TVs that check all the boxes can cost an arm and a leg, but today, you can grab a big, feature-laden smart set for cheap. Best Buy is selling a 58-inch Sharp TV with Roku for $350Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $550.
Sound financial planning doesn't come to us all naturally. With Kualto Money Management, however, anyone can maintain their finances and plan for future wealth. A lifetime subscription to this popular service would normally cost $239 but, right now, you can get it for just $39.99, so it’s a perfect time to jump on board.
You probably already know the basics of money management: the pluses should always exceed the minuses. The problem with this, though, is that it isn’t very realistic from month to month. We all get hit with large, unexpected bills from time to time, and we need to find a way to make those fit into the big picture. Most budgeting systems don’t address this. Kualto Money Management does.
Sometimes we find a gaming laptop deal we just can’t ignore. Right now, Newegg’s selling the 15.6-inch MSI GL63 for $530Remove non-product link after a $150 mail-in rebate and a $20 discount with the checkout code EMCEREX25. You’ll probably need to supply your email address to Newegg to use the checkout code, but even at $550 this is a pretty great deal. Game-ready laptops almost never sell this cheap.
Intel, Microsoft, and others PC power players like to brag about how fast their computers are by drawing comparisons to “five-year-old PCs.” But does this obsession with performance miss a more important message? We think it does, and there are many more reasons to buy a modern PC than just raw speed.
Interactivity, convenient security, ease of use—these are critical features that don’t appear on spec lists. Even a modern PC’s sheer portability may not be immediately apparent.
If you have an old clunker of a PC and are considering a new one, here are six great reasons to open your wallet.
’Thin and light’ really means thin and light
Intel first developed the concept of a thin-and-light “ultrabook” in 2011, but it really wasn’t until five years ago that manufacturers really embraced it. Today, most premium consumer notebooks fall into the thin-and-light category, with products like Acer Swift 7Remove non-product link line emphasizing a thin, svelte form factor—just 0.35-inch thick and 2.54 pounds. Compare that to something like the Toshiba P845T-S4310 from several years ago: It’s over 4.5 pounds and an inch thick!
The minute I saw the Akitio Node Lite with Optane (there’s a 960GB Intel 905P Optane NVMe SSD inside), I started humming Prince’s Little Red Corvette. It’s that red, and with the well-lit 905P inside, makes for an stirring show. The combination also makes for top-flight performance, with transfer rates on the high side of 2GBps.
I was also about to say that the Node Lite with Optane costs as much as a Corvette, but that wouldn’t be a fair comparison unless I specified a collectible such as a ‘63. Granted, $1,500 (available on Amazon) is hefty sum for a storage box, though the majority of that is the high-end 960GB Intel drive. A plain Akitio Node Lite without an SSD is $220 on AmazonRemove non-product link (as of this writing), which is still a bit pricey.
When’s the last time you signed a contract on an actual piece of paper? Likely not lately, and likely not any time soon. Printing and manually signing pieces of paper is not only a logistical nightmare, it’s bad business in 2018. HelloSign is one of the leading companies allowing businesses and individuals to collectlegally binding e-signatures quickly and securely, and it’s making the case for eSignatures pretty darn clear.
If you find change daunting, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you navigate HelloSign’s crisp, clear user interface. It won’t frustrate you, and more importantly, it won’t frustrate your customers or employees. Right now, you can try out your first three signatures for free — no strings attached.
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about Intel's big CPU plans for 2019 and beyond, rumors of Nvidia RTX in laptops, and Corsair's wild and fake RGB RAM. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.
If you’re still searching for an ideal gift for the smart home fanatic in your life, consider the Ring Video Doorbell 2. Right now, the Ring sequel is $170 at Best BuyRemove non-product link and many other retailers, but Best Buy sweetens the deal by adding a third-generation Amazon Echo Dot for free.
Lenovo has unveiled refreshed 13.3-inch ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga notebooks for business customers, now sporting Intel’s latest Whiskey Lake processors while maintaining two conveniences from their predecessors, the ThinkPad L380 and L380 Yoga.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad L-series notebooks represent the value class of Lenovo’s ThinkPad business lineup, appealing to professionals as well as consumers who want a more serious-minded notebook solution. They’ll be priced starting at $659 for the L390, and $889 for the L390 Yoga, and available in December in either black or silver.
The new L390 Yoga maintains two handy features that were also offered in the L380 Yoga: the hinge-mounted “world camera” that can be used for workers or students in the field, and the refreshing trend of “garaging” the Lenovo Active Pen within the L390 Yoga’s chassis. The latter feature helps to avoid losing the Active Pen within a briefcase or backpack, a convenience that few of its competitors—with the exception of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, perhaps—offer. Both laptops are also MIL-SPEC tested, for increased durability.
Business location: Panama, United States, and Taiwan
Number of servers: 400+
Number of country/region locations: 6
Cost: $89 (USB dongle and three years service)
VPN protocol: TCP-based private protocol
Data encryption: ChaCha20
Data authentication: ChaCha20
Handshake encryption: ChaCha20
Most of the time when we look at a VPN service we’re talking about desktop clients that run on your PC. There are a few services, however, that build their VPN into a piece of hardware. One such service is ButterflyVPN, which sells an $89 USB dongle that can be plugged into any USB port that supplies power. There’s also an option to buy a simple home router (for $99) that automatically connects to the VPN, but this review is covering the Traveler USB Dongle.
The best wireless keyboards do more than free you from a cable. They let you toss the crummy keyboard you got for free with your PC—does anyone like that one?—and they also give you options. The models we’ve reviewed range from full-size desktop slabs to portable models that skip easily from laptop to tablet to phone. Whatever you need to type with, there’s a keyboard for it. (If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, we’ve got you covered! Click that link to see our full reviews and rankings.)
Keyboard choice can be very subjective. That said, we’ve based our reviews on hours spent with each model, banging away on work projects or surfing the web and keeping up on social media.
The Epic Games Store launched last week, meaning now we’ve reached the point where Epic hopes to lure you away from Steam. And one of Epic’s primary strategies? Borrowing from EA’s long-running “On the House” program, Epic is giving away free games every two weeks for the next year, or 26 free games total. After all, it’s harder to complain that your Steam library is so much larger than your Epic library if the latter starts to grow through no real effort on your part.
Epic’s starting off strong, too: The first freebie is Subnautica, the underwater survival game that emerged from early access in 2018. It’s fantastic, one of the few survival games that’s ever truly hooked me thanks to its weird aquatic wildlife and hints of an alien civilization to discover. Subnautica’s so fantastic, in fact...I’ll tell you a secret: It’s on our Game of the Year list. (Look for that next week.)
We did it. Today marks the release of Capy’s Below, and with that? The end of 2018, at least so far as video games are concerned. Sure, there may be a few smaller Steam releases in the remaining weeks, but I’m drawing the line here. Game of the Year lists are locked in, and it’s time to settle in for about a month of catching-up-on-the-ol’-backlog. You’ll find me playing Exapunks in the corner.
There’s still a bit of last-minute news though! Not much, mind you, but some. Daybreak announced the sci-fi battle royale Planetside Arena this week, Metro Exodus moved its launch date up a week, Blizzard put Heroes of the Storm on death’s doorstep, Monster Hunter: World is adding Geralt, and ZeniMax settled its long-running VR lawsuit against Facebook. Oh, and there’s that awful Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster as well.
We all want to know more about who we are. Who were the people who came before us? Where did they come from? Are there relatives out there we don’t know about?
DNA testing services promise to help answer these questions. Today, multiple at-home ancestry DNA kits can find long-lost relatives, estimate your ethnic ancestry, or show where your ancestors came from tens of thousands of years ago.
These tests are popular—according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the number of people who bought at-home DNA kits now exceeds 18 million—and it’s easy to see why. All you have to do is swab your cheek or spit in a vial, seal your sample in a bag, and send it off to the lab. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be given a percentage breakdown of the regions your genes hail from.
The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.
We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.
We’ll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders.
Updated 12/14/18 to include our review of the HyperX Cloud Mix, a jack-of-all-trades option for those who want both a wired gaming headset and a mobile Bluetooth headset. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.
We all know the age-old annoyance of losing our keys, phones, and other small-but-necessary objects. Tile is here to help with that, providing handy little Bluetooth-equipped “tiles” to help track down your missing stuff. And today, you can choose from two different bundles, each with a second-gen Echo Dot that’s essentially free.
A bundle with two Tile Mate, two Tile Slim, and an Echo Dot is $60 on Amazon, down from a list price of $110, and a bundle with four Tile Mate + Tile Pro (two each in black and white) and an Echo Dot is $100, down from a list price of $140.
If you’ve been looking to upgrade your gaming rig without breaking the bank, today’s your day. Both B&H Photo Video and Newegg have some great deals on AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
First up is the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 AMP for $500 at B&H PhotoRemove non-product link after you clip the coupon on the product page. The GeForce RTX 2070 is a great 1440p and entry-level 4K card that comes with Nvidia’s new Turing GPU, which enables ray tracing capabilities and AI-enhanced graphics for more realistic gameplay. Few games take advantage of the Turing GPUs yet, but this card offers solid good future-proofing while kicking butt in today’s games, too.
You need to connect your Amazon Kindle to Wi-Fi to buy and download new books (unless you paid for a Kindle with built-in cellular connectivity). Fortunately, doing so is easy and should only take you moments.
To connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi network, navigate to its Home screen. Next, locate the Menu icon (the dots in a vertical row) located in the top right corner of the Kindle’s display. Select it. From the menu that opens, select Settings. Next, choose Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings pane, you’ll see a number of options. Before going any further, let’s talk about Airplane Mode: You’re going to want this option to be switched to the Off’ position. When Airplane Mode is on, your Kindle will not be able to send or receive any wireless data.
FamilyTreeDNA is the oldest DNA testing company—and it shows, for the wrong reasons. Its website and results appear outdated compared to newer, sleeker services like 23andMe and AncestryDNA.
That said, FamilyTreeDNA has some intriguing features you won’t find elsewhere. It takes a collaborative approach by letting you share your genealogical and genetic info with a project, where you can help uncover the shared lineage of families. It can also test up to three different parts of your DNA, depending on which versions of the test you pay for.
Uber-fast NVMe storage for 20 cents per gigabyte? That’s what Adata’s XPG SX8200 Pro delivers. Of course, NAND prices have dropped recently, but until now that’s only been reflected in performance-challenged (on long writes) budget drives. The SX8200 Pro is an NVMe drive that rivals top-rated Samsung’s 970 Pro in performance but is significantly cheaper.
Design and specs
The Adata SX8200 Pro is a 2280 (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) form factor M.2 drive using 3D (layered) TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) NAND marshalled by a Silicon Motion SM-2262EN controller. It’s a full four-lane PCIe 3.0 implementation, not two lanes like many other bargain-priced NVMe SSDs such as Kingston’s A1000.