hardware

Ask LH: Should I Defragment A Hybrid Drive?

Hi Lifehacker, I just bought a new Seagate 1TB SSHD. I’m wondering whether or not this hybrid drive can be defragmented, as I have been seeing some very conflicting answers when Googling.


What Kind Of PCs Will Your Business Buy In 2015?

We live in a world where most employed people own a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that we’re ready to abandon computers in the workplace just yet. What do statistics suggest will be the dominant trends in PC purchases for business this year?


The Temperature Difference Between Stock And Aftermarket CPU Coolers

When you build a PC, your processor usually comes with a small cooler — but people often recommend upgrading to a large aftermarket cooler for cooler, quieter operation. How much does it actually help? The folks at Linus Tech Tips put three coolers to the test to find out.


How To Choose The Best Firmware To Supercharge Your Wi-Fi Router

Installing a custom firmware on your Wi-Fi router is like God Mode for your home network. You can see everything going on, boost your Wi-Fi signal, beef up your security, and even install your own VPN. Still, there are so many options available it can be tough to pick the right one. Here’s what you need to know.


Make Your Own High-End-Looking Speaker Cables On The Cheap

You can spend a lot of money on speaker cables, but there’s no evidence that higher “quality” cables affect the sound enough to justify the price. They do tend to look cooler and last longer, so if you’re just looking for that, Instructables user junits15 shows off how to make your own.


Lifehacker 101: What Are The Benefits Of USB-C?

We’ll first see USB-C on Apple’s upcoming pricey MacBook line, but it won’t be unique to Apple laptops. Just what is USB-C, anyway, and why would we want to use it?


Still No Chromebook Pixel For Australia

Google’s original 2013 Chromebook Pixel — an overpriced folly with a screen that had a resolution too high for Chrome OS to actually use — never scored an official Australian release. Right now, the 2015 update isn’t getting one either.


How Much Australia Tax Will You Pay On The New Apple MacBook?

Apple has announced new ultra-thin port-free 12-inch MacBook models, including a gold variant if you’re feeling particularly luxuriant. How much extra will Australians be paying if they want the new model? Not much, it turns out.


It's Been A Fun Ride, But I'm Done Water-Cooling My PC

For the past three years, I’ve been water cooling my computer for ultra cool, ultra quiet performance. It’s been a fun project, but it’s also been extremely stressful and costly. It’s time to move on.


How Eye Tracking Will Change The Way We Use Computers

Eye tracking devices sound a lot more like expensive pieces of scientific research equipment than joysticks — yet if the latest announcements about the latest Assassin’s Creed game are anything to go by, eye tracking will become a commonplace feature of how we interact with computers, and particularly games.