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Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

If you take a look around the web, you’ll already find plenty of reviews about the new MacBook Pro. To date, only the non-Touch Bar 13-inch model has been made available, with other models arriving sometime next week (if you ordered early). All told, the reviews are less than glowing, with many likening the computer to a farce foisted on us by Apple. That’s certainly one way to look at it, but there’s probably something a bit more obvious at play.

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In defense of dongles on MacBooks

In defense of dongles on MacBooks

It’s pretty fashionable to hate dongles the past year or so. Since Apple introduced its USB-C reliant MacBook (you know, the 12-inch model), people have been lamenting the existence of cable add-ons. It’s a fair criticism, considering we’d gone so long with the spoils of ports donning the side of our MacBooks Pro and Air, but it’s time to turn the corner. In many ways, dongles are better than ports. No, really.

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Kingston HyperX 128GB DDR4 RAM kit runs at 3000MHz

Kingston HyperX 128GB DDR4 RAM kit runs at 3000MHz

Kingston is set to roll out what may be the highest performing RAM kit for computer enthusiasts and gamers in all the land. The kit is part of the HyperX line and carries the Fury name on the low key black heat spreaders. The RAM is DDR4 and while it has been announced already, it isn't available to purchase just yet.

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Acer unveils two 27in monitors built for gaming

Acer unveils two 27in monitors built for gaming

Just days before the 2015 CES event, Acer continues to draw the curtain back on its new products. This time the company is announcing two new computer monitors purpose-built for high-end gaming, and each featuring new technology to present the best possible screen image to players. Both measuring 27 inches and featuring 2560x1440 resolution, the XB270HU is the first gaming monitor to use IPS and offers 178 degree viewing angle, and the XG270HU offers a gorgeous edge-to-edge frameless display.

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HummingBoard goes up for pre-order, takes on Raspberry Pi

HummingBoard goes up for pre-order, takes on Raspberry Pi

SolidRun has put up a new device for pre-order, taking on the Raspberry Pi with its new HummingBoard computer. The ARM computer is available from the company's website starting at $45 USD, and includes a variety of ports, including powered USB.

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SSD Endurance Experiment puts drives to the test

SSD Endurance Experiment puts drives to the test

How long do SSDs last? Such is a question many pose, and as a result the folks at Tech Report have sought to answer that question with their SSD Endurance Experiment. These experiments are designed to see how long an SSD actually lasts, rather than the (often conservative) estimates given by the manufacturers.

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MinnowBoard Max lures DIY users with Intel Atom E3185 or E3825 CPU

MinnowBoard Max lures DIY users with Intel Atom E3185 or E3825 CPU

DIY types that like to build up various small PCs or other projects using cheap and compact hardware have several options on the market today. One of those options is the Raspberry Pi. Those looking for something with more power than the Raspberry Pi can now get their hands on a product called the MinnowBoard Max.

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Improv computer board offers ARM processor and Mer OS

Improv computer board offers ARM processor and Mer OS

If you're in the market for a small computer board but the Raspberry Pi isn't your thing, the Improv might be up your alley. The board runs an ARM processor and Mali graphics, and is available now for $75. With the small board comes the Mer operating system and the ability to expand it into a full computer system or use it on more tailored projects.

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AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series graphics support UltraHD gaming

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series graphics support UltraHD gaming

It's always an exciting day for computer gamers when AMD unveils new video cards. Today AMD has unveiled two new graphics card families for computer gamers called the AMD Radeon R9 and AMD Radeon R7 series. Both of these graphics card families are designed specifically to allow gaming on UltraHD displays.

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Genius X-G510 gaming mouse is good for righties and lefties

Genius X-G510 gaming mouse is good for righties and lefties

If you're a PC gamer one of the things you need is a good gaming mouse. If you happen to be a left-handed PC gamer, finding a good gaming mouse can be more difficult than you might expect. A lot of gaming mice on the market today are designed specifically to be used in the right-hand.

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NEC P242W professional LED backlit monitor debuts

NEC P242W professional LED backlit monitor debuts

NEC has pulled the wraps off a new professional series LED backlit monitor for computer users. The computer monitor is called the NEC MultiSync P242W. The display comes in two different models including the standard P242W-BK and the P242W-BK-SV. The screen size is 24-inches and the display uses a white LED backlit AH-IPS panel.

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Intel offers new details on Atom SoC and Xeon processors

Intel offers new details on Atom SoC and Xeon processors

New details have turned up about some the new Intel processor families during the Intel Developer Form in Beijing, China. Intel offered details on its Atom SoCs for the data center when it launched the processors back in December of 2012. At the time, the processors including the S1200 product family representing the world's first 64-bit SoC for servers operating at 1.6 to 2.0 GHz.

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