How to save lots of money without sacrificing quality, performance, or features
Our Cheapskate’s Guide has become an annual installment in the magazine, because for most of us working stiffs, the ability to stretch a dollar and get more for less is always relevant. For some of us, it means that our love of technology and all its amazing uses won’t get in the way of us paying the rent or putting new Crocs on our kids’ feet. For others, saving money is more a matter of personal pride—the result of knowing the ins and outs of getting a good deal. Only suckers pay the sticker price! Whatever motivates your cheapskate tendencies, we say embrace them, and this year we offer our support in the form of tips for savvy shopping, guidance on making wise hardware purchases, pointers to killer deals in digital entertainment, and a whole lot more. Just don’t spend your savings foolishly!
Note: This review was originally featured in the March 2014 issue of the magazine.
He's a hobbyist who's concerned with capturing the beauty of Crysis, Wolfenstein, Bioshock, and more
For some people, screenshots are just a way to capture a moment of hilarity, success, or good lighting. For others, screenshots are an emerging art form. K-putt falls into the second category and has built up a huge body of work that spans games of all genres. This month’s installment of Graphics Porn delves into the expansive archives of the 23-year-old German moonlighting as a screenshot artist.
A scratch-built case straight out of Defense of the Ancients
Jonathan '-=SpH!Nx=-' Garlit isn't a professional modder, but we're convinced that he's got potential. He's a die-hard fan of Dota, but with a son on the way he's giving up the game to become a full-time father. The DotaBox is a memento that represents seven years and countless hours of Dota matches. Jonathan says he wanted something to commemorate his favorite game and we think he did it justice. Enough that we're happy to make it our July Rig of the Month.
4TB SSDs, CrossFire/SLI cross compatibility, and more!
For as much as technology has evolved over the years, there’s still plenty of things we still want. Where are our stock 4GHz Intel processors? Where are massive 4TB SSDs? *Sigh* A tech enthusiast can dream, we suppose.
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: Baseline, Performance, and Ultra. Baseline gets you a powerful system for gaming and content creation at 1080p, Performance beefs everything up across the board, and Ultra lets the dogs out.
Free alternatives to the juggernaut word processor
Microsoft Word has been the go-to word processor since the early 90s. It’s a program that anyone who’s ever used a computer will recognize and for good reason—it’s both capable and common. Documents with .doc (or .docx) extensions are ubiquitous and widely recognized as the file format of choice for formatted text files. Although it’s relatively affordable in its modern incarnations—$139.99 for home use or $6.99 a month as a subscription service (as part of the Office suite)—freeware alternatives abound and for once, they’re more than capable.
The doctor tackles Surface Pro 2, Blu-ray Blues, Win 7 Downgrade, and more
High-res gaming: SLI or no?
I have a computer with a Core i7, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. I currently use a 28-inch 1920x1200 monitor. Can I upgrade to a 30-inch 2560x1600 monitor and maintain good frame rates in first-person shooters such as Battlefield 4? If not, would two GTX 760s in SLI solve this problem, or am I better off just getting a GeForce GTX 770 or 780? I would need a new motherboard in order to do SLI.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the April 2014 issue of the magazine.
There have been many militaristic shooters over the years and sussing out the best one’s can be a challenge. With that in mind, we thought we would look at the classic all-time great military-themed shooters that were able to separate themselves from the pack. Do keep in mind that we tried selecting the best/most iconic representative from a franchise as we did want to keep it balanced. You can be rest assured that all of the titles included below deserve gaming medals of honor.
What's your favorite military shooter? Let us know in the comments below.
We evaluate a collection of media players to find the best one
If we strip away everything else, your choice of car doesn't matter so long as it gets you from Point A to Point B. However, there are all kinds of factors that separate a hot rod from jalopy on wheels, including price, performance, amenities, maintenance, and more. So it goes with media players, which are vehicles for your music and movies.
Like cars, not all media players are created equal. Some are big and bulky, others are lightweight and nimble. If you all you care about is the ability to play your favorite song over and over, just about any media player will do, but why short change yourself? Of course, going through the process of testing them all is a daunting task, so it's understandable if you want to roll the dice with a random selection.
Better yet, get your click (or tap) finger ready and digest our evaluation of some the most popular (and not so popular) media players around. As we go from one selection to the next, we'll tell you what we like and despise about each one, and then pick a winner.