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Acer Predator desktop gaming expands with RTX 30 and massive monitors

Acer Predator desktop gaming expands with RTX 30 and massive monitors

A set of new gigantic monitors and an updated set of gaming desktop machines were announced this week by Acer. In the display department, three new Acer Predator monitors came in at 28-inches (with 155Hz refresh rate overclocked), 37.5-inches (overclocked at 175Hz), and a whopping 42.5-inches. Acer's Predator Orion 3000 and Nitro 50 gaming desktop lines were given a refresh, too, with 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (or AMD Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors) and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs.

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New Mac Mini Pro “M1X” leaked at last

New Mac Mini Pro “M1X” leaked at last

This week the newest in a line of Mac Mini devices appeared with a more high-powered processor and more ports. This new device was leaked with a potential 4x USB4 / Thunderbolt 3 ports, Ethernet, HDMI out, and 2x USB-A. The same leak source suggested that this new device will feature a magnetic power connector for the first time in the history of the Mac Mini.

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M1 iMac iFixit teardown reveals the big changes within

M1 iMac iFixit teardown reveals the big changes within

This year's new iMac generation will probably be best remembered for looking like gigantic iPad Pros. Of course, there are changes invisible to the naked eye and we're not just talking about the new Apple M1 chip running the entire show this time. That does entail a lot of internal changes due to the new computing architecture but there are even more to be discovered inside. Thankfully, the experts over at iFixit have started that journey to literally uncover the secrets of the 24-inch Apple M1 iMac, now in purple!

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Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk has a unique cable management system

Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk has a unique cable management system

Desktop computers haven't really gone away and neither have their cables. Even those that live on laptops often have monitors and hubs to connect to at home or that the office. Cable management has always been a problem and yet few computer and gaming desks are designed for that purpose. Singapore-based Secretlab, perhaps better known for its gaming chairs, is taking a stab at that market with its first-ever PC desk that puts magnets to some unique uses.

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Kensington VeriMark fingerprint scanner now available for desktops

Kensington VeriMark fingerprint scanner now available for desktops

A staple on smartphones for a few years now, it has only been recently that personal computers have started embracing fingerprint scanners for security. Actually, the hardware has become more prevalent in laptops but has left desktop PCs out of the party. USB fingerprint scanners do exist but most of them are designed to connect closely to laptops only. Kensington is aiming to change that by bringing a desktop version of VeriMark Fingerprint Key to the market.

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Windows 10 update: To fix printing, or to wait

Windows 10 update: To fix printing, or to wait

Today we're taking a peek at the latest set of updates for Windows 10, both the fix-up version and the next one set for April. The fix-up version, as we're calling it, is a version that repairs the oddity that appeared with the otherwise most-recent version of Windows 10. That version gave some users an error when attempting to use their paper printer.

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Verizon Motorola Edge+ update brings Android 11 to a bigger screen

Verizon Motorola Edge+ update brings Android 11 to a bigger screen

An update to the Motorola Edge+ with Verizon added a collection of features along with Android 11. This is the first time the smartphone will have the full Android 11 experience, right alongside the new "Ready For" software revealed by Verizon this week. With this update, users can "view content on a bigger screen and take full advantage of edge+ and Verizon's 5G network."

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Dell XPS Desktop, Alienware Aurora R12 pick up Intel 11th-gen Core CPUs

Dell XPS Desktop, Alienware Aurora R12 pick up Intel 11th-gen Core CPUs

With the announcement of Intel's 11th-gen Core CPUs today, Dell wasted little time in announcing that it will be refreshing both the XPS Desktop and the Alienware Aurora R12 with the new processors. These new desktops are not only home to Intel's latest processors, but they could also be one of the easier ways to land a hard-to-find RTX 30-series graphics card, as at least the XPS Desktop's graphics options top out at an RTX 3070.

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Google may give your eldest Chromebook new life with LaCrOs

Google may give your eldest Chromebook new life with LaCrOs

What happens to a Chromebook (or any ChromeOS device for that matter) when it reaches its software update end-of-life? That question was effectively answered this week at a Questions and Answers session with Google at a celebration of one full decade of Chrome OS. It was Chrome OS director of product management Alexander Kuscher who answered the question with a mention of "working under the hood."

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WhatsApp brings one-to-one calling to desktop as privacy controversy rages on

WhatsApp brings one-to-one calling to desktop as privacy controversy rages on

WhatsApp today announced that it's bringing one-to-one calls to its desktop app. Calling will be available both for voice and video and they'll be end-to-end encrypted as well. While these calls have been a centerpiece in the WhatsApp mobile app for a long time, the company says that it's bringing calling to the desktop app to help support the increase in calls that have come with the pandemic.

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Razer Tomahawk released with RTX 3080 and tool-less sled system

Razer Tomahawk released with RTX 3080 and tool-less sled system

The miniature, modular gaming PC system known as Razer Tomahawk was released today with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founder's Edition GPU inside. This small form factor (SFF) desktop works with Intel NUC and a modular "tool-less sled system." This desktop gaming-oriented computer was released both with or without the RTX GPU, making a difference of approximately $800 USD.

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Apple Mac Pro mini rumored with “cube” aesthetic

Apple Mac Pro mini rumored with “cube” aesthetic

There's a rumor this week that Apple's diving back in to the desktop business head first. Not that the company ever really left, but given the amount of users that are now either working from home or plan on staying home after months and months of global pandemic and quarantine due to COVID-19, Apple seems to be seeing the opportunity to ramp up their desktop efforts once more.

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