Ben is the editor for everything in our tech channel at Windows Central, including desktop PCs, the components inside, and practically any accessory. Since most of this hardware tends to be compatible with Xbox, he also keeps an Xbox Series S close by for testing headsets, external storage, and anything with enough versatility to cover all the bases. A lifelong gamer since his first console, the SEGA Mega Drive, he has an affinity for taking things to pieces to see how they work.
Pursuing a recent career in technology journalism follows over a decade of experience in electronics retail and tech support roles, offering repairs and recommendations to consumers. A personal hobby in custom PC building built a strong desire to follow the latest cutting-edge hardware in a never-ending search to find the parts genuinely worth buying. Always on the hunt for the best value for money, he's fueled by a steady diet of caffeinated drinks and coffee-flavored food.
Forever a Windows XP fan, he's keeping up with the latest releases from Microsoft but dabbles in Linux to experiment with the inner workings of Valve's Steam Deck handheld. He'll look out for your best interests if you're considering tinkering with hardware upgrades and want the best bang for your buck. Find him on BlueSky @benwilson.net to ask questions or share opinions.
Review Crucial expands its DDR5 desktop memory range with kits targeting gamers and enthusiasts looking to hit the 6000MT/s sweet spot, but is it worth it?
Deal TP-Link's discounted Deco X55 Wi-Fi 6 mesh triple pack is still my favorite wireless networking solution since I tested it in 2022, and it still provides a reliable connection to my home office.
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8000G day AMD's latest desktop CPUs are out now, and these Ryzen 8000G processors feature revolutionary integrated graphics and AI-centric NPUs. Here's what you need to know.
Review Breaking the stigma of weak integrated graphics, the Ryzen 7 8700G is a revolutionary desktop processor perfect for a budget-conscious custom gaming PC.
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Updated The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is one of my favorite AMD CPUs, and I've researched the best cooler to match. Here are my top picks to fit your budget.
Updated Pair a suitable processor with NVIDIA's affordable 30-Series graphics card with my best CPU for 3060 picks.
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Review This twisting screen combines OLED and E Ink in an example of 'just because you can, doesn't mean you should' as a CES experiment fails to prove genuinely useful.
Too big? Acer previews four curved Predator gaming monitors designed for hardcore gamers ahead of CES 2024, including the gigantic 57-inch MiniLED Z57 set for release in Q2 2024.
No 3D glasses Acer debuts new SpatialLabs tech in two devices: an Aspire 3D 15 laptop aimed at 3D creators and a Predator SpatialLabs View 27 monitor for gamers, offering glasses-free real-time 3D experiences.