Cooler Master MK850 review: Don’t throw away your controller just yet

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If you game on a PC in 2019, chances are you have a controller hooked up. Not for every game, or even most maybe, but there are certain genres where the beloved mouse-and-keyboard combo struggles. Racing games, platformers, and even the occasional third-person adventure benefit from analog sticks, a finesse and precision you can’t get with a keyboard switch.

Or can’t get from your average keyboard switch, anyway. Cooler Master’s MK850 is an interesting hybrid. Using what it calls “Aimpad” technology, the MK850 integrates analog sensors into the traditionally binary on/off keyboard switch. Lay terms? You can use the MK850 as a controller substitute—at least, in theory.

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How to Manually Enable RCS on Android Right Now

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It’s been a while since Google announced plans to push RCS adoption so that Android users could finally move on from the outdated SMS technology, but most users are stuck waiting for their mobile carriers to flip the switch at some point in 2020—that is, unless you decide to take matters into your own hands and flip…

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Google Pixel 4 XL review: Half great, half-baked

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The Google Pixel 4 XL can lay claim to the only real smartphone breakthrough of the year: a shrunken radar chip that’s so advanced it can detect when you reach for your phone so you’ll never have to stare at a blank screen.

It’s a delightful feature that makes phones with ambient or always-on displays feel like they’re stuck in the past. Combined with Face unlock, the Pixel 4’s Motion Sense technology makes me feel like the phone anticipates all my moves, and this truly saves time by limiting how often I need to tap the screen. Before you even unlock it, the Pixel 4 XL exudes futurity and sets you up for an experience unlike anything you’ll find on a Galaxy or iPhone.

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SK Hynix Gold S31 review: A great SATA SSD from the largest vendor you’ve likely never heard of

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While you may never have heard of SK Hynix (nee Hyundai) , it’s one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers on the planet. The company has been developing NAND and controller technology since the get-go, and while it’s been the SSD OEM for numerous large computer vendors, it generally hasn’t taken a place for itself on the shelves.  

Why the company decided to suddenly go retail with its own Gold S31 2.5-inch SATA SSD, we can’t say, but we’re certainly happy about it. The drive aced our real-world performance tests and won’t break the bank. 

This story is part of our ongoing roundup of the best SSDs. Go there for information on competitive products and how we tested them. 

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