Conventional wisdom has long held that when you buy a laptop PC, you're sacrificing power for portability. The idea is that you pay a premium for miniaturization of the key components, like the GPU, CPU, and storage, but that in that process you lose a lot of performance power. This is still largely the case, but the gulf between laptops and desktops is shrinking all the time as manufacturers find ways to incorporate more powerful parts into smaller form factors without generating untenable amounts of heat or noise. In part this is due to shrinking dies in chip manufacturing, which generally increase energy efficiency. Requiring less voltage to power a component means generating less heat, which in turn means you need less noisy fans in a machine to keep it properly cooled and ventilated. That said, we certainly haven't reached parity, either in performance or pricing. But how close are we? Is there still a strong case to be made for a traditional desktop PC in the age of … [Read more...] about Laptops vs. desktops: how much does portability cost, and which manufacturers are providing the best value?
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Amazon's Spring Sale continues, bringing with it an incredible number of deals on PC hardware, TVs, monitors and peripherals - plus extra discounts on used items offered via Amazon's Warehouse Deals. That's right up our alley, so we've combed through the sales to find you the best deals on tech that's actually worth buying. Here are the highlights thus far. It's Day 2! We've removed the expired deals and added new ones, so take a fresh look! Before we get into specific products, it's worth giving Amazon's Warehouse Deals a mention. The firm is offering an extra 20 per cent off on select used and open box items, which translates into pretty meaty reductions on big-ticket products like monitors, TVs and gaming peripherals. For example, we found a SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headset for £157 (new: £248), a Logitech G703 wireless mouse for £36 (new: £54) and an Xbox One Elite controller for £70 (new £110). Remember, you'll need to select used items and … [Read more...] about Here are the Digital Foundry highlights from Amazon’s Spring Sale, Day 2
By Jamie Wallace Published 17/03/2018 Any week that allows me to talk in any small way about Bob Ross is a good week. Such is the case with this week's deals roundup, where you'll find the man himself along with deals on everything from The Witness on iOS to fancy 4K TVs, with a few choice game discounts along the way. As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started. UK & US Deals Pick up a huge amount of classic Star Wars titles this week with GOG's current batch of sale offers. Everything from Shadows of the Empire to The Force Unleashed is here - but let's face it, you're all here to buy TIE Fighter, right? Star Wars Sale from GOG Green Man Gaming's March Madness sale continues this week, with discounts on BioShock Remastered (£3.30), Killing Floor 2 (£10), Superhot (£10.79) and much more on offer. March Madness sale … [Read more...] about Jelly Deals roundup: PlayStation Plus, Nier Automata, 4K TVs and more