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3 must-know insights from our early Intel 11th-gen 'Tiger Lake H' testing

With Intel’s 11th-gen Core "Tiger Lake H" notebook processors breaking cover this week, we’ve been hot into testing the company’s response to AMD’s Ryzen 5000 laptops.

Rather than make you wait for the full details, we decided to tantalize you with three key things you need to know right friggin' now about the 8-core, 10nm "Super Fin" chips that hope to push back against Team Red's Ryzen onslaught.

To get a full look at Tiger Lake H's capabilities, we've been testing two 10th-gen Comet Lake H laptops, two Ryzen 5000 notebooks, one Ryzen 4000 laptop, and Gigabytes new Aorus 17G gaming laptop with an 11th-gen Core i7-11800H and a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU inside. (For more 11th-gen H-series options, be sure to check out our roundup of every Tiger Lake H laptop announced so far.)

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How to keep Netflix from gobbling up too much data
Netflix will blow through up to 7GB of data an hour if you let it. Here’s how to put the brakes on Netflix’s data usage.

Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: This motorized device lets Fido open the sliding door himself
It's a clever idea, but this smart home device is mired in immaturity.

The Full Nerd ep. 176: Tiger Lake H45 revealed, Ryzen 5000U battery concerns debunked

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Alaina Yee, Mark Hachman, and Adam Patrick Murray dig into everything Intel revealed about its set of 45W Tiger Lake H mobile processors, the rumblings that Ryzen 5000 mobile performs badly when battery powered, and Nvidia’s official announcement of its RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti mobile graphics chips.

The party starts with Mark giving the full rundown of five new six- and eight-core Tiger Lake H chips, then kicks up into high gear when Gordon decides to nix any arguments about Apple M1 superiority—in advance of them being made. For a calmer comparison, perhaps we should’ve talked more about Tiger Lake H versus Ryzen 5000 mobile...

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Don't get fooled by this malware-ridden MSI Afterburner fake

PC enthusiasts adore MSI’s Afterburner utility, and it’s easy to see why. The free GPU monitoring tool can be used for everything from overclocking to checking your graphics card’s temperature to capturing gameplay footage, and better yet, it works with both Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon hardware—a versatile feature set unmatched by most rivals. But now bad actors are piggybacking on Afterburner’s popularity to potentially trick people into downloading malware, MSI warns.

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Roku Originals, Roku’s collection of Quibi videos, launches May 20
A selection of 30 shows from the kaput Quibi mobile streaming service will premiere—again—on The Roku Channel, with more to come.

The ultra-mobile Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold changed how I work from home

Open confession to Lenovo: I still have your ThinkPad X1 Fold. I promise I’ll send it back soon. Apologies for the delay, but what I thought would be a brief examination of your innovative foldable PC turned into a longer exploration of how this ultra-mobile device changed how I worked—at a time when I didn’t go anywhere.

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Every Tiger Lake H laptop announced

Is TiVo done with streaming dongles? Not so fast
TiVo says it'll keep making Android TV streaming players despite reports the contrary. Let's hope that's true.

PCWorld's May digital magazine: The Surface Laptop 4 is here

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the May issue

This month we benchmark the twice-as-fast Surface Laptop 4. See our 10 essential tools for PC building. Plus, find out why graphics cards cost so much right now.

Other highlights include:

  • News: AMD's new Ryzen 5000G chips wield Radeon graphics and double the cores. Plus, Android loses a huge innovator as LG quits making phones
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review: Lenovo drops the mic with its light, fast, and long-lasting ThinkPad
  • HP Envy 14 (2021) review: This budget content-creation laptop does it all
  • OnePlus 9 Pro review: Revolutionary display, evolutionary camera
  • Crucial X6 USB SSD review: Good price, good performance, good design
  • Here's How: Another day, another data breach. Here’s how to see if you’ve been exposed. Plus, how to avoid going over your broadband data cap

Video highlights

Watch: The third-generation Amazon Echo Show 10 is the most innovative, the most sophisticated, and the best-sounding smart home hub ever. The brushless motor that spins its 10.1-inch HD display around a 350-degree arc will grab your attention, but you’ll quickly discover many more wonders as you explore its capabilities.

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Small phone lovers rejoice: The Asus Zenfone 8 is a fantastic option

For those of us who remember the early days of smartphones, “handsets” were fairly small devices that worked great for one-handed use. But thanks to burgeoning specs and features—as well as user demand for more screen real estate—phones have become larger and larger, and now smaller options are hard to find. Into this landscape walks Asus and its Zenfone 8, the company’s latest mainstream flagship device. This sub-6-inch phone doesn’t sacrifice power for size, and it’s a fantastic option for small phone lovers.

Asus Zenfone 8 Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Left to right: Asus Zenfone 8, Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra.

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Amazon upgrades the Echo Show 5 and 8's cameras, rolls out an Echo Show 5 for kids
The new Echo Show 8 has a camera that can pan and zoom during video calls, while the second-gen Echo Show 5’s upgraded camera boasts twice the resolution of the original.

Tiger Lake H vs Ryzen 5000 mobile: Which mobile chip comes out on top?

AMD’s quest for CPU dominance has expanded in recent years—after first clawing back into relevance with its desktop processors, the company set its sights on laptops. Ryzen 5000 mobile chips dunked on Intel’s Comet Lake H parts, zipping past Team Blue’s best with ease.

With Tuesday’s announcement of Tiger Lake H, Intel may regain ground as an industry leader. Its long-in-the-tooth 14nm process is gone, and with that change comes the promise of notable performance jumps and support for cutting-edge features. As you’ll see in our quick head-to-head comparison with the equivalent H-class Ryzen 5000 chips, this rivalry might become fierce again.

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Proscenic 850T review: A no-fuss robot vacuum that also mops
Cleaning performance and ease of use are the focus of this budget bot.

IVPN Pro review: Privacy gets a huge boost

IVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Gibraltar
  • Number of servers: 76
  • Number of country locations: 32
  • Cost: $100 per year
  • VPN protocol: WireGuard
  • Data encryption: ChaCha20
  • Data authentication: Poly1305
  • Handshake: ECDH/curve25519

One of the best features of Mullvad, our favorite VPN at this writing, is that it doesn’t require an email address or password to subscribe. Instead, it auto-generates an account name that works as your one and only login. It’s about as anonymous as you can get for account creation, and now another VPN service is following suit. Gibraltar-based IVPN recently added the feature as part of a number of changes.

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The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

The spring shower of new laptop technologies—AMD’s Ryzen 5000 and Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs, plus Nvidia’s RTX 30-series mobile GPUs—are bringing a welcome flowering of faster, better portable PCs, the latest of which we’ve just started reviewing. It’s still a tight market, as pandemic-fueled sales remain strong. But if you yearn for the latest and greatest, this is your time. Keep reading for the latest news and reviews. (Psst: We also have a list of all the laptops available with RTX 30-series.)

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The best graphics cards for PC gaming

“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 Cyberpunk 2077 and get right to playing.

Updated May 11 to include information about the GeForce RTX 3050 series launching for laptops in the news section.

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CookingPal’s Multo smart appliance is a food processor that can also cook
The manufacturer says its new appliance can prep your food, cook the entrée and a couple of side dishes, and then clean up after itself.

Roku Express 4K+ review: The new budget streaming champ
At $40, Roku's new 4K streamer undercuts the competition without major compromises.

Best media streaming devices
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Intel launches 11th-gen Tiger Lake-H CPUs for gaming notebooks

Just a few short months after Intel launched the 11th-gen Core H35-series microprocessors for mobile gaming, Intel is at it again: On Tuesday, Intel officially launched the 11th-gen Core “Tiger Lake” H-series processors for mainstream and gaming laptops.

The product line includes five new processors, including the premium, unlocked Core i9-11980HK, the Core i7-11800H, and a pair of Core i5 processors. Quad-core processors have disappeared from the lineup. Instead, the new chips include hyperthreaded six-core and eight-core processors, offering double the cores of the 11th-gen Tiger Lake cores Intel launched in September.

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Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 GPUs finally bring ray tracing and DLSS to the laptop masses

Samsung’s loose lips whispered the truth: On Tuesday, Nvidia announced new GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti laptop GPUs designed to bring ray tracing, performance-boosting DLSS technology, and supercharged creative capabilities to the mobile masses. Nvidia timed the announcement to coincide with Intel’s reveal of its heavy-duty 11th-generation Core H-series processors, and the company says the RTX 3050 GPUs will appear in notebooks starting for as little as $799.

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The best Dell Inspiron laptops: All the new models, features, pricing and more

The Dell Inspiron laptop line just got a huge refresh: five new models, spanning four display sizes (13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch and 16-inch) and even including a 2-in-1 (360-degree convertible). Starting prices range from $550 to $950.

How do you decide which is best for you? We haven’t reviewed any of these models yet (many haven’t actually shipped yet), but we can walk you through their specs and features, and make some recommendations. (Be sure to check our roundup of the best laptops for complete reviews and ratings of models from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and more.)

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Why don’t we have more sound card options? | Ask an expert

Q: Why can’t sound cards be more like video cards?

A: We assume that this question refers to the constant advances in graphics cards, where the release of new technology (like process shrinks and new microarchitectures) happens about every two years. Sound cards, on the other hand, tend to get released when they get released.

Why? Well...the truth is, not enough people care enough about discrete audio cards to warrant the same level of attention as discrete graphics cards. Take a random assortment of PC gamers, and the odds favor a majority saying, “Wow, this game looks incredible” instead of “Wow, this game sounds incredible.” (Even if, as the old joke goes, the reason they’re praising the graphics is because of an improved soundscape.) Not everyone will say this, of course—let’s just make that clear before a couple PCWorld staff members protest violently. But enough gamers do, thus leading to a slow drip of sound card releases.

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Wemo Stage Scene Controller review: Almost a HomeKit home run
One flaw prevents this remote from being great. Blame it on Apple.

Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Cable review: A plug-n-play audio upgrade for everyone except iOS users
Astell&Kern's USB-C Dual DAC Cable is a simple, modestly priced way to improve your computer or Android device's audio output, but iPhone users need not apply.

Ryzen 5000: Everything you should know

Back in November, AMD fired a fresh shot across Intel’s bow with the launch of its Zen 3 processors—also known as Ryzen 5000. Not only did those powerful new desktop parts win a spot on our Best CPUs list, they were joined soon after by equally impressive mobile chips in January.

Upgrading to either variant of Ryzen 5000 naturally brings up questions: Just how powerful is each line? Where can I get these right now? And whatever happened to Ryzen 4000 on desktop? We answer all these topics and more, which you’ll find in the handy list below. You can use this article as a cheat sheet for quickly getting up to speed on the latest, too.

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Report: Microsoft has put Windows 10X on hold

Microsoft has reportedly postponed and possibly cancelled Windows 10X, the simplified alternative to Windows that Microsoft had originally intended to compete with Chromebooks.

An initial report from claimed that Windows 10X is not shipping in 2021. Windows Central says it’s confirmed the report as well, stating that development work on Windows 10X has apparently ground to a halt. Neither report has been confirmed nor denied by Microsoft; a company representative said that Microsoft has “nothing to share.”

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Fight Google's data cap with a simple change to Google Photos

Until now, uploading photos on your Android phone has seemed like a perfectly good idea. But in just a few weeks beginning in June, 2021, that decision is going to hit you right in the wallet! At that time, Google will begin to enforce its new storage policy. Upload all the photos you want right now. Eventually, however, blocking photos from uploading to Google Photos, as weird as it sounds, will eventually save you money.

Let us explain. If you take a photo on an Android phone, it automatically uploads itself to the Google cloud, where it’s stored in perpetuity. Today, those photos are stored in what Google calls “high resolution” by default—something close to the original resolution you shot. 

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How much is Hulu? Plans, prices, and deals for cord-cutters
Which Hulu plan is best? We explain all of Hulu's pricing plans, including Hulu + Live TV, and add-ons for channels like ESPN+, Showtime, HBO Max and more.



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