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January 18, 2017

Display Technologies Explained: LCD TN vs IPS vs VA, OLED, Quantum Dot, and More!

For most people, buying a new monitor is typically only about the resolution and size of the display. Ever heard of somebody say they just got a 24-inch 1080p monitor? Or someone who said they got a 4K 27-inch monitor? Sure. In fact, most of us have probably done that ourselves, but while the size and resolution of a display is important, what’s equally if not more important is the display technology behind it, which will tell us more about the color accuracy, latency, viewing angles, and more.

 

LCD

LCD, or Liquid Crystal Displays, first became popular when CRT, or Cathode Ray Tube, monitors became mostly obsolete in last decade. Unlike CRTs [...]

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January 14, 2017

How We Built a DIY Home Office Server Using FreeNAS

Introduction

Being an Editor here at Custom PC Review, I’m constantly in need of lots of mass storage. At CES 2017, I took over 1,000 14-bit RAW images using a Nikon D800 camera which generated files somewhere between 40MB-45MB each. After exporting them, another set of images are then created which take less, but still require quite a significant amount of storage space. Tack that onto 50Mbps 1080p video along with the thought of possibly doing 4K video down the road and the need for lots of reliable storage quickly adds up.

Of course, the easy solution is to throw a couple hard drives into your PC because that’s cheap and easy, but I also [...]

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December 14, 2016

Guide: How to Build a DIY Video Surveillance System Featuring Synology, Amcrest

Feeling Safe

Over the past few years, video surveillance has become increasingly popular in homes and businesses, and the reason for this is simple. Years ago, installing a video surveillance system typically involved hardwiring every single camera to a DVR and only those who purchased expensive higher end DVRs could then watch the footage on their laptops or smartphones. As you can imagine, this is both costly and impractical especially for an average home or small business owner.

Recently, things are much different thanks to the explosion of the IoT market as new solutions have made video surveillance affordable and easy to setup. As such, today we’ll be [...]

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November 14, 2016

Workstation Graphics Cards: Why You Need One and Why You Don’t

What’s a Quadro? FirePro?

You’ve inevitably come across workstation cards such as Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro in your hunt for your next graphics card update. Their enormous price tags not only send shivers down your spine but also raise curiosity as to what makes them so damn expensive.

Today we’re going to answer that question.

Before diving in, let’s take a look at some of the newest professional and consumer cards graphics cards Nvidia has to offer. For the sake of comparison, I’ve chosen the Nvidia Quadro P5000 and the GeForce GTX 1080 which are most comparable in specifications except the Quadro is designed for the [...]

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October 24, 2016

Battlefield 1 PC Performance Analysis

At long last the latest and heavily anticipated Battlefield game has been released. Showcasing the grim atmosphere of World War 1 the game takes us from the trenches in France, to the Ottoman Empire in modern day Turkey.

The Battlefield series has always been one of the quintessential PC titles since the original Battlefield 1942 way back in 2002 and its developer DICE has been known for going the extra mile for PC gamers, with fantastic hardware optimization and being at the forefront of AMD’s mantle back in Battlefield 4, though Battlefield games have always been plagued with glitches and bugs at launch the worst of which was Battlefield 4 and while having [...]

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October 21, 2016

How to Disable Chrome Notifications in Windows 10

As a part of the Google Chrome 42 update, Google enabled its notifications API which allows apps, websites, etc. to push notifications to users. While many users such as myself find these very helpful when it comes to staying on top of my news, emails, and reminders, some find these notifications very annoying and simply want to turn it all off.

Here’s how to do it.

 

Turn off notifications for select websites

Say you have some notifications you enjoy having such as your favorite mail or online news service, but given you already have the Facebook app which already does notifications, having more notifications on your PC is just way [...]

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October 13, 2016

10 Easy Tips to Boost Your Android Phone’s Battery Life

If you’ve been using your phone for a while, chances are its battery life isn’t what it used to be. On day one you probably got a solid day of use on a single charge yet you sit here today with just a meager 2 hours on a charge. What happened? Here are 10 some simple tips you can do to boost your Android smartphone’s battery life.

 

1. Checkout your power flow, close battery draining apps

For those trying to optimize power usage, the first thing to do is check out Android’s built-in battery monitor in the settings menu. Not only does it tell you how much time your phone has been on, it also gives you an [...]

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October 12, 2016

10 Easy Tips to Speed Up a Slow Windows 10 Computer

In the latest of our how to tutorials and guides, we try to answer one of the questions we get asked about almost on a day to day basis both here as well as in our daily personal lives. The question of course being “How do I speed up my PC that used to be fast, but is now very slow?”

Well that’s a good question and without any additional rambling on my part, let’s take a look at the top 10 things you can do to speed up your PC.

 

1. Clean Your System

When we use our computers, junk starts to accumulate in different areas of our system. Browsers for example store history, cached data, cookies, [...]

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October 4, 2016

Best PC Monitors [October 2016]: Samsung, LG, Viewsonic, Acer, and More!

Several years ago, picking out a monitor was relatively easy. Those who needed high end monitors generally purchased an IPS, MVA, or PLS panel while those who didn’t need a high end monitor purchased a TN panel. That was it. There was no curved display, no FreeSync, and no affordable IPS panel either.

After my colleague Tom Li published his 6 Reasons Why Your Next Upgrade Should Be a Second Monitor article, I figured I’d do some research and present you with some of the best monitors available on the market today. In this buying guide, I tried to make recommendations for some of the most common segments, but as there’s so many different monitors [...]

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October 1, 2016

How to Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 in Three Easy Steps

If you think about it, in older versions of Windows, it was a bit difficult to uninstall programs especially if you’re a newcomer to the operating system. In Windows 10, Microsoft has made it a lot easier thanks to the new search function.

Here’s an easy 3-step process that doesn’t even require you to go into the settings menu!

 

1. Click on the “Ask me anything” prompt in the taskbar.

2. Type in “change or remove a program” and the first result should be “Change or remove a program” app in Windows. Click on that. For the ultimate in laziness, in the first part of this step, you may [...]

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