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Keyboard for programmers?

I'd like to invest in a new keyboard - I've been typing on a MacBook Pro keyboard forever and, while I love it, it's time for something new and slightly more ergonomic. Requirements: Must play nice ...
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I need a really good computer that I can get built for Blender 3D rendering and gaming

so basically I've gotten the chance to build a computer that has a budget of $2,000 to $3,000. But I just don't know anything about computers. See I'm in dire need for an upgrade from my current ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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Can someone recommend a low-cost Linux computer with a HDD and some RAM expandability? [closed]

I have been using a Raspberry Pi 3B as a workstation, connected to an HDMI monitor and keyboard and mouse. I use it for a variety of tasks, as a general-purpose computer. With accessories it was ...
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Good, cheap microphone for speech / voice recording?

I'm looking for a good microphone for recording speech (eg. for podcasts, although it might be used for other things too), ideally for under $30. I'm looking for something that: Has minimal hiss ...
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Smartphones under $100 for Android Development

I am looking for a smartphone that I can use for testing and developing my Android app on. Any Android version above 2.3 is okay and any screen size is good. I currently have a Nexus 7 and want ...
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Graphics card for new college computer

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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Compact keyboard with mechanical switches

My Dell XPS laptop is very nice, but the keyboard and its trackpad are less than ideal for a full day's work, or a quick gaming session. I'm looking for a keyboard I can put in my bag with my laptop. ...
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Mainboard Recommendations For Built Computer Meant For Rendering (And Gaming)

I asked a question here and I was told to create another question asking for a mainboard recommendation. So far the parts I have in my Amazon Cart are the following: The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (I ...
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Smartphone that ships without pre-installed proprietary software?

I want a smartphone. At this point I don’t care about hardware specifications, features, design, price etc. The only requirement is that the smartphone ships without proprietary software. But I read ...
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Tablet that comes with 100% FLOSS

I’m looking for a tablet that ships with FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) only. For the FLOSS smartphone (which I‘m also looking for), I was willing to accept the compromise that firmware/...
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Cheap USB 3.0 hub

I'm looking for an external USB 3.0 hub for under $50 USD. Requirements: USB 3.0 At least 5 ports (More the better) Works on Windows 10 External Looks nice mounted in one place (I won't be moving it,...
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Laptop for simple tasks and remote work

I have a fairly known and consistent use-case. My laptop does almost no computational work. I do a ton of heavy computational work, but it all happens on big multicore servers which I access/control ...
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Laptop for front-end development

I am enrolled in a Front End Developer course that starts in January. I need a laptop for the class. I am trying to decide between a Windows machine or a MacBook Pro. The class info says that either ...
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Picking VM server hardware for development

I am an experienced programmer with very little hardware experience, and completely overwhelmed with the unlimited number of choices available. Since technology changes so rapidly, it's very ...
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Android phone under $180 with great specs

I'm looking for a great android phone with awesome specs, but in a tight budget of under $180(may go a little over). Here is a list of things I want it to include: compatible with micro SD card uses ...
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What options are available for cheap NAS devices that allows to put two hard drives in RAID 1?

I want to create a private cloud on my home, and for this I want to know a good NAS device that performs the following: Put two or more hard drives on RAID 1. As cheap as possible. Allow to install ...
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LGA 2011 vs. AM3+

I'm completing the hardware list for desktop unit, which will be used for programming (60%), data analysis & AI (15%) and gaming (15%), the rest beeing internet browsing. Budget: 1200$. I want ...
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Two Audio Sources -> One set of speakers

I have two audio sources, both using 3.55mm "headphone jack" outputs. I have one set of powered stereo speakers. I need to connect both sources to my single pair of speakers. Ideally, I'd like to be ...
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Notebook for work and fun

I work with software development and have some games that I want to play. Games like The Witcher 3, Diablo 3: RoS, etc. I live in a hot country, so I need something that won't overheat. Requirements:...
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Recommendations of thin clients running Ubuntu

We develop cost effective hospital information systems for rural India which runs as a web application. To make the overall cost of ownership low, we use Ubuntu as the server and client OS. To drive ...
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Power supply for new college computer

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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Surveillance system with shared files/drive? as bundle?

My mother is looking for a surveillance system for her office, and also wants to buy a server for file sharing/storage (shared folders/drives primarily). I am wondering if there is any surveillance ...
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Is there such a thing as a Schleptop? (small, portable desktop-ish)

I always buy laptops, because I (very rarely) need to work in different locations. Mainly because I prefer computing from my lap, rather than a desk. However, I want to be able to add multiple 3.5" ...
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Mini-ITX case with 10 SATA hot swap bays

Mini-ITX boards with 8 to 12 SATA connectors aren't that exotic. But what about matching cases? Basically, I am looking for something similar to the SuperChassis 721TQ-250B - but with more hot-swap ...
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Good heatsink for socket LGA 2011-v3?

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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Multi-WAN gigabit Router

(Yes, I’ve seen this question which is very similar, however my specs include the word gigabit. Also the only current answer to that question was written by someone that didn’t understand the meaning ...
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Are there any large 4K TVs on the market which have DisplayPort ports?

Are there any large 4K TVs on the market which have DisplayPort ports? A quick Google search for this does not turn up many results. I found that many people have said that HDMI is the standard for ...
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New Gaming System - CPU [Romania]

I'm building a system to play the latest games at max settings at 1920x1080 and get as close to 30 FPS as possible within the budget. The trouble is that the website I'm buying from is in Romanian, ...
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BLE5.1(+) with on-board or snap-on display

So, I just found Papyr. Hardware Specifications Raytac MDBT50 module with Nordic nRF52840 BLE/802.15.4 SoC 1.54 inch 200x200 pixel red/black/white epaper display - GDEW0154Z04 CR2477 coin cell holder ...
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How to connect USB peripheries to USB Hub on monitor and desktop PC without unplugging?

I have a USB-C screen (Lenovo ThinkVision P27H) which I want to connect my laptop to, so that I just need one wire for charging and video. The screen also features a USB hub, which is why I would like ...
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USB to Ethernet adapter supporting multiple virtual LANs

Several unresolved questions have been made in various online forums looking for any options that may exist for a USB to Ethernet adapter that supports multiple VLANs. Past questions have often been ...
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Are there ANY USB-C 'splitters' (hubs with multiple USB-C ports) in existence?

While hubs can be found that adapt USB-C to many USB 3.0 ports, or to mDP etc., it seems there is no product out there that simply turns a single USB-C into two or more USB-C ports? Is there a ...
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How can I evaluate processor performance when comparing processors? [closed]

My second to last laptop was a Core2Duo 2.4 GHz processor. I have recently purchased a new laptop, which has 2.5 GHz i7 processors (the new model Macbook Pro). It it fairly obvious that a 5-year ...
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What is a durable laptop targeting a 10 year lifetime?

It seems these days people (and thus laptop manufacturers) don't care about how long a laptop lasts for, since I guess they don't care how wasteful it is to buy a new one every year or two. Well, I ...
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Low-cost NAS with easy OS installation

I'm looking for a NAS device for the purpose of running backups of several other machines. My current setup for this is a consumer PC with extra drives plugged in, but this is non-optimal for several ...
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4K Monitor for programming [closed]

I'm a software developer looking for more real estate on my desktop. I play occasional games, but not as much as I'd like. My budget is at or around 1k. I'm worried that if I get one that's too ...
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Graphics card that works well with Linux open source drivers

I am looking for a graphics card that works well (i.e. has good performance) with the open source drivers that are part of the Linux kernel (version 4.2). I don't need monster performance (not ...
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Should I find a processor with “hyper-threading?” [closed]

The Intel Core i7 processor has a feature known as "hyper-threading." Quoting their website: Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)1 uses processor resources more efficiently, ...
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Notebook for developers

I am a computer science student with specialization in machine learning and I need a new notebook. I work inside most of the time, but I take my notebook to presentations / collaborative development / ...
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Passive GPS tracker/logger

Looking for a "passive" GPS tracking device. Everything I have found on the market is obsolete and overpriced, especially compared to the "active" trackers that are essentially cellular devices that ...
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Is there a tablet SOC capable of running a blob-free mainline Linux kernel with open wifi, and useable graphics support?

I am wondering, whether a platform with these specifications exists: Hacking-friendly from open boot-loader up (support for re-locking?) Linux mainline kernel (blob-free?) boot support with SMP. Free/...
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Laptop for data science

What are the laptops which are most suited for data scientists and analysts? As we deal with heavy computations and also need to generate visualizations, something which can take the toll of it, ...
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What are the differences between monitors inputs (HDMI, Display Port, DVI, VGA)? [closed]

These four are the main I/O that you see. What are the pros/cons for each? As far as I know HDMI 2.0 supports higher fps than earlier HDMI as well as that Display Port supports high fps. Besides ...
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Whole home wifi system

I want to have reliable, fast, wifi coverage throughout my house. It is a quite large house, with some thick walls, so a single wireless router doesn't reach to the far corners. I have tried adding ...
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Cherry MX Switch Tester with MX Silver (a.k.a. MX Speed)

I am looking for a Cherry MX Switch Tester that contains an MX Silver (a.k.a. MX Speed). It should be below 50 USD. (otherwise I'll just purchase the entire keyboard) All the Cherry MX Switch Testers ...
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32" curved 4K (UHD) IPS monitor

I want this monitor for desktop work, and the curvature of my current DELL 34" has been great for productivity, but its low resolution compared to my 4K laptop is a problem. I can live without ...
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PCIe WWAN adapters known to work with Linux out of the box

I am looking for an internal PCIe WWAN (UMTS or LTE) card that will work flawlessly with Linux (specifically Ubuntu, currently on 16.04) on a HP EliteBook 6930p. My requirements are: A internal ...
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Monitor stand that supports 3 monitors

I currently have 3 Asus VH236H monitors. They are spread across my desk and can be hard to work with. I am looking for a stand or mount to bring my monitors closer together. My monitors have the VESA ...
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Graphics card that can support three monitors

I want to use multiple monitors for my PC, three in total. I would like to know what graphics card would run: 2 24" full-HD monitors 1 21" HD-ready monitors All monitors support 1920x1080 max ...

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