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Surviving a Computer Crash with the Least Possible Pain and Loss

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Everyone's guide to causes, fixes, and recovering your files—

A computer crash is the most frustrating computer problem you'll ever have to deal with and to make matters worse they can appear out of nowhere.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being in the middle of something important on your computer and then:

Bam! Your computer either freezes or restarts unexpectedly.

Blue screen uploading an apocalypse app

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Here's the unfortunate reality:

A computer crash is just a fact of life for all PC users. But, the good news is that there are ways to fix and even prevent many of them from ruining your day.

What Is a Computer Crash?

A computer crash takes place when either of these two events happens within your computer.

  1. Your Operating System (OS) experiences a software error
  2. There is an error caused by a hardware malfunction

Generally speaking, hardware crashes are much more dangerous than most software crashes. Most software related crashes can be remedied with the right application of software code.

Worst case scenarios involve doing a clean install of the operating system, which wipes everything from the hard drive.

However, some hardware errors can't be fixed and can involve expensive repair or replacement.

Fun Fact:

"Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft was a college drop out."~Techspirited.com

Signs of a computer crash

Crashes typically take place when your computer either freezes or restarts without warning. During a system freeze, your mouse pointer will stop moving.

Also, your computer can sometimes make a long, loud beeping sound if you continue striking the keyboard.

On the other hand:

When your system restarts after a crash, it may emit a brief beeping noise before rebooting.

Fun Fact:

"'Crash Course' is another name for Microsoft Windows tutorials."~Techspirited.com

4 computer problems that look like crashes but aren't

Aside from crashes and freezes, other issues resemble a computer crash.

These problems are software-based and are usually not fatal to the life of your computer.

1. Exceptions

Sometimes programs can return what's called an exception.

An exception is an unexpected error that can result in a program displaying an error message but continuing to run.

Or, the program can crash by shutting down suddenly.

Here's the crazy part:

There may or may not be an error message.

It's not uncommon for many exceptions to take place during the installation of a new program, especially video games.

These errors can take place for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Corrupted installation
  • Missing files
  • Incompatible hardware
  • Malware
  • Malware protection software blocking the program
  • No internet connection

If the program provides an error message, write it down and research it. Many times there are user forums and articles on what you can do to fix the exception.

Fun Fact:

"On one of the world's most popular shopping websites, eBay, there are transactions of approx. $680 per second."~Techspirited.com

2. Hangs

A hanging program is a lot like a freeze. However, in the case of a hang, only the program is affected and not the entire system.

During a hang, the program becomes unresponsive and does not accept any input from the user.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Clicking on windows, controls, or fields with no response
  • Clicking on the menu bar with no response
  • Attempting to enter text with no luck
  • Trying to close a window but it won't close
  • Trying to switch to windows inside a program

Sometimes the mouse pointer can disappear, but most of the time it can still move.

Fun Fact:

"The 'Email' is older than the World Wide Web."~Techspirited.com

3. Malware

Malware, such as a virus, spyware, or some other unwelcome program, can cause program and system crashes.

Most of the time relatively harmless malware will slow your system down, sometimes producing unwanted pop-ups and notifications.

Here's something crazy:

Many pop-up viruses take the form of fake anti-malware programs that offer to "fix" your problem for a low introductory subscription price.

cyber security to protect the files of the computer

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In other words:

It's like the arsonist showing up to your front door offering to put out the fire he just started in your backyard for a small fee.

Malware infections can be hard to spot, depending on the type of infection. That's because not all malware wants you to know it's there.

And honestly, those are the nasty buggers that are the most dangerous.

Fun Fact:

"There are approx. 6,000 new computer viruses released every month."~Techspirited.com

4. Drivers

Driver-related computer crashes are among the most common software related crashes most users experience.

A driver is a program designed specifically to interact with the user's operating system and a specific device.

Sometimes the driver can become outdated or corrupt, resulting in a computer crash.

Beware the Screen of Death

Of all the terms which give PC users chills, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is probably one of the worst.

After a computer crash, your monitor or laptop screen may show a bright blue screen.

Blue Screen that appears on the monitor when a computer crashed

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Written on this screen in white letters is a sort-of a technical explanation of why you're computer crashed.

These messages are designed to help the user determine what component, program, driver, or part of the operating system is causing the crash.

You see the message may give you the name of a file (most likely a driver) that caused the crash.

However, it can also give you a long line of code that may look something like this:

0x0000000A

These codes mean specific things. However, they can also be caused by different things. Dealing with a BSOD can require a lot of technical know-how and patience.

Possible results of BSOD crashes

A BSOD computer crash can have several outcomes.

The crash could be the result of a bad program that caused something funky to happen with your RAM. Often, restarting and uninstalling (or reinstalling) the offending program can fix the issue.

Also, a good number of BSOD errors is caused by a faulty device driver. In those situations, you may have to go in and update the driver after your computer restarts.

Numerous free and paid driver maintenance programs will detect and fix bad drivers for you.

Hardware blue screens can be tougher to diagnose. That's because the BSOD won't come out and tell you that you have bad RAM or a failing motherboard.

Steps to fix BSOD caused by corrupted Windows files:

If your BSOD is caused by a corrupted Windows file, then there's usually going to be a message pointing to that specific system file.

Best case scenarios

Here are a few of the best case scenario fixes for a BSOD.

Fix it with CHKDSK

If you can restart your computer and log back into Windows, then you may be able to fix the problem within Windows.

The most common way to fix operating system file errors is a Windows utility called CHKDSK.

Here are the steps for accessing and utilizing CHKDSK:

  1. Press the Windows key or go to the Windows search bar near your start button.
  2. Type in "cmd" and click on the command line icon.
  3. Once in the command line window, type in CHKDSK C:  /f
  4. If your operating system drive uses a different letter, substitute "C:" for your drive letter followed by a colon.
  5. It will then display the following message: "Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)"
  6. Press "Y."
  7. Restart your computer and allow CHKDSK to attempt to check and fix any problems with your system files.

Once the scan finishes, hopefully, your BSOD issue is resolved.

Worst case scenario

Unfortunately, this doesn't always work.

But you still have options:

System Restore

Sometimes a BSOD computer crash can follow the installation of new hardware or software. Also, downloads, updates, and system configuration changes can also result in BSOD.

You can use System Restore to return your OS to the point just before the system change. However, this only works if your system made a restore point before the change.

If it did, then follow these steps to restore your system:

  1. When your system restarts press Shift + F8 while your system is booting up, just keep pressing this combination.
  2. Once you enter the recovery screen click on "See advanced repair options."
  3. Next click on "Troubleshoot."
  4. One of the first options should be "System Restore." Click on it.
  5. From there it will search for restore points.
  6. Select the most recent restore point and follow the instructions to restore your system.

If you experience a BSOD computer crash that doesn't allow you to boot into Windows, you've got a big problem. This means that the system boot files have somehow become corrupted or damaged.

Fortunately, there are several fixes for this scenario:

First try booting into the Windows Recovery Environment, which should be in a separate partition of your hard drive.

The Recovery Environment is created automatically whenever Windows 10 is installed on a system.

Accessing the Recovery Environment follows many of the same steps mentioned above directing you to System Restore.

Fun Fact:

"Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse in the year 1964, which was made of wood!"~Techspirited.com

Start-up repair
  • After you restart your computer, press a combination of Shift + F8 repeatedly to enter into the Recovery Environment
  • Then select "See advanced repair options"
  • From there you'll need to select "Start-up Repair"

Once this is done, hopefully, your startup issues will have been resolved.

However, if not, your system may require more in-depth troubleshooting or a complete re-installation of Windows 10.

Can't boot into Recovery Environment

If for some reason you are unable to boot into the Recovery Environment, then you may need to boot from a Windows 10 USB or disk.

To create a Windows boot disk or USB:

  • First, you'll need access to another computer and either a DVD or at least an 8-Gigabyte USB Flash Drive
  • Next, you'll need to download the Windows Media Creation Tool
  • Once the tool finishes downloading open the file
  • It may take a few minutes for the tool to load
  • When it finishes loading, click accept on the terms page
  • The next screen will ask you if you want to upgrade the current PC or create installation media for another PC
  • Choose "Create installation media"
  • Select your language, then click next
  • Next, choose either USB flash drive or ISO file
  • If you select the USB file, it will ask you to select the destination USB drive from a list of drives
  • After which, it will burn the Windows 10 installation media onto that drive
  • Or, if you choose ISO file, it will download the ISO file, in which case you'll need to use a program like PowerISO to burn it to a DVD

Fun Fact:

"One of the world's leading computer and computer peripheral manufacturer, Hewlett Packard, was first started in a garage at Palo Alto, in the year 1939."~Techspirited.com

Advanced troubleshooting

Once you've completed these steps and have your installation media ready, follow the steps in these videos, which shows more advanced boot recovery methods step by step.

The first video deals with the BSOD computer crash error message: "BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO."

Note with the first video, the main directory represented as D:\ may be a different drive letter on your computer.

It's usually C:\ on most computers in America.

This video will show you how to rebuild the Master Boot Record and other files needed to boot into Windows 10.

This video will show you how to fix the /fixboot "Access is denied" error that you may run into while correcting the Master Boot Record.

When a Computer Crash Is Caused by Hardware

As mentioned earlier, a hardware related computer crash is one of the worst kind of crashes.

Many times these crashes are caused by things like incompatible new hardware or some other minor issue.

Other times they're caused by failing hardware.

Here are a few hardware issues that can cause a system-wide computer crash:

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Overheating

Overheating takes place when one or more components become too hot to function, resulting in a computer crash.

These types of crashes are atypical for most desktops but can be fairly commonplace with many laptops due to airflow issues.

When a laptop overheats, you may notice an increase in temperature if you touch the underside of the machine.

For desktops, it can be a little tougher to notice.

However, to know for sure if a component is overheating you'll need to go into your system's BIOS if it offers temperature monitoring.

Or, you can install a specialized program that will display the temperatures of components like your CPU, GPU, and RAM.

Check the internet to find the acceptable temperature range of the component that appears to have a high temperature.

Once you've found the overheating component, first make sure the system isn't clogged with dust. If it is, clean it out with canned air or pay a professional service to clean it out for you.

Often, this is why many laptops and some desktops overheat.

Also, make sure that all your fans are working, sometimes fans can slowly lose speed and power, resulting in overheating.

Here's a video on how to prevent overheating in your desktop.

And now for fun, let's look at the completely wrong way to cool down your desktop.

I did mention that was the wrong way right?

Failing hard drive

A failing hard drive can also cause a computer crash.

With traditional HDD drives, if you listen to it carefully, you may start hearing scratching and scraping sounds indicating that the drive is dying.

However, with newer SSD drives, unlike HDD drives, there are no moving parts that can break, making them tougher to diagnose.

Here are four ways to diagnose a failing hard drive inside of Windows 10:

Fun Fact:

"If you open up the case of the original Macintosh, you will find 47 signatures, which is of each member of Apple's Macintosh division of 1982."~Techspirited.com

1. Use the HDD or SSD manufacturer's tools

Some HDD and SSD drives will come with free downloadable software that can tell about the overall health of the hard drive.

To find the specific software for your hard drive you'll need the model number.

  • First, press the Windows key and type in "Device Manager"
  • Next, click on the Device Manager icon
  • In Device Manager, click on the arrow next to "Disk Drives" to unstack the drives
  • You should see the model number of your main drive
  • After you get the number, go to the manufacturer's page and search for software related to your model
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2. Windows CHKDSK tool

This is a built-in Windows tool that can scan your disk to find system errors and bad sectors.

It will then show you if you have any problems and if there's a bigger problem that it can't fix.

To get started:

  • Press the Windows key and type in "this PC" to bring up your list of hard drives
  • Right-click on the drive you suspect is failing and click on "Properties"
  • Select the "Tools" tab and click on "Check Now"
  • A dialog box will open up
  • Put a check mark next to both options and press start
  • Take note of any problems it could not fix for further investigation
Windows CHKDSK tool screen on the monitor

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3. Use WMIC

Windows management instrument command (WMIC) is another great tool you can use to detect a failing hard drive.

The program allows you to perform many administrative tasks, including checking the health of your hard disks.

WMIC uses the S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature within your hard drive to provide a simple determination of its health.

Once its analysis is complete, it will return a message like "OK" or "Pred Fail" to give you an indication of the hard drive's health.

To get started:

  • Press the Windows key and type in "CMD"
  • Click on the CMD icon
  • Type in "wmic"
  • Type in "diskdrive get status"
  • Results usually take less than a second

4. Use a third-party hard disk health checking tool

You can also download a third-party disk health checking tool that can give you more information than both WMIC and CHKDSK may provide.

You can find many great recommendations for the best hard drive testing tools by completing a quick search.

We recommend you search within the current year to find the most up-to-date utility programs.

5 symptoms of failing RAM

Failing RAM can lead to a computer crash as well as a host of other issues.

Here are five symptoms of failing ram to look out for:

1. Slipping performance

When you turn on your computer, and everything's fine, but you notice performance slipping throughout the day.

Within a few hours, programs and other features load within a snail's pace.

This kind of gradual deterioration of PC performance could be a RAM issue.

Fun Fact:

"HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common. All of them were started in garages."~Techspirited.com

2. A crash followed by BSOD

You experience a computer crash followed by the brief flash of a blue screen with white text just before your system restarts.

This behavior could indicate bad RAM.

3. Files become corrupted

Files, especially ones that you frequently access and save, become inexplicably corrupted.

RAM issues can cause this problem, which only gets worse over time.

Eventually, the file structure of your entire hard drive will start to slowly degenerate, and you'll no longer be able to boot your computer.

4. Computer freezes or restarts randomly

Your computer randomly restarts or freezes sporadically.

It may also reboot almost immediately upon opening your desktop.

5. Program install attempts fail

All attempts to install a new program repeatedly fail for reasons unknown.

Or, you try to reinstall the operating system, but keep getting strange error messages.

Fun Fact:

"The group of 12 engineers who designed the IBM PC was called 'The Dirty Dozen'."~Techspirited.com

Diagnosing bad RAM

To diagnose bad RAM, you can use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool or a third-party program

To use the Windows tool:

  • Press the Windows button
  • Type in "windows memory diagnostic"
  • Click on the diagnostic tool icon
  • Select either the "restart now and check for problems" option or "check for problems the next time I start" option

As for third-party programs, there are a lot to choose from that may offer more in-depth analysis of your RAM.

Be sure to filter your search for only results from within the previous year for the best results.

Once you've established that your RAM is bad, you'll need to replace it with RAM that's compatible with your motherboard.

If you search "crucial system scanner," you can download free software that will scan your system and advise compatible replacement RAM.

You can elect to buy directly from the Crucial website or take the specs from their recommended RAM and search for modules by other manufacturers.

Computer event viewer page to diagnose a bad RAM

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Failing graphics card

When a graphics card starts to fail, it can cause visual stuttering, freezing, computer crash issues.

You may start to notice weird colors or see tearing while watching a movie or playing a game. Sometimes, strange shapes may appear on your screen.

Graphics cards can fail for a wide variety of reasons.

However, these are the most common:

  • Dust buildup
  • Overheating
  • Overclocking

If you start getting BSOD while in the middle of graphically intensive tasks like video games, movies, or video editing, then your graphics card might be failing.

Unfortunately:

In the case of a failing graphics card, the only remedy is to replace it.

Fun Fact:

"Amongst the most interesting computer facts is, the first Apple computer which was built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, was made by using parts they got for free from their employers. They were made to scrounge spare parts from work."~Techspirited.com

Failing power supply

A failing power supply is a problem that can be more of an issue for desktop users than those with laptops.

Laptops have a power adapter that connects to the computer and charges up their batteries.

However, you can use a laptop without a battery, but it does make your system vulnerable to sudden shutdowns if any connected power cords are disconnected.

A bad power adapter for a laptop will likely not charge a battery nor will it power the laptop.

On the other hand:

A failing power supply (PSU) for a desktop computer can be a different story. A failing PSU can wreak havoc on a desktop system before it finally gives up the ghost.

The two most common symptoms of a failing desktop power supply are:

  1. Sudden shutdowns
  2. Sometimes a burning smell
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A sudden PSU-related computer crash can cause damage to your operating system, files, and computer's hardware components.

If you suspect you may have a failing power supply, the only realistic way to fix it is to replace it.

This could be a life or death tip:

Do not try to fix a broken power supply.

Power supplies are nothing to play around with. If your PSU is bad, replace it. Power supplies can be relatively cheap.

Even better:

They're not the hardest component to replace in a desktop.

Failing CPU and motherboard

The rarest computer crash for computers (laptops and desktops) concerns a failing motherboard or CPU. Both components can cause frequent crashes and freezes until your system completely dies.

Here's the bad part:

There are not a lot of free options to test for a failing motherboard. Most experts recommend physically checking the motherboard for bulging or leaking capacitors.

This process may require a trip to your local PC technician if you're not comfortable with this task.

However, there is professional software you can purchase to test and diagnose hardware including your motherboard, but it's not cheap.

The good news is:

There are a variety of free and paid CPU testing programs out there that can tell you if your processor is going bad.

File Recovery After Computer Crash

After a computer crash, you may decide to buy a new hard drive or re-install over your current Windows installation.

In which case, you may want to recover your files.

The best way to do so would be to have a backup already set up on a separate drive that you can recover using a new Windows installation.

However, if you don't have a backup copy of your files, there is special software, some free and for purchase, that may be able to recover files for you.

If you search the term "best file recovery windows 10" it should pull up numerous results listing the top file recovery software.

Once again, for the most current results, filter your search to include only information published within the current year.

You can also elect to remove the non-bootable drive and connect it to another computer to access the files that way.

Here's a video showing how this is done.

Note: This video shows you how to recover data from a hard drive used in a laptop.

You may need to purchase extra equipment such as a hard drive enclosure for the type of drive you're extracting.

Desktop hard drive removal

The same principle applies to desktop computers.

The main difference is that you'll need to remove the drive from the PC case.

Here's a video with an example of how to do that.

Note: There are many different types of desktop cases which have different hardware configurations.

Some Desktops may require tools such as a Phillips head screwdriver. You may need to look up the best way to open your particular desktop case based on the desktop model number.

For example:

If you bought an HP desktop, you'd just need it's model number to find instructions on removing your hard drive.

Of course:

If you built your desktop yourself, you probably don't need to read this part.

Fun Fact:

"Amazon is a printed bookseller company, that now sells more eBooks than printed books."~Techspirited.com

Steps to Prevent a Computer Crash

There are several things that you can do to help prevent a computer crash from ruining your day.

However, keep in mind the computer crashes will happen from to time. The idea is to make them happen less frequently and be less severe.

One thing you can do to prevent a computer crash is to clean your desktop or laptop regularly. Preventing dust buildup can in most cases avoid overheating which can cause components to fail.

The cheapest way to clean is to use compressed air cans, or you can opt for more expensive plugged in electronic dusters.

For desktops, you want to make sure you open your cases once in a while and blow out any dust buildup.

Here's a video to show you how that works.

Here's a video with some cleaning tips for laptops.

Preventing software crashes

There are a few methods to help avoid many software related computer crashes.

You should search for the best antivirus, antimalware, and PC maintenance utility programs for the current year. These licenses for these programs can range in cost from about $20 to $80.

However, installing and then using one more of these programs daily can prevent a lot of crashes.

Best of all:

Many offer free versions that can still provide some protection.

Pro Tip:

Out-of-date drivers are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to instigating a computer crash.

With maintenance utility programs, the best software will also include a utility for updating drivers.

Why a Computer Crash Isn't Always a Bad Thing

A computer crash can be a useful diagnostic tool to let you know when something is wrong with your laptop or desktop PC.

While BSOD messages are scary, they can also contain a lot of useful info to help you fix problems in your system.

The worst thing you can do is ignore warning signs and problems like a computer crash or freeze.

The most important thing to do after a computer crash is to remain calm. Most crashes are only warnings.

You only have to investigate the issue and apply the correct solution, which is usually easier than you think.

Have you survived a computer crash and lived to tell the tale? Share you horror stories with us in the comments!

Western Digital Hard Drives – The Best Ones in the Market Today

Western Digital Hard Drives

Users who love their multimedia files like videos, music, and photos can use all the storage space that they can get.

Thus, it’s important to invest in good, dependable hard drives. We’re referring to the ones that will provide you with ample storage space, good speeds, and a price that makes sense. With that said, it’s hard to go wrong with the hard drives that Western Digital has to offer.

For this post, we’ll talk about the best Western Digital hard drives that you can find in the market.

What is Western Digital?

western digital logo

The Western Digital Corporation or WDC is a computer data storage company based in the U.S. and is one of the most prominent manufacturers of hard disk drives, side by side with its main competitor, Seagate Technology.

It’s interesting that WD was founded back in the 1970s by Alvin B. Phillips who is actually a Motorola employee. The company initially manufactured MOS test equipment before they eventually moved on to making specialty conductors.

These days, WD is mainly a manufacturer of hard drives. They also make software utility suites like the Acronis WD Edition (used to be Data Lifeguard Tools).

Best Western Digital Hard Drives

Now, we get to the good stuff!

For this list, we will be including all hard drive products of Western Digital. This means that you’ll see SATA drives, SSDs, as well as external hard drives.

Let’s get to it!

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WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 -...
  • Auto backup with Included WD Backup Software
  • Password Protection with hardware encryption
  • Trusted drive built with WD reliability

Capacity

Up to 4TB

File System

NTFS

Hardware Connectivity

USB 3.0

Item Dimensions

4.33 x 3.21 x 0.85 inches

Hard Disk Description

Portable

Key Features

Auto backup with included WD Backup software, Password protection with hardware encryption, USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible

The WD 4TB Black My Passport is what most people want from their external hard drive.

This 4TB drive is housed inside a 15mm-thick casing so it’s not as thin when compared to other lower capacity units. The drive is approximately 4.25 inches long, 3.1 inches wide, and weighs about 8 ounces. As far as portability goes, this portable drive just gets the job done. The drive is also available in a variety of hues such as black, orange, blue, yellow, black-gray, and white gold.

It does have a 4TB capacity, which should be more than enough to store your collection of multimedia files. If you think that 4TB is too much, the drive is also available in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB variants for less money, of course.

The performance is fast for the most part but it does run into some bumps when transferring larger files. Overall, it’s a great, high-capacity external hard drive for a great price.

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Western Digital 1TB WD Blue PC Hard Drive - 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6...
  • Reliable everyday computing
  • WD quality and reliability
  • Free Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software

Capacity

Up to 4TB

File System

NTFS

Hardware Connectivity

SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Item Dimensions

5.8 x 4 x 1 inches

Hard Disk Description

Desktop

Key Features

IntelliSeek, Data Lifeguard, NoTouch Ramp Load Technology, Ships in WD-certified box, SATA 6.0 Gbps, RPM: 7200 RPM, Cache: 64MB

The WD Blue SATA is perhaps the vanilla milkshake of storage devices. It’s safe, reliable, and you know exactly what you are getting.

In case you don’t know, WD designates color categories to their products. Blue means that it’s a solid and reliable device that you can use for everyday computing. Green is for energy-efficient devices but with slower performance. Black drives are high performance products.

Anyway, the WD Blue SATA is a hard drive that just works. While the performance can only be described as average, it has some pretty good features like IntelliSeek, Data Lifeguard, and the NoTouch Ramp Load Technology. The average user will likely not use these features, but this is still a storage solution that will serve you for a long time.

Best of all, this hard driver won’t cost you an arm and leg. If you’re looking for a SATA drive with good reliability and ample storage space, it’s hard to go wrong with WD Blue.

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WD Blue Solid State Drive
  • Sequential read speeds of up to 545MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 525MB/s
  • An industry leading 1.75M hours Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) and several error correction technologies for lasting reliability
  • Optimized for multitasking to simultaneously run resource heavy applications without system slow down

Capacity

Up to 2TB

File System

NTFS

Hardware Connectivity

SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Item Dimensions

3.94 x 2.75 x 0.27 inches

Hard Disk Description

Internal Solid State Drive

Key Features

Sequential read speeds of up to 545MB/s, 1.75M hours Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), WD FIT Lab certification for compatibility, Optimized for multitasking

Back in 2016, a couple of months after the acquisition of SanDisk, Western Digital has released their own line of SSDs under the WD brand. The WD Blue SSD is one of the first SSDs that the company has released.

Again, this is a Blue SSD, so you can expect mainstream performance from this storage solution. As an SSD storage device, this one is optimized for multitasking along with other high-end computing tasks. It gives a respectable 545MB/s read speeds and 525MB/s write speeds.

Like the majority of Blue labeled WD products, the WD Blue SSD doesn’t exactly break new ground. When compared to the SanDisk X400, the hardware is almost identical but with re-tuned firmware. The WD Blue trades some storage capacity in favor of increased write endurance.

If you are an enthusiast or a heavy gamer, this SSD is definitely worth checking out.

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WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive HDD, USB 3.0, Compatible...
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Fast data transfers
  • Improve PC performance

Capacity

Up to 4TB

File System

NTFS

Hardware Connectivity

USB 3.0

Item Dimensions

4.4 x 3.2 x 0.82 inches

Hard Disk Description

Portable

Key Features

Fast data transfers, Massive capacity in a compact design, Downloadable free trial of WD SmartWare Pro, Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs, Formatted NTFS for Windows 10

A few years ago, if you wanted an external hard drive with 4TB capacity, it will cost you an arm and leg. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore. The WD 4TB Elements is yet another reliable and cheap way to expand your storage.

The WD Elements is a no-fuss solution for storing backups of all your important data. You don’t want to keep all your important files in your PC or laptop since these devices are prone to viruses and other potential threats. Having an external drive like WD Elements is a great way to safeguard your data just in things suddenly go south.

Unfortunately, this external drive doesn’t feature any backup software. However, you can always download a backup software on your own or just manually copy all the files to the drive.

This is a true portable drive that can easily fit in your pocket or backpack. Like with most WD products on this list, this is a cheap and reliable external drive that’s worth the money.

Western Digital 2TB WD Black Performance Internal Hard Drive - 7200...
  • Desktop performance hard drive
  • Performance storage available in up to 10TB capacities
  • 2X DRAM cache up to 256 MB for faster read operations

Capacity

Up to 6TB

File System

NTFS

Hardware Connectivity

SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Item Dimensions

5.8 x 4 x 1 in

Hard Disk Description

Desktop Hard Drive

Key Features

Dual Core Processor, High Resolution Controller (HRC), StableTrac Technology, Improved Data Protection, 2 TB capacity

Power users and enthusiasts will have a lot to like about the WD Black 2TB.

These days, SATA hard drives are now notoriously slow when compared to SSDs. However, the  WD Black might just change a few minds.

The WD Black series promises fast HDD speeds with a low price/gigabyte ratio. This 2TB hard drive runs on 7200RPM and 64MB cache. Based on our tests, the WD Black delivers in terms of performance.

In some cases, the drive runs even faster than the marketed speeds, which is nothing short of impressive. We’ve tested the drive with games and as expected, we experienced shorter loading times. It’s not SSD-fast, but it’s getting there. If you can get the 128MB model, then we can only assume that you’ll get even faster speeds.

For such a high-performance and high capacity storage, the price is just a little bit below $120. That’s a great value if I’ve ever seen one.

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WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage - NAS -...
  • High-performance 1.3 GHz dual-core Processor for lag-free streaming
  • 1GB of DDR3 Memory to multitask with ease
  • Centralized network storage and access from anywhere

Capacity

Up to 20TB

File System

Proprietary file system

Hardware Connectivity

Ethernet

Item Dimensions

5.8 x 4 x 1 in

Hard Disk Description

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Key Features

Centralized network storage, High-performance 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB memory for seamless media streaming and ultra-fast file transfers, Multiple RAID configurations, Automatic file synching, Volume encryption and password protection

The WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 is one of the more popular products by WD in its My Cloud series of NAS servers.

Setting up the My Cloud EX2 is about as simple as it gets. Just plug the NAS into your network and enable it. Then, you just need to visit the MyCloud setup website to find the network. The setup application will just walk you through the rest of the steps like setting up your passwords and accounts.

The WD My Cloud EX2 displayed some pretty fast transfer speeds. However, the mobile app leaves a lot to be desired. The software only supports a limited number of file formats and has no search function whatsoever.

The price is also quite reasonable for a NAS device. However, you might want to consider getting the higher capacity depending on your needs and how many people will use it. Even an 8TB NAS will fill up pretty fast.

With that said, the My Cloud EX2 is great for households of 5-10 persons or a small office.

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WD 500GB My Passport Wireless SSD External Portable Drive, WiFi USB...
  • Built-in SD card reader with one-touch copy button
  • Durable, shock-resistant SSD inside
  • All-day battery (up to 10 hours)* |*Based on streaming HD 720p, 3 Mbps video to one device over Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz single band only. Actual battery life depends on file size, type, format, bitrate, devices connected, Wi-Fi connectivity, settings and other factors.

Capacity

Up to 2TB

File System

N/A

Hardware Connectivity

USB 3.0

Item Dimensions

5.31 x 5.31 x 1.18 in

Hard Disk Description

Wireless SSD

Key Features

Built-in SD card reader with one-touch copy button, Durable, shock-resistant, up to 10 hours of battery life, My Cloud mobile app

The WD 500GB My Passport Wireless SSD is catered towards the photo-savvy users.

Nowadays, smartphones are capable of taking stunning video and images. So if your life is worth being documented by each and every moment, you’ll find yourself running out of storage space. This is where a wireless SSD device can come in handy.

The My Passport Wireless SSD can be used to wirelessly transfer files from your phone to the SSD, for backup purposes. Since it’s an SSD instead of a spinning drive, file transfer speeds will be very fast. It also sports a compact and rugged design so you can take it with you everywhere.

Another thing that we like about this wireless SSD is the My Cloud app, which you can download from your mobile device. It can be confusing to set up and use the app at first but once you get it down, you’ll be wirelessly transferring files in no time. You can use the app to view all the files that are stored in the SSD, which is pretty great.

The only downside is that the wired connection is just limited to USB 3.0, which is not as fast as the Thunderbolt 3. Despite that, you can be 100% confident that your files will be backed up.

Product

Details

Rating

Price

WD 4TB Black My Passport

Capacity
Up to 4TB

File System
NTFS

Hardware Connectivity
USB 3.0

Item Dimensions
4.33 x 3.21 x 0.85 inches

Hard Disk Description
Portable

Key Features
Auto backup with included WD Backup software, Password protection with hardware encryption, USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible

4.1 out of 5.0

WD Blue SATA

Capacity
Up to 4TB

File System
NTFS

Hardware Connectivity
SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Item Dimensions
5.8 x 4 x 1 inches

Hard Disk Description
Desktop

Key Features
IntelliSeek, Data Lifeguard, NoTouch Ramp Load Technology, Ships in WD-certified box, SATA 6.0 Gbps, RPM: 7200 RPM, Cache: 64MB

4.4 out of 5.0

WD Blue SSD

Capacity
Up to 2TB

File System
NTFS

Hardware Connectivity
SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Item Dimensions
3.94 x 2.75 x 0.27 inches

Hard Disk Description
Internal Solid State Drive

Key Features
Sequential read speeds of up to 545MB/s, 1.75M hours Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), WD FIT Lab certification for compatibility, Optimized for multitasking

4.5 out of 5.0

WD 4TB Elements

Capacity
Up to 4TB

File System
NTFS

Hardware Connectivity
USB 3.0

Item Dimensions
4.4 x 3.2 x 0.82 inches

Hard Disk Description
Portable

Key Features
Fast data transfers, Massive capacity in a compact design, Downloadable free trial of WD SmartWare Pro, Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs, Formatted NTFS for Windows 10

4.2 out of 5.0

WD Black 2TB

Capacity
Up to 6TB

File System
NTFS

Hardware Connectivity
SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Item Dimensions
5.8 x 4 x 1 inches

Hard Disk Description
Desktop Hard Drive

Key Features
Dual Core Processor, High Resolution Controller (HRC), StableTrac Technology, Improved Data Protection, 2 TB capacity

4.4 out of 5.0

 WD 8TB My Cloud EX2

Capacity
Up to 20TB

File System
Proprietary file system

Hardware Connectivity
Ethernet

Item Dimensions
5.8 x 4 x 1 inches

Hard Disk Description
Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Key Features
Centralized network storage, High-performance 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB memory for seamless media streaming and ultra-fast file transfers, Multiple RAID configurations, Automatic file synching, Volume encryption and password protection

3.7 out of 5.0

WD 500GB My Passport Wireless SSD

Capacity
​Up to 2TB

File System
​N/A


Hardware Connectivity
USB 3.0

Item Dimensions
5.31 x 5.31 x 1.18 inches

Hard Disk Description
Wireless SSD

Key Features
Built-in SD card reader with one-touch copy button, Durable, shock-resistant, up to 10 hours of battery life, My Cloud mobile app

4.0 out of 5.0

Final Thoughts

So this concludes our list of the best Western Digital hard drives that you can find in the wild.

While making the list, we tried to cover every type of storage devices as well as consider many different needs. Of course, the budget also comes into play here. Hopefully, we have helped you find the right Western Digital hard drives that will properly cater to your needs.

Overall, I really love the WD 4TB Black My Passport and WD Black 2TB. Both devices are solid, reliable, and boasts good performance. Both of these devices pretty much meet all of my needs as a power user.

So what’s your favorite WD storage device out of the list? Do you have a particular favorite that we didn’t list above? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Gamecube Controller Alternatives – The Top 7 Replacements in the Market

gamecube controller

When looking back to old-generation video game consoles, the Nintendo GameCube always ends up as the butt of jokes.

The “hardcore” gamers deemed it as a console for children due to its library of immature first-party games (Mario, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Pikmin). On top of that, the colorful console and controllers don’t really help dispel that notion.

Well, those people have missed out.

The GameCube is a severely underrated console that is home to some of the best games of all time like Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Super Smash Bros: Melee, Metroid Prime, and more.

So for today, we honor the GameCube by listing some of the best GameCube controller replacements that you can buy today.

Why Get a GameCube Controller?

The GameCube had one of the most unique game controllers in history. So why exactly do people like the GameCube controller? Here are the reasons why:

  • Comfort
  • Buttons
  • Responsive input

Many people love the controller for GameCube due to its ergonomic design. Players love the comfort and fit of the controller, and it just feels right. The size is not too big and not too small. When holding the controller, your hands are not too close or too stretched apart.

Long gaming sessions become more bearable if you’re playing with such an ergonomic controller.

Why Use Replacement GameCube Controllers?

Well, the GameCube was released back in 2002 and it’s an old console now. If you want to use the original controller, there’s a good chance that you will have to pay a pretty penny for a used one.


It’s a good thing that there are many replacement controllers that you can easily buy these days. They’re not the original peripheral that’s made by Nintendo, but many of them work very well. On top of that, you can use these controllers not just for the GameCube but also for other home consoles (such as the latest Nintendo Switch) and PCs as well.


This is a great thing if you are a big fan of these controllers.

Best Replacement GameCube Controllers

Below, we have listed the best replacement controllers in case yours just gave up or you just want to use it for playing in a PC or another console.

1. Gamecube Controller, 2 Packs Classic Wired

 

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Cipon GC Controller, Wired Controllers Classic Gamepad Joystick...
  • Here Cipon to claim that we are third party of GC controller and is not manufactured by Nintendo, but compatible with GC and Nintendo Wii.
  • High performance of wired GC controller: dual Analog joysticks (Analog thumb stick: Designed for control in 3D game environment reacts to slightest pressure or quickest action.), larger D Pad button, Fully analog pressure sensitive action buttons, Same great fluent features as the original GC/ Nintendo controller.
  • Perfect game use experience & you should be amazed at the features and quality built in this GC wired controller: it supports parts facilitate comfort even during long hours of game play. Compatible with GameCube and Wii games. If you want to start playing Melee Or any Smash game, these are a great place to start.

Dimensions

5.51 x 4.13 x 2.28 inches

Weight

11.5 ounces

Connection Interface

Wired

Key Features

Left & Right Analog Trigger, Fully compatible with all systems, Fully analog pressure-sensitive action buttons & D-Pad, No external power required

Now, let’s start with an aftermarket controller that offers great value.There must be some sort of catch, right? Well, this Huele controller works perfectly and it’s a proper plug-and-play peripheral.

It’s a wired controller, so you will have to be closer to your TV or monitor to play. The length of the wire is 5.9 feet, which should be good enough for playing on the couch comfortably. For such a cheap pair of controllers, you’d think that there will be some issues with durability but that’s not the case. However, we experienced an issue where it did not work at first but it was shortly resolved.

This controller should last you a long while and it’s one of the cheapest 2-packs that you can find on Amazon.

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GC Controller Compatible with Gamecube Nintendo Wii U Classic Wired...
  • Here Cipon to claim that we are third party of GC controller and is not manufactured by Nintendo, but compatible with Gamecube and Nintendo Wii.
  • High performance of wired GC controller: dual Analog joysticks (analog thumb stick: designed for control in 3D game environment reacts to slightest pressure or quickest action.), larger D Pad button, Fully analog pressure sensitive action buttons, Same great fluent features as the original GC/ Nintendo controller.
  • Perfect game use experience & you should be amazed at the features and quality built in this GC wired controller: it supports parts facilitate comfort even during long hours of game play. Compatible with GameCube and Wii games. If you want to start playing Melee Or any Smash game, these are a great place to start.

Dimensions

5.51 x 4.13 x 2.28 inches

Weight

7.4 ounces

Connection Interface

Wired

Key Features

2 analog thumb stick, 8 completely analog action buttons, 4 fire action buttons,1 shoulder buttons, No external power required

Here’s another budget-friendly replacement controller for GameCube. The Cipon Controller for GameCube stands out because it looks and feels like the original Nintendo controller.

This controller feels great during gameplay, especially when you’re playing games like Smash Melee. Comfort is also on-point as your hands won’t feel too tired even after a long gaming marathon. The buttons all feel clicky and tactile, which is always a plus. However, the A button can be a little noisy and perhaps too clicky.

The controller is also a plug-and-play device, so there’s no need to set up anything. Build quality is also on-point despite being an entry-level controller. However, we wish that the wire was a little bit longer.

As far as third party controllers go, this one is very solid and should last you quite a while as well.

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Dimensions

5.51 x 4.13 x 2.28 inches

Weight

8.5 ounces

Connection Interface

Wired

Key Features

High Quality, Fully analog pressure-sensitive action buttons & D-Pad, 2 analog thumb stick, No external power required

The Reiso GameCube Controller is a great-looking gamepad that works for both the Wii and GameCube.

For starters, it’s worth mentioning that this Reiso product is available in 17 different colors. Some of the variants are transparent, which is quite great. As you might have noticed, this controller is a bit more expensive than the previous ones we’ve featured, but for a good reason.

The Reiso controller is a quality replacement if you’re looking for a good gamepad for playing Smash Melee. Most of the buttons have a textured feel, but it’s not really that bad. The buttons, including the triggers, are also quite clicky. The rumble also works as intended.

This is also a fairly durable controller and features a solid build quality. As mentioned, the controller can also be used for the Wii. Reiso really did a good job with this replacement controller.

Wavebird Style Wireless Controller compatible for Gamecube Nintendo...
  • High Quality Wireless Controller - Specifically designed for Nintendo GameCube. It uses RF signals and works effectively up to a distance of 10 m. No straight alignment of the controller with the receiver is required. Works effectively from anywhere in the room, even from behind the curtains or covers.
  • Automatic As Well As Manual Shooting Functionality - The external round bracket cross key is useful for certain trending games viz. live football, fight games, arcade etc. The ergonomic game handle is also very useful.
  • Energy efficient – Only two AA batteries are required to operate it, and a battery set runs up to 100 hours of game-play. It has 16 channel frequencies. Thus, you can easily hook up to four controllers without any obstruction

Dimensions

7.9 x 6.1 x 3 inches

Weight

7.4 ounces

Connection Interface

Wireless

Key Features

High-Quality Wireless Controller, Energy efficient, Up to 100 hours of gameplay, 16 channel frequencies, Ergonomic design

Now, we have a wireless controller for you, and it’s a pretty good one. As far as wireless controllers go, the MarioRetro Wireless Controller is one of the better ones we’ve tried.

To set up, all you need to do is plug the receivers and wait for the red lights to become bright and steady. After that, you are good to go. The Wavebird design makes the controller very comfortable even after long hours of play. The controller uses two AA batteries that will last about 100 hours, which is quite good.

However, since this is a wireless gamepad, the connection is not that stable. From time to time, the controller experiences timeouts, which can be frustrating if it happens while you’re playing. I believe this is because of the battery-saving feature.

This is also not a good controller for playing Smash since the analog is a bit touchy and clunky. I’m sure that many of you will get used to it, but it’s not ideal for the hardcore Smash fans.

Overall, this is a good wireless controller despite some issues.

5. TechKen Wireless Wii U

Wii U Pro Controller, TechKen Wireless Wii U Controller Gamepad...
  • Brand new Wii U Pro controller, wireless with bluetooth connection.
  • Smooth control and precise dual analog joysticks - it’s seamless control and comfortable to hold this controller even during extended gaming sessions.
  • Easy and quick operate. Never worry hard to use.

Dimensions

5.9 x 5.7 x 2.9 inches

Weight

7.4 ounces

Connection Interface

Wired

Key Features

Compatible with Nintendo GameCube Wii, High speed, Easy to use, Free-will figure game controller

The TechKen Wii GameCube Controller is hands-down the cheapest replacement controller that we have on this list.

It’s easy to think that it’s just a cheap controller. However, this TechKen controller is actually quite responsive and handles nicely. It feels like the original Nintendo controller. While I can’t say much about the build quality, it’s fair to say that it’s better than expected. I kind of half-expected the controller to break down after some use, but it’s still going strong so far.

Due to the quality of the actual controller, we don’t recommend using this controller outside of casual games. This means that this is not the best controller for games like Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and fighting games. It’s not because the controller might break down, but because both thumb sticks quickly become slack.

Overall, the TechKen controller is a very serviceable peripheral with an unbelievable price.

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Mayflash GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, PC USB and Switch, 4...
  • Switch to “Wii U” or “PC” mode by using the switch located on the side
  • The GameCube Controller Adapter allows you to connect up to four GameCube controllers (or wireless GameCube controllers) to a Wii U system, PC USB, Switch
  • Supports the built-in Vibration Feedback with no delays by plugging the two USB ports of the adapter into your Wii U system or PC USB connector ports

Dimensions

5 x 4 x 1 inches

Weight

6.4 ounces

Connection Interface

Wired

Key Features

Switch to “Wii U” or “PC” mode, connect up to four GameCube controllers, Supports the built-in Vibration Feedback

As you can see, the Mayflash GameCube Controller Adapter is not exactly a replacement controller per se, but it’s a must if you want to play the GameCube’s controller on newer home consoles like the Nintendo Switch or your PC.

This adapter works exactly as advertised, with a very good response time. It truly is a great way to give your old controllers a new life.

When you use it on PC mode, the controller is fully mappable like a normal gamepad. It’s also a huge plus that the adapter supports rumble after you install the drivers from Mayflash’s website. If you are playing on an emulator like the Dolphin, you’ll be happy to know that this adapter works with it as well.

If you are planning to use this on the Switch, keep in mind that it will not support games that have motion controls. Well, you can still play the game but you will not be able to use motion controls.

This is the best adapter for the GameCube gamepad, and I dare say it’s better than Nintendo’s official adapter.

GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition
  • Some will always prefer that system's Controller
  • The Nintendo GameCube Controller also could be used in the Super smash Bros; Brawl for the Wii system
  • To honor that devoted loyalty to a classic way to play, this is the Super smash Bros; Ultimate Edition GameCube Controller

Dimensions

3.2 x 6.1 x 5.7 inches

Weight

14.1 ounces

Connection Interface

Wired

Key Features

Also could be used in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii system

What’s a better replacement to a GameCube controller than an official Nintendo product?

The Nintendo GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition is simply the best controller if you’re playing Smash extensively or competitively.

As an official Nintendo peripheral, you can trust that this controller works like a charm. It’s a wired gamepad, so there’s no such thing as signal timeouts or drop-offs when using it. The build quality is also off the charts, which is important if you’re going to play a demanding game like Smash Bros.

It’s not exactly cheap, but if you are serious about Smash, this is the best gamepad to get.

Product

Details

Price

Huele GameCube Controller (2 Pack)

Huele GameCube Controller (2 Pack)

Dimensions
5.51 x 4.13 x 2.28 inches

Weight
11.5 ounces

Connection Interface
Wired

Key Features
Left & Right Analog Trigger

Fully compatible with all systems

Fully analog pressure-sensitive action buttons & D-Pad

No external power required

Cipon GameCube Controller

Cipon GameCube Controller

Dimensions
5.51 x 4.13 x 2.28 inches

Weight
7.4 ounces

Connection Interface
Wired

Key Features
2 analog thumb stick

8 completely analog action buttons

4 fire action buttons

1 shoulder buttons

No external power required

Reiso GameCube Controller

Dimensions
5.51 x 4.13 x 2.28 inches

Weight
8.5 ounces

Connection Interface
Wired

Key Features
High Quality

Fully analog pressure-sensitive action buttons & D-Pad

2 analog thumb stick

No external power required

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 MarioRetro Wireless Controller

MarioRetro Wireless Controller

Dimensions
7.9 x 6.1 x 3 inches

Weight
7.4 ounces

Connection Interface
Wireless

Key Features
High-Quality Wireless Controller

Energy efficient

Up to 100 hours of gameplay

16 channel frequencies

Ergonomic design

TechKen Wii GameCube Controller

TechKen Wii GameCube Controller

Dimensions
5.9 x 5.7 x 2.9 inches

Weight
7.4 ounces

Connection Interface
Wired

Key Features
Compatible with Nintendo GameCube Wii

High speed

Easy to use

Free-will figure game controller

Mayflash GameCube Controller Adapter

Dimensions
5 x 4 x 1 inches


Weight
6.4 ounces

Connection Interface
Wired

Key Features
Switch to “Wii U” or “PC” mode

Connect up to four GameCube controllers

Supports the built-in Vibration Feedback

Nintendo GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition

Dimensions
3.2 x 6.1 x 5.7 inches


Weight
14.1 ounces

Connection Interface
Wired

Key Features
Also could be used in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii system

Final Thoughts

There you have it, some of the best replacement GameCube controllers that you can find online.

For the most part, we recommend getting the official Nintendo controller for playing the GameCube. However, if budget is an issue, we have got you covered as well. Regardless of your choice, you can’t go wrong with these recommendations.

So what’s your favorite controller to use when playing GameCube games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

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Blu Ray Players – The Best Models Available in the Market Today

blu ray players

In this day and age, most of the world’s media consumption is done through streaming. So why would anyone want to purchase a disc player when there’s no shortage of streaming services out there?

Despite the popularity of streaming, believe it or not, Blu-ray players are still going strong. While you can easily stream your favorite TV shows or movies with services like Netflix, there’s no beating a Blu-ray disc when it comes to sheer picture quality. This is especially true when you’re going to get a Blu-ray player that is capable of Ultra-HD quality.

So for today, we’ll list this year’s best Blu-ray players – from entry-level units to beastly machines.

How We Chose

  • Set of Features
  • Ease of Use
  • Image Quality
  • Value for Moneu

Unlike most pieces of tech, the Blu-ray technology hasn’t really undergone much growth over the years. Older units can still be used up to this day. It would make sense to buy an older model if you are not too keen about the additional features with newer models.

However, this doesn’t mean that we will only feature players that are super new. Price is also an important factor that we have considered while making this selection, so you’ll see expensive players, budget-friendly units, and everything in between. Also, we will not limit the list to actual disc players as we throw in some home consoles into the mix.

Beyond that, we take into account the set of features, ease of use, image quality, and of course, value for money.

Let’s get to it!

Best Blu-Ray Players

Below, we break down some of the best, top-rated Blu-ray players that you can find in the market.

OPPO UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Reference Quality Video with HDR & Dolby Vision
  • Lossless, High-Resolution Audio
  • UHD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, SACD, DVD, and CD

Item Dimensions

16.93 x 12.24 x 3.11 inches

4K Capable

Yes (Native/Upscaling)

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

Reference Quality Video with HDR & Dolby Vision

Lossless

High-Resolution Audio

HDR10 compatibility

The OPPO UDP-203 is not the newest model from OPPO, but that doesn’t matter because this player gives the best bang for the buck.

OPPO is known for their Blu-ray technology and this one doesn’t disappoint. This player supports 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) viewing for the best image quality. However, the UDP-203 doesn’t just offer excellent video quality but sound as well. That’s right: The UDP-203 can play lossless, high-resolution audio, which is great news for audiophiles. On top of that, this player can handle pretty much any audio and video file format that you throw at it – from UHD discs to the lowly CD-R.

All these excellent features are housed in a wonderfully sleek design that should make for a good entertainment room centerpiece.

The UDP-203 is easily one of the best Blu-ray disc players that will meet most people’s needs.

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Samsung Electronics UBD-K8500 3D Wi-Fi 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player...
  • Play 4K Ultra HD movies at 4X the resolution of 1080p, letting you watch your favorite scenes with a level of detail and clarity like never before.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) allows for a greater range of color contrast and brightness, enhancing details from the original film format.
  • See up to 2x the color range and 64x the color expressions of a conventional Blu-Ray player, revealing more colors than you've ever seen before.

Item Dimensions

15.98 x 9.06 x 1.76 inches

4K Capable

Yes (Native/Upscaling)

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

4K Ultra HD movies

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio

Built-in Wi-Fi

The Samsung UBD-K8500 is a great Blu-ray disc player for an Ultra-HD fan who’s on a budget.

You get a device that delivers everything that you will want from a disc player, and then some. For starters, the UBD-K8500 is capable of playing 4K HDR movies in its full glory. Even if it’s an entry-level machine, it can still give more expensive models a run for their money in terms of picture quality.

The video quality offers a wide range of color gamut and striking sharpness that enhances the little details. Pop in a UHD disc and you’ll see what I mean. The UBD-K8500 supports any disc format from CD to Blu-ray discs. With its built-in Wi-Fi, you can use the player to stream content from services like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon. It even supports Bluetooth, which allows you to stream audio from your phone wirelessly.

The UBD-K8500 is a great way to enjoy 4K Ultra-HD movies without having to tap into your vacation funds.

Sony BDPS6500 3D 4K Upscaling Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi (2015 Model)
  • Inputs/Outputs: 1 HMDI, 1 USB, 1 Coaxial, 1 Ethernet
  • Smart Functionality: With built-in Wi-Fi you can wirelessly access popular streaming apps and services including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, PlayStation Now & more.
  • 4K Upscaling: Get the most out of your 4K Ultra HD TV by upscaling the quality of your Blu-ray movies to near 4K quality. The upscaling chip also improves the quality of online content, and upconverts DVD's to near HD quality for an improved viewing experience

Item Dimensions

15.59 x 2.75 x 10.82 inches

4K Capable

Yes (Upscaling)

HDR

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

Built-in Wi-Fi

4K Upscaling

Dolby and DTS-Master Audio

Screen mirroring

Front USB Port

The Sony BDP-S6500 is yet another budget-friendly player but this time, it’s designed to squeeze the most out of your non-4K discs.

That’s the right, the BDP-S6500 is capable of displaying upscaled 4K resolution without actually using the appropriate disc. Basically, your old 1080p movies will be upscaled to 4K if your television supports it. So if you have a huge collection of old Blu-rays and don’t want to buy 4K discs, this one is for you.

Using the Miracast screen mirroring technology, you can actually mirror the screen of your Android device to the TV. The player also has built-in Wi-Fi, which lets you access over 300 streaming services including the most popular ones like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and more.

The only disappointing aspect of this play is that it lacks any display on the unit. Fortunately, the on-screen UI looks great and easy to navigate. However, some apps are slow and clunky (I’m looking at you, Opera Web Browser).

Sony definitely got this one right.

Item Dimensions

16.9 x 8.1 x 1.8 inches

4K Capable

Yes (Upscaling)

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

Ultra HD Premium

Multi-HDR

4K streaming content

Built-in Wi-Fi

4K Blu-Ray disc playback

If you are mainly streaming your favorite shows and movies from Amazon Prime or Hulu, the LG UP970 will not be the best choice. That’s because you only get YouTube and Netflix with its built-in Wi-Fi. However, that’s not an issue if you already have a smart TV with its own set of streaming apps.

Beyond that, the LG UP970 is a very solid player. It’s capable of both playing discs and streaming in glorious 4K. It also supports HDR for more breathtaking picture quality and vibrant colors. In fact, UP970 really excels in color production and image sharpness, which just can’t be said with most “HDR” players.

Based on many reviews from Amazon, many users are experiencing loud noises from the unit. In our case, we cannot hear the motor running even if we try.

The UP970 is not ideal if you primarily stream your entertainment. However, this is a good player for burning through your Blu-ray discs.

Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Streaming Blu-Ray Player
  • Bring the theater home: Get the best seat in the house while enjoying your favorite content from the comfort of your family room
  • Smart Functionality: With fast, stable built-in Wi-Fi, you can wirelessly access your favorite streaming apps and services including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime & various others
  • See the unrivaled visual clarity of 4K Ultra HD Blu ray

Item Dimensions

15 x 12 x 4 inches

4K Capable

Yes (Upscaling)

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Play almost any disc and file format

Listen to music from multiple formats

Dual HDMI outputs

Comes with remote control

In case you don’t know, Sony has invented the Blu-ray format so it’s not surprising that they’re killing it with their Blu-ray players – the Sony UBP-X700 is yet another successful model from the company.

Unlike many players in the market, the UBP-X700 supports both disc media and streaming. This player is a compact powerhouse. It’s relatively fast, the picture quality is top-notch, and offers all the streaming and entertainment apps you need.

Another thing we like about this player is that it’s future-proof. Aside from the usual 4K support, the player includes the widespread HDR10 for massively increased brightness and richly detailed blacks. On top of that, Sony will add support for Dolby Vision in 2018 for a more immersive cinematic experience.

Sony players have always been consistent performers, and the X700 is no exception. It handles all sorts of formats, and it’s surprisingly snappy when loading apps like Netflix.

The Sony UBP-X700 is a universal multimedia machine that deserves a place in your living or entertainment room.

OPPO UDP-205 Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Best-in-Class Audio Performance
  • Dual ESS ES9038PRO Sabre Pro DACs
  • Reference Quality Video with HDR & Dolby Vision

Item Dimensions

16.8 x 12.2 x 4.8 inches

4K Capable

Yes

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

Best-in-Class Audio Performance

Dual ESS ES9038PRO Sabre Pro DACs

Reference Quality Video with HDR & Dolby Vision

It’s hardly a surprise that OPPO player has once again made the list. The OPPO UDP-205 is just the company flexing towards the competition.

Let me outright say that this is a monster of a Blu-ray player. For starters, it supports true 4K UHD quality without upscaling. It also supports Dolby Vision and you don’t even have to wait to get it. True enough, the UDP-205 offers stunning picture quality. If you don’t believe me, try popping in a 4K UHD disc of Planet Earth 2 and try not to be blown away.

However, what makes the UDP-205 a cut above the rest is the best in class audio. The player features twin analog outputs and the terrific digital-to-analog conversion chipset, made by ESS Technology. On top of that, it also has a headphone amp. Combine the UDP-205 with a beastly set of speakers, and you got yourself a killer home theater system.

One of the most glaring drawbacks is the price, which is a deal-breaker for most people. This is purely an audiophile player, which serves a very niche market.

Philips 4K UHD Dolby Vision Blu-ray Player w/ Built-in Wireless LAN...
  • 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
  • Dramatic Imaging Powered by Dolby Vision
  • High Dynamic Range 10

Item Dimensions

17 x 8.2 x 1.9 inches

4K Capable

Yes (Upscaling)

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

Dramatic Imaging Powered by Dolby Vision

High Dynamic Range 10

Supports 4K Netflix and YouTube Wireless Streaming

The Philips BDP-7502 is about as basic as you can get when it comes to Blu-ray players. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The BDP-7502 is a rock-solid player with a fairly attractive design. The slim, brushed metal should be a good centerpiece for your entertainment space. The player supports upscaled 4K resolution but handles the upscaling part really well. On top of that, it can handle 3D without any issues.

For your HDR needs, the BDP-7502 has both Dolby Vision and HDR10, so you are covered. Dolby Vision works by adding incredible brightness, contrast, and color that really bring scenes to life. You’ll sometimes forget that you are looking at a screen. While it’s not heavily marketed by Philips, I have to say that there have been some improvements to the sound quality of the unit.

Overall, Philips did a great job by getting the basics right without all the extraneous features.

Xbox One S 2TB Console - Launch Edition [Discontinued]
  • Includes: 2TB Internal Hard Drive Xbox One S Console, 1 Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), 1 Console Stand (for vertical orientation), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial
  • Play over 100 console exclusive and a growing library of Xbox 360 games on the 40% smaller newly designed Xbox One S
  • Watch Ultra HD (UHD) 4K Blu-ray movies on your 4K TV and stream 4K video on Netflix (available now) and Amazon Video (coming soon)

Item Dimensions

17 x 4.5 x 11.5 inches

4K Capable

Yes

HDR

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Key Features

Stream 4K content on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Microsoft Movies apps

Watch 4k Blu-ray Movies

High Dynamic Range technology

Play over 100 console exclusives

Now, here comes the rogue video game console that somehow found its way into the list. Well, if you want a solid 4K UHD player that can play games, getting the Xbox One S is not a bad idea.

Why did I not recommend the PlayStation 4?

Well, it’s largely because the PS4 can’t play 4K UHD discs, which is the opposite with the Xbox One S. That’s right: The One S can display 4K video from Ultra HD Blu-rays and streaming services like Netflix. It supports HDR for both video and games.

However, you have to keep in mind that the 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and HDR settings will only work with newer TVs.

Of course, there’s also the fact that you can play games on it. The Xbox has some great exclusive games like Gears of War 4, Cuphead, Halo 5, and more.

Product

Details

Price

OPPO UDP-203

Item Dimensions
16.93 x 12.24 x 3.11 inches

4K Capable
Yes (Native/Upscaling)

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
Reference Quality Video with HDR & Dolby Vision
Lossless
High-Resolution Audio
HDR10 compatibility

Samsung UBD-K8500

Samsung UBD-K8500

Item Dimensions
15.98 x 9.06 x 1.76 inches

4K Capable
Yes (Native/Upscaling)

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
4K Ultra HD movies
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio
Built-in Wi-Fi

Sony BDP-S6500

Item Dimensions
15.59 x 2.75 x 10.82 inches

4K Capable
Yes (Upscaling)

HDR
No

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
Built-in Wi-Fi
4K Upscaling
Dolby and DTS-Master Audio
Screen mirroring
Front USB Port

LG UP970

LG UP970

Item Dimensions
16.9 x 8.1 x 1.8 inches

4K Capable
Yes (Upscaling)

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
Ultra HD Premium
Multi-HDR
4K streaming content
Built-in Wi-Fi
4K Blu-Ray disc playback

Sony UBP-X700

Item Dimensions
15 x 12 x 4 inches

4K Capable
Yes (Upscaling)

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Play almost any disc and file format
Listen to music from multiple formats
Dual HDMI outputs
Comes with remote control

OPPO UDP-205

Item Dimensions
16.8 x 12.2 x 4.8 inches


4K Capable
Yes

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
Best-in-Class Audio Performance
Dual ESS ES9038PRO Sabre Pro DACs
Reference Quality Video with HDR & Dolby Vision

Philips BDP-7502

Item Dimensions
17 x 8.2 x 1.9 inches


4K Capable
Yes (Upscaling)

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
Dramatic Imaging Powered by Dolby Vision
High Dynamic Range 10
Supports 4K Netflix and YouTube Wireless Streaming

Xbox One S

Xbox One S

Item Dimensions
17 x 4.5 x 11.5 inches


4K Capable
Yes

HDR
Yes

Wi-Fi
Yes

Key Features
Stream 4K content on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Microsoft Movies apps
Watch 4k Blu-ray Movies
High Dynamic Range technology
Play over 100 console exclusives

Found Your Player Yet?

That concludes our list of the best Blu-ray players.

Hopefully, we have helped you find the right model for your entertainment. If I have to choose, I will have to go with the OPPO UDP-203 since it’s pretty much a complete player that should work for you in a long time. Regardless of your choice, it’s hard to go wrong with any of these players.

Acer Laptops – The Best Models Available in the Market Today

acer laptops

For just about any mobile computing, it’s hard to beat a laptop.

Sure, you can use your smartphone or tablet for getting things done while on the go, but we highly doubt you can achieve that much productivity, at least when compared to using a portable computer. However, with so many laptops, portable computers, notebooks, and Chromebooks available, how do you even begin to choose the right portable machine for you?

Well, it’s a good thing that we’re here to help.

For this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best Acer laptops that are available in the market. Why Acer? It’s a brand that’s been in the business of making PC components and portable computers for the longest time. Plus, they do make quality machines.

Comparison Table

Best Acer Laptops

We did the hard part of researching and testing, so you don’t have to. Below are the best Acer portable computers that your money can buy.

1. Acer Aspire E 15

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-Inches Full HD Notebook (7th Gen...
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit Display supporting Acer Color Blast technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory

Screen Size

15.6 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1920 x 1080

Processor Speed

Up to 3.1GHz

RAM Size

8 GB

Key Features

7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor

15.6" Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit Display

Acer Color Blast technology

NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory

Up to 12-hours Battery Life

The Acer Aspire E 15 is a great all-around machine that delivers top-notch performance without compromising battery life.

For starters, it packs a powerful 7th-Gen Intel Core i5-7200U processor that should blow any mobile computing tasks out of the water. Coupled with the onboard 8GB ram and 256GB SSD, and you have a machine that can handle pretty much anything that you throw at it.

The 1080p display is quite sharp but it does run a bit dim. However, the color reproduction is far beyond impressive, which is good enough for us.

The machine feels solid and durable, which is a big plus if you’re planning to make this laptop your main portable system. It also comes with the onboard NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, which means it could run a lot of lighter games like Overwatch.

The Acer Aspire E 15  is definitely a great value considering what it can do.

2. ASUS VivoBook 

 

ASUS VivoBook Thin and Lightweight FHD WideView Laptop, 8th Gen Intel...
  • Powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor
  • 15.6 Inches Full HD WideView display with ASUS Splendid software enhancement
  • 14.2 inches wide, 0.8 inches thin and portable footprint with 0.3 inches ASUS NanoEdge bezel for a stunning 80% screen to body ratio

Screen Size

13.3 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1920 x 1080

Processor Speed

Up to 3.6 GHz

RAM Size

8 GB

Key Features

7th Generation Intel Core i7-7Y75 Processor

13.3" Full HD Widescreen IPS CineCrystal LED-backlit Display

8GB LPDDR3 Memory

512GB SSD

Up to 9-hours Battery Life

Ultrathin 0.39" Form Factor

The Acer Swift 7 is a notebook that almost defies common sense.

This machine is unbelievably thin but still promises top-notch performance and great battery life. Despite the insanely slim 0.39-inch form factor, the Swift 7 still packs a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). It goes without saying that this laptop is more than equipped to handle even the most intense multitasking sessions.

The Swift 7 is also one handsome devil with a beautiful 1080p 13.3-inch display. For a thin laptop, you’d think that most of the ports will be gutted, but it’s not the case here. Instead of having just one USB port, like with most thin laptops, you get two with the Swift 7. Considering the thin profile, it’s easy to think that battery life won’t be enough, but we got a good 8-9 hours out of this laptop with a single charge.

3. Acer Predator 17

Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop, Core i7, GeForce GTX 1070, 17.3" Full...
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

Screen Size

17.3 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1920 x 1080

Processor Speed

Up to 3.8 GHz

RAM Size

16 GB

Key Features

7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor

17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

16GB DDR4 Memory

256GB SSD RAID 0

1TB HDD

The Acer Predator 17 is a gaming laptop, and it’s a different kind of beast when compared to other units in this list.

The Predator 17 measures 1.56 x 16.65 x 12.66 inches (HWD) and weighs nearly 10 pounds, so it’s bigger and bulkier than your standard laptop. Well, you need such a large form factor if you want to house a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and a 17.3-inch IPS screen.

Acer also incorporated the Predator SoundPound technology with the laptop’s four speakers, as well as two subwoofers and Dolby Audio surround sound. For your serious gaming needs, you’ll be glad to know that the Predator 17 ships with the GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics card, which should be able to handle many of the recent games.

Another thing that’s worth noting is the Programmable RGB Backlit Keyboard, which is a great addition for any enthusiast. The PredatorSense is a gaming control panel that lets you customize features like backlit lighting and macro programmable keys.

Oh, did we mention that this is a VR-ready machine as well? This is a great option for those who are serious about gaming.

4. Acer Flagship CB3-532

Acer Flagship CB3-532 15.6inch HD Premium Chromebook - Intel Dual-Core...
  • This Certified Refurbished product is certified factory refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day .
  • Zero Air Gap allows you to enjoy enhanced screen clarity even in sunlight, so you can enjoy content anywhere you go.
  • Blazing fast Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 1. 60 GHz Processor

Screen Size

15.6 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1366 x 768

Processor Speed

2.48 GHz

RAM Size

2 GB

Key Features

15.6" Anti-Glare HD WLED Backlight Display

Acer ComfyView Technology

HD webcam

Intel Celeron Dual Core N3060

Google Chrome OS

Up to 7 hr battery life

If you want a cheap Acer laptop but don’t mind using a Chrome OS machine, the Acer Flagship CB3-532 is surely an attractive package.

While the design is pretty standard and is nothing to write home about, this machine comes with a sizable 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen that’s superior when compared to other Chromebooks. It’s not as portable as its 11 and 13-inch counterparts, but it’s still thin and light enough to meet most portable needs.

This Chromebook is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor and 2GB of memory. It’s not the most powerful notebook out there, but it won’t have problems with basic computing tasks. Battery life is also impressive considering that it’s a budget notebook. The marketed 7-hour battery life is on-point.

Keep in mind that we have linked you to a refurbished model. However, Amazon guarantees that you will be getting a model that will look and feel brand-new. Amazon even offers a 90-day warranty for the notebook.

5. Acer Spin 5

Acer Spin 5, 13.3" Full HD Touch, 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB DDR4,...
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
  • 13.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD. Card Reader-microSD

Screen Size

13.3 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1920 x 1080

Processor Speed

Up to 3.1 GHz

RAM Size

8 GB

Key Features

7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor

13.3" Full HD Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display

8GB DDR4 Memory

256GB SSD

Card Reader-microSD

Up to 10-hours Battery Life

2-in-1 hybrid laptops is the “in” thing nowadays. So when it comes to that, the Acer Spin 5 might just be the best offering by the brand.

The Spin 5 is available in many different specs but the base starts with a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of SSD storage. With such components, you get a very capable machine that works both as a productivity and media consumption device.

The 13.3-inch (on the base model) full-HD IPS display is capable of 1080p resolutions. While the display is not exactly mind-blowing, it gets the job done with its bright screen and sharp colors. The only complaint we have is that the screen is glossy, which tends to attract fingerprints.

The touchscreen is quite responsive, but we can’t say the same with the trackpad. Battery life is also impressive, as we’ve gotten as many as 9 hours with a single charge.

It’s a good 2-in-1 laptop for the money.

6. Acer Chromebook R 11

Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible, 11.6-Inch HD Touch, Intel Celeron...
  • Chromebook runs on Chrome OS - an operating system by Google that is built for the way we live today. It comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. (Internet connection is required)
  • All the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
  • With the Google Play Store, you can access a rich library of apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines, and more, all from your Chromebook.

Screen Size

11.6 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1366 x 768

Processor Speed

Up to 2.08 GHz

RAM Size

4 GB

Key Features

Chrome OS

Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor

11.6" HD 1366 x 768 resolution

High-brightness

LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology

Two Built-in Stereo Speakers

HD Webcam (1280 x 720)

Up to 10-hours Battery Life

The Acer Chromebook R 11 is yet another convertible laptop, but this time it’s a Chrome-OS powered model.

The Chromebook R 11 is quite possibly one of the most versatile hybrid laptops that we have used. As a convertible model, you can use it in four modes: Notebook, Display, Tent and Tablet. For example, the Tent mode is best for watch movies or TV shows.

The Chromebook R 11 comes with a serviceable 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768-pixel touchscreen display, which can be rotated using the 360-degree hinge for different configurations. In terms of components, it comes with the N3150 Quad-Core Processor, 4GB of memory, and 16GB of storage. This might seem low, but you have to keep in mind that you are using a Chrom e OS machine.

For such a small device, the battery life is quite impressive as it lasted 9 to 10 hours with a single charge. However, the included speakers leave a lot to be desired.

It offers a lot in terms of performance and features. This is a hybrid that’s worth checking out.

7. Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition

Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop, 17.3” Full HD,...
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

Screen Size

17.3 inches

Display Resolution Maximum

1920 x 1080

Processor Speed

Up to 3.8 GHz

RAM Size

16 GB

Key Features

7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor

17.3" Full HD widescreen IPS display

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

16GB DDR4 Memory

256GB SSD

1 TB HDD

If you want a laptop that will crush everything that you throw at it, the Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition might just be right down your alley.

As you can see from the specs, the Aspire V 17 Nitro is a beefy laptop that might as well be a gaming machine. However, it’s not as powerful as the earlier Acer Predator. This machine is equipped with Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB of memory, and 256GB SSD plus 1 TB HDD. So in terms of hardware, this laptop is a monster.

With the GTX 1060 as its GPU, this notebook should be good enough to handle the latest games at playable frames. It can even handle VR games if you’re into them. The laptop does shine more if used as a productivity machine. Even with various multitasking sessions and working on numerous browser tabs, we’ve yet to experience any slowdowns or crashes with this laptop.

The 17.3-inch display can be a little dim but it does offer good color reproduction and sharp picture quality. Add to that the amazing built-in speakers, and you’ve got a killer multimedia device. It’s a thousand-dollar laptop, but it’s well worth the money if you want a beefier Acer laptop.

Wrapping Up

So that wraps up our list of the best Acer laptops that you can find in the wild.

While making this list of top Acer laptops, we did our best to consider various budget ranges and cater to many different needs.

For example, the Acer Predator 17 is a unit that’s clearly aimed at those who want to play PC games on their laptop. The Acer Flagship CB3-532 is a solid Chromebook that would serve students well with its decent specs and very low price. The Acer Aspire E 15 is probably our favorite on this list as it’s an all-around laptop that delivers in terms of performance and value.

Regardless of what you end up getting, we guarantee that you can’t go wrong with any of these Acer laptops. We just hope that we have helped you get the best Acer notebook for your needs.

So what do you think of our list of the top Acer branded laptops? Do you have a laptop in mind that should have made the list? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.