The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

Nov 27, 2022

The quality of the game you’re playing and the processing power of your computer will play a big role in determining your gaming experience. But one often overlooked consideration is a decent gaming headset. It’s especially important if you plan on getting the best out of dynamic multiplayer games, where you’re just as likely to chat to friends as you are to use your headset as a strategic tool to help you win. As you’d expect, there’s no shortage of gaming he ...read more

The next PowerToy will give your PC easy OCR powers

Nov 27, 2022

Microsoft We love us some PowerToys here at PCWorld, and it seems the semi-official add-on for Windows power users is only getting better. A recent update to the GitHub project for PowerToys indicates that “PowerOCR” is in the latter stages of approval and should land in the official app before too long. The tool will add in an easy way for Windows users to activate Optical Character Recognition (OCR) via a quick screenshot interface. NeoWin spotted the changes to the PowerTo ...read more

Hey, gamers: Don’t overlook these killer Windows 11 tools

Nov 27, 2022

Life is better in 2022 for gamers on Apple macOS and even Linux, but Windows remains the best PC operating system for games. Microsoft is acutely aware of this advantage, and as a result, it has bundled plenty of gaming features into Windows over the years—on Windows 11, there are even more gaming goodies. Here are the Windows 11 features that will make your next frag session even better. Game Bar Windows 11 Game Bar.Ryan Whitwam Windows 11 ships with the Game Bar preloaded, givi ...read more

Learn ethical hacking fundamentals with this $40 course bundle

Nov 27, 2022

Data breaches. They occur so often that we’ve become numb to them. And yet, closing your eyes won’t make those pesky hackers go away. But do you know what will? Fighting fire with fire, and fighting on the front lines as an ethical hacker allows you to give cybercriminals a taste of their medicine.  The 2022 Masters in Cyber Security Certification Bundle delivers over 60 hours of high-quality educational content on the tools ethical hackers utilize every day. ...read more

BenQ EW3880R monitor review: An ultrawide with plenty of bass

Nov 27, 2022

At a glanceExpert’s Rating ProsAttractive, sturdy designExcellent audio qualityWide color gamut, accurate colorConsLow brightness, lackluster contrastUSB-C only delivers 60 watts of powerNot a good choice for HDRRefresh rate is just 60HzOur VerdictThe BenQ EW3880R is a well-designed and robust monitor with good colors and excellent sound. Unfortunately, it falls behind in what matters most: image quality. It offers nothing special in terms of SDR quality and can’t truly be consider ...read more

Rock out with these luxurious Sennheiser headphones for $146

Nov 27, 2022

Sennheiser Are you looking for a brand new pair of headphones for producing music or listening to Zoom calls? If so, we’ve got a fabulous deal for you today. Amazon’s selling the Sennheiser HD 560 S headphones for $146.32. That’s a savings of $53.63. They’re luxurious and, according to Sennheiser, the adjustable headband is super lightweight. Let’s dive into the features then, shall we? These headphones fit over your ears and the foam cups look very comfortable. The open ...read more

Best VPN services: Top picks for speed, price, privacy, and more

Nov 27, 2022

A virtual private network (VPN) service can help you safeguard your identity, location, and activities online. When looking for a VPN you’ll want to consider your options carefully. For instance, a VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure but not at the expense of too speed. If anonymity is a concern, you should look for a VPN with clear and transparent data collection policies. The number of available servers and country locations a VPN offers is also important if you are ...read more

Don’t plug in that free Microsoft Office USB drive you got in the mail

Nov 27, 2022

If you happen to receive what looks like a full retail copy of Microsoft Office in the mail and you don’t remember ordering it, it’s probably a bad idea to actually try and install it. But that’s what at least a few people in the UK have done recently, subsequently finding themselves prospective victims of a familiar social engineering scam. The randomized and surprisingly professional approach to this scheme caught the attention of Sky News. It works like this: you get a ...read more

Why you should buy a USB-C hub monitor

Nov 27, 2022

A USB-C hub monitor is an excellent upgrade for your home office. It will reduce clutter on your desk and remove the hassle of removing or attaching peripherals to your rig. Laptop owners can even eliminate the need for an external power brick. The result is a tidy, flexible workstation. However, not all USB-C monitors are the same. Some hardly qualify as a USB hub while others can replace a high-end USB-C dock. Here’s what to know before you buy. Our guides to the best PC mo ...read more

AMD is set to unmask its Ryzen 7000 CPUs on August 29th

Nov 22, 2022

AMD AMD has been making a lot of noticeable gains in the CPU market lately, and its next-gen platform is highly anticipated by enthusiasts and analysts alike. Both of them have been patiently waiting for the next generation of desktop CPUs, the Ryzen 7000 series running on the new Zen 4 architecture and AM5 platform. They won’t have to wait much longer: AMD has announced that it will host a livestream to debut them all on August 29th. Instead of a media-focused event as a pre-br ...read more

Best computer deals: Top picks from desktops to all-in-ones

Nov 22, 2022

Looking for a gaming PC to max out frame rates in your favorite games? Or perhaps a new workstation PC for the home office? We’ve got the latest deals on desktop computers, each one hand-picked based on performance, features, and ultimately value. Don’t miss out on the final weeks of back-to-school discounts where you can still score killer deals on all-in-ones, home office towers, and gaming computers from the likes of HP, Lenovo, and Dell. Amazon is also offering discounts on ...read more

Windows 11 2H22’s best new feature is a clever upgrade to an old friend

Nov 22, 2022

Microsoft’s Windows 11 22H2 feature update is barreling down the final stretch to being released next month or in early October, with a host of new features. My favorite (and, I expect, yours) will be a new twist on a proven feature, one that’s central to Windows 10 and Windows 11. Yes, I’m talking about Snap. No, not Windows Snap, or even the version of Snap that was built into Windows 11. No, I’m talking about Snap Bar, and the related Snap Groups that accompany it ...read more

Best laptop deals: Top picks from budget to extreme

Nov 22, 2022

Whether you’re looking for a laptop for gaming, school, or just something budget-friendly, you’ve come to the right place. We’re perusing the web on a daily basis to find the top laptop deals available right now. However, not all laptop “deals” are truly deals. Laptop heavily discount undesirable machines to try to get them to move all the time. So, we’re only including the deals we consider total bargains—and we’ll explain why. Right now, we ...read more

Best Back to School deals: laptops, Chromebooks, monitors, and more

Nov 22, 2022

Back to school deals on laptops, Chromebooks, MacBooks, and more are winding down a bit, as many shoppers have finished their back-to-school shopping. There are some solid back-to-school sales, however, but you’ll need to act fast before they disappear in anticipation of next-gen hardware. We’ve reviewed the best back-to-school deals at online retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, with the best available deals on Chromebooks, laptops, MacBooks, iPads and tablets, plus monitors an ...read more

The best laptops for engineering students: Best overall, most portable, and more

Nov 22, 2022

There are a ton of laptop deals now that back-to-school season is in full swing. If you’re an engineering student, you’re going to need a machine that can handle resource-intensive coursework. A powerful CPU and loads of memory and storage are an absolute must. Portability is an important factor too, especially if you’re going from class to class. If you’re not sure where to begin your search, don’t sweat it. We’ve assembled a list of laptops that are perfec ...read more