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We've released 4 episodes about Hardware:

141: Octal OS

We take another deep dive into a technical topic, this time something you use every day - operating systems, specifically on desktop computers like PCs, Macs, and soon the Steam Deck.

Sound-byte 097: Steam Deck hardware update

Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. We've been following some of the embargo-free information about the Steam Deck hardware with interest...

Sound-byte 082: Steam Deck

Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. This week we've been following the news and hype around Valve's new portable gaming PC, the Steam Deck.

046: Hello, computer

This episode takes more of a 'resource' form, as we share some tips & tricks for getting started building a PC for gaming. We cut through some of the aspects that we think are unimportant, and share some shortcuts for saving time and money. There's a lot of resources out there on the Internet, but we like:
  • Scan - for buying components (and pre-builds) in the UK
  • Toms Hardware - for reviews
  • bit-tech.net - for reviews, especially peripherals and modifications
  • Hexus - for their partnership with Scan (easy to find reviews)
  • Anandtech - for their deep-dives into new product ranges
  • The Wirecutter - for their 'just buy this one' approach to components and peripherals. Look under 'Electronics'.

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