Comparing the Surface Pro 6 and iPad Pro isn't as simple as you think

The Surface Pro 6 is one of our most loved Windows tablets, but it’s not necessarily something to consider instead of an iPad Pro. Nor is an iPad Pro necessarily an alternative to the Surface Pro.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Laptop replacement

$799 at Microsoft


Stunning display
Great hardware
Built-in kickstand
Optional keyboard and pen
Runs a desktop OS

No USB-C or Thunderbolt 3
Keyboard is expensive
Not as good for media consumption
The Surface Pro is a very different kind of tablet compared to the iPad Pro. It’s less tablet and more laptop, and while you can use it for things like consuming media, it’s so much more than that.

Apple iPad Pro

Brilliant tablet

$799 at Apple

Replace your old bulbs with six AmazonBasics LED light bulbs for $11

Boy have I got a bright idea.

This 6-pack of AmazonBasics Daylight A19 LED light bulbs is down to $11.27 from a street price of $16. These bulbs even regularly jump as high as $19. You’d have to go all the way back to this time last year to see another deal as good as this, and even then the bulbs only dropped to about $13. The 2-pack is $8.41, so you’re paying $3 more dollars for four more bulbs.

The LEDs are equivalent to 60-watt incandescent bulbs but last over 13 years or as long as 15,000 hours. The lights have no warm up time and immediately shine 800 lumens with a correlated color temperature of 5000 Kelvin, which is similar to the brightness of daylight. The bulbs are also very energy efficient and will save you money on your electricity bill. Users give them 4.2 stars based on 1,683 reviews.

Other non-smart bulbs like these are on sale right now, too. These Philips light bulbs let you switch scenes with just the flick of a switch.

Updated Windows 10 Settings app surfaces with sleek header

Microsoft is testing a revised Windows 10 Settings app, featuring an all-new header.

Microsoft is testing a fresh take on Windows 10’s integrated Settings app, with a new header propagating among select Insiders. Surfacing across PCs running this week’s latest Fast Ring release, Build 18298, the menu brings a sleek at-a-glance display of key Windows information.

The new header highlights the user’s connected Microsoft account, alongside ties to Windows Update, and the Your Phone mobile companion. As reported by OnMSFT, a variant of this header is also circulating with a Microsoft Rewards shortcut, showcasing current total earnings. We’re yet to see the feature in action, though Windows Central reader, Kenneth, showed us what it offers.

Installed new build and settings looks like this now, I don’t recall seeing this in the blog post for todays build. I kinda like it @Daniel_Rubino

Sony's $228 7.2-channel receiver supports 4K, HDR, Bluetooth, and more

Unite your theater under one receiver.

The Sony STR-DH790 7.2-channel 4K HDR Bluetooth receiver is down to $228 on Amazon. This receiver was selling as high as $380 at the beginning of November and only dropped as low as $250 for Black Friday. Today’s price is the lowest we have seen.

The receiver has 145 watts per channel with support for 7.2 channels. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound, 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision. The HDMI ports include four inputs and one output. There is built-in Bluetooth so you can stream through the system with your Bluetooth devices. It has several complex features like Advanced Auto Calibration, S-Force Pro front surround sound, and more. Users give it 4.2 stars based on 16 reviews.

The receiver works particularly well with other Sony devices. So if you’ve already got a Sony surround sound system, this receiver would be a great option for you. If you don’t, you might invest in something like Sony’s modular surround sound system that starts with the $118 Bookshelf Speakers. You can add floorstanding speakers, center channel speakers, subwoofers, and more as you want.

How Microsoft's Xbox One Play & Charge Kit stacks up against PowerA

After hours of charging and play, we’ve tried the best controller accessories out there for Xbox One owners.

Xbox One Play and Charge Kit

Full power

$25 at Microsoft


Great battery life
Superior battery technology
Refined design

Microsoft’s Xbox One Play & Charge kit is unrivaled for quick controller top-ups, with a refined design and top-tier battery quality. While pricier than its counterparts, its value still prevails for most.

PowerA Play & Charge Kit For Xbox One

Two for cheap

$15 at Amazon

Here are Fallout 76's patch notes for December 11, December 13 on consoles

Let’s hope this fixes a lot.

Fallout 76 is a shared-world multiplayer survival game for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The title marks an all-new direction for Bethesda’s establishing post-apocalyptic role-playing series, allowing groups of survivors to explore, build settlements, and uncover secrets of West Virginia. It’s a multiplayer experience which requires you to work together and form alliances.

Drop your phone on the $20 Mophie Wireless Charge Pad to power up

Charge up with this wireless pad at its lowest price ever.

Mophie’s Wireless Charge Pad just dropped to a new low price at Amazon of $19.99. Up until last month, it had never even sold below $40. Its average price lies just under $45, so this makes for a pretty nice deal at over half off. It originally sold for $60 earlier this year. There is a slight shipping delay on this item listed on the page, so you’ll want to take that into consideration as well.

This wireless charger is optimized and MFi-certified for use with the Apple iPhone, with the ability to charge them 50% faster than standard wireless chargers can thanks to its 7.5W fast charge capability. You can charge any other QI-compatible devices wirelessly with this product too. All you have to do to charge your phone with it is place it on the base. An LED light glows when charging is complete. It’s also equipped with a durable non-slip TPU coating that’ll protect your phone from scratches.

See at Amazon

Ghost Recon Wildlands gets Ghost Recon Future Soldier content today

Ghost Recon Wildlands keeps on growing.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is a third-person shooter playable entirely in four-player co-op or single-player from beginning to end. Gamers have total freedom to accomplish their missions how they want. They can choose to move quietly in the night, go in hot at dawn, or work together to execute the perfect sync shot that takes out enemies in one fell swoop. Each choice has a consequence, and players must improvise and adapt their plans.

Amazon’s all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is finally on sale

Be a bookworm in 2019.

The older you get, the harder it is to stay in touch with reading. Books are amazing. They’re also bulky, and they can get expensive. Luckily, it’s 2018, and you can have an entire library in your back pocket.

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is down to $99.99 at Amazon. That’s $30 off this recent release, and the most significant price drop in its history. It didn’t even go on sale for Black Friday, and there’s no telling how long this deal will last. You’ll get it before Christmas, too.

The Kindle Paperwhite is the thinnest, lightest model yet. It has a built-in adjustable light to help you read at night, and the glare-free screen is easy on your eyes, too. It’s waterproof, so you can read at the beach or in the bath. It can connect to your headphones for audiobook listening as well. The battery lasts for weeks at a time, and the display is higher-resolution than the original Kindle. This model also features Bookerly, which is an Amazon-exclusive font that was designed specifically for reading on digital screens. The display does feature special offers on the lockscreen, which are tastefully designed and unobtrusive.

Do you really need an external hard drive for your Xbox One?

Best answer: No, but they are significantly useful. If you plan on having more than a handful of games installed at one time, you’ll be needing an external hard drive. Luckily, there are multiple options and sizes to choose from.

Amazon: WD 4TB My Book ($90)
Amazon: WD 1TB My Passport ($53)
What makes external hard drives so useful?

The reason why getting an external hard drive for your Xbox One console is a good idea is that in today’s market, games are getting bigger and bigger. On average, most big titles are around 50GB in size, with some titles like Halo 5: Guardians and Red Dead Redemption II being more than double that.

This means that the Xbox One family’s built-in hard drive (either 500GB or 1TB, depending on the version you own) won’t be enough if you plan on having more than a handful of AAA games installed at one time. An external hard drive gives you significantly more space to work with, meaning you won’t have to pick and choose what to have installed.