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The best monitors available under $200

If you’ve suddenly found yourself needing to work from home, you might be in need of a monitor so you’re not working off a smaller laptop screen and messing up your eyesight. If you are fortunate enough that work is footing the bill, you may find that their upper limit is less generous than it first seemed. That’ll leave you with under $200 to get a new monitor for your workspace, and like everything else necessary in this new normal – they’re flying off the shelves faster than cheap microwaves on Black Friday.

That’s not to say you can’t find a decent monitor for that price though. There are a few ground rules when going low budget. Make sure everything you need is in the box, like cables or stands, as scrambling to buy those separately at the last second will cost you. If you already have a monitor

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Review: Seagate Firecuda External Gaming SSD

The Good

Super speedy

Metal enclosure

Adjustable lighting is a nice touch

The Bad

Costly

Your devices may not be able to use the full speed

Storage space is one of the most important commodities in our modern lives. That’s especially true for digital storage, as photo reels have fast replaced the physical photo albums of yesteryear.

Seagate knows a thing or two about storage, and we’ve been using their drives for years here at KnowTechie, with good results. The newest additions to the range? External SSDs using the NVME spec for ultra-fast storage that’s supremely portable.

The model we’re looking at today is the $280 1 TB FireCuda Gaming SSD, so let’s find out just how fast it is.

So, how fast is fast anyway?

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Seagate has upped the ante for external storage yet again, putting up to 2 TB of NVME

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What PC game should I play?

The usual gaming schedule has taken a backseat this year, meaning the new releases we would usually be sinking our collective teeth into right now are postponed. Which means it’s never been a better time to clear out our gaming backlogs. But how do you know what to play?

We’ve got launchers for Steam, Origin, Uplay, GOG, Epic Games, Blizzard, and a handful of others, all gathering digital dust as we buy games before we finish the ones we already own. 2020 is different though, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve got another five months or more before anything major is really released.

That’s five months to clear off our backlogs of shame, and we’ll show you some handy tools to do just that – all you need to do is start playing.

So, what PC game out of my backlog should I play?

Short

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How do I know if my PC can run a specific game?

If your PC was gifted to you, or if it’s been a while since you bought it and you don’t really remember what parts are inside, it might be difficult to figure out if you’ll meet the requirements for the newest games before you buy them.

Maybe you want to play CoD: Modern Warfare, but don’t know if your graphics card is up to snuff. Maybe you’re not sure if you have enough memory, or if your aging CPU will be up to the task.

You could go diving into Windows settings panels, tools, and graphics driver dashboards to piece together what you need to know, but surely there’s an easier way? One that doesn’t mean you have to unscrew the side panel of your PC and actually peek inside?

So, how do I know my PC is powerful enough to play a game?

Short answer: Head to Can

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Should I get a mechanical keyboard for my laptop?

Laptops nowadays are often nearly as powerful as full desktop computers, so the decision-making process when buying a new computer is often “Do I need portability?” and not “Can I make do with less power?” The draw of being able to sling your computer into a bag and work from anywhere is powerful, but is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

Even without having to compromise on power, choosing a laptop often means compromising in other areas. The screens are usually smaller and of lesser quality, although the quality has improved recently. You’ll end up with fewer ports to plug things into, and storage can often be an issue.

Then there are trade-offs with the trackpad and keyboard, so they can fit into the smaller footprint of a laptop. This is what we want to talk about today.

So, should I get a mechanical keyboard for my laptop?

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