One of the big stories from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the official launch of Intel’s full line-up of 7th generation “Kaby Lake” computer processors. Read on to learn the scoop about what the new CPUs will mean for laptops and computers hitting shelves in 2017.

I’ve rarely had a virus scanner come to me on a USB stick before and certainly not one that functioned on its own through it anyway. The FixMeStick looks to break the software wall by taking its virus scanning to hardware form. With a system that work independently from your operating system, you’re promised a unique and cleaner scanning experience. You should be able to catch things your OS-based scanner couldn’t and help flag down the problems plaguing your user experience. But does it work like it should? Read on to find out more about FixMeStick and some of the benefits (and problems) I experienced.

 You may not know how to keep your computer protected from malware and viruses. You may not be aware that is something you need to do no matter what type of computer you have. You may even not be aware of what those things are in the first place. Don’t worry. Today we’ll take a look at some basic steps you can take to get your system secure.

As good as your PC or laptop might be, you can make it even better with accessories. A wireless keyboard, a touch-enabled mouse or a set of powerful external speakers will improve your experience without having to upgrade the computer itself. And few companies can match Logitech when it comes to computer accessories —in quality, design or sheer selection of products. I recently had the opportunity to try out a trio of Logitech’s latest: the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse, TK 820 Wireless Keyboard and Z600 Bluetooth speakers. Here’s what I thought of them.

 Like most people, I was initially confounded by the switch to USB Type-C. The new charging and connectivity platform is appearing in newer smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs as a way to make devices sleeker, more versatile and help them to charge a lot faster. Is this really the one port to rule them all?

Eyestrain and electronic devices has been in the news a fair bit lately, with the use of backlit  smartphones and tablets at night being linked to a number of eye and sleep-related health issues. But there’s another screen many of us are staring at for eight hours a day and it can also cause eyestrain. Here’s how setting up an ergonomic office can prevent eyestrain and other health issues while using your computer.

 A few weeks ago, I wrote a post making the case for a PC, router and smartphone being the three most important technologies for your home office. Today, it’s time to get down to specifics, with good, better and best options in each of these categories.

Sony’s Vaio series of PC laptops has always won points for style and design and the company has become a leader in producing Windows 8 hybrid machines —portables that combine Windows 8 PC and tablet capabilities. I’ve spent the past week trying out Sony’s latest take on the hybrid form factor. After putting it through its paces, I can assure you that the Vaio Fit 15A is one of the most useful variations yet on the tablet/notebook convertible hybrid, a real looker (especially in the black finish of the test unit) and an able performer. It’s held back a little by a few details —a loud and persistent fan, so-so keyboard, and not so stellar battery life among them— but offers a solid portable computer experience, along with tablet capability, in a single package that just happens to look pretty smashing.  

Alienware is a name synonymous with hardcore PC gaming. Whether you’re fighting off a Zerg swarm, adventuring your way to level 70 in Diablo 3 or freeing London of Nazi invaders in Wolfenstein: The New Order, the ultimate video game experience is on a PC and Alienware has long been a respected name among Windows gamers. And while gaming laptops offer a very good experience, to get the best, you need to go with a tower or desktop gaming PC. This is the form factor that has the space for the monster video card, the high performance CPU and all the other components that make a game look its best. Alienware has just released two new desktop gaming PCs that are available now at Best Buy: The Alienware X51-R2 and the awesome Alienware R4.

Sometimes the very power source that runs your computer can destroy it. Even small electrical surges can damage computers and a large one can completely fry a PC or even cause electronics to catch fire. Here’s how you protect your PC from becoming a power surge casualty.

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