The Oryx Pro is a laptop from System76 that features an Alder Lake processor and a powerful RTX 30-series GPU. Per my conversation with Adam Balla, media relations manager at System76, all of System76’s laptops are named after African fauna. In this particular case, the Oryx Pro is named after the antelope, which, according to the African Wildlife Foundation, “are a true desert animal, with a thick, horse-like neck; a short mane; and a compact, muscular body.
It’s nice to see third-party manufacturers come up with their own solutions ahead of the first-party release. In this case, since Valve has indefinitely delayed their docking station for the Steam Deck (and there’s still no news of it since), there’s other solutions that we can use in the meantime. I got in touch with Steve from Etsy (DeadEyeVR). Though he mostly specializes in VR products, he happens to have a Steam Deck hub available, and he was willing to send a review unit over.
The Pulse by Tuxedo Computers is a thin, quiet laptop that boasts a great battery life. Improvements over the last-generation model include a larger screen with a higher refresh rate, as well as a USB-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 support. Unfortunately as far as the positive traits go, that’s just about it. It’s probably one of the most broken, frustrating laptops I’ve ever had to deal with. Specs The second-generation Pulse comes in a 15.
So what can I say about the Lifesaver accessory for the Deck? Though it may be a simple, 3D-printed piece of plastic, it works wonders when it comes to keeping the Deck from slipping out from its case. Steam Deck HQ recently did a review on this, and now that I’ve got one, here’s my take on it. Your browser does not support the video tag. Let’s face it: any of you Steam Deck owners out there have probably gotten lazy at one point and put the Deck in the case without zipping it up.
Heh, sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. One thing that always puzzled me is why Valve didn’t include a kickstand for the Deck. I’ll probably never know, but I can at least guess that it was likely a way to cut costs down during production. I’m happy to report I now have that accessory, which – to be quite honest – is essential for a device like the Steam Deck.
Keyboards…I’d argue they’re pretty essential for everyday life. Whether you’re a writer, a web developer, a programmer, or someone who needs to respond to an angry Twitter comment, they’re important to have. There’s arguments to be made on whether the keys should be clicky, tactile, soft, quiet, ergonomic, or how fancy the LEDs should look. Me, I’d rather just be able to type efficiently. I don’t care whether it’s loud, quiet, very large in size or small.
There’s kind of been a reason why I’ve held off from writing a review of the Steam Deck. I’ve had the device for a little longer than three weeks now, and in the process I’ve covered things such as how it handles Super Smash Bros Melee, how it handles the Portal series in comparison to the Nintendo Switch port, written a guide on how to get plugins installed and running, and covered the numerous updates that have come to the device.
Imagine a big computer manufacturer taking interest in a Linux-based distribution, such as Pop!_OS, and wanting to collaborate to put said operating system on their hardware. That’s exactly what HP did. They got in touch with System76, told them how much they liked their Pop!_OS distro, and wanted to tailor-make a notebook with this distro in mind. Thus the HP Dev One was born. No, this isn’t a notebook designed specifically for Windows and then marketing comes along and says, “We support Linux too.
Welcome to LGC’s first hardware review! When it comes to audio, I’m a bit of an audiophile. I’ve owned several headphones; some were really good, others not so much. I’m particularly a fan of headphones that deliver deep bass. I recently discovered the Hecate G33BT from Edifier. Bought it on sale on eBay. I’ve never heard of the company before, didn’t even bother to check any reviews before I bought it, but I got it anyway.