Advertisement In this day and age, it doesn’t really matter which browser you use. They all get the job done and none of them are world-endingly bad. There’s only one real reason to pick one over another: the little nuances are more in line with how you like to browse the web.I personally have every major browser installed on my system — the needs of my job require it. But if I wasn’t burdened by that, I can confidently say that I’d be an Opera man. Despite using Chrome for the past eight months, I recently switched back to Opera, and here are my reasons why.1. Opera Is Faster and More ResponsiveLots of users hold Chrome up as the gold standard for browser performance. I won’t deny that: Chrome is certainly fast! But having used the browser on all kinds of devices — a four-year-old laptop, a two-year-old PC, a brand new iMac, and an upper-class Chromebook — Chrome is surprisingly underwhelming.I know all about browser benchmarks. In … [Read more...] about I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back
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Acer Aspire Switch 10 E Score Details “Acer cuts too many corners with the Switch 10 to make it a competitive budget laptop.” Affordable Quiet operation Solid battery life Poor performance Awkward design Far too much bloatware For the last few years, manufacturers have been chasing the dream of an affordable laptop that converts into a tablet at a moment’s notice. A lot of these systems have unforgivable design flaws or drastic price and performance compromises, which has left us pessimistic there’s a system that comes anywhere close to that goal. Acer’s Switch 10 E marries a compact, versatile design with improved storage and a super low price point. Under the hood, the Acer Switch 10 E is strikingly similar to the Intel Compute Stick. It carries the same Intel Atom Z3735F, a quad-core chip with a base clock of 1.3GHz, backed by just 2 gigabytes of RAM. For storage, the Acer 10 has a 64GB internal SSD, … [Read more...] about Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review
If there’s one area where smartphones have really improved over the last couple of years, it’s photography. Google’s Pixel 2 was our reigning champion in the best camera phone category, so it’s not surprising that the device that knocked it out of the top spot was its successor, the Pixel 3. Anyone lucky enough to have a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL has access to the pinnacle of Google’s camera know-how, and can look forward to wonderful photos that will capture precious memories for posterity. But it never hurts to know more, which is why we’ve crafted this hands-on guide to help you get the best from the Pixel 3 camera. Camera specs If you’re concerned that the bigger, more expensive Pixel 3 XL might be more capable in the camera department, you needn’t be. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL have identical cameras front and back, so everything we discuss here applies to both smartphones. The main camera features a single lens rated at 12.2 megapixels. … [Read more...] about Pixel 3: How to take great photos with the best camera phone around
Picking the Right Apple Apple recently pared down and tweaked its laptop line, knocking off one popular model family (the straight-up MacBook), simplifying the entry-level model (the MacBook Air), and upping the screen size of its power machine (the larger of the MacBook Pros). That's made buying a new Mac laptop easier in some respects, and more challenging in others. From the powerful MacBook Pro, available in multiple screen sizes, to the slim, efficient MacBook Air, your family choices have been reduced to two (unless you go looking at refurbished, used, or older-gen Mac models). With similar specs and exterior styling across both the Air and the Pro, deciding which one is best for you largely comes down to which size screen you need and how much processing power your typical computing tasks require. Picking between the two families is the easy part. Getting down to the nitty gritty within each family is trickier, though. We'll walk you through all of your MacBook options to help … [Read more...] about MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: Which Should You Buy?
Toshiba Satellite Radius 14 Score Details “For what you pay for it, the Toshiba Radius 14 is hard to beat.” Solid build quality Good processor performance Quiet, cool operation Very reasonably priced Screen is low-res and too reflective Mechanical hard drive Short battery life Windows convertibles have a price problem. While the average price of a new notebook is $600, it’s difficult to find a 2-in-1 that sells for less than $800. Well, actually, they can be found – but usually just with an Intel Braswell based processor, such the Atom or entry-level Celeron lines (the recently reviewed Acer Switch 10 E is one example). These are much slower than the Core processors most people are familiar with, and for the most part aren’t what users want in a Windows PC. Enter Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 14. While far from the most lavishly equipped system we’ve reviewed, it did arrive at the Digital … [Read more...] about Toshiba Satellite Radius 14 review