PC World (April 2015)

PC World (April 2015)

Language: English

Pages: 156

ISBN: 2:00283611

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

PC World (April 2015)

Language: English

Pages: 156

ISBN: 2:00283611

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


PC World, April 2015

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bricks. HOW I TESTED To make it as even as possible, so I grabbed VLC 2.1.5 for OS X and Windows and used the 1080p Big Buck Bunny .OGG file PCWorld has. You should know that using VLC on Windows hardly favors the platform—in fact, it’s downright mediocre in optimization. Tim Schiesser over at TechSpot has done some great testing on this front (go.pcworld.com/ts), and other individuals have validated his findings. For my tests, I disabled hardware acceleration in VLC on both platforms, as I saw

fill the boxes with info that isn’t right for that context. If your tab crashes, Lazarus will reload all the text that was on the page, which can be a huge time saver for filling out an application or online survey. You’ll know it’s working when the ancient Egyptian symbol appear on the screen. Pushbullet Nothing ties your phone and desktop together quite like Pushbullet (go.pcworld.com/ push). With the Chrome extension you’ll be able to get notifications directed at your phone right in your

many Steam Machines, the SBX can sit both vertically or horizontally. The base version packs an AMD Athlon X4 840 processor, a Radeon R7 250X graphics card with 1GB of onboard  memory, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. A quick word of warning: Steam Machines aren’t due to launch until November, which is eons away in technology time. Expect specific configurations for all these rigs to be slightly different at launch. iBuyPower SBX Alienware’s Steam Machine Alienware’s Steam Machine

(go.pcworld.com/ asm) is available in several configurations, but its base model starts at $480 and bears a striking resemblance to the shockingly good Windowsbased Alpha console Alienware launched last year. Alienware Steam Machine The base system includes a Core i3 processor, a custom 860M-like Nvidia GeForce GPU, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. Beefier variants can be had for more cash, and all systems come with SteamOS and a bundled Steam Controller. CyberPowerPC’s Syber Steam Machines

and a GTX 750, a $1,160 system with a Core i5 paired with a GTX 960, and a $1,300 machine with a Core i5 and a GTX 970. All come with 8GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD, with larger SSDs also available as upgrades. Scan 3XS ST Steam Machine Zotac Steam Machine Zotac’s itty-bitty $1,000 Steam Machine (go.pcworld.com/zo) can fit in your hand, but the tiny box still surges with some big-time gaming power. (It’s also one of the few Steam Machines that doesn’t come in a black box.) When it launches in

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