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Brandon received his first PC, an IBM Aptiva 310, in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since. He cut his teeth on computer building/repair working at a mom and pop computer shop as a plucky teen in the mid 90s and went on to join AnandTech as the Senior News Editor in 1999. Brandon would later help to form DailyTech where he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008 until 2014. Brandon is a tech geek at heart, and family members always know where to turn when they need free tech support. When he isn’t writing about the tech hardware or studying up on the latest in mobile gadgets, you’ll find him browsing forums that cater to his long-running passion: automobiles.

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Today is Tiger Lake's big day, Intel’s 11th generation Core architecture destined for thin and light laptops (read our Intel Architecture Day 2020 coverage of Tiger Lake here). Tiger Lake has been a long time coming and represents a huge leap in performance over the previous generation Intel Ice Lake family, and it's... Read more...
We first heard about LG’s upcoming Wing smartphone earlier this year, and within the past few weeks, there have been some “carefully” leaked videos that have shown the device in the real world. Today, LG is officially teasing the Wing in a short video clip that gives us a visual representation of how the smartphone’s... Read more...
Are you a Fortnite fan, but are sick and tired of hearing about Epic Games' battle with Apple? Well, we've got some news that might be right your alley in the wake of NVIDIA's big GeForce RTX 30 Series (Ampere) announcement.  NVIDIA and Epic announced today that Fortnite will be adding support for three... Read more...
Roughly two weeks ago, ZTE teased the Axon 20 5G, which it billed as the world’s first smartphone with an under-display selfie camera. True to its word, ZTE has gone official with the smartphone today, and it’s quite impressive. The Axon 20 5G manages to have minimal bezels all around and no hole punch/notch or... Read more...
Apple’s upcoming fall keynote will no doubt be headlined by the iPhone 12 family of smartphones, which have been highly anticipated by consumers. These will mark the first iPhones to include 5G connectivity, and will incorporate an all-new design language for the first time since the iPhone X bowed in... Read more...
Over the weekend, we were made privy to official specifications for the Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD, which should be arriving relatively soon on the consumer market. The 980 Pro offers some pretty spectacular performance stats, with maximum sequential reads and writes of 7,000MB/sec and 5,000MB/sec respectively... Read more...
It's been a long time coming, but we're less than 24 hours away from the big launch of NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce RTX 30 Series family of graphics cards, aka Ampere. It's been roughly two years since NVIDIA launched Turing, which at the time were GPU monsters delivering massive gains in performance over their... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple is working on Macs powered by its own family of Arm-based processors, currently dubbed Apple Silicon. We’ve heard rumors that among the first devices that will debut with Apple Silicon will be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air. However, a new report suggests that we could... Read more...
All eyes have been on the OnePlus Nord over the past few weeks or so for its value play in the mid-range 5G smartphone phone market. However, Motorola is looking to do battle with the Nord on the global stage; oh, and you can actually purchase this smartphone in the United States (take note, OnePlus). The One 5G... Read more...
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730 SoC has been around for quite a while, and currently powers the surprisingly versatile Google Pixel 4a smartphone that starts at a low $349 (you can read the HotHardware review here). Not one to rest on its laurels, Qualcomm today is launching a follow-up to the Snapdragon 730G that is still... Read more...
15-inch gaming laptops are a dime a dozen these days, as they are available across a wide range of price points. Lenovo, however, is taking a slightly different approach with its latest release, which is called the Legion Slim 7i. Rather than placing all of its potent hardware components in a thick and heavy chassis... Read more...
We got our first glimpse of Samsung's new 980 Pro SSD back at CES 2020, and at the time, it was promising big performance thanks to its shift from the PCIe 3.0 interface to PCIe 4.0. We were initially told that the 980 Pro would top out with blistering sequential read speeds of 6.5GB/sec, which would... Read more...
Sony, what are you doing? The Sony PlayStation 5 is one of two highly anticipated gaming console launching at the end of this year (with the other being the Xbox Series X) and excitement has building at a feverish pace. However, Sony has just announced a crazy PlayStation 5 preorder scheme that has many scratching... Read more...
Intel just can’t seem to keep a lid on the leaks with regards to its upcoming 11th generation Tiger Lake mobile processor platform. Today, a massive leak has occurred, as the company’s entire promo reel for Tiger Lake has been leaked to the internet. Right off the bat, we get a look at Intel’s new Core branding, which was first discovered Read more...
We’re still more than a few days away from NVIDIA’s planned unveil for its GeForce RTX 30 Series of Ampere graphics cards, but it appears that one of the company’s OEM partners just couldn’t wait to spill the beans. That fortunate [or unfortunate depending on how you want to look at it] company is Zotac, which leaked... Read more...
DJI brought a lot to the table with its original Mavic Air that launched back in 2017. It was a step up from DJI's entry-level Spark, but not quite as feature-packed and robust as the Mavic Pro. In other words, Mavic Air struck a nice balance in between the aforementioned product bookends with respect... Read more...
We love crazy gaming mods here at HotHardware, and another impressive one just slid across the news desk. Witness this custom Nintendo Wii system that has been squeezed into a case that is roughly the same size as a GameBoy Color. Its creator, GingerOfMods, affectionately refers to it as the WiiBoy Color. Whereas... Read more...
There’s been a lot of courtroom drama surrounding Apple over the past two weeks, but at least one ongoing case involving the company has finally been [preliminarily] settled. The class action lawsuit was brought against Apple way back in 2017 regarding a defect in its Powerbeats 2 headphones, which first entered the... Read more...
When it comes to Intel’s Tiger Lake processors, quite a bit has leaked to the internet already ahead of its early September launch. We’ve seen benchmarks of various members of the family, with the most frequent appearances being made by the Core i7-1165G7. In one of its most recent outings, the Core i7-1165G7 was... Read more...
2020 is turning out to be the year of 5G for Android smartphones. Android flagships with a few exceptions (we’re looking at you, Surface Duo) come standard with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon X55 5G modem. We’re also increasingly seeing mid-range smartphone priced at around $499 with Snapdragon 765/765G 5G... Read more...
We’ve grown accustomed to hearing about Windows 10 updates causing problems for users, especially with regards to the May 2020 Update. In many regards, the May 2020 Update has been as notorious at the problem-prone October 2018 Update. One issue in particular that has been running rampant since the May 2020... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to launch a new iPhone 12 family next month with an A14 Bionic SoC, OLED displays, and 5G support. However, the company is also planning to launch a new Apple Watch Series 6 and fresh iPad tablets. A new leak today is shedding light on the new iPad Air 4, and it’s a pretty big leak. A... Read more...
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