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Jeremy Ashburn

In the video streaming world, Amazon is on a roll! Four years ago, they shipped out the first video streaming devices. Since then, they’ve improved their Fire TV Products by shrinking things down to smaller HDMI sticks that are the size of a thumb drive, improved their Roku offers, and released voice control devices like Amazon Alexa.

Now, Amazon is releasing the 4K Fire TV cube. Obviously, Amazon thinks that this device is the next thing in entertainment because they’ve baked in Alexa functions right into the device.

Sandeep Gupta is  vice president of product development for Amazon Fire TV. He says that the goal of this Fire TV Cube is to “really enable voice experience in a way that makes sense and actually highlights the use of voice. No. It’s not just another voice enabled device. It’s apparently a whole new experience.

The 4K Fire TV Cube is $119 at Amazon. Easily the most expensive Fire TV device Amazon has released so far.

Let’s take a look at a few features:

  • Has eight far-field microphones built in, an array that was designed to accommodate the shape of the cube.
  • All Alexa features work. Ask the Cube for the weather, jokes, or Amazon’s voice powered Apps.
  • The Cube connects to the TV via HDMI and supports both multi-directional IR and CEC.
  • Cube owners with set-top boxes for cable TV or over-the-air TV can connect Amazon’s box to those devices and access them using Alexa.
  • Has an interesting EX Echo Show interface with a grid like format.
  • Streams Amazon Prime Video.

It’s an interesting new take on the Fire Stick. Check out the full wired review here to learn more.

Last year, AMD came up with a 16 core CPU. This year, AMD one up’s itself by coming up with a 32 core CPU! So called the “Threadripper,” this CPU will have a total of 32 cores and 64 threads. This chip is said to launch sometime in the third quarter of this year. Intel also just announced that they’re working on a 28-core, 5GHz cpu. So much excitement, so little time!

Jim Anderson tells Engadget that when they “were bringing out 16-core, we already had on the drawing board the 32-core.” That’s one of the reason it can drop into the same TR4 socket, is because up front we had that in mind. I think Ryzen has had a big impact on the industry, but the best thing about is is that it’s driven innovation and competition back in the industry,” he said. “And that’s good for everybody, and it’s especially good for end users. I think having Intel react to us just benefits end users. I also think it’s nice to see AMD back to its heritage of pushing the industry.”

This new Threatripper chip will run on AMD’s 12nm Zen+ architecture, which is in the same vein as AMD’s newest Ryzen desktop CPUs. The chip will have higher clock speeds, improved boost features, and more efficient performance.

Pretty amazing that only a few years ago, everybody was so excited to see release dual core and Four Core CPUs. Now we’re moving into 32 core CPU territory! Amazing.

New and Improved

If performance, portability, and battery life is what you’re looking for in a gaming laptop, check out the Gibabyte Aero 15X. It’s 6-core Intel processor and gaming display, lightweight portability, and cleaver design are sure to be a win for all gamers.

Hands on Review

This Engaget Review on the lays out everything. Brushed black aluminum chassis, amazingly solid keyboard, a host of high speed ports, and top of the line performance with the 6-core i7-8750H CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics. At just 18mm (0.7 inches) thick, it is about as thin as any other lightweight gaming laptop out there. It’s 4.5 pounds does mean it’s just a bit heavier than MSI’s GS63VR 7RG 4.2 pound gaming laptop, but not quite a heavy at ASUS’s ROG Zephyrus GX501.

Performance wise, the Aero 15X tops out the charts by showing a CPUMark score of 12,500. Even though the machine packs a GTX 1070 card, it’s performance is more like the GTX 1060 chip. Game such as Witcher 3, Wolfenstein II and Rise of the Tomb Raider handle well at 1t 1080p, hitting 120 fps (on Rise of the Tomb Raider). On a 4K monitor, the frame rate on Witcher 3 was well over 30 fps, which is more than acceptable for such a small laptop. Video editing really shines on this beast. Mixing HD and 4K video is snappy and responsive with resource-hungry video, doing full HD encoding in just over 7 minutes.

Battery life comes in at a whopping 7 hours, 40 minutes; about twice as long as the latest GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro. Such a long battery life is mostly due to the huge 94.24 Wh battery as well as the fact that it sends video playback processing functions to the integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics.

Specs

  • Display: 15.6″ IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz Wide Viewing Angle Anti-Glare Display | Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 (Max-Q)
  • Processor: 8th Gen Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H Six Core (2.2GHz-4.1GHz, 9MB Intel Smart Cache, 45W)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz | Hard Drive: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64 Bit) | Warranty: 2-Year Gigabyte USA + Global Warranty Parts & Labor + Lifetime Tech Support from EXcaliberPC

Review Summary

The Gibabyte Aero 15X has 24 reviews on Amazon with a 4 star overall rating. Here’s a few recent reviews:

  • The Gigabyte Aero 15x is a great gaming laptop for the price. It’ll play any AAA game that you throw at it at max graphics without too much of an issue. The M.2 SSD is also wonderful and super fast. On the Pros, the laptop is definitely well built and the screen is absolutely gorgeous. Gaming on this is a breeze, well above 60 fps at ultra settings. Cons, there is a known issue with the USB ports acting up, especially when you plug in an external USB hub, the laptop gets really hot and the fans are noisy when running at full speed.
  • I find this machine it easy to look at, solid, and very powerful. The main use for this machine is going to be as for graphical design, photo and video editing. I will also play video games games with it. In the last month that I’ve had it, I haven’t had any issue with it except for a audio driver problem which was easily fixed.
  • Great laptop all around. I was in the market for a new laptop that I could use in college. Something that had the horsepower to both play games, but the portability and battery to be used as a workstation as well. Gigabyte did a great job combining the best of both worlds into this beautiful chassis.

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Where to Buy

You can buy the Gibabyte Aero 15X on Amazon for a cool 2,299.00.

Designed for Real World Power

Looking for both a laptop and tablet for your on the go designing work? Then, look no further than the Dell Inspiron 13 5000. It’s not just the 8th Gen i5 processors, the 8GB of DDR4 RAM, on the 256GB SSD drive that make it fabulous. It’s also the 360-degree hinge, long battery life, and large screen resolution that make it awesome.

This review in PC World gives the Inspiron a solid 4 star review for having brisk performance at a reasonable price. Weighing in at about 3.5 pounds, the 13.3-Inch screen feels a bit heavy but it does have a screen that fully swivels into sandwich mode. The 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor is a Quadcore beast that breezes through tasks that dual core systems struggle to finish. Battery life is about 5.5 hours, depending on how hard you push it.

Specs

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 up to [16GB], (additional memory sold separately)
  • 256 GB (SSD)
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Truelife, LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles-IR Camera
  • Be more productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done

Review Summary

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 has a four star review on Amazon with 20 total customer reviews. Here’s a summary of the most helpful reviews:

  • The build quality is nice. Despite being a plastic shell it feels of good quality to the point of questioning if it is plastic. The finish is nice and doesn’t appear to attract finger prints as much as glossier finishes. Its a good balance of enough weight to not feel cheap but not too much that its “heavy” for its size. The hinge between the base and monitor is sturdy and feels like it should last if treated well. I dont notice any wobbling while typing on a hard flat surface. The keyboard is ok but not great. For the price I was unable to find a laptop with everything I was looking to compete with this. I wanted a 13″ or smaller 1080 touchscreen with an 8th gen CPU, 250GB+ SSD, 8GB+ DDR4 RAM. Battery life appears to land me at about 6+ hours of steady use so I am very happy with it. This was the best deal I could find at the time including that ($709).
  • I’m surprised. I’ll be honest in saying I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to love this laptop as much as I did. After my tablet finally died I wanted something more versatile, and was thinking detachable keyboards would be the way to go. Saw this for the right price and decided to give it a shot. I’ll never buy a 2-in-1 that can’t swivel, ever. Can rotate it to any angle, adapts right away to tablet mode. It’s a solid little powerhouse that can get a bit hot, but that’s expected. Low storage isn’t a huge issue. You can keep most things on another homegroup computer and keep the essentials local. Overall, great laptop for the price.
  • Great Specs & Touch. This is one great laptop. Amazing tech stuff, memory and all. No doubt about it. The touchscreen is pretty good and I can’t see how it could be better. The resolution is perfect (especially for a 13″ screen). I know some will complain about how the screen could fit more the size and stuff like that, but this is a 2in1 laptop. You’re supposed to have somewhere to hold if you’re in tablet mode. Keep that in mind. I think the only thing that could be better is the touchpad. After a few changes in windows options, I managed to find a pretty good balance, but it’s not yet perfect.
  • Very Flexible. I have been using this laptop for the past few weeks and have nothing but great things to say about it! The laptop is very thin and lightweight. Very sleek looking and easy to throw in a carry all bag or computer sleeve and run out the door. The battery life has been good. It has been disconnected for about 4-5 hours, laptop was connected to wireless internet and Microsoft running and still the laptop had battery to give before it was plugged back in. Some of the features that took some time to get a hang of, but I ended up loving, were the touchpad and the touchscreen. The touchpad is very sensitive. While typing if you hover close enough to the touch pad it will move the mouse and change your screen. For having a laptop that is for personal use, mostly email, online, and Microsoft office this laptop is perfect. It is fast, lightweight and easy to use.

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Where to Buy

You can pick up the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 for $649.

Need a Work PC?

Acer TC-780-ACKI5 Stylish DesignYou might want to consider Acer’s TC-780-ACKI5. It comes packed with Inte’s 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400 (3Ghz), 12GB DDR4 RAM, a large 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, and wireless 802.11ac connectivity. This amount of power will be perfect for all types of internet browsing, web applications, Office 365/Word/Excel use, and some light graphics photoshop type use. It comes with an integrated graphics processor so it won’t be good enough to do heavy video/graphics work or gaming unless you buy a powerful graphics card and install it yourself.

Specs

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
  • 12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • Connectivity- 802.11ac wireless LAN, Gigabit LAN. Drive Interface-SATA 6 Gbps. 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 630
  • Windows 10 Home

Review Summary

Acer TC-780-ACKI5 Design
Acer TC-780-ACKI5 Design

The Acer TC-780-ACKI5 has a 204 customer reviews with a 4 star over rating at Amazon. Most users are saying things like that it’s a “great value for a home office,” it’s a “great computer for browsing, media, and office work” and “great daily use computer.” Setting this machine up was as easy as plugging it in. The basic setup of the case has older school USB 2 ports in the back for peripherals, and a couple of USB 3 ports in the front and the power button is obvious, on the top, and easy to access. The case is a mid size tower with a nice, conservative brushed metal look to it, but it’s plastic on top. The 7th Gen i5 Processor is fast. It’s got 1.5 terabytes of space so you won’t be running out of space any time soon. A couple of users found airflow to be an issue and added added zip tied USB fans for better air flow. Overall, it’s a great computer.

Here’s a couple of recent reviews:

  • The specifications on the hardware are very good with one exception. The 12 gb of DDR4 memory is great! That’s a modern spec of memory and a generous amount. The processor alone, an up to date i5, is worth $185. This level of i5 is about as good of a processor as you can buy before getting an eight core processor. This may mean nothing to you, but it’s basically the best processor you can get today that isn’t the premium i7 or AMD 8000 level costing a lot more money. Even if you’re getting this machine to play games, this is a potent processor and probably more than enough. It’s also a value sweet spot as this computer will be useful and relevant for several years, but wasn’t super expensive. 2 TB of hard drive space should be enough for you. To upgrade any component on this computer, you would unscrew two screws on the side panel. I did so and it was easy to access the guts on this machine. It would take two minutes to add another hard drive (such as a small SSD) or a graphics card.
  • Bought this along with a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card for my husband for Christmas. He was ecstatic about the set up as it was a huge upgrade from his 7 year old desktop. He pretty much plays World of Warcraft and browses the internet on his computer and this setup does a fantastic job with each. For the price point I could not be more pleased. Setup was a breeze and he runs WoW on practically max graphic settings.
  • The computer comes with integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 which are fine for most uses, and even ran Photoshop fine, but I may eventually add a dedicated video card. Fortunately, this desktop has one PCI Express x16 slot (PCIe v3.0) and one PCI Express x1 slot (PCIe V2.0) so you can easily add a powerful graphics card for gaming or video editing. Only issue with adding a video card is the power supply is only 300W, so I may have to upgrade that as well.
  • Solid bargain. Good integrated audio and video performance. I do not mine any tokens or game on the is machine. I run standard native browser apps like Outlook 365 including Office and YouTube and this machine easily handles it all simultaneously. Lots of room to expand if I want to throw a GPU or sound card in someday. At this point I’m happy enough with the performance to skip those extra items and live with the low cost of ownership as is.
  • Great value, 2tb hard drive and 12 gb of ram are unusual at this price point. The onboard wifi is faster than the usb type I had on my old system. System boots and runs fast and there was no crap ware loaded for which I am thankful. There is also room for a 2280 type ssd but no additional sata. Plenty of ports for inputs. Two usb 3 and card reader in the front, another usb 3 and four usb 2 in the rear.
  • The actual score of this computer is 4.5. The only issue I have is the video card. You have this beautiful machine and you are then let down with the video source. It is an onboard and you can tell. For most things this is ok but if you want to do any gaming you can tell. If you spend another hundred or so dollars on a decent video card you will have an awesome machine for the price. You get a two-terabyte hard drive. You could always add an ssd card here but so far startup is pretty quick. The machine is very quiet and all in all this is a super solid machine. Acer produces some really nice items and this computer is no exception. Setup is a breeze. You plug in the computer to a video source. Turn it on, follow instructions and about 5 minutes later you are online and ready to go. My wireless connection was ok but it could have been my house. A wired connection was lightning fast and it did everything that I wanted it to do.

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Where to Buy

You can pick up the Acer TC-780-ACKI5 at Amazon for $480.  Looks like a great overall desktop home office computer.

 

 

A Gaming Machine

If you’re scouting out there for a gaming desktop to run today’s best games, look no further than the iBUYPOWER 9200. Talk about raw power! This thing has intel’s Core i7-8700K Six-Core Processor running at 3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz Max Turbo), 16GB DDR4 RAM, a TB HDD, and an additional 240GB SSD. Top things out with a Liquid cooled CPU and  NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GPU and you’ve got something that can do nearly anything. We’re salivating!

Specs

  • Intel Core i7-8700K Six-Core Processor 3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz Max Turbo) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB HDD | 240GB SSD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dedicated Graphics Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
  • Connectivity: 4 x USB 3.1 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | 802.11AC Wi-Fi | Audio: 7.1 Channel
  • Special Add Ons: Liquid Cooling | Tempered Side Glass | 16 Color RGB Lighting Remote Controlled Case | iBUYPOWER Gaming Keyboard & Mouse
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor + Free Lifetime Tech Support | Assembled in the U.S.A

Review Summary

iBUYPOWER 9200 Gaming PC reviewThe iBUYPOWER 9200 now has 485 total reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 overall rating. Most reviewers explain the case as solid and beautiful, gaming performance as fantastic, and super easy to setup and get going. The only issues that have come up with so has been with the machine not booting to the right drive. The PC works great with with games such Rick and Morty VR, Dead Effect 2, and Fallout 4…”this thing rips through most triple a games maxed out at 1440p while staying above 60fps.” Here’s a sample of the most helpful reviews:

  • Had you asked me a couple of years ago about buying prebuilt, I would never have even considered it. In any case, I finally caved. I had to have this, and I’m absolutely thrilled with what I got. The case is really solid. Black with red LED lights on the fans and front panel of the case. On startup, SSD booted immediately to Windows 10. No issues experienced or bloatware of any kind aside from the usual Windows games and apps, so that’s very much appreciated. The few games I installed on the SSD as opposed to the HDD load incredibly fast. Multi-tasking is seamless with no hiccups. Can easily alt-tab in and out of games and browse the web/youtube without much slow down, if any. Game performance is fantastic at 1080p. With some tweaking, RIse of the Tomb Raider, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, GTA V, and Witcher 3 all run flawlessly at 60 fps, all settings either Ultra or High.
  • First I’m going to start by saying this case is beautiful, the tempered glass sides show the clean wiring and components great. For the price of this I could not find anything with the same or similar specs for near the it. The pc runs cool while multitasking and gaming. Speaking of gaming, I’m blow away by this PC. I immediately installed Star Citizen, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Wow, Battlefield 1, and Star Wars Battlefront. All games play on maxed out ultra settings flawless. Thanks again!
  • I have built many gaming systems but after a while I just didn’t have time to go and research the latest and greatest components. So I decided to purchase a pre built systems that would closely replicate what I myself would choose to build. I can tell you……look no further than this gaming rig.

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Where to Buy

You can buy the iBUYPOWER 9200 on Amazon for $1,500.

The Hour of Power

Digging deeper into the Gaming Laptops world reveals the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 Ultra Portable Gaming Laptop. It’s not just a gaming laptop or ultra portable laptop, it’s both! It comes in both 14.3 Inch and 15.6 sizes and packs a punch with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ (7th gen Intel) and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 gaming card. Battery life is about 4 hours when doing intense gaming. It’s got 41 customer reviews on Aazon with a 4 star rating and 108 answered questions.

This review on Notebook check indicates that this second generation GS63VR is much more improved with more power efficient Kaby Lake and Pascal options and is now much more thin. The 4K UHD panel is a mixed bag due in part to its RGBW pixel array. Raw performance from the i7-7700HQ is only marginally better than the previous Skylake i7-6700HQ in multi-threaded workloads. This beast struggles to run most games at the native 4K UHD resolution with many titles averaging below 30 FPS but…if you trun down the settings to the low-medium range shframe rates are between the 30 and 60 FPS range. Most titles will otherwise run at 60 FPS or higher when gaming at 1080p with all settings set to High or Maximum.

Specs

Full details include:

  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core
  • 32GB of DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 eDP IPS Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)

Review Summary

The MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 has 41 customer reviews on Aazon with a 4 star rating and 108 answered questions.

  • The BEST laptop I’ve ever owned: I’ve been in the market for a portable workstation that could also be used for school and for some gaming. It was a race between this laptop, Razer Blade 14’’, Auros X3, GS63VR 7RE,Gigabyte 14’, and Asus GL502. All of them had at LEAST a 6700HQ/7700HQ and GTX 1060. Obviously, this laptop won. The big things that swayed me in this direction were weight (3.75lbs), price ($1500 with the 7th gen i7), Thunderbolt 3.0, and form factor (including cooling and noise level). The GS43VR is slightly larger than the Blade, but is lighter and has better cooling which leads to being quieter. The Auros has about the same specs but costs WAYYY more. The GS63VR 7RE is has the same specs as the GS43 but is larger, weighs more but has better cooling. The Gigabyte was larger, heavier, costs more. The Asus costs the same, has a 120HZ GSync screen, better cooling, BUT NO THUNDERBOLT! This machine has it all, and then some
  • Better than the 4K Version: I have had this laptop for about a week and it has been working really well for me. Originally i spent about $900 on a laptop without a graphics card and it couldn’t play any games whatsoever. Should have expected that. So when looking for a replacement i wanted something slim, plenty of space, a graphics card, and a nice overall design. This has all of that. Originally I looked at the 4k version of this laptop but i decided against it because unfortunately a 1060 laptop GPU will NOT play games at 4k very well. Just not going to happen. So instead I opted for the 1920×1080 screen and a higher SSD+RAM combo. My other reason for not going 4k was that it doesn’t always scale well and especially on smaller screens. while 15 inch laptops aren’t small perhaps, they aren’t 27-inch screens either.
  • Great Laptop: I’ve had the GS43VR for about a month and it’s one of the best gaming laptops I’ve had. It doesn’t have the top of the line gtx 1080 in it but it does kick out some power. This laptop was made for gamers who want portability. The 14 inch screen is the perfect size and the gtx 1060 is more than enough to play new games in medium to high quality. I really like that it has a thunderbolt 3 port too. I have the razer core and it works perfectly with this laptop. Just update your drivers, download razer synapse and you’re good to go. Works with the evga 1080ti! Its exceeded my expectations so far.

 

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Where to Buy

You can buy the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 on Amazon for $1928.99.

 

Summon Your Strength for this Amazing Gaming Laptop

Got a need for speed? The Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop delivers. It’s got a powerful 7th Gen Intel Core processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, dual-Fan cooling fans, and stellar audio. At Amazon, it’s got a 4 star overall review, 1,049 customer reviews, and 31 answered questions.

Overview

Acer Predator Helios 300 is a Gaming Beast Laptop ReviewOn the outside, the Predator Helios 300 looks like your typical gaming laptop. You’ll find it mostly black throughtout, red accents sprinkled here and there. The lid has a brushed hard plastic surface with the Predator logo. On the back, you’ll find the exhaust vents highlighted by two red lines, one of which expands across the bottom of the device in an attractive angled design. In actual games, the Predator Helios 300 to be a mixed bag. In For Honor it held up with 1080p resolution on medium detail settings. In Battlefield 1, is also performs well at the Medium detail preset. However, it monster games, it only managed 54 frames per second which is behind the Acer Predator 15 G9-593 and the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro.

Specs

Full specs indicate that this baby will deliver!

  • Latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display, Red Backlit Keyboard
  • World’s first dual Omron switch design provides two options to adjust clicks and a total of 70M clicks life span
  • Predator Quarter Master Software for customizing color, lighting patterns, sensitivity (5 DPI modes) and button program
  • Customizable ambidextrous designed with side panels offer up to 4 different usage mode for the ultimate fit and ergonomic comfort

Review Summary

The Predator Helios 300 has a 4 star overall review, 1,049 customer reviews, and 31 answered questions. Here’s a summary of recent reviews:

  • Top Notch Performance: You are getting a $,1049 laptop with the kaby lake i7, gtx1060, 16gb ram that is easy to upgrade, a 256 SSD, IPS screen. Is this entry level yes? Should you expect small details that aren’t on this model to drop the price? YES! But the things that were dropped from the G9-593-72VT are not performance changing items.
    This rig easily handles new games from high to ultra settings killing it in FPS. I play Arma 3 which is extremely CPU intensive and horribly optimized. With some graphics tweaks I was still pushing 50 fps on high.
  • Compatible with Oculus Rift: Laptop works great for Virtual Reality with the latest Oculus Rift CV1 and $399 touch bundle. Here’s a tip for those worried about not enough usb 3.0 ports on the laptop for oculus users : To have the best oculus performance which requires 3 qty usb 3.0 ports, use the laptop’s left side usb (3.0) for the oculus headset and then buy this: “AmazonBasics USB 3.1 Type-C to 4 Port USB Hub”. This will allow you to convert the laptop’s left side usb c (3.1) port to usb 3.0 ports power the rift’s 2 usb sensors at usb 3.0 bandwidth speeds.
  • Awesome Gaming Laptop: When I saw the reviews for the Acer Predator Helios 300 with a 1060 card and 256 GB SSD. I was a little bit worried about the quality of the laptop based on some of the reviews here, but I can tell you almost everything about this computer is awesome. I’ve been playing games over the past two days, and it works flawlessly. No problems with the hardware or software. As soon as I started up the computer and went through the basic set up, I went to the Acer website and updated the BIOs and the Nvidia drivers. No problem whatsoever. I did order the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD – I will install it in the extra drive port (or whatever you call it!).

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Where to Buy

You can find the Predator Helios 300 at Amazon for $1,049.

 

Best Everyday Computing Laptop

With millions of laptops available on Amazon these days, how do you find a great laptop that’s good for everyday use? Behold! Take a look Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM and consider this beast an excellent laptop with home and office use.

Overview

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM Laptop ReviewIt’s got 3,254 user reviews, a 3.5 overall rating, 1000+ answered questions, and is $350 at Amazon. While it won’t be stellar for playing video games, it holds it’s own with a 7th Gen Intel iCore i3-7100U Processor, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 12 hours battery life.

Specs

All specs indicate that this machine will excel at what we call everyday computing. That is, basic home, home office, and light office use.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor
  • 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen display
  • 4GB DDR4 memory, 1TB hard drive
  • 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life

Review Summary

The Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM has 3,254 user reviews, a 3.5 overall rating, 1000+ answered questions, and is $350 at Amazon.

  • Best Laptop Value: I am a research nerd. I used to spend in excess of 50 million a year for the largest retailer of its kind in my industry, I am obsessive when comparing details and am even more obsessed with getting every last ounce of value for my money. This is a fantastic laptop for the majority of people, I do not intend to do heavy gaming or run heavy/complex programs. I spent about 20 working hours comparing over 400 laptops (nerd) from all major brands, and looked at over 300 deals(super nerd) offered on laptops by all major retailers on both black friday and cyber monday. I chose this laptop for $329 on cyber monday, and although it was only $20 off, versus others that were $200 or more off, this was still the most computer for the money.
  • Incredible Deal and Easy to Upgrade: This model (1TB HD, 4GB RAM) is the best buy in low budget laptops for many reasons. I was prepared to return it but it’s exceeded my expectations. First, it has features almost never found in even sub $800 unit much less $329 – backlight keyboard, 1920 x 1080 display and upgradable/replaceable storage. For those reasons alone, it’s a 5 star machine.
  • Great if you Know What You’re Doing: This system is excellent for those who just need a reasonable system without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. Although, it can be kind of slow. Be aware this is NOT a super duper gaming laptop. If it was it would have a dedicated video card and an i5 at least. SIt’s even better for advanced users such as myself. Why? Because us advanced users like to upgrade the system. Unlike prior versions of Acer Aspire laptops where you have to take the entire bottom cover off, safely and slowly disconnect a dozen cables, and then remove a bunch of random parts just so you can get to replacing the RAM or hard drive, this system allows you to easily unscrew 3 screws and pop out the bottom to replace the hard drive for a faster 7200 RPM one, add an M.2 SSD, or upgrade the RAM.

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Where to Buy

You can pick up the Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM at Amazon for a cool $350.

Lets dive into the world and monitors and discover what the best reviewed monitor is on Amazon. Drum roll please! It’s the ASUS VS248H-P 24″ LED Monitor.

Overview

The ASUS VS248H-P is a Fabulous 24 Inch LED Monitor ReviewThis beast is 24 Inches of 1920×1080 resolution with a special Exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology that helps deliver fabulous color and sharpness. It’s got a whopping 8,527 reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 overall rating, and 1000+ answered questions! We recommend this monitor if you’re looking for second or third screen to add to your home, office, or homeoffice setup. Of course, ASUS always makes amazing laptops and monitors, so you can’t go wrong with this guy.

Specs

The full specs indicate that the ASUS VS248H-P 24″ can easily handle it’s own in on your desk.

  • Slim Design 24″ display with 1920×1080 resolution and Quick response time of 2ms (GTG) eliminates ghosting and tracers for more fluid video playback.
  • Smart View Technology can adjust color parameters to deliver the same image quality and colors with straight viewing.
  • Exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology automatically optimize image quality with intelligent color, brightness, contrast and sharpness
  • 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio dynamically enhances the display’s contrast to delivering lifelike images. Inputs of HDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D.
  • Corporate Stable Model program, the VS series is guaranteed to remain in stable supply for a minimum of 1 year.

Reviews

The ASUS VS248H-P 24″ has a whopping 8,527 reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 overall rating, and 1000+ answered questions. Here’s a snag of the best reviews on this monitor.

  • Awesome monitor at a ridiculously fair price: So my main rig died after about 8 years of faithful service and so it was time for some upgrades. I decided that while I was upgrading the one rig, I’d build a pair of new ones for my wife and I, relegating my old rig to standard downloading/streaming tasks. After reading through a metric ton of reviews I settled on this ASUS, and I’ve not been disappointed. In fact, I liked it so much that I ordered two more, and will likely order another one or two, making it the standard monitor for my house.
    The picture is beautiful, paired with my 980Ti it blows my old setup away. And for the price, you can’t beat it. Picked all of mine up for around $110 a piece.Honestly, the only thing I would change if I could is the finish. It’s that glossy black that is impossible to keep clean. I would have preferred a matte black finish. But honestly it’s hair splitting at this point.
  • Excellent Budget Monitor: First off to address the complaints of “graininess” observed by some owners due to the matte finish: Lower your brightness! The pearly shimmery effect is only noticeble at the maximum 100% brightness which is around 270 cd/m2 (~20 cd/m2 higher than advertised). However, at the max brightness level, most users would find it uncomfortable to use for more than 30 minutes anyway. The factory settings are only set to this max limit to impress buyers in stores and when they turn on the monitor for the first time! The recommended comfortable brightness level for any monitor during regular use is 120 cd/m2 which translates to a setting of 35-40% brightness on this model. The user can easily change this setting through the OSD menu using the built in buttons.
  • Excellent in Gaming: Two months in I love how fast it responds while gaming with no ghosting. The colors out of the box are terrible and I did have to mess with the color options.
  • Excellent Monitor at the Price: I bought a pair of these for a dual monitor setup. The menu and presets are easy to get to and use. The contrast isn’t as great as my previous ASUS monitor and this one has better specs. I’ve tried several calibrations as posted on the reviews but I just can’t get the clarity of my older ASUS monitor. Since I use this primarily for gaming I notice it the difference in the extreme, but hope that maybe there is another setting i’m just not seeing, however, At this price point, it was difficult to pass up.

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Where to Buy

You can buy the ASUS VS248H-P 24″ LED Monitor on Amazon for a cool $139.00 or $132.04 with Prime.

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