One of the most frustrating issues you can encounter with a device, usually your computer, is when it starts doing something it never did before. Typically, this is something you didn’t want it to do: It takes 15 more seconds to boot, it’s emitting some strange noise, or it is unable to launch the application you’ve been using for the last three months. Weird things like that. To add to the pile, Lifehacker reader Melissa emailed us this perplexing problem: I’ve had my laptop for about 5 years. It’s an ASUS, running Windows 10, antivirus ESET, use Chrome as primary browser. I have always had the settings set to sleep (or hibernate? It’s interchangeable to me) when I step away. I don’t use the laptop in public, so there are no privacy settings needed other than my passcode. I go to work, it sleeps. I come home and hit the spacebar or power button, it picks up browsing the internet right where I left off. In the last month or 2, this … [Read more...] about Why Does My Laptop Shut Down Instead of Going to Sleep?
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Buying a laptop is one of the most complicated purchases one can make. And one of our readers, Matthew, needs your help in choosing the right gaming laptop for him. I really want to get a new gaming laptop. I need a laptop because I spend a lot of time in and out of the hospital. Or I put it in different rooms. Portability is nice, but it doesn’t have to be crazy light, I like the Surface Book 2 but it seems like the specs aren’t worth the money, so I’ve been eyeing an MSI GS65. Advertisement So, Buy Committee (that’s you), scroll down to the comments to share your experiences with your gaming laptops. Help Matthew decide which model he should buy. There hasn’t been a better time to shop for a gaming laptop than right now. In case you haven’t been paying attention, these portable gaming rigs are experiencing a sort of r Advertisement I, for one, am a big fan of Alienware and Razer laptops. I think they have some of the coolest … [Read more...] about Buy Committee: Which Gaming Laptop Should I Buy?
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It’s that time of year when Intel, the largest maker of laptop and desktop processors in the world, announces the guts of your future PC. These CPUs are always a little faster and a a little more battery efficient. This year Intel is launching it’s latest processor on the same day as the first major solar eclipse in North America in four decades. Kaby Lake R is the 8th generation Core processor from Intel. It’s fast, efficient, and it’s going to be coming to a lot of very thin laptops later this year. This is the third iteration of the Skylake microarchitecture Intel introduced back in 2015. It is still a 14 nanometers, and as with its predecessors, Skylake and Kaby Lake, Kaby Lake R is still focused on speed and battery life improvements. Yet, while Intel’s claiming big gains in both those areas, Kaby Lake R isn’t a major headline grabbing processor family like Skylake, or AMD’s new Ryzen were. It’s just...faster. Advertisement How … [Read more...] about Intel’s New Kaby Lake R Processors: What You Need to Know
With millions of tons of electronics being thrown away each year, buying refurbished items is a greener choice while also being great for your wallet. Short of finding a working 60" HDTV on the side of the road, buying refurbished is the best way we know to get absolute lowest prices on good-as-new electronics. This post originally appeared on DealNews . But most shoppers tend to have a million dollars worth of questions about refurbs: What is a refurbished unit? Why buy refurbished items instead of new ones? Which brands have the best track records on refurbs? Is there anything you shouldn't buy refurbished? Curious to know the answers? Read on for our in-depth look at all-things refurb. Advertisement Why Buy Refurbished? Lots of people shy away from refurbished items because they think "refurbished" means "used." While some disreputable third-party sellers may try to pass off used units as refurbished, a true refurb usually falls into one of four categories: a … [Read more...] about The Best Brands for Refurbished Electronics