Reza Pahlevi

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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

The gaming laptop landscape is experiencing an earthquake-like shift. With the near-simultaneous launches of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 and Intel’s Comet Lake-H mobile CPUs, we have a real fight for the first time ever, focusing on Ryzen 4000’s cores vs. Comet Lake-H’s clock speeds. We have to say, Ryzen 4000 is looking awfully good—check out our new top budget 15-inch laptop, the Acer Nitro 5, below. Meanwhile, Nvidia has unveiled a new generation of mobile graphics technologies. Check out our top picks immediately below, and keep reading to catch up on the latest news and reviews. 

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Best Cyber Monday tech deals at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, and more

Our editors have been hard at work sifting through the Cyber Monday deals at all the major online retailers in order to curate a list of those that offer the best value. We'll be updating our recommendations as new deals surface, so bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Best Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping tips

  • Deals can expire before their slated end time if quantities run out, so don’t wait too long if something appeals to you. 
  • To qualify for Amazon’s Prime deals, you can sign up for a 30-day Prime membership if you haven’t already done so in the past.
  • Newegg has a new policy for Black Friday 2020: Select items qualify for an automatic refund if the price drops further between now and the end of the month.
  • Some retailers offer free 2-day shipping through ShopRunner, which many credit cards offer as a free perk. You can also sign up for a 1-year trial through PayPal.
  • Using PayPal for online purchases? Sign up for the company’s free return program, which foots the bill for return shipping on up to 12 purchases.

TVs, soundbars, and media streamers

best holiday 2020 tv deals Amazon

See our complete list of the best Cyber Monday deals on TVs, soundbars, media streamers, and more.

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NZXT's Xbox Series X lookalike makes small-form-factor builds a snap

Update: NZXT has identified a potential fire hazard on some H1 cases and is asking customers to contact it for an updated kit. The company said a screw on the PCIe riser cable may cause a short where it contacts the case. H1 customers are asked to contact NZXT at [email protected] to see if their unit is impacted. The company has advised customers to power off units until they have determined if a repair kit is required or not.

Building in a small-form-factor case can be a royal pain. Unlike with larger alternatives, more forethought and foresight is required, as difficulties around order of assembly and cable management (among other issues) will crop up.

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This Cyber Monday gaming PC sale helps you skip DIY headaches

Best Cyber Monday deals on PC components, monitors, networking gear, and more

While you can certainly find good deals this year, they’re not nearly as plentiful or tantalizing as last year, due to demand and a flood of recent product launches. On average, expect to spend about 10 percent more compared to 2019.

Still, with some digging around, we’re unearthing solid discounts on items that we particularly care about at PCWorld: CPUs, GPUs, monitors, and more. Keep an eye on these lists, as we’ll expand them as sales ramp up between now and Black Friday.

To see everything else on sale right now, check out our round-up of the best Cyber Monday 2020 deals.

Best PC component deals

Amazon Build-a-PC sale

For Cyber Monday, Amazon is running a sale just for desktop PC builders and system upgraders, offering incredible deals in the neighborhood of 30 percent off. It includes too many parts to even mention, but a glance at the offerings shows hardware at all-time Amazon low prices including this Asus TUF motherboard supporting AMD AM4 Socket and PCIe 4 for $136 (20% off); a 14TB Western Digital 7200rpm hard drive for $320 (47% off); and an unlocked Intel Core i7-10700KF for $290 (20% off). Whether you're team AMD or team Intel, this sale can accommodate.

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iPhone 12 vs Android’s best: It’s time to consider switching phones

It's time to pit the best Android phones of 2020 against the iPhone 12. But the fight is very one-sided this year.

Roborock S4 Max review: Roborock's latest robot vacuum is another winner

Multi-level mapping, LiDAR navigation, and superior cleaning performance are among this new model's highlights.

WD Black SN850 NVMe SSD review: Fantastic sustained write speeds via PCIe 4.0