In the February issue: As the chip wars rage on, it’s the Apple M1 vs. AMD and Intel. The coolest tech from CES 2021. Nvidia Reflex tested, Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 review, and top Android 11 tips.
CES 2021: The most intriguing and innovative PC hardware • CES 2021 was virtual, but the parade of PC hardware went on.
AMD’s laptop resurgence continues with Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors • Two straight generations of Zen processors have made inroads into Intel’s market share in laptops. Can the Ryzen 5000 Mobile and Zen 3 continue the trend?
Intel takes on Ryzen with Rocket Lake S and the Core i9-11900K • Intel’s Core i9-11900K is faster than AMD’s Ryzen 5900X, Intel says. But Intel still has a lot to talk about with its new Rocket Lake S desktop Core chips.
Nvidia woos mainstream gamers with the $329 GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 30-series laptops • Game On, indeed.
Microsoft launches Surface Pro 7+ tablet with Tiger Lake and LTE • Microsoft began taking orders for the Surface Pro 7+ January 11 via its business partners, with shipments beginning the same week.
Acer’s swanky new gaming monitors marry high resolutions with ultra-fast speeds • Fast refresh rates? Tons of pixels? Buttery-smooth adaptive sync capabilities? Acer’s trio of new gaming monitors offer it all.
Microsoft will shut down Minecraft Earth in June • Microsoft cited the lack of free movement and collaborative play caused by pandemic lockdowns as the reason it’s closing its AR version of Minecraft.
Razer is bringing RGB to N95 masks, because why not? • In addition to the Razer Project Hazel N95 mask, the company also demonstrated Project Brooklyn, a concept gaming chair with a retractable screen.
Tested: How Apple’s M1 chip performs against Intel 11th-gen and AMD Ryzen 4000 • We put the PC’s best laptops against MacBook Pro M1 to see if Apple’s new ARM chip really is all that.
Tested: How badly Windows on ARM compares to the new Mac M1s • Two years ago, Windows on ARM looked viable. Now, it needs a lifeline.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7: Fast and affordable, with discrete graphics • Content creators will get a kick out of the productivity features.
Tested: How Nvidia Reflex can make you a better esports gamer • Lower latency, faster kills. Here’s everything you need to know about Nvidia Reflex, and whether more powerful GPUs and faster monitors are worth the money.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe SSD: Fast on PCIe 4, fast on PCIe 3 • The 2TB version of this SSD is nearly as fast with large files as Samsung’s 980 Pro, and considerably less expensive.
ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet AM 27K 4.0: Part battery pack, part power station • It even sports an antimicrobial film.
GRAPHICS CARDS ARE ABOUT TO GET A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE, ASUS WARNS • MOTHERBOARDS, TOO.
WHY 2021 COULD FINALLY BE THE YEAR OF THE GOOGLE PIXEL • THE SURPRISING PIXEL 5 COULD LEAD TO BIGGER THINGS FOR GOOGLE’S PHONE STRATEGY.
Android 11 tips: The 8 new features to explore first • From new playback controls to a screen recorder to dark mode scheduling, Android 11 has some improvements worth checking out.
Why you may not be getting the SSD you paid for • SSD vendors may change a product during its lifespan, not always for the better.
How to find out if your laptop can take an SSD • Give your old laptop a big performance boost.
What you need to know about Windows Security in Windows 10 • From the firewall to antimalware to ransomware protections: here’s an overview of what’s inside of Windows 10’s Windows Security.
TechSpotlight • A video showcase of the latest trends