What time is it? It's time to build a PC with our Blueprints! This month, we've built three rigs at three approximate price points:Budget, Baseline, and Performance. Budget gets you a capable but affordable rig, Baseline gets you a powerful that is suitable for gaming and content creation at 1080p, and Performance gets you even more.
These rigs are lab-tested and editor-approved. Feedback is, of course, welcome. Tell us what you think!
Two large, affordable gaming notebooks go fang-to-fang
Gaming notebooks can be quite pricey, but Gigabyte's P2742 and CyberPower's Fangbook X7-200 remind us that we don't need to break the bank to get PC gaming on the go. Not only are both of these 17.3-inch notebooks affordable at around $1,500, they also both feature the same Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor. Which one is worth your hard-earned money? Read on to find out.
Note: This article was taken from the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
For whatever reason, audiophile-quality headsets don’t exist unless you can spring for something like the $250 Sennheiser PC 360. Fortunately, you don’t have to use a dedicated headset anymore and can stick a capable microphone right onto your beloved headphones. The Zalman ZM-MIC1, the AntLion ModMic 2.0, and ModMic 3.0 are all priced under $50 and are aimed at headphone users.
The Samsung 840 Pro was our top SSD until the OCZ Vector came along several months later and was able to run neck-and-neck with the Sammy through our benchmark gauntlet. As it currently stands, the 256GB versions of these drives both wear a 9/Kick Ass bandolier around their midsections, but there’s still another contest that has yet to be decided. So this month, we gathered the 512GB versions of both drives and set them loose in the blood-splattered arena known as the Lab.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
Learn how to root your Nexus Android, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4
Android offers a wide variety of advanced customization options, but that’s only scratching the surface of everything you can do with Google’s open source operating system. With root access you can get down to the system level and tweak things to your liking, even going so far as completely replacing the OS.
Mechanical, membrane, and all the Cherry switches explained
So you want to buy a mechanical keyboard, eh? Why is that? Perhaps you’ve heard that they’re the growing rage among gamers and PC enthusiasts – assuming that’s still a “cool” phrase to use. Maybe you’ve gotten your hands on one and, while you’re not quite 100% sure what exactly makes them different from the keyboards you’ve been using, you nevertheless have fallen in love with the mechanical experience. Maybe you have no idea what a mechanical keyboard really is or why it rocks, but you’re interested to find out.
Pictures and impressions from the concert in San Francisco!
Last night Maximum PC had the chance to check out the very kick-ass Video Games Liveevent. For those unfamiliar with the show, Video Games Live is the premier videogame-themed orchestral touring concert, and this week the group is performing in San Francisco at the Davies Symphony Hall with the amazing San Francisco Symphony.
The doctor tackles Wireless Uploads, Case Upgrade, Water-Cooling LAN Box, and more
Leaving the USB Cable Behind
I’d like a better way to transfer photos from my phone to my computer. Right now, I connect my device to the computer via USB and use the “drag-and-drop” method. I know I could also use AirDroid on my phone to transfer the files via Wi-Fi. The third option is to use Dropbox’s instant upload feature to transfer the file (full size, highest quality) to my Dropbox account. It is then automatically downloaded to my PC via Dropbox.
Note: This article was originally featured in our May 2013 issue of the magazine.
CrashPlan vs. Backblaze: Two cloud storage backup applications go head-to-head
We all know how useful cloud storage is for easy access to all your files from any Internet-enabled location, but there’s also an equally killer service known as cloud backup. It lets you back up files to a remote server for retrieval after a disaster strikes, such as a failed hard drive, Hurricane Sandy, an apartment fire, or any other calamity that leaves your PC’s local storage permanently damaged. It’s in these scenarios that the mirrored RAID inside your home PC or sitting on your desktop will be about as valuable as Jack Squat. When your home PC, or town, goes bye-bye, you need offsite backup, so this month we’ve taken a look at two of the most popular services that offer unlimited backups for a modest sum. May the best cloud win.
Note: This article was taken from the April 2013 issue of the magazine.