folders, and more. It's easy to restrict files and folders or grant quick access to anyone, and everything is secured by BackBlaze for elite encryption and speeds. If you ever need more (or less) space, you can always change your plan with ease.

Lock up your cloud storage needs for life. Right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to a FolderFort plan.

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Jun 16, 2024

Best password managers 2024: Protect your online accounts

The best password managers relieve you of the burden of two of these problems—having to create and then memorize unique, complex logins on your own. Sharing your passwords is on you. Plus, these applications protect your passwords by encrypting your login info in a virtual vault—either locally or in the cloud—only allowing access with a single master password. So, if you're looking to step up your security game, a password manager is one of the best ways to do it. And sure, web browsers are starting to offer password management features, but they're not yet good enough. 

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Jun 16, 2024

Learn something new every day with $240 off Headway

With Headway, you'll have lifetime access to nonfiction bestsellers that have been distilled into just 15-minute reads. Every month, you'll get 30-50 new summaries covering topics from personal development and business to health and wellness, science, and more. The entire process is personalized and gamified, making it more fun to check in every day to learn something new and earn some achievements.

Find out why Headway has been an Apple App of the Day four times in a row and recognized as an Apple Editors' Choice winner. Right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to Headway Premium for 80% off $299 at just $59.99.



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Jun 15, 2024

How we test internal SSDs at PCWorld

What hardware does PCWorld use for testing internal storage? Our current test platform features all of the latest transport technologies: USB 3.2×2 (20Gbps), Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 5.0. There is no discrete USB 4 port, so we test that using the Thunderbolt 4 ports, which do support that protocol.

The operating system is Windows 11 (22H2) 64-bit (updates are disabled) running on an X790 (PCIe 5.0) motherboard/Core i5-12400 CPU combo with two Kingston Fury 32GB DDR5 modules (64GB of memory total). Intel integrated graphics are used rather than a discrete GPU card.



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Jun 15, 2024

Save $450 on Babbel Language Learning this week only

Babbel has more than 10 million users worldwide who have helped drive it to a 4.5/5-star rating on the Google Play Store and 4.6/5-star rating on the App Store. Through bite-sized lessons designed to fit into a busy schedule and a focus on practical vocabulary, you can hone your skills in 14 different languages at your own pace.

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Jun 14, 2024

Best laptops for college students 2024: Top picks and expert advice

Why you should trust us: It's in our name: PCWorld. We've been reviewing laptops for over 40 years, with exacting standards applied to all facets of the user experience, from performance benchmarks to features to the rigors of daily use. Our experts know their stuff and have curated a comprehensive list of the best laptops for college students, with their particular needs in mind.

After you finish looking over our recommendations, be sure to hit our daily updated roundup of the best laptop deals to try and score a great laptop on sale. Or check out our roundup of the best laptops for even more recommendations.

Updated June 14, 2024: In addition to updating our list of recent laptop reviews, we've also added the Acer Chromebook Plus 514 ($249.99 at Costco) as an alternative option underneath our Best Chromebook for Students pi

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Jun 14, 2024

This Samsung IPS monitor is great for workstations, now $100 off

The ViewFinity S60A is an excellent choice because it has an IPS panel that delivers WQHD (2560×1440) resolution with HDR10 support for fantastic images. Whether you're using it for work, peering at spreadsheets, editing photos, or watching videos, it's pretty great.

It's also quite versatile thanks to its ability to orient however you want, all without any extra gear. Switch between horizontal and vertical as needed, complete with its height-adjustable stand that allows you to freely swivel, tilt, and pivot.

This monitor also has several connectivity options: one HDMI port, one DisplayPort port, one USB 2.0 port, and three USB 3.0 ports. With these, you can connect a variety of devices, charge your phone, and so on. You can have your laptop, desktop, and gaming console all hooked up to this monitor without constantly swapping out cables.

Overall, it's super slim, minimalistic, and borderless, which makes it sleek enough for any desk. If you're in need of a monitor, you can't go wrong with the 24-inch Samsung ViewFinity S60A for just $180.

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Jun 14, 2024

Is the desktop PC on its way out? Steve of GamersNexus chimes in

But Qualcomm's push for Arm hardware and Intel's somewhat frantic defense of the x86 has lots of people repeating it again. At Computex, Adam picked the brain of Steve from GamersNexus on this topic.

In the consumer market, standalone desktop PCs are going to remain a small slice of the pie compared to laptops. But what's prompted this speculation is Qualcomm's latest generation of Snapdragon chips and Microsoft's wholehearted embrace of Arm-based hardware.

The Surface line's latest refresh is chock-full of it, and plenty of other OEMs are onboard. What does this mean for desktop PCs and the enthusiasts, like us, who love to tinker with them?

Assuming the entire market doesn't switch over to Arm hardware overnight—and

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Jun 14, 2024

Get this ultra-compact Logitech wireless keyboard for best-ever price

Now available at its best-ever price of $80, the Logitech MX Keys Mini is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy—possibly the sign you needed to add one of these bad boys to your setup.

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is a minimalist yet powerful keyboard that's especially useful if you frequently switch between multiple devices (e.g., laptops, desktops, tablets, even phones).

This wireless keyboard also comes with low-profile keys that are designed to fit the shape of your fingertips, improving the tactile experience and making it more comfortable to type.

It also has nifty shortcut buttons for: activating voice-to-text dictation, muting and unmuting your microphone, quick access to emojis, and more. Not to mention the backlighting, which automatically turns on when your hands approach and adjusts to ambient brightness.

As its name suggests, the Logitech MX Keys Mini is super compact and portable—you can easily toss it into your backpack and take with you for working on the go. (But it lacks a numeric keypad, so consider whether you can live without one before pulling the trigger on this.)

My favorite feature is that the Logitech MX Keys Mini can connect to up to three devi

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Jun 14, 2024

This LG UltraGear gaming monitor is over $340 off right now

That's a significant discount, saving you $343 off its list price of $1,000—and while it isn't its best price ever, it's still pretty darn close considering there's no a major sales event right now.

There are so many cool things about this LG UltraGear, starting with its 27-inch OLED display and QHD (2560×1440) resolution. With its vibrant and life-like colors, the games you play, the movies you watch, and anything you work on will look absolutely gorgeous.

One of this monitor's core features is its super-fast 240Hz refresh rate, ensuring you get to experience smooth gameplay whether you're in the midst of a tight action scene or flying through whatever gaming world you're hooked on right now.

The near-instantaneous 0.03ms (GtG) response time gives you that extra competitive edge by further reducing lag and ghosting.

This gaming monitor has several bells and whistles, too, including a 1.5M:1 contrast ratio, one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports, and compatibility with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.

So, if you want a great gaming monitor for a great price, this LG UltraGear OLED monitor is just $657 on Amazon right now.



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Jun 14, 2024

Microsoft pulls Recall from initial launch of Copilot PCs

According to a June 13th update to a blog post Microsoft originally published on June 7th, Recall will now be released as a preview to the Insider program "in the coming weeks."

"We are adjusting the release model for Recall to leverage the expertise of the Windows Insider community to ensure the experience meets our high standards for quality and security," the blog post, originally authored by Microsoft vice president of Windows and Devices Pavan Davuluri, now reads.

Recall, launched in conjunction with the first wave of Copilot PCs, was the flagship feature of the Windows 11 update that accompanied the new devices. Using the NPUs found on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processors and subsequent chips from Intel and AMD, Recall was a search engine of sorts for your own PC. Recall was a great concept in theory, but stored required large chunks of storage. Opponents pounced on the fact that Recall was on by default, as it constantly took snapshots of your PCs desktop and then stored them in easily accessible locations on your PC.

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Jun 14, 2024

How does a CAPTCHA know that I'm not a robot?

But have you ever asked yourself whether a robot or an AI could also pass these tests? How does the CAPTCHA know that it was filled in by a human? And what does the term even stand for? Let's clear up this mystery.

What does CAPTCHA stand for? The word CAPTCHA stands for "completely automated public Turing Test to tell computers and humans apart" and is therefore a term for an automated, public Turing Test to distinguish humans from computers.

The term Turing Test was coined by Alan Turing, a British mathematician and computer scientist who wanted to use certain methods to test whether machines can think and act like humans. Turing tests can also be used to test AIs for creativity and awareness.

CAPTCHAs have been around since 2000 and are deliberately designed to sound similar to "capture," as they are primarily used to intercept and filter out bots on websites, for example to avoid spam or prevent automated purchases by bots.

How does a CAPTCHA test work? CAPTCHAs are usually quite simple, but always require you to fulfil a task. Sometimes you have to recognize certain letters and numbers that have been distorted and enter them manually. In other cases, you have to recognize certain patterns on pictures such as the existence of traffic lights, bridges, or animals.



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Jun 14, 2024

Logitech G Pro X 2 Lightspeed review: The reason I'm now on team graphene

Price When Reviewed250

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Jun 14, 2024

How to turn off Recall on Copilot PCs: Stop Windows from recording everything

Microsoft describes the Recall function as follows:


This should enable you to find everything again. Recall should therefore become a kind of "photographic memory" for your PC and be able to remember everything you have done on it. Recall will also be available for German-speaking PCs at launch.

Further reading: Microsoft is killing a huge AI feature in Copilot Pro

You can start Recall either by pressing the Windows key J or by clicking on the Recall icon on the taskbar.



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Jun 14, 2024

Must-have programs to get the most out of your gaming laptop

We'll take you through some of the basics you should be aware of with modern gaming laptops. These programs not only will add to your experience, but many of them are also free. Performance monitors, CPU tweaks, and utility programs augment the already impressive capabilities of your machine. These can help you understand the performance under the hood, a critical tool for future upgrade decisions.




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Jun 14, 2024

Optimize your gaming laptop with these must-have programs

We'll take you through some of the basics you should be aware of with modern gaming laptops. These programs not only will add to your experience, but many of them are also free. Performance monitors, CPU tweaks, and utility programs augment the already impressive capabilities of your machine. These can help you understand the performance under the hood, a critical tool for future upgrade decisions.




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Jun 14, 2024

Save $60 on this innovative travel VPN router

This ingenious hardware device plugs into your laptop, instantly delivering military-grade encryption to protect your data, the ability to bypass geographic restrictions, and more cool VPN features without the annoyance of a monthly subscription fee.

It's really as simple as plug-and-play and you'll have access to Deeper Connect's Decentralized VPN (DPN), ad blocking, and cybersecurity features for up to five devices simultaneously. It won't throttle your browsing speeds, as it supports up to a 300 Mbps connection, and it's even Web3 ready so you can go virtual with added peace of mind.

Beat the VPN subscription fees and protect your connection. Right now, you can get the Deeper Connect Air Portable VPN Tra

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Jun 13, 2024

Best gaming monitors 2024: Level up your display

Here are the best gaming monitors of 2023 so far. If you aren't sold on a gaming monitor, check out our recommendations for the best monitors overall or our roundup of the best 4K monitors for additional options.

Updated June 14, 2024 to include the Asus ROG Strix XG27AQDMG as the best gaming monitor for HDR. This WOLED display is a viable alternative QD-OLED monitors, and has the distinct advantage of delivering higher HDR brightness and coming at a competitive price. See our summary below to learn more.

Alienware AW3423DW - Best gaming monitor overall

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Jun 13, 2024

Amazon Prime Day 2024: Everything to know and early deals

Whether you're new to Amazon's Prime Day event or you've been through it multiple times, it always pays to have the best information. Without further ado, here's everything we know about the next big sale event. Or if you just want to see the deals already on sale, jump straight to early deals.

What is Prime Day? Prime Day is an annual shopping event that first kicked off in 2015. Back then, it was created to celebrate Amazon's 20th anniversary. The event started as a big sale for only Amazon Prime subscribers, and, in many ways, it remains that way to this day.

Since 2015, Prime Day has grown into a massive event that covers multiple countries where Amazon is present. And instead of 24 hours of sales, we now get 48 hours to shop the deals, which should be more than enough time to get all the cool gadgets you've been dreaming of.

When is Prime Day 2024? Well, we don't have anything official quite yet, but we can guesstimate the date for Prime Day 2024. First off, Prime Day usually takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday in July.

The chosen dates for 2023 were July 11th and 12th, while in 2022, the even

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Jun 13, 2024

Qualcomm ‘won't ever be done' optimizing PC games for Snapdragon

Put another way: It sounds like Qualcomm will do its best…but.

In a call with reporters last Friday, Eric Demers, senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, said that Qualcomm will never be done optimizing games.

The Adreno X1 GPU inside the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite runs at about 1.5GHz, about 50 percent higher than any other mobile GPU that Qualcomm produces. We knew last year that Qualcomm had attracted unprecedented support from PC makers, and that's true; there's an argument to be made that Qualcomm is the belle of the ball at Computex 2024. Still, there are no overtly gaming laptops built on Snapdragon.

Traditional X86 chipmakers AMD and Intel have been quick to point out that you won't need to worry about application compatibility with their processors. They'll just work. That hasn't been the case historically with Qualcomm. With the Snapdragon X Elite, it may be a challenge for Qualcomm just to keep up with the pace of new releases.

Intel's early efforts to ship its Arc graphics suffered at the hands of poor, unoptimized drivers. Devers was asked if the Snapdragon X Elite would follow suit.


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