Ignore That Fishy Email From Razer

Consider this a PSA: Razer issued a press release warning that it’s been the victim of scammers, and malicious emails that purport to be from the are circulating. Specifically, it targets streamers, purporting to offer a free sponsorship.

The warning reads in part:

A fake email offering a free streamer sponsorship from Razer hit the Internet last week. This email is a scam and recipients should not click on any of the links within the email as it will launch a malware application.

Razer noted some clues that the email you received is a fake (stop us if this is all obvious):

  • The email is from a Gmail account, not a Razer address
  • The email address has a misspelling: “Razorzonesponsorship”
  • The body of the email is rife with grammar and spelling errors

Razer further stated it “does not send out sponsorship deals via email. Interested streamers are encouraged to sign up at Razer’s bona fide site.” The company did not suggest any particular recourse for affected users, but if you clicked the links in the email, you probably have malware now. You should scan your system with your malware detector of choice.

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10 best monitors and displays on the market 2017

Not everyone needs the best monitor for their PC setup. All-in-ones, 2-in-1s and everything in between have largely antiquated the idea of purchasing a monitor separate from the rest of your PC. That’s why, in today’s world, many of the best monitors focus on high-end specs demonstrating opulent functionality such as curvature and Ultra HD and with frugal pricing at that.

This rise in extravagant displays like AOC’s lineup of bezel-less bangers has managed to introduce technologies along the lines of adaptive synchronization and low input lag to a market that was otherwise lacking in terms of innovation. Of course, nowadays, if pushing for the most pixels is your jam, you can’t settle for less than the best monitor in the biz.

At it stands, though, deciphering terms like color gamut and response time is by no means an effortless undertaking. For that reason, we’ve gone ahead and taken care of the hard part for you, narrowing down our list of the best monitors money can buy to a slender 10. Ahead, we’ve determined the optimal culmination of specs for your needs without breaking the bank.

Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

1. Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

Ultrawide without the ultra-price of admission

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness: 340 cd/m2 | Response time: 14ms | Viewing angle: 172/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 7.9kg

Great picture
Relatively good value
No G-Sync or FreeSync

Philips’s Brilliance BDM3490UC should be your top pick if you’re looking to watch movies or work from home. Its IPS display is bright and inviting, effectively replicating the experience of going to the cinema (just make sure you bring the popcorn and close the curtains). The 21:9 curved display can be a bit disorienting, sure, if you’re accustomed to standard flat screen displays. Still, this one takes the cake for gaming. Notably absent, though, are both G-Sync and FreeSync, so don’t forget to tick the vertical sync box in all your games. Plus, as long as you’re set on a 21:9 cinematic panel, the Brilliance is competitively priced as well.

Read the full review: Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC

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2. Acer Predator X34

A gaming monitor with attitude

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms G2G (grey-to-grey) | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100 million:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 9.9kg

Aggressive design
Perfect color accuracy
Limited port selection
Underpowered speakers

Cinematic monitors are a great alternative to their 4K counterparts when it comes to gaming. In fact, you might say they’re even better due to their ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio. The Acer Predator X34 certainly looks the part, featuring an eye-catching aluminum bezel and angular, crow’s foot-shape stand. It comes with a number of gaming mod cons in tow, including Nvidia’s G-Sync frame-smoothing tech, an immersion-boosting curved shape and fantastic color reproduction that brings games to life. Short of strapping on a virtual reality headset, the Predator X34 is about as immersive as gaming gets – save for the lackluster speakers and missing ports.

Read the full review: Acer Predator X34

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3. Asus MG248Q

A reasonable price for 144Hz and Adaptive Sync

Screen size: 23.6-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 100000000:1 | Color support: SRGB 100%, Adobe RBG 72% | Weight: 16.98 pounds

144Hz refresh rate
1ms response time
Adaptive Sync for AMD, Intel only

If your PC can’t afford 1440p or 4K gaming, the Asus MG248Q is the next best thing. Despite exhibiting a mere 1080p twisted-nematic, or TN, panel rather than IPS, the Asus MG248Q makes up for any shortcomings with lightning fast response times and Adaptive Sync. The latter reduces screen tearing if you have an AMD graphics card, a clear demonstration that the MG248Q tailors to the budget gamer. On the other hand, even Nvidia fans can rejoice at the 144Hz refresh rate. But, without the right GPU equipped, you might be better off saving for the G-Sync equivalent Asus ROG Swift PG248Q.

Read the full review: Asus MG248Q

Samsung UD970

4. Samsung UD970

Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop

Screen size: 31.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 280 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 30.14 pounds

Colour accuracy
Landscape/portrait rotation
Hardware button menu navigation

A 4K display that’s factory-calibrated for great color accuracy and image quality, the Samsung UD970 is ideal for digital designers, CAD/CAM engineers and videographers who aren’t put off by the high-price tag. The matte finish only adds to the appeal of the Samsung UD970 by giving it a smudge-reducing, glare-reducing face for the absolute best work environment possible. Samsung also includes Picture By Picture (PBP) support on the UD970, which makes for the ultimate multi-tasking scenario if you have multiple inputs connected to your display at the same time. Just make sure it’s worth the high cost of entry if you aren’t using it for 4K production.

Read the full review: Samsung UD970

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5. Acer S277HK

A bezel-less beauty

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 11.9 pounds

Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable

You’ll normally shell out an arm and a leg for a 4K display, but that’s not the case with Acer’s S277HK. In terms of pricing, this bezel-less beauty hits the sweet spot. With a 1,000,000,000:1 contrast ratio, a color gamut of 1.07 billion and a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, the Acer S277HK is better seen than heard about. Unfortunately, because of the way Acer designed it, there’s no way to mount it onto a wall for everyone to appreciate, nor is the height adjustable. But, and this is a huge but, if you prioritize high pixel density, reasonable cost and “zero frame” over malleability, this is a monitor to shoot for.

Read the full review: Acer S277HK

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6. Asus ROG Swift PG248Q

Faster than you can say G-Sync

Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Refresh rate: 180Hz | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: Adobe RGB 74% | Weight: 9.5kg

Cheapest G-Sync display on the market
Amazing 180Hz refresh rate
Just two display inputs
Only 24 inches

If you care more about frame rate more than graphics or resolution, this one’s for you. Because of its mind-blowing 180Hz refresh rate capabilities, the Asus ROG Swift PG248Q takes the 60fps gold standard for gaming and triples it – provided you’re equipped with a rig that can handle the extra stress. While you’re unlikely to enjoy Forza Horizon 3 at 180fps on Ultra settings given its high demand, a higher refresh rate is more than welcome in fast-paced, competitive games that don’t necessarily depend on a wealth of resources. Plus, as one of the most affordable G-Sync displays on the market, it helps that you can rely on the monitor to prevent screen tearing, too.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Swift PG248Q

ViewSonic VP2772

7. Viewsonic VP2772

What this professional monitor lacks in style it makes up with exceptional picture quality

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 18.8 pounds

Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable

Though it won’t win any fashion shows any time soon, the Viewsonic VP2772 is the perfect match for beyond-HD gaming or high-end photo editing. With a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, it won’t dazzle as much as some of the more lavish 4K screens on our list, but what it lacks in pixels, it excels in color accuracy. Featuring a palette of 1.07 billion colors and gray scales, covering 99% of the Adobe RGB space, the Viewsonic VP2772 is both sharp and vibrant. On the downside, it’s not the best choice for those switching back and forth between Windows and Mac, no thanks to the distortion produced when used with macOS. 

Read the full review: Viewsonic VP2772

LG UltraWide 34UC97

8. LG UltraWide 34UC97

Great for work, games, and movies – but it’s costly

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440×1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 19.8 pounds

Good speakers with bass
Great contrast and colour reproduction

With the UltraWide 34UC97, LG has added not only a curved design to its impressive lineup of cinematic monitors, but an Ultra HD resolution as well. A hulking goliath of a monitor, LG’s best UltraWide melds a commendable sense of fashion with the specs you need to effortlessly get through your day to day tasks. Though it takes some extra effort to assemble, LG makes it well worth your time with vivid color accuracy, radiant backlighting and contrast that keeps shades dark enough to tell them apart from everything else onscreen. It’s pricey, but with all its posh characteristics, we can’t complain.

Read the full review: LG UltraWide 34UC97

BenQ BL2710PT

9. BenQ BL2710PT

Aimed at CAD/CAM professionals, this feature-packed 27-inch monitor delivers

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3440×1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 23.8 pounds

Port selection
Flicker-free backlight
Touch controls

If you’re a CAD/CAM professional who occasionally dabbles in gaming, congratulations, this monitor was made for you. Featuring a 27-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 panel, the BL2710PT should be forgiven for looking a little “boring.” Sure, a 109 ppi may not seem like a lot when compared to the latest in 4K, or even 5K, offerings, but it’s also intended to be paired with powerful hardware that can render high quality 3D models in real-time. What’s more, this IPS screen boasts viewing angles of 178 degrees, a 100% coverage of the sRGB color space and a wealth of ports that make it the perfect pairing for any computer. 

Read the full review: BenQ BL2710PT

10. LG 34UC79G

A speedy 21:9 gaming monitor that packs in the style

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,080 Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms (grey-to-grey) | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: 16.7 million colors | Weight: 8.6kg

Thin display bezel
Fast 144Hz refrsh rate
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The LG 34UC79G features a sharp, black matte design with ominous red lighting that will match your RGB-backlight peripherals. Rather than packing the 34UC79G with unnecessary pixels and going all the way up to 1440p, LG has kept the resolution to a more sensible 2,540 x 1,080, which gives you 33% more pixels on the screen compared to 16:9, while allowing games to run smoothly at high frame rates without requiring a crazy powerful graphics card. And when we say high, we mean high. With a 144Hz refresh rate, the 34UC79G makes just about any game feel smoother. 

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

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Manus VR Development Kit Will Go On Sale In March

Manus VR announced that its Development Kit will debut for 1,000 EUR on March 1. This will give devs the chance to experiment with the company’s gloves, which offer ​full finger tracking, thumb tracking, haptic feedback, and other features that are supposed to make VR experiences more immersive.

Manus VR said the dev kits are “compatible with leading VR and Motion Capture Systems such as the HTC Vive, Xsens, Vicon, PhaseSpace and OptiTrack.” The company will provide a pair of gloves; an SDK for C++ and C#; and a variety of tools for Unity 5, Unreal Engine 4, and Motion Builder.

Previous dev kits cost $250; it’s not clear why the gloves quadrupled in price in just 11 months. Perhaps it has something to do with Manus VR’s work with organizations like NASA and the resulting improvements made to the hardware. The company implied that was the case in a press release:

“Since we started shipping our engineering samples last year, we’ve received an incredible demand for a professional data-glove” said Stephan van den Brink, CEO at Manus VR. “Working closely with our early access developers such as NASA, MIT and Cambridge University we were able to enhance our product to an unpreceded level.”

Improved hardware could help Manus VR. We had a (literal) hands-on(Editor’s note: Hands-in?) with the product in June 2016 and found that it had a lot of promise but ultimately fell short of its goals:

This is all very much a work in progress. At times, not every finger was tracked, in particular my pinky, and often other fingers as well. Sometimes the tracking was just slightly off, although during Pillow’s Willow (which doesn’t require too much fine motor precision), I didn’t really experience any latency or inaction. Thumb rotation is a crucial, natural element, so that will be a welcome addition. In the full arm demo, all of my joint movements looked quite natural, but my shoulders seemed as if they had been moved in by a few inches on each side of my body.

Still, those problems did little to hurt the hype surrounding Manus VR’s gloves. Who doesn’t want to reach out to grasp virtual objects with their own hands instead of a motion controller, gamepad, or other input device? (Not to mention the Minority Report feel of navigating interfaces with gestures.)

Each glove boasts a “high quality rechargeable battery” and is hand washable. Manus VR said the Development Kit is expected to ship in Q2 2017, and more information is available on its website. You can see the glove in action–albeit in a rather limited tech demo–in the video below.

Releasing the Manus VR Gloves: The Pinnacle of VR Controllers

Manus VR didn’t say when its glove might be released to consumers. The company might want to hurry: A prototype glove peripheral from Oculus was recently spotted in a photo shared by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and companies like NeuroDigital have also been working on similar concepts.

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The best graphics cards of 2017

There’s no denying that PC gaming is in its prime right now. Console makers are trying to copy it by making their own mid-generational iterations to keep up with the 4K standards set by PC, but  graphics card makers are showing no signs of slowing down advancement.

  • Here’s everything you can expect from Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti

At the same time, computers have managed to take a page from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s book by going through hurdles to avoid overheating. New graphics card designs from EVGA and its competitors ensure that that your PCs maintain their size while packing a punch in performance and cooling.

That said, if portability is less of a concern, you might be tempted to go after the most lavish GPU on the market. In that case, you’ll want to be certain to prepare your wallet for the end of the month when AMD is expected to give us the tell-all on its Vega architecture, though Nvidia may just steal the spotlight if it’s own virtual countdown clock is to be believed.

Nevertheless, there’s no point in anteing up for a graphics card with Xtreme Edition, ‘90s spunk if it’s being bottlenecked by a weak processor or held back by a cheap display. Conversely, you don’t want to be stifled by AMD’s budget-friendly yet timid Radeon RX 460 if you’re rocking one of the very best monitors at 4K resolution.

Prefacing out of the way, here are our picks for the best graphics cards around. Whether your budget allows for high-end, mid-range or low-end pricing, you’ll find an up-to-date list of recommendations as well as the latest review from one of our test benches.

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Best high-end GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

Major-league Pascal performance in a single card

Stream Processors: 2,560 | Core Clock: 1,607MHz | Memory: 8GB GDDR5X | Memory Clock: 7,010MHz | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI

Great all around performance
Makes 4K gaming viable
Expensive launch price
Aftermarkets will do more for less

If you want a proper foray into 4K gaming, you’re looking at it. With the launch of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture, you can get the performance of two 980 Ti’s for a fraction of what you’d spend on a Titan X. You might have to turn down the graphics settings in certain games to keep a steady frame rate, but overall, the GTX 1080 finally makes the legendary, native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels an affordable reality. No longer do you need to strap two cards together in an SLI configuration to experience the latest PC games the way they were meant to be played; the GTX 1080 does 4K with just one.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

GTX 960

Best mid-range GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

One of Nvidia’s best price-to-performance cards ever

Stream Processors: 1,152; 1,280 | Core Clock: 1,506MHz; 1,594 | Memory: 3GB; 6GB GDDR5 | Memory Clock: 8,008MHz | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin | Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Dual Link-DVI

Brilliant 1080p performance
Great overclocker
No SLI compatibility
Founder’s Edition Price

Though it bears resemblance to the GTX 1070 and 1080, the GTX 1060 draws more parallels to Nvidia’s last-gen GeForce 980. In an attempt to compete with the affordable RX 480, which promises 1080p, VR gaming at an aggressive price point, Nvidia was under pressure to come out with something in the same class. The GTX 1060, a mid-range graphics card with a firm grip on 1080p, or even 1440p graphics to a degree, is just that. Given the ubiquity of full HD displays, the GTX 1060 is an inexpensive middle-ground solution for those in need of an energy-efficient GPU that demolishes in terms of performance.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

EVGA

Best entry-level GPU: AMD Radeon RX 460

Proof that Polaris pushes the envelope for budget GPUs

Stream Processors: 896 | Core Clock: 1,210; 1,250MHz | Memory: 2GB; 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Clock: 7,000MHz | Power Connectors: None | Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI

Beats integrated graphics at light 1080p gaming
HDR support
4GB version less affordable

Like the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti from Nvidia, the latest in AMD’s Polaris catalog runs cheap, thanks to various takes on the Radeon RX 460 by XFX, Powercolor and others. The RX 460 proper is quite possibly the most affordable means of 1080p gaming outside of integrated CPU graphics. So long as you’re not looking to run The Witcher 3 at 60 fps on Ultra settings, the Radeon RX 460 is a capable, energy efficient piece of kit. Plus, by compromising on memory, it’s able to draw all its power straight from the motherboard, negating the need for any 6- or 8-pin connectors.

Sapphire

Our latest review: Asus ROG Strix GTX 1050 Ti

Iterative at best, this isn’t the budget card we hoped for

Stream Processors: 768 | Core Clock: 1,290MHz | Memory: 4GB GDDR5 | Memory Clock: 7,008MHz | Power Connectors: None | Length: 241mm | Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI

Solid 1080p performer
Good overclocking potential
Poor upgrade from last-gen
Greater than 75W TPD

With so many lucrative successes this generation, we were admittedly disappointed to see the latest addition to the Pascal family almost completely miss the mark. As indicated in our review benchmarks, the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1050 Ti in particular is an overclocker with the 1080p gaming capabilities you might be in dire need of if you haven’t upgraded your graphics card in a few years. Otherwise, you’re better off saving for a 3GB GTX 1060 instead.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix GTX 1050 Ti

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15042

Microsoft announced that a new build is available for members of the Windows Insiders program. Build 15042 is primarily focused on bug fixes, but it also includes updates to the Microsoft Edge browser, its e-book reading experience, and a couple of new animations for the Cortana virtual assistant.

Perhaps the most important update is one that makes it easier to tell when a website has Flash components. Microsoft said a new puzzle icon in Edge’s URL bar will “make it clearer when Flash content has been blocked,” which should in turn make it easier for people to leave Flash disabled by default. Given that Microsoft released a patch related to vulnerabilities in the Flash Player, despite pushing off February’s security updates, that’s a good thing.

Edge has also been updated with a new EPUB reading experience. Microsoft explained in its blog post:

  • When reading a locally saved EPUB book in Microsoft Edge on PC, a book icon will now be used in the place of the previous generic in the tab bar.
  • If you switch pages while an EPUB book is being read aloud in Microsoft Edge, the reader will now jump to that new location in the book.
  • If you’ve changed the read aloud settings when reading an EPUB in Microsoft Edge, those settings will now be preserved for subsequently opened books.

Build 15042 also includes some new Cortana animations in OOBE. Besides that, the new build has a bunch of bug fixes, many of them related to Edge. Perhaps the most welcome fix for gamers will be the one addressing the issue “where upgrading with an Xbox controller paired over Bluetooth could result in touch input not working and unexpected beeps when using the mouse.” The full list of fixes can be found in Microsoft’s blog post.

Of course, this wouldn’t be an Insider Preview without some known issues. Microsoft said Build 15042 has problems with Windows Hello, and some devices might not update to the new build due to a corrupt registry key, among other things. Gamers will also notice that some titles minimize to the task bar at launch–though clicking them should resolve the problem–and that using the Game Bar to broadcast will result in green flashes on some hardware.

But those are pretty minor issues. These builds offer a glimpse at what Microsoft has planned for the Windows 10 Creators Update slated to launch some time this Spring. Members of the Windows Insiders program can download build 15042 for PC (and build 15043 for mobile devices) from Microsoft.

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Colorful Launches 'Advanced' GTX 1080 With 150MHz Overclock

Colorful revealed its latest and greatest GTX 1080 model, the iGameGTX1080 X-TOP 8G Advanced. The X-TOP 8G Advanced card packs 150MHz factory overclock and a five-heat pipe cooling system.

The card comes the factory with a 1,759MHz base clock, which is 152MHz faster than Nvidia’s Founders Edition GTX 1080. Colorful rated the boost clock at 1,988MHz.

The iGameGTX1080 X-TOP 8G Advanced boasts an oversized cooler with three fans to keep the overclocked GPU temperatures to a minimum. The Silver Shark cooler on Colorful’s top of the line graphics card includes five nickel-plated copper heat pipes and a large pure copper contact surface to transport heat away from the GPU. A central 90mm fan, flanked by two 80mm fans, helps cool the card when needed. The fans feature start-stop technology, which keeps them idle until the GPU reaches 62 degrees. The central fan also features a ring of RGB LEDs.

Colorful equipped the iGameGTX1080 X-Top Advanced with an 8+2 phase digital power supply to help push the card to its limits. The company calls its power phase system iGame Pure Power, or “IPP” for short. The company installed two 8-pin power connectors to ensure the powerful card gets a stable flow of electricity.

Colorful also implemented its Silver Plating Technology on the PCB copper to prevent oxidation, which could damage the card over time.

Name Colorful iGameGTX1080 X-TOP-8G Advanced
GPU GP104
CUDA Cores 2,560
Base Clock 1,759MHz
Boost Clock 1,898MHz
Memory 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 X
Memory Clock 10Gbps
Cooling System 3x fan
I/O Display 3* DisplayPort 1.4, 1* HDMI 2.0b, 1* DVI
Power Connector 8+8 pin

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Microsoft Store has slashed the Asus ZenBook Flip's price by $200

If all you need is a portable laptop that’ll easily handle streaming video, browsing the web, and chatting on Skype, you’re in luck. Right now, the Microsoft Store is offering the 256GB version of the Asus ZenBook Flip for just $500.

This price matches the lowest we’ve seen for this 13.3-inch 2-in-1 convertible, and currently undercuts third-party sellers on Newegg and Amazon (who offer this same model for $575) as well as Asus’ own store ($600).In addition to the $200 savings, you get the Microsoft Store Signature Edition of the Flip: meaning very little, if any, preinstalled bloatware. 

(Sadly, Windows 10’s built-in ads don’t count as bloat.)

Despite what you might expect from its modest Core m3-6Y30 processor, the ZenBook Flip should run everyday tasks smoothly. The model we reviewed is virtually identical to this sale version, save for our model’s 512GB SSD; it handled web browsing, document editing, video streaming, and Skype chats like a champ.

You get quite a bit for the price, too: a 13.3-inch IPS 1080p touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a 54 watt-hour battery. There’s also a well-rounded port selection that includes both USB-A and USB-C, and the machine is pretty trim at 2.8 pounds and a half-inch thick.

Bottom line: This ZenBook Flip is well worth the $500 price tag.

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