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Acer Predator 17 G9-793-78CM Gaming Laptop Review

With the Acer Predator 17 G9-793-78CM gaming laptop, you’ll achieve drool worthy frame rates in every game available. Thanks to its fast Nvidia GeFore GTX 1070 with 8 GB of dedicated VRAM, even the most recent titles run smoothly at high graphics settings. When using an external 4K display, the Nvidia chipset still delivers very good frame rates. The body design has been carried over from Acer’s previous models with some minor adjustments. This laptop features a 17,3” full-HD display, an Intel Core i7, lots of RAM, and lots of hard drive space.

Acer Predator 17 G9-793-78CM

Display

Display

This gaming notebook comes with a 17,3” full-HD display. The matt surface keeps reflections at a minimum. IPS technology ensures wide viewing angles, and the panel offers good overall brightness at 288 cd/m2. The webcam is mounted at the center of the display bezel.

Hardware

Inside, a 6700HQ series Intel Core i7 processor makes the system tick. It is a quad-core processor that operates at a base clock speed of 3,6 GHz. In turbo-boost mode, the clock speed will automatically be raised to up to 3,5 GHz. It also supports Hyper-Threading which allows it to handle 8 calculations at the same time. Acer also offers this machine with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 CPU.

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How to change a drive from FAT32 to NTFS format and vice versa?

You have a USB key or an external hard drive in FAT32 format and you would like to convert it to NTFS in order to bypass the 4 GB file size limitation. Or, you want to convert a drive from NTFS to FAT32 for better file system compatibility with the majority of operating systems. In either case, how do you go about it without loosing any of your data?

FAT32 to NTFS

Storage media configured in the FAT32 format do not allow for the storage of files exceeding 4 GB in size. In case you need to store files larger than this you can convert the media to the NTFS file format without the need for formatting, which would erase all of your data.

How to go from FAT32 to NTFS without loosing your data?

The procedure is quite simple and will avoid the need to format the drive in case you don’t have sufficient space to perform a backup beforehand. And even if you are able to perform a backup, you may not want to undergo the tedious process of first copying all of your files to another disk, formatting your disk in the NTFS file format, and then copying all of your files back onto your disk.

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Windows 10: how to connect to a free VPN without going through third party software?

There are a number of VPN programs which allow the user to connect to secure servers located around the world. While this option is relatively straight forward, it is also possible to easily connect to various free VPN servers by directly configuring the connection within Windows.

The usefulness of Virtual Private Networks is no longer in question. They allow companies to create secure connections between terminals sometimes located hundreds or even thousands of kilometers apart. But, for us mere mortals, VPNs are indispensable for changing our IP address, but also, and especially, for being able to surf in complete safety without running the risk of having our data intercepted by third parties, something which can easily occur when surfing from a public WiFi connection for example.

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Best Antivirus for Windows

Regarding antiviruses, there are a plethora of logical options. We all use the internet differently and inn order to help you choose, we’ll determine which security suite suits which user profile.

After closely analyzing most of 2017’s suites, one thing is for certain: these solutions have a rather limited impact on performances, and their efficiency is superior to the basic defense tools built into Windows 10.

We have noticed a trend: suites include more features, including PC optimization, and take into account the diversity of devices in the household. But, besides BitDefender, all the publishers must do better integrating their mobile solutions and offering the possibility of controlling everything from a single interface.

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How to move data from one PC to another

Moving data from one PC to another is a function that you will have to perform when, for example, you are going to replace your personal computer with a new one, or if you just want to partially transfer documents, photographs, videos, music or any kind of file. A very simple task that can be performed by several methods with the common goal of completing the transfer safely and quickly. Well-known to experts, we have reviewed them as a guide for less advanced users who may not know some of them.

Transfer Cable

The simplest, fastest and most effective way to transfer files from one PC to another PC is a direct cable that links both. The industry offers wiring to connect Windows computers via USB or Mac to Mac using Thunderbolt ports. A less-known alternative among the general public is to use a crossover Ethernet cable that will allow you to create a local area network without the need for a router or modem and to share files between computers regardless of their operating system, Windows, Mac or Linux.

crossover Ethernet cable

LAN or Wi-Fi

All devices in the same local area network LAN can see each other. Operating systems have built-in options for configuring home networks between devices and you can easily and conveniently transfer files and folders from the file browser itself and over Wi-Fi or wired networks. In addition to the operating system tools themselves, the market offers third-party applications for sharing files of any size, such as Send Anywhere. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) applications are ideal for moving data over a network.

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Best Laptop under 400 Dollars 2017

In our previous article we reviewed four of the most loaded laptops around the $500 tag. We have lowered it further to $400 to see what the market segmentation is like at that price point. The point of high end laptops was to provide performance and we cared little about weight and battery life. Surely, at this budget if we are not asking for gaming, we can get good laptops for lightweight productivity and casual use. Can’t We?

Well the market is segmented differently from the perspective of a few manufacturers. Somehow, they want to convince consumers that at $400 they can provide everything just as well as those high end products. As a result, we end up with products that aren’t good for power users or the casual ones. These are the products which you would want to avoid. Also considering your personal needs is important while deciding what you might prefer. For example, if you are a blogger who likes to travel to different places and write about them then reliable battery performance is going to matter more than CPU performance or the RAM size. Similarly, a corporate executive can appreciate a faster SSD which would make boot time extremely small and programs like Microsoft Office would load quickly.

Notice that we are considering products that can be regarded as laptops and are not convertible tablets or Chromebooks. The main reason for doing this is not so much the form factor but the CPU inside it. Anything with an Intel Core M from any generation is something we are intentionally avoiding just to stick to laptop department alone. There is an entire range of Macbooks and Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Book, but those things cost north of a $1000 price tag. Something a budget conscious person would avoid.

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Best Budget Graphics Cards 2017 Between 200 and 400 dollars: GTX 1060 3GB vs GTX 1060 6GB vs RX 480 VS RX 470

We faced off the representatives of Nvidia’s and AMD’s mid-range to evaluate their performance and quality/price ratio.

The best cards between 200 and 400 dollars

Usually the launch of new graphics cards make glances go towards the high-end, to those outrageous numbers, monstrous frame rates or resolutions within the reach of very few, but it is in the mid-range, where the vast majority of buyers aim for because it is where the best price/performance ratio on the market is, in that range between 200 and 300 $. That is why we are going to highlight and face off with one another representatives from both Nvidia and AMD in the range: the GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1060 3GB, RX 480 8GB and RX 470 4GB.

The contenders

On the green brand’s side, we have 2 versions of the same card, the GTX 1060 in its 6GB and 3GB models, but they are not exactly the same card as we can see below.

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Best Gaming Laptop under 700 dollars 2017

The PC gaming market is flooded with newer and more efficient hardware which has the gaming community psyched since the Nvidia Pascal release in 2016. Given all of this, it is curious to see how many budget gaming laptops still use the older GPUs, mostly GTX 950M and 960M. We will see as we look closely at individual laptops, how good of a performance they pack for the aforementioned budget. The most crucial deciding factor other than the GPU, will be high speed storage, CPU and of course, the display.

However, one thing should be made clear, laptops at any price point will never give a good a bang for your buck next to a PC build with a similar price tag. For the given budget of $700, you can easily build a decent gaming PC with GTX 1060 or better that will play most games at 1080p at high settings. This article solely concerns itself with the laptop market. If you already have a PC and need a secondary device for light gaming and casual use or if you absolutely need a portable gaming device then should you consider getting one of these.

Dell Inspiron 15.6” 7559

Dell has made some very interesting decisions with this model. First and foremost is the pricing, at the time of this writing Inspiron 7559 is priced at a $740 and comes packed with an i5 6300HQ, an Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M and 8 GB of DDR3L memory. The storage comes in the form of 256 GB m.2 SSD leaving a vacant slot for an extra 2.5” storage drive, if you need to expand your storage.

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Best Cheap Gaming Laptop under 500 Dollars 2017

In the past articles, we recommended several laptops around 300 dollars, which could meet the basic needs of the office, but their performances do not meet the demands of many games. Today, we recommend several gaming laptops around 500 dollars. They will meet most of all the mid-range and low-end games needs because many mid-range games can only be played at medium resolutions settings. Hence, it can be said that the laptops costing around $500 are good fits for the users who don’t pursue high-end gaming experience, but enjoy playing older games.

The integrated graphics that APU platform uses have better gaming performance than that of Intel processor. The gaming laptops around $500 usually adopt APU platform in order to get better graphics performance. At first, I didn’t think there were laptops with discrete graphics at around $500. Fortunately though, we found Acer F5-573G-56CG , which is equipped with i5-6200U CPU and GTX940MX graphics. At slightly higher price of at around $550, this is what we recommend as a better choice.

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