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All-in-ones aren’t your average PCs. They’re every desktops with integrated displays, frequently complemented by a mix of laptop and desktop components. For these reasons and more, they’ve garnered an unfair reputation of being inferior to their full-on desktop counterparts.

Let it be known, however, that all-in-ones have their advantages. These self-contained PC setups typically require less desk space than a desktop tower, monitor and all their accompanying accoutrements. At the same time, they don’t produce a nest of cables for guests to trip over. 

Because of the inherent convergence that an all-in-one boasts, PC makers can rethink their design strategies entirely, thereby resulting in more innovative efforts such as the Surface Studio. Ultimately, this only benefits us – the users. 

Below are the best all-in-ones handpicked and regularly updated in traditional TechRadar fashion.

Resting atop an articulating stand, the Dell XPS 27 AIO comprises a  massive 4K Ultra HD touchscreen display with a whopping sextet of ear-numbing speakers. Not only is it attractive, but it’s also top-notch when it comes to delivering powerful specs. Whether you’re making your  own beats or vibing out to someone else’s; watching films or editing  them yourself, the Dell XPS 27 should be at the top of your list when  shopping around for a new PC. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 27 AIO

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The iMac has long been on the of the most affordable Macs you can get and it’s also one of the cheapest way to get a 4K screen to boot. Starting at grand and just a few hundred bucks more for that 4K upgrade, the 21-inch iMac with 4K Retina display, is a hardy MacOS machine featuring similar specs as the 5K variant but at a lower cost. For the money, what more could you really ask for from an Apple computer?

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 4K Retina display

Not to be shown up by the 5K iMac or new Dell XPS AIO, HP has its own unique take on the all-in-one desktop. Though it also has all its components stored in its base like the Surface Studio, the HP Envy Curved All-in-One also adds in a booming speaker bar. Add in the ultra-wide curved screen and this is one of the best and most immersive PC for enjoying movies.

iMac with Retina 5K display

Best all-in-one PC: top PCs compared

While Apple’s iMac with Retina 5K display is one of the most impressive all-in-ones around, its price places it out of the reach of most people. However, if you’re up for the expense there’s no greater MacOS machine than this — that is until the iMac Pro arrives. It comes with Apple’s sharpest 27-inch 5K Retina display. Excellent build quality and hardy specs, also makes it a PC built to last, and a fine option for productivity work, watching movies or light gaming.

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

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You need the best PC. We know you need the best computer because you’re here right now on a page full of contenders for that title. Rather than throwing money at the new iPhone X, you would rather put that money to a PC that can game, make videos or simply power a big screen for media.

Yet, while we and most people would recommend a DIY project, we recognize that assembling the best PC takes time and a bit of skill. And, time is a scarce resource in 2017. It’s for that reason we’ve found the best computers you can buy off the shelf (or, more than likely, online).

At the same time, the best PC can vary in both function and form. While some of us prefer conventional desktop towers, detached from their accompanying inputs and screens, others enjoy a concise, all-in-one computing experience. Alternatively, PCs come in all shapes and sizes from half-sized towers to micro-sized boxes and even systems that fit inside a stick.

Whatever the use case or form factor you seek, you’ll find the best computer for you below:

Dell Inspiron 3000

For lack of a better description, the Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is a master of disguise. Appearing as subtle as the PC your parents hid under the desk, don’t be deceived by this boring exterior. Inside, you’ll find your choice of one of the latest high-end graphics card solutions from AMD and Nvidia in addition to a powerful Kaby Lake processor paired with plenty of hard drive and/or SSD storage. While the Special Edition of this PC is only available in the US, our readers in Australia and the United Kingdom will still be able to pick up the regular Dell XPS Tower and configure a system to the top spec.

Read the full review: Dell XPS Tower Special Edition

The Microsoft Surface Studio is one of the most glamorous PCs you can buy. It shakes up the all-in-one formula of putting all the components behind the screen, and instead moves everything to the base. The resulting device has one of the thinnest 28-inch PixelSense Displays that puts even most 4K screens to shame. What’s more, the fully-articulating stand makes it a versatile tool for work and play with Surface Pen support. All in all, the Surface Studio is an exceptional work of, and for, art.

Read the full review: Surface Studio

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The Zotac Magnus EN1060 is practically as small as the Apple Mac Mini, but it’s an exponentially more powerful gaming PC, potent enough to drive virtual reality experiences. Thanks to its small size and understated features, users can place this mini PC under an entertainment center and it won’t draw attention to itself. Keep in mind, though, this system doesn’t come with storage or RAM pre-installed, not to mention it lacks an operating system, so interested users will need buy these components and software separately.

Read the full review: Zotac Magnus EN1060

The nigh-mini ITX Alienware Aurora R5 bears resemblance to, say, the Alienware Area 51, but with a case that feels strikingly more native to our home planet. Of course, it simultaneously boasts top-of-the-line specs; an overclockable K-series Intel Core i7 CPU, a GeForce GTX 1080 and a massively capable 850W power supply – just a few of the Aurora R5’s redeeming qualities. Plus, even with the small chassis, there’s plenty of room for an unparalleled SLI configuration.

Read the full review: Alienware Aurora R5

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Positioned as a “console killer,” the MSI Trident 3 looks a lot like an Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, but it’s a far more powerful PC that feels just right in your living room. Complete with all the ports you could ever dream of, the MSI Trident 3’s advantages are clear. Still, in trying to be as thin and light as possible, the MSI Trident 3 comes equipped with a 330W external power supply brick, resembling some of the least attractive console designs.

Read the full review: MSI Trident 3

Apple iMac

The iMac keeps it classy and, better yet, simple. Easy-to-use hardware combined with the famed accessibility of macOS makes for a nigh-perfect computing experience. A built-in screen, speakers and 802.11ac wireless networking are complemented by the fantastic Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. Of course, trumpeting that gorgeous 5K screen, the iMac is sleek and, best of all, only requires a single cable to get up and running.

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

See more like this: The best Macs

HP Pavilion Mini

Though at first you might confuse it for a fabric-woven Mac Pro refresh, the HP Pavilion Wave is anything but. This compact Windows machine packs in 6th-generation Intel Core processors and optional discrete AMD graphics with a uniquely integrated Bang & Olufsen speaker. Wrapped in a handsome fabric exterior, this is the perfect PC to have on the desk, as it radiates crisp sound while you browse the web or watch movies.

Read the first look: HP Pavilion Wave

HP 260 G1

No, this isn’t a USB thumb drive you’re looking at. The Intel Core Compute Stick might look like something you would store a PowerPoint presentation on shortly before losing it, but it’s actually a palm-sized personal computer that plugs into any screen with an HDMI port. Configurations start at a lowly 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor running Linux, and at the highest end is a notebook-class Intel Core m5 processor.

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Update: iOS 11 is out now! It’s 1.7GB in size, so if you’re concerned at all about space, you may want to follow these tips to make some room on your iOS device.

Computers used to be all about expandability. Essentially you owned a box that could be tailored to your needs as your requirements evolved. A popular upgrade path was storage, adding new hard drives as your files grew in size and number. But with Apple’s touchscreen revolution, everything changed.

The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are more like appliances than ‘traditional’ computers – they’re sealed boxes that forever remain as they were the moment you purchased them. You can no more extend their storage capabilities than you can add a new compartment to your fridge-freezer.

A quick look at Apple’s modern hardware suggests its entire line-up is heading in the same direction, but iOS devices are more restricted than Apple’s desktops and notebooks. After all, if you need more storage for a MacBook Air, you at least have the option of offloading large documents to an external hard drive (and, of course, then sensibly backing up that data along with the internal drive’s, either locally or to an online service such as CrashPlan).

But iOS devices aren’t designed that way. They don’t have a USB port or a user-accessible file structure. The intention is that you store everything on the device itself (well, almost everything – services like iTunes Match enable you to grab your music from the cloud).

Therefore, an important tip when it comes to better iOS device storage and management comes at the moment of purchase: buy the model with the most storage that you can afford, unless you’re absolutely convinced you won’t need it.

Even then, reconsider; be mindful that as technology evolves, demands for storage increase. Retina screens require larger applications, and iOS cameras can shoot HD video, which requires a huge amount of space.

Also, demands on iOS devices are increasing purely on the basis of what they can now do. People frequently shoot and edit video, work with photography, read magazines and compose music on iPads and iPhones. All these things require lots of storage.

If your device gets really full, it alerts you. Also, things stop working. You won’t be able to install new apps or shoot video new footage. You may find that updating apps becomes problematic, because the device doesn’t have enough space to download, unpack and install updates before deleting older versions.

We offer advice for dealing with such a situation, along with managing iOS storage in general. Note that this isn’t intended as a start-to-finish walkthrough, more a series of ideas that can be utilised to free up space.

As ever, we should stress the importance of back-ups before making major changes to iOS devices. Even if you’re backing up to iCloud, make the occasional local back-up (select your device in iTunes and click ‘Back Up Now’ on the Summary page).

Local backups are also useful when it comes to dealing with app data, because you can later use iExplorer to fish out settings and other documents from such a backup, even if those things have long been removed from your device. Also ensure before making any major changes in terms of deleting content that you don’t only have said content on your iOS device.

For music, sync your device with iTunes to transfer tracks to your Mac (although you can grab previous purchases from iTunes, if necessary). For photos and movies, transfer them across by attaching your device to your Mac via USB, launching iPhoto, selecting the device and clicking the Import button.

How to manage iOS device storage

1. Check device capacity in iTunes

Device capacity

Although iOS devices no longer require iTunes, Apple’s desktop app remains useful from a device management standpoint. Connect your device (via USB or over Wi-Fi) and select it from the Devices button. Across the bottom of the window, you see a chart detailing what’s taking up room: audio, photos, apps, books and ‘other’.

If storage is an issue, you could free some up. For example, if you’ve lots of music or photos on your device, select the relevant tab, uncheck the sync box and then sync your device. The relevant media is removed. You can then perform updates and manage your apps, perhaps free up more space, and later restore your media by resyncing it.

Occasionally, you might find the ‘other’ section becomes massive. In our experience, this is usually down to you having a lot of in-app data (see Step 3) or failed app updates, which can happen on trying to update without enough free space. Resyncing should help; if not, a restore from a local backup.

2. Discover app sizes

App sizes

Apps can be massive. Sizes are shown in iTunes and the App Store, but that’s the size of the compressed download. Once installed, an app’s size can balloon.

In iTunes, check app sizes by clicking on the Apps tab and selecting Sort by Size from the pop-up menu at the top of the apps list. Peruse the list, and if there are apps or games you no longer use, consider deleting them. You can do so by clicking Remove in iTunes; when you’ve done so for all apps you’d like to delete, click Sync.

Alternatively, tap-hold an app on your device to make all the icons jiggle and, for each, tap the cross icon and then ‘Delete’ to remove it.

3. Examine app data

iPad memory

Open the Settings app on your device and in the General category, select Usage. You see available and used storage and a list of apps. These are ordered by the total amount of space they require, including app data.

Newsstand and similar apps tend to be storage-hungry. Their containers might be small, but the actual magazines rarely are. If you want to see how much space an app’s data is using, tap the app in the list and look at the Documents & Data figure.

If you’ve several such apps taking up loads of room you need, consider deleting data. For example, if you subscribe to magazines, delete old issues from within each app. You can usually redownload issues later if you need to. If you fancy taking a speedy option and don’t have a capped broadband connection, deleting a Newsstand app takes all its data with it. You can then download a fresh copy from the App Store and the latest issue.

Magazine and book apps aren’t the only storage culprits, note. Dropbox can (optionally) store documents locally (by flagging them as favourites) and some video apps have download capability, so check those too.

4. Back-up app content

Should you no longer use a game or creative app, but think you might one day return to it, download its data to your Mac using the free version of iExplorer (macroplant.com/iexplorer).

Connect your device to your Mac via USB, select Apps from iExplorer’s sidebar and select the app in question. Select the Documents and Library folders, Ctrl-click and select Export to Folder. (Alternatively drag them to a Finder folder.)

The contents of these folders can later be sideloaded into a fresh install of the app, meaning you won’t lose your progress in a game that doesn’t support iCloud, or could get saved compositions from a music-app back to your device with a minimum of fuss.

5. Use last-chance folders

If you tend to frequently download new apps, chances are some fall out of favour, but you might not necessarily know which. Create date-based folders (07-2013, say) and place apps within that you don’t think you use any more. If you find yourself using one, ‘rescue’ it from the folder. Otherwise, delete the folder’s contents after a few months, first backing up app data as necessary.

(Note: if you don’t download apps to iTunes on your Mac, sync with it before deleting the apps, so you’ve a back-up you can later install to your device. You can of course redownload apps from the App Store, but only if they are still made available to you.)

This is a fairly ruthless app-management method, but it’s useful for keeping installs current and ensuring you have space.

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Eben Upton, founder and CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is trying to illustrate how huge the Raspberry Pi phenomenon has become:  “In 2011 I had a spreadsheet that told me where every single Raspberry Pi prototype was (there were 50). Fast forward to 2017, we’ve sold nearly 15 million units and we’ve a guy in Japan using one to sort cucumbers!” 

He is referring to his favourite project in which a Japanese man has used a Raspberry Pi to categorize cucumbers on his parent’s farm. 

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the original Raspberry Pi launch, and the cucumber anecdote provides an interesting indication of how far the Foundation and its product (a credit card sized microcomputer designed to inspire the next generation of coders) has come. 

What started as a recruitment drive for the Computer Science department at Cambridge University rapidly became a movement that has helped the world fall in love with the subject. 

The Raspberry Pi Foundation was born out of a problem. In the mid 2000s Eben was the Director of Studies in Computer Science at St John’s College Cambridge and, in his own words, “the number of people applying to study here had collapsed”. 

“We need to make the Raspberry Pi a little bit simpler to use.”

Eben Upton

In the 1980s Cambridge’s course attracted 600 applicants annually but by the early 2000s that number was down to 200 and that drop convinced many that the dwindling interest must be addressed. The Foundation also had concerns about the profession’s male dominated nature (“our industry has a diversity problem”) and recognised inspiring kids with a fun product for all might go some way in rectifying the gender divide. 

These concerns resulted in the 2009 formation of the Raspberry Pi Foundation whose aim was “to develop and market a $25 microcomputer for education” and in 2012 that microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B, went on sale (‘Raspberry’ to follow in tradition of fruit named computers, and ‘Pi’ because it promotes the programming language Python). 

500,000 units a month

Before launch the Foundation “had a very parochial view of what success might be, we were just interested in getting a few more applications to Cambridge”. But when the 29th February 2012 arrived (launch day) and online retailers repeatedly crashed under the weight of orders it became clear the Foundation was onto something. The figures are stunning. A million units sold in the first year, in a good month the factory (Sony’s Pencoed facility in South Wales) churns out 500,000 of the hero product (the Pi 3) and there’s a good chance they’ll shift six million units in 2017 alone.

So why the success? Eben puts it down to giving kids control: “when you’re a young person you don’t have an enormous amount of power”. But give a child Lego, Minecraft or a one of the six Raspberry Pi models on sale (the most expensive of which is only £32.98/AUD $67.95/USD $35) and the creative possibilities prove irresistible.

The community of dedicated hobbyists and enthusiasts has also been crucial to its success, and Eben points out that “we’ve been a community a lot longer than we’ve been a product company”. In 2011 development of the first Raspberry Pi was broadcast across the company’s website and social media channels, and a following quickly grew. 

Astro Pi

Since then the community has been wowing the internet with their commitment to producing projects that include everything from an artificial pancreas to a missile system that shoots foam darts at underperforming colleagues. Two Raspberry Pi (called Astro Pi) even spent some time on the International Space Station with Major Tim Peake in 2016. 

If the community, the Foundation’s lifeblood, is a success it is because it’s carefully moderated and curated online. It is “a community where there are no stupid questions”. As a result there is a culture of learning that encourages inclusion, and this has helped the community boom.

“So far, 40% of kids involved are girls.”

Eben Upton

Perhaps most pleasingly for the Foundation (and the other institutions involved in the computer science revival in Cambridge’s ‘Silicon Fen’) applications to study the subject have recovered significantly, and today the university receives around 800 applications each year to learn at the faculty. 

Accolades have joined the stella sales, and in June 2017 the Foundation was awarded Britain’s top engineering prize, the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, and the Raspberry Pi overtook the Commodore 64 in sales to become Britain’s best selling computer. The Amstrad Emailer, this is not. 

Making it simpler

So what of the future? In the long term the Foundation will focus on more hardware, but the Pi 3 (launched in 2016) is likely to be a three year product and so the company is currently focusing on the software side of things, with Eben stating that “to achieve the mission for everyone we need to make it (the Raspberry Pi) a little bit simpler to use”. 

Things should be made easier by the charitable work of the Foundation itself. This has numerous organisations focused on getting Raspberry Pi into the hands of the next generation, and teaching them how to use it. 

Among the Foundation’s successes has been a free magazine for teachers called ‘HelloWorld’ and the ‘Picademy’, which teaches educators to make the best of Raspberry Pi in class. 

Perhaps the most successful bit of business has been to increase the reach of the Raspberry Pi by merging the Foundation with Code Club and CoderDojo, two of the “premier international club brands” that introduce children to coding.

Code Club has recently extended its age category to 13 so that secondary schools can take part, and so far 40% of kids involved are girls. In the long term the Foundation is keen to bring its products, and eventually full charitable programs, to the developing world.

It has been a busy five years for the Foundation, the Raspberry Pi and Eben. When I ask what he’d like the microcomputer’s legacy to be, he says that in 30 years if just “one person will look back on Raspberry Pi with the same fondness that I look back on my BBC Micro” he will be a happy man. Given his sales figures I wouldn’t say he has much to worry about. Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi.

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When you’re in the market for a gaming keyboard, why settle for anything less than the best gaming keyboard? That’s the question we asked ourselves as we devised the list that follows, a question that we managed to answer after hours of thorough testing and subsequent reflection.

  • All of these gaming keyboards are compatible with the best laptops

It’s almost always the case that the best gaming keyboards aren’t hindered by the limitations of membrane keyswitches. Instead, with the exception of the hybrid Razer Ornata, every one of our selections is mechanical, whether they use their own switches or those made by Cherry.

Though they change like the seasons, the best gaming keyboards are long-lasting and quick to respond. The tactile key press of a solid mechanical keyboard is incomparably satisfying and, in this list, we’ve highlighted the top 10 of these gaming keyboards to rule them all.

Now that its latest flagship mouse has proved itself as the heir to the G900 Chaos Spectrum’s throne, it’s time to review Logitech’s best gaming keyboard, namely the G413 Carbon. This mechanical monster notably takes advantage of the company’s proprietary Romer-G switches. It also manages a low profile, thanks to its magnesium-alloy frame and virtually silent keys. Then again, if you’re searching for a wireless alternative to the G413, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Read the full review: Logitech G413 Carbon 

Best gaming keyboards

If you’re on the prowl for Razer’s recently announced Basilisk customizable FPS mouse, you’ve come to the right place. Not only does the BlackWidow Chroma V2 carry an equal balance of comfort and performance, but it went a few steps further in the process. Complemented by the fact that Razer has tacked on five macro keys that can be assigned to virtually any in-game action, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 supports 16.8 million colors worth of LED lighting as well.

Read the full review: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2

Highlighting the choice between Cherry MX Red, Blue and Brown key switches, the HyperX Alloy Elite is upheld by a steel frame that makes typing and gaming a breeze. There may not be any customizable macro keys, but this comfy keyboard makes up for this and its comically unwieldy cable by implementing an abundance of media keys and even a quick access button for controlling the brightness of the keyboard backlighting.

Read the full review: HyperX Alloy Elite

Corsair K70

The Realforce RGB is a multi-talented keyboard that feels incredible to type on due in part to its capacitive Topre keyswitches, which offer superior tactile feedback compared to their Cherry MX equivalents. Boasting high-quality PBT keycaps and depth from 1.5mm to 3mm, the Realforce RGB is a hugely versatile keyboard that suits whatever task you’re doing at the time. Yes, even typing since its keyswitch stems are compatible with both Topre and Cherry MX keycaps. 

Like the Corsair K70 Rapidfire before it, the K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming-first mechanical keyboard with plenty of versatility to get the job done, whatever that job may be. It even packs in 8MB of memory dedicated to storing the profiles of its six macro keys. This keyboard is not only backlit by up to 16.8 million colors, but it’s the perfect travel buddy too, made better by its military-grade aluminum finish, including the wrist rest.

Razer Ornata

For too long there’s been a divide between mechanical and membrane keys but now Razer has finally brought the two together with its ‘Mecha-Membrane’ Ornata keyboard. These new switches pull from everything Razer has learned over the years. The result is a grand typing experience with shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Black Widow X Chroma and a loud audible click.

Cherry MX 6.0

Lending it to fast response times, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 is defined by its Cherry MX Red switches, hence the make and model. However, because the keys are positioned fairly close together they’re excellent for typing in addition to gaming. What’s more, housed in an eye-catching aluminum chassis, the MX Board 6.0 certainly doesn’t feel cheap and its blood-red key lighting is deliciously ominous.

Logitech G810

Sporting Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which aren’t quite as squishy as Cherry’s various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. And, with smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and macOS, this board is a solid all-round offering. If you’re fed up with the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing “gamer-focused” keyboards, the G810 might be for you.

M500

Unlike most gaming keyboards in its class, the SteelSeries Apex M500 gets straight to the point, omitting unnecessary additives along the lines of RGB lighting and discrete media controls in favor of a compact design that wastes no space. Although the M500 neglects to let you choose your key switches beyond the standard Cherry MX Reds and Blues, these are damn fine options for a mechanical board in this price range.

Ultor

Because it packs an extremely durable, rugged aluminum body, the Cougar Attack X3 RGB is one of the best gaming keyboards you can buy if you’re on a tight budget. Equipped with Cherry MX switches and RGB  backlighting that can be customized to illuminate up to 16.8 million colors, this keyboard is a steal considering it doesn’t come close to the price of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2. N-Key rollover and a 1,000Hz polling rate are merely a bonus.

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Dell has begun taking pre-orders for its Dell Visor mixed reality headset, one of the most high profile headsets that will be coming to Windows 10, and which supports Microsoft’s mixed reality initiative. The Dell Visor is set to go on sale on October 17, which is the same day that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be made available to download.

In the US, you can pre-order the Dell Visor from the Dell website, and it will cost $349.99. You can also buy the headset with two motion controllers for $449.99, with the controllers being sold as a separate package for $99.99.

In the UK, you can pre-order the Dell Visor from PCWorld, which is sold with the controllers for £429.99.

Sadly, the Dell Visor is not currently available to pre-order in Australia, but we will update this article as soon as it is.

Dell’s mixed reality vision

The Dell Visor features two 1440 × 1440 @90 Hz LCD panels for each eye, with a total resolution of 2880 x 1440, and motion tracking is handled by two outward-facing cameras.

It connects to a PC via HDMI and USB, and so far looks like a more convenient and stylish alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Whether it can handle virtual reality games with the same level of aplomb is yet to be seen.

The Dell Visor joins the likes of the Lenovo ExplorerAcer Mixed Reality Head-Mounted Display and Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset as the first wave of mixed reality headsets coming to Windows 10.

Microsoft is making a big deal of mixed reality support in Windows 10, and with so many big names making their own headsets, it looks like its enthusiasm is shared. We’ll have a full review of the Dell Visor soon.

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Graphics cards (or GPUs) are arguably the most important part of a PC build, demanding an even more conscientious evaluation than finding the best processor. The GPU powering your system will ultimately determine whether it’s robust enough to handle PC games or smoothly stream 4K videos. Unlike processors that can go on for years without an upgrade, GPUs are far fickler and often require replacement every couple of years.

At the same time, though, a hot new graphics card is one of the easiest upgrades to give your PC a significant boost in power. Whether you’re looking for a smoother PC gaming experience or bump up to a high-resolution display, a graphical update might just be what the doctor ordered for your computer.

Best of all, graphics cards saw a renaissance even before the processors wars of today. Nvidia has released its strongest lineup of GPUs with its 10th series Pascal architecture and Radeon RX Vega is a return to form for AMD.

Thanks to the newly-rekindled competitive graphics card market, the best graphics cards aren’t necessarily the most expensive anymore. Instead, they all span a wide range of budgets at reasonable prices depending on what you want to do. For example, some cater toward providing you with sublime value than real-time 4K graphics at 60 frames per second (fps). Whether you’re repping Team Red (AMD) or Team Green (Nvidia), we’ve narrowed our list down to the three top graphics cards for both first-time and veteran PC builders.

As we said above, the best graphics card isn’t necessarily the most expensive. The Nvidia GTX 1060 meets the happiest middle ground of affording Full HD with playable frame rates without blowing up budgets. With a little bit of overclocking, users may even be able to achieve smooth gameplay experiences at a 1440p or even 4K resolution. The only downside of the Nvidia GTX 1060 is it doesn’t support SLI, so users looking to bump up PC’s graphical power will have to buy a new, higher-end card rather than having the option of doubling up on the same part.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

best graphics cards

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti comes closest to dethroning the Titan Xp as the world’s most powerful GPU. It’s wildly more capable than the GTX 1080 proper, thanks to its 11GB of GDDR5X VRAM and dramatically higher CUDA core count. It’s still no match for two GTX 1080s in SLI, but this single card is cheaper and supports a larger pool of games. If you’re looking for a single part to run your games at 4K, the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti is the best graphics card to do it.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

The Nvidia GTX 1080 is the best all-rounder graphics card for gaming we’ve ever tested. While it can make 4K gaming viable, it’s the undisputed master of playing PC games at 1440p and perfect for 1080p setups looking to go well beyond 60fps. Thanks to a recent price drop from Nvidia, it’s also more affordable than ever.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is one of the best value-packed graphics card on the market right now. Benchmarks prove it runs faster than the Nvidia GTX 1070 and, thanks to the Bitcoin mining craze, it’s also cheaper to boot. The Vega 56 is arguably a little bit overkill for Full HD gaming, but that’ll come in handy for 144-to-240hz monitors and future-proofing. Users can also expect a great 1440p experience with this graphics card.

AMD’s flagship Radeon RX Vega graphics card may not have won titles for best for gaming on our list, but it is nevertheless a return to form for the Red Team. After all, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 has proved itself every bit as capable as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, and for a lower price. Sporting 4,096 stream processors, 256 texture units and 8GB of HBM2 memory, this card has the brute computing power for physics-heavy VR gaming now and into the future. If nothing else, this is the AMD card to rule them all.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

The Nvidia GTX 1050 might not look like much on paper, what with only 2GB of video memory onboard, but this affordable GPU plays games better than you would think. If you’re willing to drop settings to medium, you can play Overwatch, CS:GO and other popular competitive shooters well above the silky smooth 60fps mark. Thanks to its compact size, it’s also perfect for small builds and entertainment center-bound streaming PCs.

eSports games often demand high frame rates over beautifully rendered graphical details, and this is where the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti comes into its own. It’s an affordable but potent graphics card that can play most eSports games well above 60fps. It’s a tad more expensive than its lower-end Nvidia GTX 1050 brethren, but you’ll appreciate the extra legs on this card to play future eSports titles as well as the odd AAA game.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

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Dell has just released a new all-in-one desktop series in India and the company claims it to be the world’s most powerful all-in-one workstation. Named as the Precision 5720, the desktop comes with flagship grade specifications and aimed to cater the needs of professional users. The latest desktop line-up offers dedicated VR (Virtual Reality) support at a decent price point.

Dell Precision 5720 All-in-One Specifications

The Dell Precision 5720 features a massive 27-inch 4K Ultra HD display with optional touch support. Under the hood, you may choose between 7th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 or 6th generation Intel Xeon processors. Coming to the graphics, the company wants is offering a 4 GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro WX 4150 or an 8 GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 GPU. Needless to say, with this kind of specs the Precision 5720 shall never run out of breath.

Talking of the memory, the brand new desktop can load up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz. For storage, you can pick a 7200rpm hard drive or a flashy SSD. Dell’s latest desktop comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro 64 bit operating system. The Precision 5720 can support as many as 3 additional 4K screens with 60 Hz refresh rate or an extra 5K monitor at 60 Hz and one 4K display at 60 Hz.

The Dell Precision 5720 All-in-One comes with an array of connectivity options like a M.2 slot for SSD, two 2.5-inch SATA slots for the conventional HDD, USB 3.0 port, SD-card reader, 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI ports, DisplayPort 1.2, Thunderbolt 3 port, USB Type-C port, 1 Gbps RJ45 LAN port, etc. The brand new desktop also features a 10-speaker sound system powered by dynamic amplifiers capable of 50W/channel.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Indrajit Belgundi, General Manager, Client Solutions Group, Dell, India said, “At Dell, we are committed to constantly revolutionizing our technology to deliver the best products and services, in line with the evolution of customer needs. The launch of the Precision 5720 All-in-One is a testimony to our belief in the legacy of Dell’s Precision range, which offers the best-in-class experience for creative minds to bring their ideas to life. We are proud to offer the world’s first VR capable AIO supporting professional graphics and staying true to Precision’s legacy of powering some of the greatest projects, for customers who depend on quality design for success – and what better time to do this than the 20th anniversary of the product line.”

Dell Precision 5720 All-in-One availability and pricing

The Dell Precision 5270 all-in-one is already available for purchase from the Dell India’s official website. The enterprise-grade desktops start a price of Rs. 1,09,000 in the country.

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Lenovo wants to help professionals get more done in less time with the announcement of two new workstations from its ThinkStation line, which coincided with that of archrival HP new Z-class workstations.

The ThinkStation P920 and the ThinkStation P720 offer a significant performance increase with up to 43 per cent faster performance than its previous models or its competitor’s workstations.

According to Lenovo, the new ThinkStation models come equipped with Intel’s latest Xeon processors with speeds up to 3.6 GHz, increased 6-channel memory for workloads with heavy computational needs, faster memory speeds and support for up to 28 cores per CPU, full RAID support for NVMe drives and the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics.

 

Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, Trish Damkroger highlighted how Lenovo partnered with Intel to provide the best possible computing experience for professionals, saying:

“Intel worked closely with Lenovo to bring our newest Intel Xeon processor technology to the Thinkstation P series workstations, and deliver the performance, reliability and optimized acceleration that Lenovo’s clients need.  Our latest silicon technologies, combined with Lenovo’s innovations in the powerful new ThinkStation P920 and P720, offers a new level of performance for professional users across a broad range of industries.”

Both the Thinkstation P920 and P720 will be available from Lenovo in late October.

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HP Inc. highlighted its new premium, collaboration and immersive solutions designed for today’s ever growing mobile workforce at its global partner conference, HP Reinvent.

Notions regarding where work happens are changing rapidly with new research revealing that 54 per cent of work is now being down outside of the office and over the next two years home office hours are expected to increase by 150 per cent.  

Millennials are also unsatisfied with the current collaboration solutions available and HP has decided to dedicate its efforts to ensuring the next generation of the workforce can be productive, collaborative and secure whether they are working from home or on the road.

The vice president of Business Personal Systems EMEA at HP Inc., Benoit Bonnafy highlighted the company’s efforts at enabling employees to work from anywhere, saying:

“As traditional boundaries between work and life go away, HP is focused on designing customer experiences that allow users to seamlessly transition between the two. With new collaboration solutions and the latest Elite 1000 series, devices are engineered to deliver breakthrough thin and light design, best-in-class performance, industry-leading security and manageability, and experiences for improved collaboration that adapts to the work style and lifestyle of each user.”

 

HP’s new Elite 1000 Series has been optimized for both collaboration and connectivity with a number of new features including built-in collaboration keys to easily manage calls, Skype for Business certifications, Audio by Ban & Olufsen, HP Audio Boost and HP Noise Cancellation.  

The HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 is the world’s thinnest convertible which features five different modes as well as ink capabilities to help users maximise productivity while the HP EliteBook 1040 G4 is the most powerful ultra slim 14-inch business notebook designed to manage even the most demanding tasks.  The company also announced the HP EliteOne 1000 AiO which is the world’s first all-in-one designed specifically for collaboration.

The future of work is rapidly changing and HP’s new solutions will allow mobile professionals to be at their most productive wherever they happen to find their inspiration.

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