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Comparison: The Best VPN Service 2018

Despite being highly technical, the concept of VPNs has become a familiar one to French web surfers ever since Hadopi came online. Nowadays, these three letters are synonymous with freedom, anonymity, and security. With more than 180 providers worldwide, there is no shortage of offerings in this highly competitive market. However, this plethora of providers makes choosing the right service complicated for the consumer. This is especially true since not all VPNs offer the same level of security, performance, and preservation of their clients’ anonymity. Certain providers offer specialized services for specific usages, and some users, for whom cost is not an issue, might even purchase services from several different providers, depending on their needs.

For this 20th of February 2017 update, we have added several VPN services to our test list, and we have conducted a new performance (bandwidth) test for all the listed services. Every update will see new services being added to our comparison and we will perform a new bandwidth test every time we update our list.

By the way, what is a VPN?

VPN is the acronym for “Virtual Private Network”. This technology allows for the creation of a virtual network between two computers linked through the internet – creating in effect a sort of secure, encrypted tunnel for digital communications.

Best VPN

Typically, this allows a computer user to connect to a server via the internet without anyone else being able to intercept the user’s traffic. A VPN could be used for example by a traveling business person to securely connect to his or her company’s server. A VPN can also be used to create a private connection between a user’s computer and a server which will act as a gateway to the internet in such a way as to make it much more difficult for websites, spyware and government agencies to trace the user’s point of origin; the user’s activity is still visible and can still be recorded but the point of origin is the VPN’s address and no longer the user’s own – making it much more difficult for the user to be tracked.

Our selection of the best VPNs: 1st January, 2018

This table is a summary of our selection, for more detailed security and functionality results for all of the tested servers, please see the table on the last page which contains the detailed results for all of the VPNs that we tested.

VPN performance test: bandwidth

The performance of VPNs is rather hard to analyze: the performance values vary in function of the time of day, the country from which one connects, the country in which the VPN is located, ISP peering traffic, etc. It is therefore hard to precisely evaluate VPNs and the only true test it to connect to a specific VPN from your own internet connection to test the VPN’s performance for your personal needs.

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Best Ultrabook (Ultra Thin Laptop) under 1000 dollars (or $800) 2018

We like to make helpful lists of the best products in different categories. Today I made a small compilation of Ultrabook, in diverse formats and interesting prices. A perfect compilation for those looking for a quality laptop in a really “portable” format.

I’m looking for a new laptop and I’ll show you the initial selection that I made for my own purchase options. It’s a list that I will surely be expanding in the following weeks looking forward for one of the latest developments in computers this year that will be coming in the following weeks by Microsoft. It’s a list with varied prices, I still haven’t set on a budget as I’m more interested in technology rather than price, but they are all interesting choices and the cheaper the more interesting they are.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 (718 dollars)

It’s a perfect choice as an alternative to the Surface Pro 4 with highly competitive prices and an 8GB of RAM version with Core i3-6100U costing around700 dollars. It has the advantage that it comes standard with a cover type keyboard, similar to that of Microsoft.

Acer Switch Alpha 12

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Best Gaming Laptop under 1500 dollars 2018: The Best that Market has to Offer?

The hardware debate has heated up, with Intel and AMD both on the rise with core counts, new architectures and new socket designs. While it is going to be tough on the manufacturers and sellers, for the gamers and enthusiasts, things look extremely promising.

In the laptop market, Intel’s Kaby Lake and Nvidia’s Pascal architecture has prevailed for over a year, now. Both are power efficient and are expressly designed with the gaming community in mind. Gamers now have portal laptops that can compete with the desktop grade hardware for both gaming and productivity. Even content creators and power-users find these useful thanks to the immense engineering that has gone into providing crystal clear audio, elegant ergonomic experience and the upper echelon displays with insane refresh rates and real-life color reproduction.

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Best Gaming Chairs 2018 Reviews and Buying Guide

While gaming, it is easy to spend several hours without moving, and it is equally possible to get a very sore back if you are not using a chair specially designed for prolonged use. That is why we would like to take a look at the gaming chairs available on the market and share with you the things you should keep in mind when making your selection.

Ergonomics, the essential element!

Most chairs are not designed to offer much support, and gaming chairs most often adopt a bucket-seat design – the same kind that is used in racing cars – to better support your spine.

Bad seating posture is no joke and can cause terrible back pains. By sitting incorrectly, you also run the risk of developing a scoliosis or kyphosis, that is to say a deformation of the spinal column. And just a reminder, the seated position is the most demanding for the lower back.

curvature

Here are some of the different problems than can be caused by an incorrect posture:

  • Kyphosis: front to back curvature of the spine caused by being slumped forward in front of your desk or while using a game controller on your TV console.
  • Lordosis: excessive arching of the lower back due to an incorrect posture or use of an overstuffed pillow to support the lower back.
  • Scoliosis: lateral deviation of the spinal column caused by an incorrect posture in front of your PC or TV – leaning more to one side than to the other.

You will need to make sure that the chair’s seat-back can be adjusted, some chairs have a seat-back that can be tilted up to 180 degrees. Such a chair will allow you to adjust it to suite your body’s build. It is also preferable to chose a chair with a seat-back that follows your movements – which automatically tilts when you lean forward or backwards.

Here are three types of tilt mechanisms which will allow you to sit comfortably for up to 5 hours:

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The first kind is a simple tilt mechanism – the seat and the seat-back move together allowing for your body to be supported at all times. The second type is a tilting seat-back where only the seat-back tilts and can be locked in position. The third type is an asynchronous tilting mechanism, that is to say that the tilt of seat and the seat-back can be adjusted independently.

Also, don’t forget to regularly change your position on the chair. Sitting more or less forward on the seat will help you avoid developing a back injury.

If you remain seated in front of you workstation or gaming console for long periods of time, you are better off choosing one of these two tilt types:

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The first type is a synchronous tilting mechanism where the seat-back tilts backwards and the seat tilts towards the front. The second type is decentralized tilting, that is to say that the chair starts tilting backwards at the seat level, this is different from the simple tilting mechanism, although the two types closely resemble each other.

If you spend more than 8 hours seated in your chair, you should look into 3D chairs with the following characteristics.

Gaming Chairs

With this type of chair, the seat-back can move laterally, following your body’s pressure points. This means that the seat-back of this type of chair is much more dynamic than on other types of chairs.

Keeping with this idea of comfort and proper back support, you should probably choose a chair which comes equipped with cushions for lower back and neck support which will reduce the stress on your back when you sit for long periods of time.

Gaming Chairs

The other important element for properly supporting you neck and shoulders are the armrests. In fact, having your arms supported allows your neck and shoulders to feel lighter since they are subject to less force. Be careful when making your choice: you really should choose a chair that has armrests which can be adjusted in height, depth, and width, since conventional armrests might not be suitable for your particular morphology.

armrests

There are chairs which have been specifically designed for people of a heavier build. They are often referred to as XL models, but their price can be considerably higher than the standard varieties.

Quality of the materials used in construction

After the chair’s ergonomics, the next most important aspect is the quality of the materials which have been used in the chair’s construction. First of all, you should always choose a chair which has a metal frame. They are heavier, but they last significantly longer than plastic models. In terms of the material used to cover the chair, there are two basic options to choose from:

Leather:

  • Pros: comfortable, high-end look, easy to clean
  • Cons: cold in the winter, warm in the summer, it ages poorly in the long-term

Fabric:

  • Pros: comfortable, soft
  • Cons: wears out faster, harder to clean

Also, remember to look at how long the warranty is valid for, the validity can range from 1 to 5 years.

Entry-level gaming chairs

Arozzi Enzo

Faux leather: Black / white / blue / red / green / Orange

Arozzi Enzo

With its bucket-seat conception, your back will be supported on all sides in order to allow you to reach the most natural seating position possible, even while you are seated in front of your display.

With its racing look, simulation leather covering (easy to clean), highly padded armrests, ergonomic design, the Arozzi Enzo gaming chair does everything it can to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Its system of easy-to-use and straight-forward adjustment controls (height, tilt angle, rotation) will allow you to find an ideal seating position and enable you to play video games comfortably for hours at a time. It comes equipped with 5 high-resistance nylon casters to guarantee stability during those intense game play moments. In conclusion, this chair would make a nice addition to any game room.

Characteristics :

  • Height of chair: 115 to 125 cm
  • Height of the seat: from 45 to 56 cm
  • Seat width: 53 cm
  • Depth of seat: 51 cm

!! Armrests not adjustable !!

Arozzi Monza

Faux Leather: Yellow & Black / Orange & Black / Red & Black / Green & Black

Arozzi Monza

The Arozzi Monza is a cool gaming chair, which has a racing inspired look. Of high-quality, and with thick padding for the wrists and arms as well as on the seat, it will allow you to reach maximum comfort. The chair is covered in PU leather which is both easy to clean and comfortable.

Its light-weight construction allows it to be easily moved around, without sacrificing any build-quality.

This is an incredible gaming chair which would make an excellent addition to any gamer’s room.

Characteristics:

  • Thick padding on the armrests, seat and seat-back.
  • Ergonomic design.
  • PU synthetic leather for easy cleaning.
  • 360 degrees of pivotal rotation.
  • Gas piston to control height.
  • Variable seat inclination with locking function*
  • Light-weight construction making it easy to move.
  • Five double nylon casters.
  • The locking function only works in a vertical position.

!! The armrests are not adjustable !!

Mid-level gaming chairs

Arozzi Torretta

Fabric, Black / Gray / Red / Blue / Green

Arozzi Torretta

With its bucket seat design, the Arozzi Torretta gaming chair allows you to sit comfortably in front of your computer for hours at a time for gaming without compromise! With a racing look, a soft covering, well padded and adjustable armrests, and an ergonomic design, the Arozzi Enzo gaming chair does everything in its power to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

Its adjustment system is simple and precise (height, tilt angle, rotation) and allows you to find an ideal position for gaming for hours at a time. Its cloth covering makes it extra comfortable, while its finishing touches in nylon give it an overall modern looking design.

Characteristics:

  • Gaming bucket-seat
  • The height of the armrests can be adjusted
  • Ergonomic seat
  • The seat pivots over 360 degrees
  • Light-weight construction, easy to move around

AKRacing K7012

Fabric, Black or red or blue

AKRacing K7012

Of robust build-quality, the AKRacing chair from the K7012 series is built to stand the test of time. This model has a bucket-seat allowing for perfect support as well as a cloth covering.

It is practical since it lets you adjust the seat’s angle as well as the its height. The angle of the seat-back can be adjusted up to 180 degrees to meet all your gaming needs. This chair also has a flexible toggle-function allowing its user to fully recline.

The chair rests on 5 heavy-duty casters, capable of supporting up to 150 kg. For even more comfort, the armrests can be adjusted and the chair comes supplied with 2 cushions to support your neck and lower back.

Characteristics:

  • Robust metal structure
  • Adjustable armrest and seat height
  • Ergonomic design and high-quality covering
  • The seat-back can be tilted up to 180 degrees for all your gaming needs
  • Metal base with 5 heavy-duty casters
  • Supports up to 150 kg
  • Comes supplied with two cushions, one for the neck and one for the lower back

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Faux Leather, White & Green / Black & Green / White & Blue / Red & Black

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

The SL2000 stresses ergonomics. It combines design with functionality in a perfect mixture!

This chair was conceived to provide a wide range of adjustments to allow gamers to optimize their seating position in order to game for hours at a time.

The chairs different curves were specially designed to optimize support for the neck, shoulders and lower back.

The shape of Vertagear chairs is the product of long study into optimal design for comfort, but these chairs can also be used in different configurations. Don’t hesitate to tilt the seat-back 180 degrees in order to lie back and watch a movie in total comfort!

You will also be able to adjust the sitting angle as well as the seat’s height for increased ergonomic comfort in your daily life whenever you are seated in front of your display. The armrests are, of course, adjustable in height.

AKRacing Nitro

Simili Leather, white / Red / Green / Orange / Blue

AKRacing Nitro

The Nitro version provides a new armrest design for even more comfort.

The various adjustment possibilities of the AKRacing Nitro Gaming Chair will allow you to adjust the seat while seated in it: including adjusting the height and depth of the seat, the seat-back’s tilt angle – up to 180 degrees, allowing you to achieve a perfect adjustment every time. This gaming chair also has 5 high-quality casters capable of supporting up to 150 kg. It also comes with two cushions, one for the neck and one for the lower back.

Characteristics :

  • A robust metal structure
  • New armrests for even more comfort
  • Adjustable armrest and seat height
  • Ergonomic design and high-quality covering
  • The seat-back can be tilted up to 180 degrees for all your gaming needs
  • Metal base with 5 heavy-duty casters
  • Supports up to 150 kg
  • Comes supplied with two cushions, one for the neck and one for the lower back

High-end gaming chairs

AKRacing Premium V2

Fabric, Black / Red / Blue / Carbon / Silver

AKRacing Premium V2

AKRacing’s Premium model line was designed to provide the most comfort possible. These chairs always adopt the bucket-seat design to allow for perfect body support; they also offer chairs of larger dimensions than in those in other product lines (width of the seat-back going up to 580 mm and 940 mm in height). The Premium series also uses a simulated leather covering and an even stronger metal base! They are practical as well, allowing you to adjust the seat’s angle as well as the its height. The angle of the seat-back can be adjusted over a range of 180 degrees and the seat also has a flexible toggle-function to allow you to fully recline backwards.

The chair’s base has 5 solid casters capable of supporting up to 150 kg. For even more comfort, the armrests are adjustable and the chair comes supplied with 2 cushions to help support your lower back and neck.

Characteristics :

  • A robust metal structure
  • Adjustable armrest and seat height
  • Ergonomic design and high-quality covering
  • The seat-back can be tilted up to 180 degrees for all your gaming needs
  • Metal base with 5 heavy-duty casters
  • Supports up to 150 kg
  • Comes supplied with two cushions, one for the neck and one for the lower back

Noblechairs Epic

Fabric, Black / Red / Gold / Blue

Noblechairs Epic

Noblechairs’ Epic line combined a seat-back with lateral reinforcements with a comfortable seat, in order to produce a very comfortable and enjoyable chair.

The seat-back can be tilted (and so can the seat) allowing the chair to follow your every movement! These adjustments are made by using a lever on the side of the chair as well as a command button.

The armrests can also be adjusted in 4 different directions! All of these things put together allow this chair to perfectly adapt to your morphology – for perfect comfort all the time!

The Epic chair has a high-quality simulated leather covering which will allow it to last a long time. Also, its 1.5 mm thickness gives it a texture closely resembling real leather and makes it more difficult for anything to puncture the chair’s cover!
The foam used in this chair has a 55% density which translates into a firm feel. The foam will also go back to its original shape even after having been deformed for hours. This foam also helps to regulate the chair’s temperature thanks to its open pores.

Characteristics :

  • Covered in high-quality simulation leather
  • Resistant and easy to clean
  • Robust metal frame capable of supporting up to 120 kg
  • Gas piston to adjust the chair’s height
  • Five 60 mm casters to allow for easy displacement on hard or soft floor surfaces
  • The seat-back can tilt over a range of 135°
  • 4D armrests: adjustable in height, horizontal position, and angle
  • Comes with two cushions (neck and lower back support)

The top chairs for PC gaming

DXRacer King KF06

Fabric, Blue / Red / Gray / Red

DXRacer King KF06

It has been specially designed for gamers of the first order. The DXRacer King KF06, which is larger than the F series, was conceived for use during long gaming sessions. High-quality and comfortable, this seat has 5D adjustable armrests, a large and adjustable seat-back, as well as a solid aluminum base – capable of supporting up to 150 kg. It is covered in black and blue simulation leather and has carbon-black paneling on the sides of the seat and seat-back. Easy to clean, this chair will stay looking as good as new for years to come.

Characteristics:

  • High and straight seat-back
  • Adjustable up to 135 degrees
  • 5D adjustable armrests
  • Aluminum base
  • Built-in head-rest
  • Seat back can be tilted and can reach a horizontal position
  • Adjustable seat
  • Comes with cushions to support the neck and lower back
  • Supports up to 150 kg

AKRacing ProX

Leather, Blue / Red / Gray / Red

AKRacing ProX

With its easy-to-use, intuitive and precise adjustments, you will be able to quickly find the optimal seating position in which to play video games for hours at a time.

Its bucket-seat will keep your back in a comfortable position during the time you spend in front of your computer. The lateral reinforcements, as well as the seat’s raised edges will keep you in a centered position without sacrificing any comfort. As for the seat-back, its tilt angle can be adjusted.
You can also adjust the angle of the seat, as well as its height, for better ergonomics. The armrests are also adjustable in height.

The AKRacing Gaming Chair’s multiple adjustment possibilities will allow you to adjust the chair to suit your needs while seated in it: you will be able to adjust the seat’s height and depth as well as the height of the armrests. The seat back also tilts over a range of 180 degrees allowing you to find your perfect seating position.

This gaming chair is supported by 5 casters capable of sustaining a load of up to 150 kg. It also comes equipped with two cushions: one for the lower back, and one for the back of your neck.

Characteristics:

  • A new and robust metal structure
  • The height of the seat and the 4D armrests is 100% adjustable
  • Ergonomic design with a simulated leather covering
  • The seat back can be adjusted over 180 degrees to meet any of your requirements
  • Metal base with 5 heavy-duty casters
  • Supports up to 150 kg
  • Comes with two cushions, one for your lower back and one to support your neck

Noblechairs Epic Leather

Leather, Black / White

Noblechairs Epic Leather

It is the world’s first gaming chair to be covered in real leather!

It is really this chair’s covering which sets it apart from others. It is covered in real leather, which breathes better than any other material while still being very stain resistant. It is also very easy to clean and impervious to mold; this will allow your Epic Leather chair to keep looking brand new for a very long time! What’s more, it is also resistant to UV rays, so you won’t need to worry about the color getting washed out over time! The leather – which is a generous 1.7 mm thick – incorporates embroidered designs into the lower back region, allowing it to breath properly even in the summer time. This gaming chair has a truly refined look: the brand’s logo is engraved into the head-rest and the aluminum emblem appears on the front of the seat-back. The brand name is also embroidered onto the right side of the seat.

The seat-back can tilt and can be locked in any position up to an angle of 135°, for a perfect inclination under any circumstances. The 4D armrests can be adjusted in four directions and are made from polyurethane.
Noblechairs are built upon a robust steel chassis which guarantees an absolutely stable structure. The chassis is covered with 55% density cold molded memory foam which easily goes back to its original shape even after having been deformed by a heavy weight for hours.

Characteristics

  • Genuine Leather
  • Embroidered patterns in leather
  • The height of the seat and the 4D armrests is 100% adjustable
  • Use of non-deformable cold foam
  • Backrest inclination up to 135 degrees
  • Metal base with 5 heavy-duty casters
  • Supports up to 120 kg
  • Comes with two cushions, one for your lower back and one to support your neck

Best Laptop Brands 2018

Once you get close to making up your mind as to what laptop you would like to buy, you may find yourself having to choose between two very similar machines, with similar technical and design characteristics, but which have been constructed by two different manufacturers.

Is there really any difference between brands?

Even if from one manufacturer to another, a computer’s components might come from the same supplier, the laptop’s brand is its most distinctive element and what will be important to you in making your decision.

It is similar to what happens with cars: two brands of cars, built with parts coming from the same suppliers, only really distinguish themselves from each other by their brand, which is what represents the manufacturer’s standards and reputation, the level of styling and finishing, as well as the quality of the after-sales service.

What are the best laptop brands? Which ones are the worst?

The reliability of brands is a highly controversial subject. Oftentimes, a brand’s perceived reputation is polluted by anecdotal accounts which fill up certain online forums with raging rants, and it becomes hard to determine whether these negative opinions are really statistically representative of an actual lack of quality.

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Best Laptop for Video & Photo Editing 2018

Nowadays, most of the existing smartphones are designed with a built-in capability to allow users to edit a simple video, exactly as they would do with most of the laptops. However, when more serious photo and video editing is needed, these devices require an upgrade. You probably observed that gaming, photo and video editing is an intensive task. Therefore, most laptops have become powerful and adaptable devices that are capable of handling this task. However, only a few laptops show good results for such job.

When you are trying to find such a laptop, there are a few things that you need to pay attention to, such as processing power, memory, hard drive space and graphics card. Parts such as the processor, storage, RAM and display have an important role in this equation. Generally, you should look for a laptop that contains a powerful processor, for example i5 or i7, high RAM, such as one of 8GB or 16GB, and a full HD screen resolution. Such a screen resolution offers a crystal-clear view that is required for media editing and for appealing movies.

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Best Monitor for Macbook Pro (Retina) / Mac Mini / Macbook Air

Tutorial about how to choose a monitor to combine with a Mac computer. There are many models available, with pretty different prices and features. A short review about the main technologies, certifications, reference standards to consider.

The choice of a Monitor to use with a computer is not an easy task: there are many models for each price range, apparently similar but often with functions and features even much different from each other…So what are the best 2016 monitors to match a Mac computer with? And which parameters should I consider to choose them?

Keeping the average Mac user as parameter in mind, we’ve thought to explain the elements to consider in order to combine a monitor with a computer, which can be a Mac Mini, a Mac Pro, but also an additional display for a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro. There’s really an unlimited number of them, with displays suitable for people who professionally work with photos and videos, and other ones realized for design, yet other ones for gaming and multimedia, or pretty generic and cheap ones, suitable for people who do an office job (writing, emailing, web surfing etc.). We’ll shortly see the main technologies, certifications and the reference standards to consider.

Which connections should a Monitor be equipped to work with a Mac?

All pretty recent Mac computers provide, as standard, a Mini DisplayPort port (Thunderbolt); you can use this one to connect monitors that integrate this port: DVI, HDMI, or the old VGA monitors can be connected with specific adapters. Apple and third party producers provide Mini DisplayPort-DVI, Mini DisplayPort-VGA, Mini DisplayPort/DVI-Dual-Link and Mini DisplayPort-HDMI adapters. The current Mac Pro can handle without any problem up to three displays with 5K resolution and six Thunderbolt displays (we redirect you to this support document by Apple to know details about the types of Ultra HD monitor supported and how to set them up).

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Best Turntable (Record Player) 2018 Buying Guide: How to choose the best sound and quality

We live in curious times. Vinyl records are being sold in the same quantities as in the 90s and for the first time, they outperformed the streaming option in profits. Listening to music with a turntable can be an extremely pleasurable experience but it requires a little bit of knowledge and investment to get a really good sound from the records. Here are some recommendations:

record player

There is some convincing data: the sale of vinyl records reached a record during 2016. There hasn’t been so many sold in the last 25 years: more than 3.2 million records, 53% more than in 2015, comparable to the sales numbers from 1991.

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Chromebook vs. Windows Laptop, what’s the difference?

If you have only recently become acquainted with Chromebooks and you would like to know more about the differences between them and Windows PCs, you have come to the right place.

Chromebooks are extraordinary laptops for a number of reasons and they have advantages and disadvantages in relation to Windows PCs.

The history of Chromebooks

Before taking a look at the differences between Chromebooks and Windows PCs, you should understand the origin of Chromebooks and the reason for their existence.

The first Chromebooks appeared in 2011 and they were created by Google with the goal of offering a simple, fast and secure computer at a low price that people could use to surf the internet faster and more securely than ever before.

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Windows 10 Full Version Free Download (Home / Pro version 32 / 64 bit ISO)

The big release of the new Microsoft O.S day has come, and the firm hasn’t wasted any time to release the Windows 10 ISO, at the same time that it has begun to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC’s for free and that progressively will get to millions in 190 countries.

Besides the upgrade method, Windows 10 ISO allows you to perform a Windows 10 clean installation (from scratch). It has some advantages against the upgrade, like the fact that we can install it at any given time in any compatible PC that has at least the minimum requirements, that it will keep us from having software incompatibilities or manufacturers bloatware.

Windows 10 Free download

How do I download and prepare the ISO for Windows 10

Microsoft has eased the download and preparation by directly offering an app that will prepare the removable device for the Windows 10 ISO installation:

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