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If your fancy new monitor supports HDR video, you can get started with the feature in a few simple steps by going to the WIndows 11 settings app.
Windows 11 comes with many great new features, but one that's been a part of Windows for a while is support for high dynamic range (HDR) video. This kind of video quality is more immersive than standard-range videos. Your screen will get much brighter and the content you're watching will come alive when HDR video is playing. However, to enjoy HDR on Windows, you'll need a display that supports it first, and will have to tweak a few settings. Keep in mind, that you will also need a supported app that uses HDR and the video has to be full-screen.
The best new Windows 11 23H2 features detailed during the Microsoft Event are now up for testing in the more stable Release Preview Channel
Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 build 22621.2361 to the Windows Insiders with PCs enrolled in the Release Preview channel running Windows 11 version 22H2. This new build for this channel is one of the most significant ones yet, as it's delivering Copilot, a new File Explorer, and some of the new Windows 11 23H2 features Microsoft talked about during its September 21 special event in New York.
Just purchased a new Steam Deck? There's a wonderful world of gaming awaiting you, and here are some first steps to take.
The Steam Deck is a straightforward device. It's a handheld gaming PC that relies on Steam and Linux, making it basically the Nintendo Switch for PC gaming. But while you can just immediately get to gaming on your shiny new Deck, there are some things you might want to do before, during, and after you buy it to get the most out of it.
We compare the HP Spectre Fold and the ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2, two of the most recent foldable PCs to be released, and help you decide which is better
While the market for foldable PCs is quite niche and isn't as big as the best laptops, they are still quite special. It's why when compared to the best HP laptops, the new HP Spectre Fold is unique since it can be used in three different ways thanks to the massive foldable 17-inch OLED screen. But before that, there was the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2, which stands out from the best tablets on its own due to that foldable form factor.
The new Surface Laptop Studio 2 is Microsoft's most powerful laptop yet, and it is so much better than the original.
Microsoft held its annual Surface event in New York City today, and while there was a heavy focus was on Artifical Intelligence and Windows 11 features like Copilot, the company still had hardware to show that stunned me. No, it's not Surface Laptop Go 3. It's the Surface Laptop Studio 2 that grabbed my attention.
The HP Spectre Fold supports MPP 2.0 pens, so if you're looking for a spare or an alternative, we have a few options here.
One of the things that makes the HP Spectre Fold a great Windows tablet is the fact that it supports pen input. You can use a pen on the large 17-inch OLED screen and draw, take notes, and so much more. The HP Spectre Fold actually includes an HP MPP 2.0 Tilt pen that you can prop to the side of the device to recharge. But if you're fearing that you might lose it, or need something as an alternate, there are plenty of other options available, all of which use the Microsoft Pen Protocol. We have collected eight of our favorites for you right here.
A responsible thing to do after a purchase is to buy protection. We have compiled a list of the best cases for the Surface Laptop Studio.
The Surface Laptop Studio is the perfect Surface for versatility. While it's one of the best Surface PCs, it's also quite unique when you look at it against the best laptops. For instance, you can change the angle of the touch screen to match your gaze, turn it into tablet mode, or even transform it into a Studio device that illustrators and designers, in particular, are going to love.
These eight great cases can protect your Legion Go from damage from the elements and when you're out and about.
The Lenovo Legion Go looks to be yet another solid Steam Deck alternative. Even when compared to something like the Asus ROG Ally, it has more features like detachable controllers. Though you can't purchase one yet, if you have a Lenovo Legion Go on your wishlist, it's never too early to consider buying accessories for it.
Here are all the new Fire TV, Echo, and other products announced during today's Amazon devices event
Amazon launched a new series of products during an event today, covering its Echo, Fire TV range, and more
Amazon hosted its fall devices and Services event today in Virginia, and it took the wraps off a series of new products. That means coming later this year are tons of new Fire TV products, new Echo devices, and even new smart home products like Ring cameras. The event was invite-only, but the company has since shared details on X (formerly known as Twitter), and a dedicated microsite, so if you're preparing your wallet for new smart devices, we have a look at every single product that was announced.
We're expecting Surface Laptop Studio 2, along with other Surface devices and AI innovations
For the first time since 2019, Microsoft is holding an in-person "special event" in New York City. It's set to kick off on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. ET and is widely believed to feature a lot of great new Surface devices. Despite the early-week news that former Windows and Surface chief Panos Panay is leaving Microsoft, you should expect other executives, like Yusuf Mehdi, to shell out details about new laptops and Windows tablets from Microsoft coming this fall, like the Surface Laptop Studio 2, Surface Go 4, and Surface Laptop Go, along with updates on AI features like Bing Chat. There might even be surprises in store.
This glorious monster of a 57-inch monitor is now available for pre-order and is scheduled for launch on October 2nd.
The moment has finally arrived if you're a gamer looking to boost your setup with a fancy but unique new gaming monitor. Samsung has announced that pre-orders for the new 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor are now open. Revealed back in January, this monitor is quite a special one as it's the world's first Dual UHD Gaming Monitor.
Microsoft is planning to focus its September 21 Surface event heavily on Artificial Intelligence on Windows, Surface, and more.
Microsoft's special September 21 event in New York City is now just a day away, but an internal memo sent out to employees at the company has spilled some of the beans on what you might expect. It is shaping up to be an event that will focus heavily on the power of AI in many Microsoft products, including Surface, Microsoft 365, and Windows.
The HP Spectre Fold is one of the newest, most unique foldable Windows 11-powered PCs
You might have already heard of foldable phones, but what about foldable laptops? While there are already Windows 11-powered, foldable devices like the ThinkPad X1 Fold and the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED, a newcomer to this emerging form factor is the HP Spectre Fold. This 17-inch foldable Windows 11 tablet features an OLED screen with a built-in kickstand. It's essentially a 3-in-1 PC since you can use it as a tablet, a laptop, and even a desktop, thanks to the huge 17-inch screen. So, if you have it on your wishlist, here's everything you need to know.
Here are the best places to buy the MacBook Air M2, if you're shopping for a new Mac for work, school, or business.
The new 15-inch MacBook Air, along with the macOS Sonoma update are welcome additions to the Mac lineup. The Mac packs the latest M2 chip and a bigger 15-inch screen. Not much has changed on the 15-inch model other than the screen size, but you should now be able to multitask more than you could on a MacBook Air with a 13-inch screen.
From gaming, productivity, and portable displays, these are the best deals on monitors that are on sale ahead of Prime Day in October
Amazon Prime Big Deal Days is coming up again in October, just a few months after a hot summer Prime Day extravaganza. The date isn't known yet, but this is actually the second time Amazon is having a retail sales event in the year, and the third time Amazon is hosting one in October. Last year's was simply "Prime Early Access Sale." Now, October is still a month away, but there are still some great deals floating around. Amazon and other retailers like Best Buy are still cutting prices on monitors to levels close to what you'd see at the end of the year during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The paint app in Windows 11 is getting a bit more sophisticated, as Microsoft appears to be testing a new layers feature that you'd get in Photoshop
The Windows 11 Paint app is moving closer to replacing Photoshop for your photo editing needs. Microsoft is apparently testing a new layers feature in the Paint app, letting you use the app as an actual canvas for all your creation needs. The feature is currently rolling out to Dev and Canary Channel Windows Insiders.
If you're a PC gamer, casual, or serious, there are a few settings you can change in Windows 11 to ensure your PC is optimized for gaming.
Windows 11 is a great operating system for productivity, thanks to features like Snap Layouts, Android apps, and WSL. The best laptops and desktop computers out there let you do all kinds of work with Windows 11. But if it's gaming that you're planning on doing, then we have some suggestions for how you can make your PC even better. You can turn on Windows 11's dedicated Game Mode to optimize performance for digital gaming, tweak Windows 11's security measures to free up your CPU and RAM for gaming, and so much more.
Any of these six cases can provide basic protection for your HP Dragonfly G4 from common damage like scrapes and bumps.
A laptop like the HP Dragonfly G4 deserves some excellent protection. You won't want your excellent business laptop to get damaged when you take it with you on the go. That's why we suggest a great case to provide basic protection against bumps and scratches that might happen when you slip your laptop into a bag or protect it in the event of drops or even water splashes.
Did you buy a new Surface Laptop 5? Check out these top accessories for your new Surface device from cases to pens and more!
The Surface Laptop 5 is an excellent flagship laptop from Microsoft. In our review, we found it offered more power, and we enjoyed the fresh color options. But, like when you buy any of the best laptops, no Surface Laptop 5 purchase is complete without accessories, which is why we put together this guide for the best accessories for the device. We looked at monitors, GPU enclosures, docks, mice, and more to determine our top picks. Whether you want to take your Surface Laptop 5 on the go or just want to add more to your desk setup, there's something that can enhance that experience.
The Apple Watch Series 9 comes in different colors depending on which type of casing you choose
Shopping around for the new Apple Watch Series 9? This excellent smartwatch comes with features like a brighter screen and a faster chip under the hood. And like many of Apple's latest products, it comes in a variety of color options, depending on the type of casing you choose. You can get either an aluminum case with a matte finish with an Ion-X strengthened display or a stainless steel one that's polished and has a more durable sapphire crystal display. The bands also come in multiple color options, too, but we have you covered with a look at all your options.