SEARCH

HARDWARE ARTICLES / RASPBERRY PI, DIY, GADGETS, AND MORE

When you upgrade your computer’s hardware, it is a given that you expect a boost in performance, but sometimes you get an unexpectedly significant increase beyond what you counted on. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a confused, but happy gamer understand how he lucked out when he upgraded his computer’s memory.

about 2 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

An “ATM skimmer” is a malicious device criminals attach to an ATM. When you use an ATM that’s been compromised in such a way, the skimmer will create a copy of your card and capture your PIN.

about 2 years ago - by  |  6 Replies

We are well used to our desktop computers and tablets, but what would a combination of these two types of computers with a traditional flat desktop surface be like? Computerphile profiles a working prototype of this combined physical interface system in today’s video.

about 2 years ago - by  |  4 Replies

Set up a new disk on Windows 8.x or 10 and you’ll be asked whether you want to use MBR or GPT. GPT is the new standard and is gradually replacing MBR.

about 2 years ago - by  |  13 Replies

Today we’re taking a look at the home networking hardware: what the individual pieces do, when you need them, and how best to deploy them. Read on to get a clearer picture of what you need to optimize your home network.

about 2 years ago - by  |  19 Replies

When you are serious about online gaming, you look for every edge that you can find. The question is, will plugging your mouse into a USB 3.0 port provide any speed or response benefits over a USB 2.0 port? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post debates the question.

about 2 years ago - by  |  3 Replies

Ask any PC tech person how to make your computer faster, and almost every one of them will tell you to defrag your PC. But do you really need to manually trigger a defrag these days?

about 2 years ago - by  |  9 Replies

Compared to the complexity of purchasing a new graphics card or swapping out your motherboard purchasing a USB hub is definitely a simple purchase; but that doesn’t mean you should just grab the first one off the shelf at your local electronics store. There is an enormous discrepancy between build quality, features, and even safety between the different models. Read on as we show you what you need to get the best results and find the hub that fits your needs.

about 2 years ago - by  |  17 Replies

If you’re in the market for a sport-oriented smartwatch to help you mind your heartbeat, laps, distance traveled, and more, the Magellan Echo is a solid budget-friendly entry into the smartwatch/fitness market. Read on as we explore the numerous features, long battery life, and a few limitations to be aware of.

about 2 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

Windows can encrypt entire operating system drives and removable devices with its built-in BitLocker encryption. When TrueCrypt controversially closed up shop, they recommended their users transition away from TrueCrypt to BitLocker.

about 2 years ago - by  |  8 Replies

Friends and family members seem to ask me all the time whether they are running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, and I’ve finally realized that it would make more sense to show everybody how to figure it out for themselves. Here’s the two-step process to find out for yourself.

about 2 years ago - by  |  Comments (12)

Internet connection data caps are becoming more widespread in the US. Internet service providers may claim their data limits are good for “millions of emails,” but emails are small and HD videos on Netflix are much, much larger.

about 2 years ago - by  |  2 Replies

With the variety in names and so-called types of Pentium processors over the years, it can be a little bit confusing knowing the differences between them all. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some answers to a curious reader’s question about numbered and non-numbered Pentium processors.

about 2 years ago - by  |  4 Replies

Computers need cooling to remove the heat their components generate during use. If you’re building your own PC — especially if you’re overclocking it — you’ll need to think about how you’ll cool it.

about 2 years ago - by  |  4 Replies

Laptops aren’t as easy to upgrade as desktop PCs. In fact, newer laptops are becoming harder to upgrade — but you still may be able to upgrade your laptop with more RAM or a solid-state drive.

about 2 years ago - by  |  6 Replies

As long as our computers do what we need when we need them to, we tend not to think too much about how they work. But it never hurts to have a deeper understanding of what is happening inside our computers’ cases. Today’s video from Computerphile focuses on computer memory and how it works.

about 2 years ago - by  |  2 Replies

Over-the-ear headphones (or, for the terminology-loving, circumaural headphones) come in two primary flavors: open-back and closed-back. Before you sink some serious cash into a nice pair of headphones it pays to know the difference.

about 2 years ago - by  |  3 Replies

Connect a Chromebook to a Windows network and you may be in for a surprise. Your Chromebook can’t access shared folders or network printers, whether they’re shared from a Windows, Mac, or Linux system.

about 2 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

Sometimes you need to work on hardware components, like a motherboard, outside of the computer case, but is it safe to do so with the hardware in question powered up? Today’s SuperUser Q&A posts looks at precautions one should take with an endeavor like this.

about 2 years ago - by  |  12 Replies

It’s important to secure your wireless network with WPA2 encryption and a strong passphrase. But what sorts of attacks are you actually securing it against? Here’s how attackers crack encrypted wireless networks.

about 2 years ago - by  |  13 Replies

The FileHub is a little digital Swiss Army knife of useful tools; you can recharge your devices, link them together via mobile hotspot, stream files to them, and in turn back files up from your devices to the FileHub. Read on as we put it through the paces and see if a device smaller than a deck of cards can really shine in all those categories.

about 2 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

If you want the latest Kindle features right this second (or you missed a past update) the best way to get an immediate update for your Kindle is to do it manually. Read on as we show you how to easily update your Kindle.

about 2 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

iPads come with touch keyboards, but there’s nothing stopping you from connecting a good old fashioned physical keyboard and typing on that. Apple even shipped a keyboard dock for the original iPad.

about 2 years ago - by  |  6 Replies

Motherboards include integrated graphics, sound, and network hardware — but is it good enough, or do you need to buy discrete components when building your own PC?

about 2 years ago - by  |  9 Replies

Bluetooth mice are conveniently cordless but it’s very frustrating when they lose their connection; read on as we troubleshoot a reader’s Windows laptop and help them keep their mouse awake and in communication with their computer.

about 2 years ago - by  |  1 Reply