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Building a Rope and Wood PC

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Despite its popularity as a building material, wood is rarely used in the construction of PC cases. Bucking that trend, DIY Perks built a truly unique computer system from wood, with rope trim. We love how he incorporated the air cooling system as a sculptural design element.

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

It’s a key sequence PC users dread having to use, but the old “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” is still in use today. Nostalgia Nerd looks back at the origin of this key combo which dates back to the 1980s. We’re sure that Apple will profess that their “Command-Option-Esc” key combo is far superior.

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Prestigio Click&Touch Keyboard

Prestigio Click&Touch Keyboard

Tech startup Clevetura is readying an innovative new keyboard which manages to place a capacitive multi-touch trackpad underneath its keys, saving space, while providing a larger tracking area. In addition to pointing, it supports scrolling and pinch-zoom gestures.

Samsung Chromebook Refurb Deal

Looking for a super cheap laptop? For under a hundred bucks, you can grab this refurbished 2012 Samsung Chromebook. It’s got an 11.6″ screen, an Exynos 5 Dual-Core 1.7GHz CPU, and is great for surfing the web, or working with Google’s convenient (and free) office applications.

Editors Keys Shortcut Keyboards

Editors Keys Shortcut Keyboards

Editors Keys makes Mac and Windows keyboards that are premarked with shortcuts for content creation and editing applications such as Final Cut, Photoshop and Ableton Live. They also have keyboard covers for MacBook and Surface Pro systems.

Weird Computers of the 1970s

Weird Computers of the 1970s

The personal computing revolution didn’t reach the masses until the 1980s, but back in the 1970s, a groundswell was forming among hardcore tech nerds. LGR takes a look back at a number of the unusual computer designs that emerged in the years leading up to the PC revolution.

iMac 21.5″ Refurb Deal

Need a second computer, or something for the kid’s room? Drop by The Awesomer Shop for a bargain on a certified refurb 21.5″ iMac. This previous-gen machine has an Intel i3-2100 Dual Core 3.1GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD, and a Radeon HD 6750M GPU. This is the thicker, 2011 model, which means easier repairs and upgrades.

Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 4

The latest iteration of this cheap and tiny computer now has support for two 4K displays via micro-HDMI, Bluetooth 5.0, and a faster CPU than ever. It also packs gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2 ports and 2 USB 3 ports, and up to 4GB of RAM. Initial demand is high, so it might take a while to get one, though.

A History of the Mouse Cursor

A History of the Mouse Cursor

Sound designer Michiel de Boer presents a lesson on origins of the humble mouse cursor, as well as its evolution in both Windows and Mac. Not only did Michiel put the research in, he also has a soothing voice. Plus he made his own versions of the Windows cursors.

Classicbot Plush Computer

Classicbot Plush Computer

Fans of classic Macintosh computers will just love this jumbo-sized plush from Classicbot. Created in collaboration with Dark Label HK, the 19″ tall plush all-in-one computer will look great sitting on your couch, and makes a wonderful snuggle buddy. Drops August 2019.

DIY Folding Desk PC

DIY Folding Desk PC

PCs housed inside desks are nothing new, but they are interesting at best, and tacky at worst. But DIY Perks shows us that it’s possible to make one that’s tasteful and space-saving, while still showing off the computer’s components.

Dierya 60% RGB Keyboard

Dierya 60% RGB Keyboard

An ultra-compact 60% keyboard that features top-end features without breaking the bank. It features 63 anti-ghosting mechanical keys with RGB backlighting, and works with either a wired USB or wireless Bluetooth connection. Available in four different key firmnesses.

bd594: Ice Ice Baby (f/DECtalk)

bd594: Ice Ice Baby (f/DECtalk)

Check out the hook while my robotic DJ revolves it. It’s been a while since we heard from bd594 and his band of misfit computer parts. This time, they’re joined by a DECtalk speech synthesizer to provide a Stephen Hawking-esque take on Vanilla Ice’s vocals.

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2019 Apple Mac Pro

2019 Apple Mac Pro

Apple’s refresh of the Mac Pro brings back its modular and well-ventilated cheese grater design. But the future-proofing doesn’t stop there. It can be maxed out with a 28-core 2.5Ghz Intel Xeon CPU, a whopping 1.5TB of RAM, and up to four GPUs. While you’ve got your credit card out, add on the 32″ 6K Pro Display XDR.

2019 Dell XPS 15

2019 Dell XPS 15

The 2019 Dell XPS 15 (7590) is powered by the new 9th generation Intel CPUs – up to a 5Ghz, 8-core Core i9. It can also be configured with an NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU. Best of all, it can be tricked out with a 4K OLED display. Drops 06/2019.

It Should Be Easy

It Should Be Easy

Anyone who has ever had to take a call from a parent who has managed to screw up their computer will instantly recognize the conversation in Ben Meinhardt’s hilarious animated short. Though we’re pretty sure even the Geek Squad couldn’t fix this problem.

HP Omen X 2S Laptop

HP Omen X 2S Laptop

HP’s upcoming Omen X 2S gaming laptop has a 6″ 60Hz LCD touchscreen above its keyboard. You can use it to magnify and mirror part of the main 15″ screen, have a second application open, use the laptop’s utility app and more. It will be available 07/2019 for $2099+.

Lenovo Folding ThinkPad X1 Laptop

Lenovo Folding ThinkPad X1 Laptop

Lenovo has unveiled a prototype of its folding ThinkPad X1 touchscreen laptop. It has a 13.3″ 2K OLED display, a sturdy hinge, and batteries that are at the “bottom” half so it stays stable in laptop mode. The final version will come with a Wacom stylus and a keyboard when it drops in 2020.

ASUS Zephyrus S GX502

ASUS Zephyrus S GX502

ASUS’ latest Zephyrus S gaming laptop weighs just 4.4lb. It’s 42% lighter and 25% thinner than the average 15″ laptop. Its 15.6″ 1080p 144Hz screen can be upgraded to a 240Hz version. It also has a 9th gen Intel Core i7 and an NVIDIA GTX 2060 or 2070 GPU.

Acer ConceptD 9 Laptop

Acer ConceptD 9 Laptop

The Acer ConceptD 9 laptop is made for creators. It features a Pantone-validated color accurate 4K touchscreen that can be tilted, flipped and flattened, and works with a Wacom pressure-sensitive stylus. The laptop maxes out with a core i9 CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 2080 GPU.

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Cyber Security Certification Bundle

You might know web development or systems administration, but do you know how to harden your systems against hackers and other security threats? Name your price and up your skills with this extensive series of cybersecurity training in The Awesomer Shop.

NexDock 2

NexDock 2

The NexDock 2 works with USB-C smartphones that have a desktop mode, such as the flagship Samsung and Huawei phones, transforming them into laptops. It also has an HDMI input, so you can use it with mini PCs, the Raspberry Pi, or as an external monitor.

2019 Dell XPS 13

2019 Dell XPS 13

The XPS 13 (model 9380) finally addresses the series’ main weakness. The webcam that used to be at the bottom of the screen is now at the top. You still get the revolutionary thin bezels, the carbon fiber interior and the vibrant, HDR-enabled screen.

2019 Apple iMac

2019 Apple iMac

The 21.5″ Retina 4K iMac now has 8th gen quad-core or six-core Intel CPUs and Radeon Pro 555X, 560X, or Vega 20 GPU, while the 27″ Retina 5K iMac now has 9th gen six-core or eight-core Intel CPUs and Radeon Pro 570X, 575X, 580X, or Vega 48 GPU.

Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Training

Want to build your own electronics projects? With this course and hardware combo kit, you’ll get everything you need, including a Raspberry Pi 3B+ computer, 37 sensors, and Raspberry Pi development training. Grab this great deal in The Awesomer Shop.

Understands Computer Stands

Understands Computer Stands

Understands makes wooden stands for all-in-one PCs, monitors and laptops. Each stand is made from locally salvaged wood. Some of the stands offer additional storage as well as cable management. They come in different woods and colors.

Lenovo Yoga A940 PC

Lenovo Yoga A940 PC

Lenovo’s answer to the Surface Studio. Like Microsoft’s offering, the Yoga A940 all-in-one PC has a touchscreen display that tilts to make it easier to touch the 27″ 4K display. It comes with a stylus, a keyboard, and a wireless charging pad. Drops later in 2019 for $2349+.

Zotac Zbox PI225 Mini PC

Zotac Zbox PI225 Mini PC

Looking for an HTPC or ultra compact computer? Check out the latest generation of Zotac’s PI225 Pico PC. It’s just a bit larger than a 2.5″ SSD, has no moving parts and is fanless. It’s powered by a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel N4000 CPU and has two USB-C ports.

LG Gram 17 Laptop

LG Gram 17 Laptop

LG’s latest addition to its lightweight laptop line has a 17″ 2560×1600 screen, despite having the footprint of a 15.6″ laptop. The Gram 17Z990 has thin bezels, 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. It weighs under 3lb. and lasts up to 20h per charge.

2018 Razer Blade Stealth

2018 Razer Blade Stealth

Razer updates its Blade Stealth in terms of both beauty and power. It now has very thin bezels and comes standard with the NVIDIA MX150 4GB GPU, making it suitable for light gaming. It can be configured with a 1080p or a 4K touchscreen display.

SteelSeries QcK Prism Cloth

SteelSeries QcK Prism Cloth

If you liked the idea of SteelSeries’ QcK Prism mouse pad but you think it’s too expensive, check out the company’s new QcK Prism Cloth. It has the same grippy cloth surface as the QcK Prism as well as two programmable LED zones. It’s available in two sizes.

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