With cryptocurrency miners driving graphics card demand through the roof, you won’t find any jaw-droppingly good graphics card deals this Black Friday. But if you’ve been resenting the idea of overpaying for a GPU, this is the time to buy. During Black Friday 2017 you’ll finally be able to purchase video cards without paying through the nose. If you’re lucky, you might even snag a free game with it. Look to Radeon for most of the best Black Friday graphics card deals. GeForce discounts are much more rare. Don’t get me wrong, even Radeon prices are still inflated with these “deals”—you won’t find a Radeon RX 570 selling for anywhere near its $170 suggested retail price. But you can find capable 1080p options with 4GB of onboard memory at around $200 for the first time in a long time, among a few other gems.
Beamdog’s going to run out of classic RPGs to remaster here soon. Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, Planescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale have all received overhauled Enhanced Editions so far, and today Beamdog announced yet another—Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition. Neverwinter Nights was an ambitious project for its time. It ditched the Infinity Engine for the Aurora Engine, which in many ways made it age poorer than its predecessors. 2002-era 3D looks quite a bit worse than late-’90s 2.5D.
“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 Far Cry and get right to playing.
Last updated 11/21/2017 to include a video on the best graphics cards right now and address current graphics card prices throughout.
Answering the question can be a bit trickier than it seems. Raw performance is a big part of it, but factors like noise, the driver experience, and supplemental software all play a role in determining which graphics card to buy, too.
Learning the fundamentals behind computer programming and robotics doesn't have to be a mind-numbing slog through dense lines of code—or at least that's the philosophy behind the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and its suite of educational tools. Whether you're a programming savant or a complete novice, you can master the essentials behind building robust programs and robots with the , and it's on sale for over 90 percent off.
Sonos has multi-room audio down to a science, but it desperately needed a speaker capable of voice recognition if it was to fend off the veritable flood of smart speakers coming to market. The Sonos One is that speaker.
Update: Effective November 21, you can ask Alexa to play music on Sonos speakers directly from your Spotify account—by default if you set Spotify as your default library in the Alexa app. It sounds better than the last entry-level Sonos speaker, it’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, and it will be compatible with Google Assistant soon. It’s a great speaker for the price, and it’s a must-have component for music lovers living in modern smart homes.
Black Friday might be a few days away, but you can already find some smoking hot deals on AMD processors. AMD’s mainstream Ryzen and monstrous Threadripper chips dropped to borderline fire sale prices over the weekend. In the case of some of the higher-end chips, the discounts shave hundreds of dollars off suggested retail pricing. Let’s split this up into separate Ryzen and Threadripper sections. We’re mostly linking to Amazon but similar pricing for AMD’s hardware can be found at many online retailers. Micro Center is offering even better deals on many of AMD’s high-end CPUs, but they’re available for in-store pickup only. Bummer. Micro Center’s deals on Threadripper are downright wild.
This powerful full-speed 5200mAh features huge 2.4A output to keep your devices powered up while you're out, or in an emergency. The charger currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 380 reviewers . This item has been included as one of Amazon's "Prime Week" deals of the day, so right now its typical list price of $49.99 has been cut 75% down to just $12.74. .
Amazon’s is the ultimate ereader. Two important features debut with this 2017 model: It's waterproof, and it supports audiobooks via Audible. Make no mistake: Reading on this device is a luxurious pleasure. With a starting price of $270, however, the Oasis floats beyond many budgets. For everyone else, we suggest picking up a , which can be had for half the cost.
Forgive us if you've heard this one but Dell's latest XPS 13 is truly the best one yet. Seriously. Newly upgraded with Intel's 8th-generation CPUs, the XPS 13 offers unheard-of performance in an ultra-portable laptop. By "unheard-of," we mean the XPS 13 offers performance approaching and occasionally surpassing that of much larger and much heavier powerhouse laptops. Granted, it hasn't changed much on the outside. As we go through the features and specs, though, you'll see the significant changes happening on the inside.
Of all the companies making streaming TV devices today, Roku is the most prolific, having released more than two dozen streaming players and sticks over the last eight years. With so many Roku players in the wild, the decision on when to upgrade can be daunting. I’m generally in favor of keeping what you have for as long as you can tolerate it; but if you’re curious what you’re missing by holding out on upgrading to a new Roku, here’s a rundown.
Do you want the latest apps?
All Roku players that launched in 2010 or earlier are no longer receiving firmware updates, app updates, or new app releases. By sticking with one of these “Classic” Roku models, you’re missing out on countless new apps, including some major streaming services such as PlayStation Vue, Starz, HBO Now, and CW. Consider upgrading if you’re not getting all the content you care about.
For the first time in a long time, AMD is battling Intel for high-end desktop supremacy with its Ryzen Threadripper processors. Its chosen weapon? Cores, cores, and more cores, culminating in the monstrous 16-core, 32-thread Threadripper 1950X ($999 on ). But cramming that much hardware into a chip means bigger chips, and bigger chips need bigger sockets. Enter the new AMD X399 motherboards.
The fierce competition between the and heated up even more on October 17, when Microsoft and its partners launched Windows Mixed Reality headsets as part of the . Oculus actually struck back just before Microsoft’s VR army marched out, announcing at its Oculus Connect 4 developer conference.
Reviewing earlier this month I said it was “the first game to be ruined by loot boxes,” calling it “a totally decent arcade racer undermined at every turn by rampant and predatory monetization.” And I evidently wasn’t alone in that, judging by . So while all the attention is currently on the changes EA is making to ’s loot boxes, it’s worth highlighting that Payback’s getting tweaked too. Taking to Reddit, Ghost Games recently rolled out .
This is discounted 43% today on Amazon as part of their "Black Friday Week" event (see all of today's ). Stream music from Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM and others. Control smart home devices. Ask for weather, sports score, news and more. Eufy Genie currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon where Its typical list price has been reduced 43% to just $19.99. .
There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget. To that end, we’ve picked the best Bluetooth speakers in four broad price ranges: budget, mid-range, high-end, and—yes, there are ultra-high-end Bluetooth speakers—price is no object. We also added an outdoor category to our coverage, with the first to win our praise, with the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ taking the runner-up spot.
Google is pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to Nexus and Pixel devices as device makers scramble to get their phones updated. Google's devices will be the only ones running the new software, at least for a while. What's this Oreo update all about, anyway? Everyone knows about the big stuff, like picture-in-picture and autofill apps, but a lot more is going on if you dig deeper. Here are six awesome hidden Oreo features to get you started.
Widgets via app shortcuts
Google has changed the location and appearance of the home screen widget picker several times, and Oreo brings yet another alteration. This one might make using widgets much easier, though. All of an app's widgets are accessible with a long-press on the app icon. This works in the app drawer as well as on the home screen.