Dear Lifehacker, I'm in the market for a new computer. My friend says it's cheaper to build one myself, but it looks like I can get a cheaper computer from Dell or Asus. I'm not afraid of building, but I'd rather not spend extra if I don't have to. Which will actually save me money?
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DIY isn't always the easiest way to do something, but it's usually the most informative and educational one. This week, let's check out some great DIY tech projects that will teach you a ton about the tools you probably use every day — and protect your privacy and give you control over your own data in the process.
Gunnar Optiks and Uvex computer glasses both promise to reduce eye strain, prevent computer-related headaches, and be comfortable to wear for long periods of time. But Uvex's basic frames, while not even remotely as visually appealing as the Gunnar line, are a fraction of the cost. Let's see who is victorious in this battle between beauty and the beast.
Assuming you don't work in a datacenter, it's not as common as it once was to have multiple computers at one desk — and even if you do, many displays support multiple inputs, and apps like Synergy control several computers with one keyboard and mouse. So: Do you use a KVM anymore, or is it outdated tech?
The variety of ways people have found to cram the palm-sized Raspberry Pi computer inside a handheld device are some of my favourite Pi projects. But those projects are usually expensive, and some even require a 3D printer. The PocketC.H.I.P. isn't nearly as powerful as a Pi, but it's still the handheld machine I've wanted for a long time. Plus, it's just $US50 ($67).
Looking to upgrade your computer with a graphics card that can handle VR, or you're looking to build a PC on the cheap for gaming at 1080p with a bit of dabbling at 1440p resolutions? That's the crowd AMD is trying to hit with their new Radeon RX 480, and it manages to do so admirably.
But just like games, you'll want to make sure you get the best possible deal. So to help you out, here's a list of some of the cheapest RX 480s in the country.
The history of technology is littered with discontinued products that failed to enter the mainstream — from unsupported home entertainment platforms to computing systems that were beyond their time. Despite ending up in discount bins at the time of release, these gadgets can now command top dollar on eBay and the like. This infographic looks at 12 dead and largely forgotten tech products that regularly sell for hundreds of dollars online.
We've seen a few different builds for VR-ready gaming rigs, but if you're curious what some pros are planning on using, Tested partnered with Loyd Case to put together their VR testing PC for about $1700.
Dear Lifehacker, I'm an iPhone-loving mum who is looking to buy a desktop computer to store the bazillion photos I have of my kids. I'd like a machine that has longevity, reliability and one that's fast for internet and email. Is a Mac going to be my best choice since the iPhone to Mac transfer is pretty simple or is spending the extra hundreds not worth it for me? I'm hopeless with technology, so any advice would be appreciated!
Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be daunting the first time around. Over the next few days, we'll be taking you through the buying, building and installation process step-by-step. Today, we're going to start with a little computer hardware basics.