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What Is Pixel Binning in Cameras?

Smartphone cameras with super-high megapixel counts make for good marketing, but hardly anyone actually takes 200-megapixel photos. So how do you get usable pictures from them? Through pixel binning, the process of combining …

Is SSD Wear an Issue With the PlayStation 5?

All solid state drives¬†(SSDs) suffer from wear that eventually renders them inoperable. The PlayStation 5’s internal SSD is soldered directly to the motherboard. Does this mean your PS5 is doomed as soon as the SSD wears out…

Modular Laptops Are (Probably) Not the Future

A modular laptop allows upgrades and changes to components without buying a new computer. It’s an enticing idea and desktops already work this way, but the realities of laptop design make it unlikely that fully modular laptop…

Why Oil-Cooled PCs Aren’t Popular Anymore

At one point, PC performance enthusiasts had the idea to cool a computer by immersing its components in mineral oil—and it worked! Yet today no one’s doing it anymore, so what happened to these awesome submerged “fish tank”…

Why Do People Want Stock Android on Their Phones?

You’ve seen people wax lyrical about “stock” Android online, but you’re not entirely sure what that means. The short answer is that it’s “pure” Android straight from Google, but that doesn’t explain why so many hardcore Andro…

How Important Are Refresh Rates in VR?

There are many specifications that matter when it comes to VR, but refresh rate is often overlooked. While “field of view” or screen resolution are important in their own right, the headsets refresh rate can mean the differen…

Buying a Prebuilt PC? 9 Things to Check First

There are many advantages to a prebuilt PC, even when there aren’t global shortages of computer components to contend with. But, if you do choose the convenience of a prebuilt over a DIY PC, you should carefully consider this…

Gaming Laptops Are a Great Deal Now

Not too long ago, buying a gaming laptop was something only a small slice of users could justify. They simply cost too much for too little return. Modern gaming laptops are a different story and are actually a great deal….

What Is a Potato PC?

Everyone’s heard of Apple computers, but what about¬†potato¬†computers? No, this isn’t a competing PC brand. Potato PCs are the weakest gaming PCs of their generation, but they’ve developed an endearing culture of plucky budg…

Why Apple Should Make a Game Console

Apple attempted to make a game console in 1996 named the “Pippin” and it turned out to be a footnote in gaming history. However, the Apple of today is a very different company that we think should make a console….

What Is Macro Mode on an iPhone or Android Phone?

Most people take photographs at human scale or larger. Pets, people, landscapes, and food are all common subjects. With “macro mode,” you can take clear pictures of small details and objects, with certain iPhone or Android ha…

What Is Hyperthreading?

Hyperthreading was once a feature only found on high-end professional CPUs. However, Hyperthreading is now found on mainstream consumer CPUs, too. So what exactly is Hyperthreading, and should you look for it in your next CPU…

The Best Oculus Quest 2 Accessories of 2022

The Oculus Quest 2 is one of the¬†best VR headsets¬†around, and out of the box, it’s an excellent product. It’s not perfect, but it can get close with the right accessories to go with the headset.

What Is a Magnet Link, and How Do You Use One?

When you last downloaded a torrent file, you may have been offered a magnet link as an alternative. Magnet links are very different from torrent files and offer some advantages over them that all torrent users should be aware…

How to Enable HDR on Windows 11

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 supports HDR output. Unlike Windows 10, HDR works much better in Windows 11 and is worth turning on in some applications. There are three ways to do this, and we’ll cover them all right here….

How to Use Windows 11’s Built-in Pomodoro Timer

Windows 11’s Clock app has a “focus session” feature, which is essentially a built-in Pomodoro timer. The Pomodoro time management technique is a popular method for maintaining productive focus, and now Windows 11 users can t…

Does Native Resolution in Gaming Still Matter?

We may be living in the post-resolution age, but there are still many heated debates about native resolution gaming on modern 4K (or greater) displays. Does rendering at native resolution actually matter? Perhaps it’s time to…
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