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    What key do you use to 'Move Forward'?

    Funny you say that, as I went from arrow keys with left and right to turn to UT'99 dragging me kicking and screaming into the WASD and mouse aim era (keep in mind that I was mostly playing DOS-era FPSs in singleplayer before then) to Tribes 2 specifically converting me to ESDF. Having that QAZ...
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    Comcast data caps are coming in January all over the place

    I haven't had Comcast at home for a few years; my parents opted to ditch them for AT&T after Comcast went nuts with overages in the stupid 300 GB/month era. 1.2 TB/month isn't enough of an improvement. Granted, it also meant going from 90/10 to 60/60, because they didn't want to pay up for the...
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    The 970 is still a capable card? Heresy

    I got a GTX 980 for basically 970 pricing in late 2015, so I'm in much the same boat five years later. The 980 is the same GPU, after all, just fully enabled and with the entire 4 GB of VRAM being usable at full speed. The thing is, for flat 1080p gaming, it's perfectly fine, but for VR, it's...
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    How are Samsung phones nowadays?

    Been using Samsung phones for many years, currently on a Note 20 Ultra, and I generally like it except for how they dropped the headphone jack back on the Note 10 and made me wait a few weeks to get some USB-C IEMs that should've been in the box. No, game mode on the Buds Live/Beans isn't good...
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    Are there Any Good Laptops These Days?

    To be fair, I haven't seen many other manufacturers go whole ham on soldering everything to the motherboard... except for Apple, because thinness and they gotta ensure people without hot air BGA rework equipment and a whole lot of patience have to pay up their obscene premiums for RAM and SSD...
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    Are there Any Good Laptops These Days?

    Speaking of laptop serviceability, I had to pop the bottom cover off of my OMEN X 2S to install a second M.2 SSD. Six T6 screws undone and it's off, right? WRONG! The damn thing's latched on pretty securely, and takes some careful prying with a spudger/used gift card/whatever that won't scratch...
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    Are there Any Good Laptops These Days?

    Replace "laptop" with "car", and you'll be echoing car enthusiasts pretty well with that statement. Ugly styling across the board, no more manual transmissions, rev hang when you do have a manual option, bigger and heavier without the interior space to match, electric power steering with no feel...
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    Which laptop brands are best?

    The problem with ranking on brands is that outside of certain brands like Apple and Razer, most of them run the gamut from "godawful plasticky cheap crap where you have to tear down the entire bottom half just to replace the hard drive, topped off with nasty TN panels" that sums up old iBooks...
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    Are there Any Good Laptops These Days?

    The chiclet keyboard caveat is what really screws you over, as it's difficult for me to think of any laptop nowadays that hasn't adopted that keycap shape in some form. You can probably thank Apple for that. Even modern ThinkPads use 'em, and the feel is still pretty good in practice for...
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    Has anyone here went from a PC Tower desktop to a laptop ? If so why and do you feel it was worth it?

    My primary gaming desktop is an aging i7-4770K 4.5 GHz/32 GB DDR3-2400/GTX 980 system, and while I've been itching to upgrade the GPU in it, the availability of NVIDIA's new Ampere cards has been a total joke. We'll see if AMD fares better with the RX 6800 XT. However, I kept missing it every...
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    Powerful Convertible?

    Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel (not to be mistaken for the non-Ezel version, that's just a plain laptop) or ConceptD 9. Sorry about your wallet. https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/conceptd-series/conceptd7ezel https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/conceptd-series/conceptd9 Those things are basically...
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    What is RTINGS fascination with VA Panels?

    I use an Eizo FG2421 on my desktop - 120 Hz VA. It's probably the first LCD monitor I laid eyes on that didn't look like total crap coming from a Sony GDM-FW900, and the contrast ratio (somewhere between 4600:1 and the advertised 5000:1 in practice, after calibration) helps a lot with that...
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    You don't really need Ampere or Big Navi... UNLESS! (Display tech post)

    I use an Eizo FG2421, 1080p 120 Hz, as my main monitor. Not much by modern standards, but it'll tide me over until I can treat myself to an LG C9 or CX once the 4K 120 Hz G-SYNC support's been verified from the peope lucky enough to actually have Ampere cards. Meanwhile, I'm still itching for...
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra thread

    To be fair, I wouldn't do it either. I'm just waiting for someone to figure out the process and document it for the rest of us, like how someone found out that it was the phone app on Verizon-branded Pixels that denied bootloader unlocking initially. Anyway, I haven't had much more to report...
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    Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate ($150 or less for 3 years - as low as $100)

    I'm definitely looking forward to that, just to go through Titanfall 2's single-player mode, see if Star Wars Squadrons lives up to the old X-Wing/TIE Fighter series, and not have to buy a Battlefield game every year or two (last one was BF4, just kinda skipped 1 and V, still prefer 1942 and 2...
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