Hayden Dingman

Games Reporter

Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.

The Oculus Rift is now available for preorder, but you won't like the price

Oculus Rift preorders start this week, but the price is still secret

Oculus Rift preorders start this week, but the price is still secret

In T-minus forty-eight hours, real people will put down real money on a real virtual reality headset.

Back to school on a budget: Choosing a cheap laptop to fit your needs

Back to school on a budget: Choosing a cheap laptop to fit your needs

We reviewed eight mainstream budget laptops—because "cheap" doesn't have to mean "awful."

Lenovo S21e review: For those on the tightest of budgets, there's this sub-$200 laptop

Lenovo S21e review: For those on the tightest of budgets, there's this sub-$200 laptop

Lenovo's S21e is more of a large netbook than a small laptop—but it also retails for under $200. Now we're talking bargains.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5240 review: The best performance you'll find under $500

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5240 review: The best performance you'll find under $500

The Toshiba Satellite C55-C may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.

Lenovo IdeaPad 100 review: This big laptop's got a tiny little processor, but it's cheap

Lenovo IdeaPad 100 review: This big laptop's got a tiny little processor, but it's cheap

This Lenovo laptop is poised to take on Chromebooks, so expect Chromebook-style performance.

HP Pavilion x360 11T review: An IPS display and zippy storage for under $500

HP Pavilion x360 11T review: An IPS display and zippy storage for under $500

The HP Pavilion x360 11T isn't a performance wunderkind, but it has the look and feel of a much more expensive laptop thanks to fantastic craftsmanship.

Acer Aspire E-15 review: This laptop packs solid performance, but at too high a price

Acer Aspire E-15 review: This laptop packs solid performance, but at too high a price

The Acer Aspire E-15 isn't a bad machine, but it's a bit of an also-ran—there are cheaper machines with better specs and performance.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review: A solid choice for those who need maximum portability

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review: A solid choice for those who need maximum portability

It's a laptop. It's a tablet. It's the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E, and it's here to try and prove hybrids don't have to be terrible.

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series review: One of the most attractive budget laptops on the market

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series review: One of the most attractive budget laptops on the market

Dell combines a gorgeous case with decent performance for one of the best all-around laptops under $500.

HP 15t Touch review: Great looks, good performance, this budget laptop's got it all

HP 15t Touch review: Great looks, good performance, this budget laptop's got it all

The HP 15t Touch is proof if you put as much care and design love into a $500 laptop as you would a $1,000 laptop, good things happen.

How the makers of Second Life are using VR to build the next generation of virtual worlds

"We're not really here to talk about the future too much, but I'm going to tell you that our biggest investment by far will be a next-generation virtual world. Something in the spirit of Second Life."

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