laptops
This Ugly Gaming Laptop Has Exactly Three Great Things Going for It

The MSI PS42’s look is so bad, it might derail you. This laptop looks like it was made five years ago and probably by Acer or Toshiba. When I pulled it out of the box, I immediately made quite a few unpleasant noises about its appearance. Then I used it for a week, and while I still find the MSI PS42 to be one of the ugliest laptops produced in a while, I can’t deny the charm of its performance or price. Read More >>

laptops
Asus Thinks It’s Made the Thinnest Gaming Laptops Ever

Asus believes it’s made a big 15-inch and a giant 17-inch gaming laptop you’ll actually want to carry around with you. Read More >>

amd
AMD’s 16-Core Beast Creams Intel, but You Might Be Better Off Without It

I won’t lie, when AMD’s new 16-core monster CPU, the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, arrived, I ran around the office showing off it and its accompanying air cooler to anyone who would make eye contact with me. The thing is enormous—easily twice as large as a standard desktop CPU from Intel. The air cooler, saddled with the goofy name Wraith Ripper and festooned with LED lighting, is larger than most power supplies, and if dropped, it could do damage to floors, feet, and small woodland creatures. Even people who know nothing about computers were suitably impressed by these enormous pieces of PC. Then they’d ask how much the Threadripper 2950X cost. Read More >>

amazon
A Year Later Cortana and Alexa Are FINALLY Working Together

It only took a year, but Cortana is finally coming to Alexa speakers, and vice versa. Read More >>

movies
I Can’t Stop Thinking About How the Predator Would Eat Sushi

Consuming food is, for the most part, straightforward. The meal is put in the mouth, it moves through the oesophagus, it winds up in the stomach. Digestion occurs. But that’s because most creatures that consume food have a fairly straightforward anatomy that best suits their consumption needs. The Predator does not, and I can’t stop thinking about how the heck it would eat a piece of sushi. Read More >>

apple
Six Months With the Apple HomePod Almost Convinced Me It Was Good

I didn’t understand the Apple HomePod, when it launched six months ago. Sure, I got the business reasons behind Apple’s smart speaker (everyone’s got to have a smart speaker it seems), but the HomePod struck me as too stupid and too expensive. It just seemed like Apple’s weird attempt at showing Amazon and Google that it could make speakers too. After spending the last few months with the HomePod some things have become quite clear. This thing is still incredibly overpriced, and AirPlay is so good it almost makes the HomePod worth it. Read More >>

robots
I Kind of Want This Tiny Robot to Control My Home

Anki doesn’t think it’s cracked the code and developed the perfect robot to work at the centre of your smart home, but with Vector it feels it’s created a robot adorable enough, and smart enough, to tide you over until the future finally catches up with our desire. Read More >>

dc
Warner Bros. is Finally Realising Supergirl Should Be the Centre of the DC Universe

Supergirl was a joke. Until about 15 years ago she was memorable mainly for her campy ‘80s movie and that time she died in that comics, possibly because her campy ‘80s movie was so bad. Yet as the Supergirl series continues to be popular on the CW, the DC movieverse’s Superman is in limbo, and a new Supergirl film is beginning to take shape, it seems like Warner Bros. is finally picking up on the fact that Supergirl, not Superman, best embodies the 80-plus years of Super mythos. Read More >>

magic leap
Magic Leap’s Mysterious Headset is FINALLY Available for Pre-Order… But Only In the US For Now

Long threatened to be the next in a line of cool shit turned vaporware, Magic Leap’s headset, the device that will supposedly change how we perceive reality itself, is finally available for pre-order in some areas for developers and really big AR and VR nerds. Read More >>

computing
You Don’t Have to Spend Hundreds to Get a Really Good Keyboard

If you’re not on a laptop or a phone look down at your keyboard. It’s probably the one that came with your PC. Maybe IT handed it over as they explained the no porn policy at the big company you work for. However you acquired it (and you almost certainly didn’t pay for it), there’s a very good chance it’s a hot piece of garbage. That isn’t your fault! The keyboards that ship with most towers and all-in-ones these days are not great. The same goes for the cheap £10 specials you pick up on Amazon. You need something better. You need a good keyboard. Read More >>

windows 10
Blade’s Shadow Service Turns Any Device into a £1,500+ Windows Computer

Back at CES in January, French company Blade seemed to promise the moon. For a monthly fee, the company would give users access to a high-end Windows 10 machine, with the latest CPU from Intel and a beefy Nvidia 1080 GPU built in. The computer would be housed at a server farm, which means as long as you had an internet connection, your iOS, Android, Windows, or Mac machine could access it. Read More >>

laptops
How to Choose a Laptop For Less Than £500

Between the £319 iPad and the £380 Surface Go, it seems like the budget end of the computer spectrum is finally getting some attention. And it’s about damn time. As portable computers like laptops, and some tablets, have become the primary device people turn to to get work done, the price of top machines has stayed fairly high compared to desktop computers. And the devices available for less ask some very serious compromises of their users. But while the landscape of sub-£500 laptops is bleak—with a whole bevy of devices that aren’t worth the money, there are still some good deals out there! Read More >>

reviews
The Microsoft Surface Go Is Practically Perfect

Look, £509 is a lot of money... unless you’re talking computers. Any computer you buy for that little is firmly a “budget” PC, as far as the people making them are concerned. They’re not impressive, or especially fast, or pretty. They’re purely functional—the Ford Fiesta of computers. The sheer mediocrity of the sub-£500 range of laptops is why the new £509 Microsoft Surface Go is so damn special. It’s a cheap laptop that’s actually nice. Read More >>

audio
The Original Murderous Digital Assistant Is Now a Bluetooth Speaker

HAL 9000 is the original suspicious digital assistant. Before we invite Alexa, Google, and Siri into our lives to surveil our every action there was 2001: Space Odyssey’s HAL, an AI so murderous it’s a wonder anyone saw its actions and thought, “you know, not all of this is bad.” But despite the fact that HAL gave us a dozen reasons why trusting computers is dangerous, it’s also, admittedly, really cool looking. So naturally, Master Replica Group has created a near perfect prop reproduction of HAL 9000 for anyone to purchase, and because the company has an affection for functional props, HAL 9000 is also a Bluetooth speaker. Read More >>

apple
The New Apple MacBook Pro Is So Good the Price is Almost Worth It

The newly updated MacBook Pro is good. The battery life is exceptional, the speed is exceptional, the keyboard works, and thanks to Apple embracing the external graphics card concept those 4 USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports are finally good for something. This is an Apple laptop built for work, and it’s about damn time. Read More >>