What is a VR-Ready Laptop?

As if there weren’t already a ton of choices that have to be made when buying a new gaming laptop or computer, another one has been added to the mix: virtual reality. Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are designed to create immersive experiences that truly wow the user through 360-degree games and videos. But in order to get the smooth, fascinating experience that you expect, you need some pretty decent hardware. VR-ready computers are those that are built specifically for use with virtual reality headsets. If you want to get more into this hobby,…

3 Practical Reasons to Spend More on Your PC

There are some things in life that you can afford to spend a bit more on, and computers are one of them. Sales figures over the last 5-6 years show that people are spending an average of $600 on their new laptops. This means that some people spend more, but some spend less. For under $600, you’re much more limited on what you can get. Machines such as Chromebooks, low-end Ultrabooks and multimedia laptops tend to fall in this category. While they are certainly adequate for basic computer tasks, they are just that. Here are three reasons why you might…

Desktop vs Mobile Processors – What’s the Difference?

Like most compute tech, processors come in essentially two classes – mobile and desktop. Mobile processors, whether they be for laptops, smartphones, or IOT devices, are generally designed for efficiency first and performance second. Desktop processors being less limited by thermals and not at all by potential battery life, are by far the performance champs and will on average have more cache, higher stock and Turbo speeds, and higher TDP (Thermal Design Power). So is a mobile i7 not the same as a desktop i7? No, not really. Even though both desktop and mobile processors can share the same i7…

Water Cooling vs Air Cooling

  If you’re shopping for a custom gaming, workstation, or enthusiast PC, you’re probably at least considering investing in water cooling. But is it really worth the extra expense? Is water cooling really better than air cooling? Let’s go over some of the advantages of water cooling vs air cooling and discuss which solution is best for what type of user. So what is water cooling anyway? Water cooling is the practice of using a liquid powered cooler – very similar to a car radiator – which takes advantage of the superior thermal properties of water to dissipate heat from…