What Is an Ortholinear Keyboard, and Should You Use One?

If you’ve been hanging out on the corners of the internet that are obsessed with all things mechanical keyboard, you may have noticed some odd-looking designs: little rectangular boards with square keys in perfectly straight rows and columns. These are ortholinear keyboards, an interesting fad among the enthusiast crowd. What’s the deal? Let me explain for you.

Stadia Needed a “Killer App” Game—Now It’s Probably Never Getting One

Yesterday Google announced that it was shutting down Stadia Games and Entertainment, the in-house publisher and developer it had created to bring first-party games to Stadia. In the post it said that it was focusing its investment on Stadia’s platform and technology, not original content. A sentence or two later, it said high-profile hire Jade Raymond was leaving, too.

How Many Monitors Do You Need?

Multiple monitors are a popular way to boost your productivity. But how many is enough … or as it might be, too much? The answer is going to change based on a lot of factors. Your work or play style, your comfort level, your budget, and not least, your taste. There isn’t just one solution.

No Such Thing as Endgame: Searching for a “Perfect” Keyboard

I jumped on the mechanical keyboard bandwagon the way a lot of people do, with a discounted Razer Blackwidow. That was six years ago. I honestly can’t tell you how many keyboards I’ve bought and built since then, because a lot of them have been deconstructed, “cannibalized” for parts to put into other keyboards. Because I am on a hunt.

Have Video Games Gotten Too Ambitious?

The last console generation was marked by a push for ever “bigger” games. Bigger worlds, more complex systems, bigger multiplayer arenas, and of course, better and better graphics. But recent events have shown that there’s a point of diminishing returns when you widen the scope of development. Have we passed that point already?

What’s the Least You Should Spend on a Smartphone?

When I tell people my job, I’m often asked, “what’s the least I should spend on a new phone?” The answer, if an admittedly pithy one, is “whatever your budget can afford.” With smartphones as with everything else, if you spend more, you get more. But if all you can afford is a $150 phone, then get a $150 phone.

Video Games I’d Rather Read About Than Play

Video games are a pretty big part of my life. I try to give most genres, if not individual games, a go. Some of them I can’t stand playing … but I still very much want to experience. It’s an interesting dichotomy: Games aren’t like movies, and you can’t sum up the whole in a couple of hours. So, reading it is.

What Is ‘Genshin Impact’ and Is It Really Free to Play?

Genshin Impact was a surprise hit this year, offering an appealing world and fun gameplay while being free to play. Many people jumped at the chance to enjoy this new title, but if you’ve held off or just recently heard of it, let’s go over the basics of what Genshin Impact is—and if it’s as free to play as it claims.

The Best PC Games of 2020 (That Don’t Need a Graphics Card)

2020 has been … a lot. Despite the release of some fantastic new PC gaming hardware, no one could blame you if you want to skip a new GPU or high-powered laptop this year. But that’s okay: Some of the very best games released on the PC this year don’t need any discrete graphics card at all, and they’re playable even on older or low-power machines. Here are our favorites from 2020, ready to delight you on almost any Windows (and for some games, MacOS) machine.

Why Windows 10 Users Should Buy Android Phones, Not iPhones

We tend to think of Windows as an agnostic operating system. It works with just about any device that you buy, regardless of that device’s branding. But when it comes to smartphones, your Windows 10 PC is all about Android. In fact, Windows users should skip the iPhone and stick with Android for perks like desktop texting, wireless file transfer, and superb Office 365 integration.
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