|Black Friday 2020: The best tech deals at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, and more|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:25:00 -0800|
As in previous years, Black Friday began early in 2020—no one’s waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to kick off sales. Amazon got the ball rolling in October this year, and other retailers like Walmart will offer staggered waves of deals throughout November.We’ve started listing the best deals below—keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by.
Not sure what to expect for this year, given the pandemic? Check out our Black Friday FAQ and our advice on when to buy PC components.To read this article in full, please click here
|Best early Black Friday deals on PC components, monitors, and networking gear|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:22:00 -0800|
Given the ups and downs of 2020, Black Friday’s muted vibe comes as no surprise. While you can find good deals, they’re not nearly as plentiful or tantalizing as last year, due to demand and a flood of recent product launches. On average, expect to spend about 10 percent more compared to 2019.Still, with some digging around, we’re unearthing solid discounts on items that we particularly care about at PCWorld: CPUs, GPUs, monitors, and more. Keep an eye on these lists, as we’ll expand them as sales ramp up between now and Black Friday.To see everything else on sale right now, check out our round-up of the best early Black Friday 2020 deals.
Best early Black Friday PC component deals
Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Compact Mid-TowerRemove non-product link, $60 on Newegg (29% off)
Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower - White, $65 on Newegg (19% off)(Must file $10 mail-in rebate by 12/21/2020)
Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid-Tower - Black, $65 on Best Buy (19% off)
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow ATX Mid Tower - Black, $70 on Newegg (30% off)(Must file $20 mail-in rebate by 12/18/2020)
Intel Core i7-9700KRemove non-product link, $200 at Micro Center ($100 off)(In-store purchases only)
Intel Core i9-9900KRemove non-product link + Crysis Remastered, $320 on Newegg ($80 off)
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240mm AIO coolerRemove non-product link, $37 on Newegg (33% off)(Use code 23BKFCYM37 at check out. Must also file $15 mail-in rebate by 12/30/2020.)
Corsair H60 120mm AIO cooler, $45 on Newegg (44% off)(Must file $20 mail-in rebate by 12/18/2020)
Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4Remove non-product link, $70 on Newegg (22% off)(Use code EMCGGFG26 at check out)
Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro TR4Remove non-product link, $70 on Newegg (22% off)(Use code EMCGGFG27 at check out)
Noctua NH-D15, $90 on Newegg (10% off)
Be Quiet Pure Loop 280mm AlORemove non-product link + $5 Newegg Gift Card, $95 on Newegg (10% off)(Use code EMCGGFG32 at check out)
Corsair H100i RGB 240mm AIORemove non-product link, $100 at Best Buy (38% off)
Corsair iCUE H115i RGB 280mm AIO cooler, $100 on Newegg (29% off)(Must file $20 mail-in rebate by 12/18/2020)
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB 360mm AIO cooler, $140 on Newegg (12% off)(Use code BFRDAY24 at check out)
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB 120mm AIO cooler, $40 on Newegg (43% off)(Use code 9BFSTART3 at check out. Must also file $10 mail-in rebate by 12/15/20)
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R ARGB 120mm AIO Cooler, $96 (44% off)(Use code 2BFSTNW25A at check out.)
Lepa Chopper Advance 120mm LED Fan (Green)Remove non-product link, $0 on Newegg (FREE)(Must file $10 mail-in rebate by 12/30/2020.)
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT + Godfall and WoW Shadowlands, $350 on Newegg ($45 off)(Use code 2BFSTNW326 at checkout and file mail-in rebate within 21 days of purchase.)
Internal storage drives
SK Hynix S31 500GB 2.5" SATA SSD Remove non-product link, $46 on Amazon (20% off)
SK Hynix S31 1TB 2.5" SATA SSDRemove non-product link, $89 on Amazon (18% off)
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5” SATA SSDRemove non-product link, $100 on Amazon (27% off)
Samsung 870 QVO 8TB 2.5" SATA SSDRemove non-product link, $750 on Amazon (17% off)
SK Hynix P31 500GB M.2 NVMe SSDRemove non-product link, $64 on Amazon (20% off)
SK Hynix P31 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDRemove non-product link, $115 on Amazon (21% off)
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 NVMe SSDRemove non-product link, $60 on Amazon, B&H, and Newegg (40% off)
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDRemove non-product link, $130 on Amazon, B&H, and Newegg (28% off)
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDRemove non-product link, $143 on Amazon (21% off)
Deals on high refresh rate gaming monitors are far more common this year, so check over the specs carefully on the displays. Similar models tend to still favor one or two aspects (price, response time, etc) in comparison to the others.To read this article in full, please click here
|The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:30:00 -0800|
The best USB-C hub allows you to add connections and ports that your laptop or tablet lacks: an HDMI connection, for example, or an SD card slot. But it's also important to know whether what you're looking for is a true USB-C hub, or a more powerful, pricier Thunderbolt dock. We'll help you choose which to buy.Laptops with USB-C ports are now almost ubiquitous, as the world moves away from slower, somewhat inflexible USB-A ports to this faster, more versatile connection standard. Some laptops only have USB-C connections—that means a USB-C hub is essential if you want to connect a wired USB mouse or keyboard, or an older wired printer. To read this article in full, please click here
|XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Merc 319 review: Finally, an enthusiast option for AMD fans|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:00:00 -0800|
Last week the $650 Radeon RX 6800 XT hit the streets and immediately put Nvidia’s $700 GeForce RTX 3080 on notice. For the first time in a long time, AMD’s graphics cards can hang tough with Nvidia’s most powerful offerings. The first wave of Radeon RX 6800-series graphics cards stuck to AMD’s (vastly improved) reference design, but customized versions of the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT hit the streets Wednesday to show us what “Big Navi” is capable of with even more elaborate engineering backing it up.To read this article in full, please click here
|5 key things you need to know about AMD's Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:00:00 -0800|
AMD’s next-gen Radeon RX 6000-series graphics cards are here, and they’re amazing. The $579 Radeon RX 6800 and $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT bring a fierce battle to Nvidia’s flagship GeForce CPUs, offering flat-out outstanding performance, a vastly improved cooling solution, and more.We’ve already dug deep into AMD’s fresh RDNA 2 architecture, and delivered our comprehensive verdict on the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT. After a week’s delay, custom versions are hitting the streets on November 25, and we’ve also reviewed the fast, silent XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Merc 319. Check those out if you want more detailed info, but for the quickest hit, here are the five things you need to know about AMD’s new Radeon RX 6800-series graphics cards.To read this article in full, please click here
|Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
If the HomePod Mini were $50 rather than $99, we’d really have something.
|Ring Mailbox Sensor Review: With this gadget, the postman needn’t ring at all |
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
Ring’s new sensor gives you a heads-up when the mail arrives, but its limited range won’t work for everyone.
|Why a 1080p webcam is a great stocking stuffer for 2020: Buying guide|
|Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
The best holiday stocking stuffer for 2020 is—believe it or not—a 1080p webcam. Earlier this year they were nearly impossible to find, as millions of people gearing up to work or study from home tried to improve upon the 720p models most laptops have. Now 1080p models are plentiful again, making it a perfect time to pick up a few for yourself or for loved ones.There are literally so many 1080p webcams available that Amazon is throwing deals at you: coupons, daily discounts, the works. Need it soon? Amazon should be able to ship something to you as quickly as tomorrow. There's even premium models with high refresh rates and integrated ring lights for a few dollars more.To read this article in full, please click here
|The best Black Friday deals for streaming and cord-cutting|
|Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:38:00 -0800|
If you're cutting cable, these Black Friday streaming and cord-cutting deals will save you even more money.
|The best SSDs of 2020|
|Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:19:00 -0800|
Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.To save money on your holiday shopping, check out our roundup of the best Black Friday deals on CPUs, GPUs, monitors, routers, and more.
Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.To read this article in full, please click here
|Tested: How Nvidia Reflex can make you a better esports gamer|
|Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:59:00 -0800|
“Frames win games,” Nvidia likes to say, but there’s more to esports domination than raw frame rates. How those frames get delivered matters too. Latency—the time it takes for an on-screen action to happen after you press a button—reigns supreme in the blink-and-you’re-dead competitive esports scene. If your game looks beautiful but feels sluggish, you’ll find yourself outgunned by rivals playing with crummy visual settings to increase responsiveness.Enter Nvidia Reflex, introduced alongside the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. If you’ve heard of it before, you probably associate it with low-latency features being added to games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant, and Fortnite. But Reflex is actually Nvidia’s overarching brand name for a wide range of new latency-obsessed tools. Yes, the Low Latency Mode being added to games is part of it, but on Tuesday, Nvidia and its partners are also rolling out blisteringly fast 360Hz G-Sync Esports monitors with Reflex Latency Analyzer built in. If you’ve invested in compatible accessories, Reflex Latency Analyzer keeps tabs on the entire pipeline from the millisecond you click your mouse to the millisecond the game renders your gun shooting, helping you identify which parts of your system are acting as a bottleneck.To read this article in full, please click here
|12 movies to stream and be thankful for this Thanksgiving|
|Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
This isn’t the typical collection of holiday-themed movies, these are simply films to be thankful for.
|Reolink Argus 2E review: An affordable security cam with all the essentials|
|Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
This completely wireless camera makes it easy to monitor what's happening inside or outside your home.
|Up close with Nvidia's Dynamic Boost feature for gaming laptops|
|Tue, 24 Nov 2020 02:54:00 -0800|
The future of gaming laptops, it seems, is largely focused around managing the limited thermal budgets between the two hottest components: The CPU and GPU. AMD has SmartShift and Intel has Dynamic Power Share, but both technologies are designed to work exclusively with their own hardware. Now Nvidia’s joined the party with its own Dynamic Boost, which aims to leverage the “unused” thermal budget in a laptop.For example, if a laptop has a thermal budget of 115 watts with 35 watts for the CPU, and 80 watts for GPU—why not take any additional power the CPU isn’t using to increase performance when gaming?That’s the idea behind Nvidia’s answer to AMD’s SmartShift and Intel’s Dynamic Power Share. How it works the company isn’t detailing, but it is limited to DirectX gaming right now. We’d guess Nvidia has created algorithms to dynamically jack up the GPU’s power usage under certain loads, and dynamically gate the CPU’s performance to the point where it doesn’t injure the frame rate performance.To read this article in full, please click here
|The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more|
|Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:00:00 -0800|
The best laptops of 2020 are part of a pitched battle between AMD and Intel: Ryzen 4000’s cores vs. Core’s clock speeds.Most recently, Intel launched its Tiger Lake CPUs for thin-and-light laptops, promising yet again that thanks to flexible clock speeds, and its potent new Iris Xe discrete graphics, it would hammer Ryzen 4000. Or so Intel says. The normally diplomatic company even went so far as to say Ryzen 4000 stinks on battery. Maybe Intel is sore that AMD’s laptop share is increasing.To read this article in full, please click here
|The best graphics cards for PC gaming: A raging battle for high-end supremacy|
|Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:03:00 -0800|
“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing.To save money on your holiday shopping, check out our roundup of the best Black Friday deals on CPUs, GPUs, monitors, routers, and more.
Gaming GPU cheat sheet
Our quick-hit recommendations:To read this article in full, please click here
|Shots fired: Intel says Ryzen 4000 performance stinks on battery|
|Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:00:00 -0800|
Intel called out its rival this morning, claiming that AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs suffer major performance penalties when running on battery.The company said its testing found that multiple Ryzen laptops experienced as much as a 48 percent performance drop when running on battery as opposed to being plugged into the wall. Unsurprisingly, laptops using Intel’s own 11th-gen Tiger Lake showed far less of a hit, the company said.The Big Mac is better than the Whopper, really
While you’re likely extremely skeptical of Intel’s claims—which are akin to McDonald’s dumping on Burger King or Ford dissing Chevrolet—Intel said it has homework to back up its assertions. PCWorld, in the meantime, is in the process of trying to replicate these results.To read this article in full, please click here
|Samsung The Frame 4K UHD TV review: Refining the art of wall-art TV|
|Mon, 23 Nov 2020 04:00:00 -0800|
The Frame TV brings fine decor and art to your wall. It's excellent in that role, though it doesn't deliver Samsung's very best motion video technology.
|Best wireless mice: Cut the cord with these top performers|
|Mon, 23 Nov 2020 03:30:00 -0800|
If you still think of wireless mice as laggy, battery-sucking substitutes for a real mouse, we’ve got good news for you. Mouse manufacturers have largely solved the latency, connectivity, and power-efficiency problems that once blighted these devices. The best of today’s wireless mice rival their wired counterparts in performance, battery life, features, and design.There are two rather obvious benefits of a wireless mouse. It eliminates the tether to your computer, giving you greater range—essential if you are constrained by your work area or playing PC games on your TV—and removes a source of friction that often interferes with speed and accuracy. It also makes an essential device more travel friendly. No one objects to one less cord in their gear bag. You’ll probably pay a bit more for a wireless mouse than a wired one, but if you value this kind of convenience it’s worth it.To read this article in full, please click here
|Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 review: Actual gaming chops in a tiny laptop|
|Mon, 23 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is mostly an evolutionary update to the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 we reviewed last year, but with one key change. Thanks to Intel’s 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 chip, gaming is actually conceivable on this sub-three-pound laptop.Most other things didn’t change, and we have our beefs about the design. But that game-ready performance boost alone makes the XPS 13 2-in-1 special.
This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. To read this article in full, please click here
|Best USB-C power adapters for the iPhone 12: How to shop and what to buy|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:44:00 -0800|
Apple isn’t supplying a power adapter with new iPhones anymore, so we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite ones.
|Intel's NUC M15 laptop is a stylishly generic notebook for the rest of us|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:26:00 -0800|
We’ve come a long way from Intel’s original Next Unit of Computing modular computer that brought tiny computing to the mainstream. We’ve come so far, in fact, we’re not sure what’s actually “NUC-y” about Intel’s new NUC M15 laptop, which is intended as a “whitebook” design that other notebook makers can utilize for their own products.Intel unveiled its in-house-designed laptop yesterday with a list of specs that is simultaneously welcome and somewhat confusing. The NUC M15 comes with either an 11th gen Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor, paired with either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM. For ports, you get two USB-A and two Thunderbolt 4, plus a full-size HDMI port, lock port, and headset jack.To read this article in full, please click here
|Intel's power play: Hands-on with ATX12VO motherboards and power supply|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:42:00 -0800|
Intel’s latest power play isn’t about toppling AMD, but about energy efficiency. The company's new ATX12VO power supply standard is designed to help desktop PCs meet increasingly stringent government standards on idle power consumption.
Update: If you prefer video, we've since embedded our full interview with Intel's Stephen Eastman above. He literally wrote the spec for Intel's new ATX12VO. Watch it above, or here if you prefer YouTube.
ATX12VO does require a sacrifice. Newer power supplies will jettison support for old-school 3.3-volt and 5-volt rails, and concentrate solely on producing 12-volt power. But after kicking the tires on a pair of ATX12VO motherboards as well as an actual ATX12VO PSU, we can say that the future of desktop PC power looks brighter—and your old-friend legacy parts aren’t moving too far away.To read this article in full, please click here
|The Full Nerd ep. 158: AMD's Radeon chief answers your burning RX 6800-series questions|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 08:25:00 -0800|
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by a very special guest. Radeon VP Scott Herkelman returns to answer questions and dive deep into the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT, two fantastic graphics cards that compete with Nvidia’s high-end offerings for the first time in a long time.To read this article in full, please click here
|How DirectX 12 Ultimate supercharges graphics on Windows PCs and Xbox|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 06:54:00 -0800|
Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate, a new version of the graphics technology underpinning both Windows and the Xbox Series X, seeks to bind the two platforms even closer together with an array of cutting-edge features. Better yet, you can now actually buy DX12 Ultimate hardware in the form of Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards, AMD Radeon RX 6000-series graphics cards, and of course the Xbox Series X.To read this article in full, please click here
|Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:30:00 -0800|
The latest news in dash cams: Not one, not two, but three cameras, to cover your front, rear, and interior. We look at just such a model, the Zenfox T3 3CH ($249.90 on Amazon), and find out that fitting three cameras into your car may take a little extra thought. Read our full review. Meanwhile, 4K dash cams continue to be hot—but there are caveats, which we’ll discuss below and in the individual reviews. To save on your holiday shopping, check out our round-up of the best early Black Friday 2020 deals.
Say, did you buy an Owl Car Cam? After the startup Owl Cameras Inc. shut down abruptly, users were stuck with expensive dash cams and no support. Things are finally looking up: Xirgo Technologies, the company that acquired Owl Cameras Inc.’s intellectual property, has partnered with CallPass to take over the consumer service. Read more about the rehatching of Owlcam, and stay tuned for reviews of the new Owlcam products promised later this year.To read this article in full, please click here
|Kwikset Halo Touch review: This smart lock jettisons the keypad and adds a fingerprint reader |
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
Even better news: A revamped exterior design corrects Kwikset’s most glaring flaw.
|Gateway GWTN156-3BK review: A gaming laptop that lives a bit too loud|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
Gateway’s back! This once-famous PC company from the 1990s was purchased by Acer some years ago. It sat idle until Acer resuscitated the Gateway brand earlier this year, complete with spotted-cow mascot, as a Walmart exclusive. One of the first new offerings, the poetically named Gateway GWTN156-3BK, builds a Comet Lake-H mobile CPU and a modestly aggressive Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 chip into a laptop costing just $999 at Walmart.Does it deliver? Absolutely. While both the available memory and SSD are sparser than we’d like, our tests revealed satisfactory to very good gaming performance. The design has its highlights too, including a decent keyboard and a good mix of connectivity options.To read this article in full, please click here
|Samsung Jetbot Mop review: This robot mop does double duty as a handheld scrubber|
|Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800|
This bot cleans floors, walls, windows and more. No bucket required.
|Zenfox T3 3CH Dash Cam review: Three cameras give you more to like|
|Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:31:00 -0800|
The $250 Zenfox T3 three-channel dash cam covers action to the front, rear, and inside of your car. It’s large for a dash cam, which makes it super-easy to handle, set up, and use. In fact, it’s one of my favorites in that regard.However, the size and the placement of the interior camera mounted far up the body unit forces some interesting decisions on where to place the unit. It’s not a deal-killer, but it warrants consideration. This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for information on competing models and how we tested them. To read this article in full, please click here