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One of Samsung’s best-selling curved monitors is on sale for $90 off

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Block out distractions and meet your work goals in the new year.
Block out distractions and meet your work goals in the new year.

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If you’re still attempting to work on flat computer monitor, WYD?

Whether you’re aiming to get that salary raise in 2019 or are just trying to beat that kid from across the ocean on Fortnite, a productivity-upping curved monitor is calling your name — and you can grab Samsung’s well-reviewed CF391 model on sale for $90 off at Amazon.

Samsung is killing the game in curved 4K TVs — and you expected their curved monitors to be any different? A top-notch choice for work and gaming alike, this 32-inch best seller features 1800R curvature (designed to mimic the human eye) on an FHD 1920 x 1080 display. With panoramic views this immersive, spreadsheets might actually be exciting.

Gamers, here’s what you care about: This model is armed with a 4 ms response time, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and a 3000:1 color ratio. Samsung’s Game Mode automatically optimizes contrast to get the most out of each scene, and Samsung’s FreeSync technology syncs frame rates with your graphics card of choice. (The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 is $50 off, by the way.)

Regularly $319.99, you can save $89.99 (nearly 30%) and grab it for $230.

Grab a Dell monitor on sale for $150 off and snag an extra $150 gift card with this deal

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Start off 2019 with a monitor from Dell that will actually make you want to work.
Start off 2019 with a monitor from Dell that will actually make you want to work.

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The start of 2019 is creeping up fast, and that means it’s time once again to make a list of New Year’s resolutions that you’ll inevitably ditch after a couple weeks.

Here’s one you can keep though: Vow to buckle down and get shit done in 2019 with an UltraSharp monitor from Dell — now $150 off and on sale for just $449.99.

As an extra bonus to keep you motivated, Dell will throw in a free $150 gift card, good toward literally anything on Dell’s site. It ships two weeks after your monitor ships and expires in 90 days, but hey — that’s an extra gift to look forward to after the holidays.

This particular 27-inch model (U2719D) has a 2560 x 1440 QHD display (about 1.77 more detail than regular HD) and Dell’s UltraSharp technology is calibrated at 99% sRGB coverage to an accuracy of less than two — in non-geek talk, that means true-to-life hues that make working fun and gaming better than ever.

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As far as productivity goes, Dell has this one in the bag. Need a vertical view instead of horizontal? Dell’s innovative hinge design allows you to tilt and pivot the screen for whatever setup is comfortable to you. Once your workspace is tweaked, Dell’s customizable tools and templates allow you to organize your apps and documents the way that works for you. The extra thin bezels let you squeeze as much on the screen as possible and offer a pretty much seamless view if you want to set up two side by side. 

If nothing else, it’ll just look really sleek on your desk.

Regularly $599, you can save $150 and grab the Dell U2719D monitor for just $449.99 (and get that extra $150 in the mail in two weeks).

Save $211 on an UltraWide HD monitor from LG and create a badass work station

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Editor’s note: PCMag and Mashable are both owned by Ziff Davis.

Staying productive can be hard. We get it. As much as you love your job or field of study, keeping all of your tasks straight quickly devolves into opening Twitter more often than we’d like to admit.

Until you can purchase pure motivation, a widescreen monitor can be the next best thing. It helps you get things organized and keeps those productivity juices flowing.

This 29-inch IPS panel model from LG has stellar reviews and is only $189 with this hidden gem of a deal from the PCMag Shop. Just enter code PCMAG10 to get an extra 10% off the already-slashed price, plus free shipping.

(And guys, that under $200 price point is a true rarity — considering Walmart and Amazon carry the exact same monitor for $209 and $217, respectively.)

The LG 29-inch 29UM59-A UltraWide monitor is optimized for a truly enjoyable experience, whether it’s at work or play. (Just imagine playing video games on this thing.) At 2560×1080, it’s about 33% wider than a 1920×1080 monitor. 

UltraWide monitors can fit significantly more on one screen than a traditional computer or laptop, cutting the need for double monitors and overwhelming tabs — it’s even customizable for the stuff that needs emphasis. 

It's a multitasker's dream.

It’s a multitasker’s dream.

This particular monitor is a home run for entertainment, too (though this probably won’t help the whole “productivity” thing much). The 75 Hz refresh rate, 16.7 million colors thanks to the IPS panel, and crisp resolution takes streaming and gaming to a whole new level, with bomb viewing angles for truly immersive content.

It’s a work and play companion in one — what else could you need? Regularly $399.99, you can save $210.99 and grab the LG 29-inch UltraWide for just $189 when you use code PCMAG10.

7 of the best antivirus programs for Windows 10

Of all the products reviewed, Webroot received the most positive feedback — over 1,000 customers gave it five stars on Amazon. Webroot offers a wide range of features, from malware detection to computer tune-ups.
Take advantage of the software by blocking and detecting viruses, malware, and ransomware, and stopping phishing and identity theft. You’ll also receive warnings about dangerous links or sites before you click on them. Like some of the other products listed, you’ll also get automatic updates on the latest software. 
Best of all, you don’t just have to use this product for Windows 10. Webroot also works on mobile and tablets with up to five devices. And unlike some similarly priced products, you’ll also get cloud storage backup thrown into the whole package. 
Though a handful of customers have complained about poor support, the majority of those who are happy with the product says it works swimmingly well. As Amazon reviewer Madison put it:

“This operates seamlessly in the background. Non-intrusive. The absolute best customer service for anti-virus I’ve ever experienced. This was a renewal, so CD took me to internet to renew. Very fast and easy. Program includes permanent erase, which is a nice feature, and also works friendly with other anti-virus installed. Unlike some anti-virus programs that operate in the cloud, this one allows you to scan your files or computer without having to be connected to the Internet, even though overall the anti-virus works from the cloud.”

Another Amazon reviewer, DPOB, writes:

“Good program with very, very low drain on computing resources. Excellent for older, mid to lower end computers, due to it’s small footprint. Because of its cloud-based architecture, it is always current and updated. After the initial scan, most scans take a minute or two, running entirely in the background. A real relief after using resource hog competitor’s security suites!”

7 of the best gaming PCs: Why we love Corsair, Lenovo, Dell, and more

The popularity of gaming PCs has exploded in recent years. Sure, there are plenty of people who won’t abandoned their beloved consoles. But a large number of gaming enthusiasts have been shifting their attention. And with good reason. 

For starters, the games are cheaper and the breadth available is truly astounding. After all, console exclusives are (mostly) a thing of the past. You can use your PC to play the latest strategy and simulation games as well as the top offerings in eSports and first person shooters. Additionally, thanks to the PC’s open platform, you also have access to a wide array of wildly inventive independent games. No matter your penchant and preferences, you’re always guaranteed to find something that matches your mood, skill and desires.

Perhaps just as critical, PCs themselves are sleeker and more affordable. No longer do you have loud, clunky towers overtaking large swaths of space. They are now relatively quiet, power conscious machines that are small enough to remain unobtrusive. 

Moreover, gaming PCs also deliver impressive graphics that certainly rival those of Xbox and Playstation. And they’re even compatible with a variety of controller options; you can use anything from a keyboard and mouse to steering wheel and joystick. Hence you can kick butt with whatever equipment you prefer. Best of all, PCs can easily be modified. That’s right, you have the power to continually alter your computer to ensure the perfect gaming experience.

We assume that you’re now in desperate need of a new gaming PC. Well, as you shop around, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to these facets:

Games You Play: We beseech (yes, beseech!) you to consider the games you play when purchasing a PC. That’s because they’ll dictate the components you’ll need or want — be it super fast processors, high-end graphics, etc. If possible, try and think about additional games you may play in the future. That way you’ll have a system that’s ready to go.

CPU and Cooling: You’ll find that a lot of higher end gaming computers are equipped with six-core processors. This is great if you plan on using the machine for additional tasks such as photo and video editing. However, if you are strictly purchasing your PC for gaming, you don’t actually need six cores. Many gamers suggest cutting back and putting your resources towards improved graphics or better solid state drives.

Storage: When it comes to storage, you have two major options — solid state or hard drive. Ever since their prices have dropped, solid state drives have understandably grown in popularity. After all, they have a faster boot time, load games quickly and have a minimal noise level. Solid state drives also tend to require less power. However, if you’re using your PC for work or activities beyond gaming, you’ll likely want to opt for a hard drive. And it’s definitely the way to go if you need archival storage for video and photos.

Memory:  RAM is certainly another important component of your gaming PC. That’s because games can actually be taxing on memory. Therefore, it’s recommended that you purchase a PC that has a minimum of 8GB of RAM. If you can kick it up to 16GB, even better. This will help improve your computer’s overall performance and curbs any potential bottleneck.

Graphics Card: There’s no denying that good graphics are essential to the gaming experience. More expensive computers typically come with higher end cards. But don’t worry if you can’t afford a pricier model. Most PCs still provide mid-range graphic cards. And if you’re a person who never changes the default settings on your computer, it shouldn’t matter too much. Plus, you can always swap out your card for a better one in the future. 

Audio and Communications:  Many of today’s most popular games are designed with surround sound. Thankfully, the vast majority of PCs are made with on-board, multi-channel audio codecs that deliver a fully immersive experience. Of course, you may also want to consider purchasing a quality headset and microphone as well.

Accessories/External Components: We understand that when it comes to purchasing gaming equipment, the computer is the star of the show. However, don’t underestimate the value of good accessories. These also have a big impact on your gaming experience. You’ll want a keyboard, mouse, headset, and other accessories that are comfortable and guaranteed to run well.

Ability to Upgrade: When buying a gaming PC, your ability to upgrade is key. After all, it’s common for gamers to swap out a component or two as new games and products emerge. And it’s a whole lot cheaper to do this than purchase an entirely new computer. Therefore, you’ll want to buy a PC that allows you to access parts like the motherboard, GPU and RAM. 

Budget/Price: Unless you have unlimited funds, the price tag will also play a role in your decision. If you’re looking for a decent computer with basic to mid-level specs, you can expect to pay around $699. If you are willing to spend $1,000 or so, you can certainly find a solid tower with mid-to-high level specs. And if you’re feeling flush and ready to drop $1,500 or more, you’ll be able to buy a very high-end system with top-notch specs like multiple GPUs and a minimum of two drives (either hard or solid state).

Now that you know what to look out for, you’re ready to peep our top picks.

Super sleek and compact design
Difficult to upgrade
If you’re tight on space but crave the HD and 4K power of a larger machine, consider the Corsair.

1. Corsair One Pro

If you’re tight on space but crave the HD and 4K power of a larger machine, consider the Corsair.

  • Processor Speed:
    4.2 GHz
  • RAM:
    16 GB
  • Storage:
    960 GB
Are you (or your roommates) tired of the excess white noise spewed by other, lesser PCs? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the Corsair One Pro. Barely audible, it operates at 20 dBA when idle. And that’s just the tip of its appeal. Indeed, this sleek and sexy PC is manufactured with aircraft grade aluminium and features customizable LED detailing. And thanks to its extraordinarily compact size, it’s virtually guaranteed to fit within (and complement) any room. 
The Corsair is also smartly designed with custom CPU and GPU liquid cooling technology for a high-end performance. And it provides amazing streaming, 4K and VR experiences. Additionally, the One Pro is built with amazing components like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, INTEL Core i7-7700K processor and CORSAIR’s award-winning DDR4 memory. Honestly, it’s so good even your grandparents will be begging to play with it.  
Amazon reviewer crashmastr writes:

“In the past week or so, I’ve been running games flawlessly in 4k resolution and even at full load for hours at a time, I’ve not heard the fan get noticeably louder (a sharp contrast to the gaming laptop this is replacing). Despite being pretty heavy (almost 25 pounds), the footprint size is very reasonable, and there is a nice selection of ports on the back. Heat from the machine does vent straight up, so I would not recommend putting it directly under your house’s thermostat, but otherwise that should be fine and I never found it to get much more than ‘warm’…After [an] initial rocky start and concerns, everything has been smooth sailing with this Corsair ONE, and I’m very pleased with my purchase.”

Amazing aesthetics
Subpar software support
The eye-popping iBuyPower definitely enhances you gaming experience.

We realize this might be an odd comment to make about a computer. But the iBuyPower Snowblind is likely to turn heads. That’s because the tower’s side panel is a translucent, fully-functioning LCD display. You have to admit that’s pretty cool. Even better, you can use the panel to monitor the performance of your PC and show off animated wallpaper. The display connects to your graphics card (via DVI) and therefore can almost function as a second monitor. You could even technically use it to play games, though that’s not recommended. 
Fortunately, the PC itself is great for your gaming needs. After all, it features top-notch components such as an Intel Core i7-7800X processor, a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti GPU graphics card and a 500 GB solid state drive. What more could you want really?

You really get bang for your buck
No solid-state drive
Runs great right out of the gate but can also be upgraded at a future date.

3. CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

Runs great right out of the gate but can also be upgraded at a future date.

  • Processor Speed:
    2.8 GHz
  • RAM:
    8 GB
  • Storage:
    1 TB
If you want a machine packed with power but don’t have a ton of disposable income, think about getting the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme. This fantastic computer can easily run any mainstream game you like — and at high settings to boot. 
What’s more, it’s also able to handle virtual reality. More specifically, the PC is armed with a Radeon RX 580 graphics card, an Intel Core i5-7400 processor and a 1TB hard drive. If after reading all of these sweet details you’re still pining for a higher end machine, you’re in luck. That’s because the Xtreme is a breeze to open up, making it ideal for future upgrades.
Amazon reviewer Animus_182 writes:

“This is the one guys. I am so happy to be able to write a positive review for this PC as it has (so far) met all my expectations. I will do my best to cover possible doubts about it, specially Warcraft related. it may seems a bit biased but I am being completely honest about the item I paid for and also i am NOT being compensated for a good review… If you’re looking into investing in a gaming rig without breaking your pocket too much, this is what you need. Whatever people say about WoWs low requirements, you know this has changed. Maybe not as much as shooters or sandbox open worlds, but graphics and features have improved a lot during the years and now PCs do require decent specs to even run wow at 50+ fps on Normal settings.”

Highly portable • Outstanding audio
Doesn’t perform as well as higher priced machines
Powerful gaming system in a smartly designed, movable cube.

Have you always dreamed of taking your gaming on the road but dreaded the idea of dragging around a cumbersome desktop? Well, Lenovo has the answer to your gaming prayers. The Legion C530 Cube is a unique system that’s designed with portability in mind. 
A mere 24 pounds and replete with an integrated carrying handle, the C530 can easily be moved across the room or the country. And don’t be fooled by its diminutive size. Its 8th generation Intel processor and 256 GB SSD is packed with the power of a larger PC. Even better you have the ability to choose whether you want a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 1050 Ti or 1050 graphics card. And should you want to upgrade your Legion in the future, you’re promised ease of access with its one press, tool-free upgrade system.

Affordable • Upgradable
No solid-state drive
A great brand with even greater support.
Are you toying with the idea of getting into gaming? Well then, we have the PC for you! The Acer Aspire GX-281 is a great machine for any novice. 
For starters, it has a fairly affordable price tag. What’s more, Acer offers great customer support. Trust us — this really comes in handy as you familiarize yourself with all facets of gaming. And while it’s definitely not the most high end option around, you’ll still be privy to a decent gaming experience. That’s all thanks to the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-Core Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. Finally, similar to the computers listed above, the GX-281 can easily be upgraded in the future.
Amazon reviewer iedesign writes:

“Best bang for the buck of any computer I’ve owned. I had bought games that I couldn’t even launch on my older computers (The Door, Obduction, Quern, Fear for Sale, etc.) and they all run fine (Quern has a bit of video break-up). You hear the fan at start-up for one second and then absolute quite. The DVD is a bit funky (push the button and it opens about 1/2 inch so you have to pull it out (not a deal breaker). Unit is quick and quiet. Doesn’t come with a lot of software you have to disable (Norton—Gone!). All-in-all, it’s a nice little machine for the money and casual gamer!”

Great HD gaming experience • Decent amount of storage
Less power than other machines
Perfect price point for those who simply want to plug and play.
If you have a keen need to game but a low balance in you bank account, fear not. The good folks at Dell have your back. Their Inspiron Gaming Desktop mixes a modest price tag with a smooth gaming experience. 
This particular PC is designed with an 8th generation Intel Core processor, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, a 1TB hard drive and low-key case lighting (so it’s easy on the eyes). Importantly, the Inspiron is also configurable. Therefore, when you get some more coin, you can kick your rig up a notch (if you so desire).
Dell customer Carter J. writes on the Dell website:

“For such an affordable gaming desktop, you can play some graphically intensive games with the NVIDIA GTX 1060 and 8GB of DDR4 Ram(With expansion slots). At first I thought the price was too good to be true. but DELL has made an amazing product! The Dell Inspiron 5680 is an amazing gaming desktop if you ask me!”

Another Dell customer Kiddo writes:

“It took me the longest time to find what gaming and office pc would be right for me, and I took a chance with the Dell Inspiron and it was the right choice. It’s fast, quiet and powerful. A true gaming experience for all new and veteran pc gamers. If you are on a budget and want something that’ll not only get the job done but meet all your demands for quality and value then this is the pc for you. I made the right choice, now so can you. 10/10.”

Stunning graphics • Never overheats
Slightly small SSD
You’re looking for a gaming system with power and pop? Well then you’re looking for a CyberPowerPC Panzer.
We’re not going to mince words. If you want a high-powered machine that provides a wholly immersive experience, we recommend the CyberPowerPC Gamer Panzer. It’s built with the NVIDIA GTX 1080, arguably one of the best graphic cards on the market. As if that wasn’t enough, it has an Intel i7-770K 4.2 Ghz quad-core processor to help ensure a smooth gaming experience from start to finish. 
The Panzer also features a tempered side glass panel along with a liquid cooling system; there’s no fear of overheating with this PC. Oh, and if you’re still on the fence, CyberPowerPC provides free lifetime tech support. What a find!
Amazon reviewer Mr. Onion writes:

“My first purchased desktop instead of building my own, and I really like it! It worked absolutely perfectly right out of the box with no loose cables and was very well packed. Lots of ventilation and clean wiring plus water cooling and included lights in the case and on the keyboard to pick your favorite scheme. Boots super fast, no bloatware, includes the manual and driver CDs if you want them (you’ll need a USB optical drive if you do). I LOVE playing whatever I want with the graphics settings turned all the way up! I paired it with a new expensive ViewSonic G-Sync monitor that has had no issues either or dead pixels. I can’t wait to try VR soon. Only issue was a rattle at the exhaust fan for the liquid cooling one time, and that was resolved with a quick tap to the back of the case. Also, the display port cable was too short – you’ll probably want to buy your own as most of the reviews say. I also had to wait a few weeks for these to be available after the i7-7700K chip came out.”