2018

The Tech Land­scape Has Be­come Rather Odd

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With

the change in sched­ul­ing that started this month, we’ve taken to op­por­tu­nity to bring you a bumper tech sec­tion this month, with all man­ner of gear for most bud­gets, from a 1070 Ti roundup to high end lap­tops, to the big­gest, widest mon­i­tor we’ve ever seen. This year is shap­ing up to be a very cu­ri­ous one when it comes to tech. The OLED revo­lu­tion we have been hop­ing to see in mon­i­tors still seems to be on the hori­zon, and video­cards, whilst get­ting more pow­er­ful, are con­tin­u­ally in­creas­ing in price thanks to bit­coin min­ing. That, of course, could change overnight if Sam­sung can ac­tu­ally de­liver on their prom­ise of an ef­fi­cient and fast min­ing chip.

One thing that def­i­nitely seems to be hap­pen­ing is that gam­ing lap­tops are get­ting cheaper with­out com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity. The Acer He­lios 300 re­viewed this is­sue is a fab­u­lous ma­chine de­liv­er­ing very good gam­ing per­for­mance for un­der $2k while still re­main­ing ex­tremely por­ta­ble and prac­ti­cal as a work ma­chine. If this trend keeps up it will be very ex­cit­ing. Sim­i­larly, we tested our first op­ti­cal switch key­board this is­sue and that too was very ex­cit­ing, not just be­cause it was a first for us, but also be­cause the key­board is priced sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than its peers. We don’t know if this pric­ing is prod­uct spe­cific or is a fac­tor of the com­po­nents, but if it’s the lat­ter we could start see­ing cheaper premium key­boards hit­ting the mar­ket. Prices com­ing down is al­ways good.

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