2016 was yet another year that showed PC gaming is, in many ways, on the forefront of gaming. So many of video game's most popular trends — the proliferation of Early Access on consoles (for better or worse), survival game elements in everything, multiplatform mods, esports and virtual reality - all started on PC. Even as it inspired other platforms, PC gaming itself evolved this year, both makng big strides and taking ugly spills.
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Dear Lifehacker, My current desktop is on its last legs and I'm looking at upgrading. I bought it in 2008, so it's definitely time to move on! The problem is I'm on a very tight budget. I was wondering if you had any advice on whether I should upgrade my components in increments, or try to save up and buy the whole thing in one go?
Dear Lifehacker, I am patiently awaiting the release of the Steam Controller for PC gaming and have just found out it runs on AA batteries (how annoying!) I know next to nothing about battery types as this would be the first product I need that requires them. What should I be looking for to maximize my gaming and stop me running to the shops to buy batteries in the fistful?
If you're looking for a computer that can fit anywhere and do almost anything, a small form-factor PC is your best bet. The best ones offer power and portability, make the right compromises, and still come in at a good price. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations and suggestions.
It's well-recognised that notebook sales are now outstripping desktop PCs, but within the notebook category, netbooks are also claiming an increasing chunk of the market.
Desktop sales fell by 23 percent last year across the computer industry. In the U.S., 80 percent of sales went to notebooks. Gizmodo declares the desktop dead, but we're wondering if you see a future for non-mobile systems.
Dear Lifehacker, A combination of dire economic times and a certain level of job dissatisfaction has steered me back towards uni. I'll be starting a course in Tasmania in mid-Feb and I was wondering what systems people were using to get the most out of their study. I'm considering going down the laptop route however feel that there are times where paper will be necessary. Is all electronic the way to go? Unfortunately I didn't buy a tablet and can't see myself getting one in the foreseeable future due to budget restraints. Thanks, Ryan
As my only exposure to universities in recent years has been when attending conferences, I'm definitely opening this one up to the readers, but I will make the following points first:Access to power is your biggest challenge — very few if any lecture rooms have power at every seat, and even libraries are tricky — so maximum battery life is an important consideration. Every time I've tested tablet PCs for note-taking, I've abandoned them. They seem OK for business meetings, but not for lectures where detail is more likely to be important.
Beyond that, though, I'll ask everyone else: have you managed a wholly electronic education?